Bridgerton has become such a smashing hit for so many. Why not read some great YA historical romances after? These books are filled with breath-taking romance, detailed history, and often fun magic. Enjoy these YA books!
Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco
Emilia and her twin sister Vittoria are streghe – witches who live among humans who work at their family’s famous Sicillian restaurant. But when Vittoria doesn’t arrive one night, Emilia soon finds her desecrated beyond belief. Now Emilia is determined to find her sister’s killer and enact vengeance by using dark magic. Then Emilia meets Wrath, one of the Wicked-princes of Hell who claims to be on her side who has been tasked by his master to find out who is killing the young women.
All That Glitters by Gita Trelease
Previously known as Enchantée, Camille Durbonne is a magician who has to figure out how to support her older brother and younger brother after their parents died of smallpox in Paris. She turns some scraps of magic into money to buy food but it doesn’t hold shape, and when their brother runs off with the family’s savings, Camille decides to don a disguise using dangerous dark magic and go to Versailles to make money. There the aristocrats both love and fear magic, but all magic comes with a cost and Camille loses control of her secrets as the city falls into revolution.
Music From Another World by Robin Talley
In 1977, Tammy Larson is a closeted lesbian who cannot be herself at her Christian high school, her conservative church, and not at home with her ultrareligious aunt who relentlessly organizes antigay political campaigns. Tammy’s only outlet is secretly writing gay civil rights activist Harvey Milk until she is partnered with pen-pal, Sharon Hawkins. The pair bonds over punk music and is a way for Sharon to talk about the truth like keeping her brother’s secret of being gay from their mom and Sharon’s own lies. As antigay fervor in America reaches a frightening new pitch, Tammy and Sharon must rely on each other.
A Curse of Roses by Diana Pinguicha
There’s a famine plaguing the land, and Princess Yzabel is wasting food simply by trying to eat. Before she can even swallow, her curse turns her meal into flowers. She and Portugal are on the verge of starving if she cannot find a solution – preferably one that could turn flowers into food. Fatyan, a beautiful Enchanted Moura, is the only one who can help but is trapped in a magical bind. Yzabel is given a choice: Fatyan can teach her how to control her curse for a kiss to release her. She agrees and realizes she wants more, but as the King of Portugal’s betrothed it could result in her destruction.
These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong
In 1926, former flapper Juliette Cai returns to Shanghai as the proud heir of the Scarlet Gang. Their only rivals are the White Flowers and their heir – and her former love and first betrayal – Roma Montagov. But when gangsters of both sides show signs of instability that results in clawing their own throats out, Juliette and Roma must team up to solve the mystery before their entire city crumbles.
Beautiful Wild by Anna Godbersen
On the “Millionaire’s Ship of the West,” Vida Hazzard is determined to charm the young scion Fitzhugh Farrar and get a proposal. But she didn’t plan on his best friend, Sal, to get under her skin – or a hurricane to rip the ship and her dreams apart. Deserted on an island with Fitz and Sal, Vida is torn between a life she’s always dreamed of and the one she’s never dared to. As they plan a way to get home, Vida will have to make a decision that will impact her heart and her future.