Sometimes we love a swoony romance that is steamy and slow burning. Other times we can’t help but want something that is full of action and adventure that is the definition of go-go-go. These young adult books are the definition of high-stake romance. From kidnappings to threats of war to murdering their true love, you won’t be able to put down these seven YA books.
The Princess Will Save You by Sarah Henning
When her father mysteriously dies, Princess Amarande of Ardenia is given an ultimatum: marry a stranger at sixteen or lose control of her family’s crown. But when her commoner true love, Luca, is kidnapped to force her hand, she is determined to rescue him, stop a growing civil war, and save her future.
Forest of Souls by Lori M. Lee
After years of training, Sirscha Ashwyn is determined to become the queen’s next royal spy. But her plans soon become derailed when shamans attack and kill her best friend Saengo – and she somehow restores his life. Sirscha becomes the first soulguide in generations, and is summoned to the Spider King and his domain. For centuries, he has used his influence over the Dead Wood, a forest possessed by souls, but now the trees are growing wild and untamed and only a soulguide can restrain them. As war looms, Sirscha must master her new powers in order to keep the peace.
Seasons of the Storm by Elle Cosimano
Jack Sommers was once faced with a choice: live forever by the magical rules of Gaia or die. Jack chose to live and became a Winter, an immortal embodiment of the season who must hunt and kill an Autumn each year. But when Jack and Fleur, a Spring, fall for one another, they’ll have to escape the cycle that’s keeping them apart – especially as the Springs must kill a Winter every year.
Woven in Moonlight by Isabel Ibañez
Ximena is a decoy for her Condesa, the last remaining Illustrian royal. Once, her people lost everything when the usurper, Atoc, used a magic relic to drive them out of La Ciudad. Now Ximena is determined on revenge, and when Atoc demands her Condesa’s hand in marriage, Ximena sees this as the perfect chance. If she can find the relic, she could put her Condesa back on the throne. But when a masked vigilante challenges her, Ximena’s mission might be more complicated to complete.
Bone Crier’s Moon by Kathryn Purdie
Bone Criers keep the dead from preying on the living. But their power to ferry the spirits to the afterworlds comes at a price: the Bone Criers’ one true love. Ailesse has been trained since birth to become the next matriarch of the Bone Criers, but first she must complete her rite of passage and kill the boy she is destined to love. Bastien’s father was slain by a Bone Crier and is determined on revenge, but when he captures one, Ailesse’s ritual begins. Sabine never could stomach the Bone Criers work, but when her best friend Ailesse is kidnapped, she is determined to save her and break the bond between Ailesse and Bastien – before they all die.
Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles
In a ruined city, magicians come together to compete to become the headliner for the Conquering Circus. Kallia is a powerful showgirl who is determined to prove she is the best. Jack is the enigmatic keeper of the club – and may have told a lie or two. Demarco is the brooding judge with a dark past he can no longer hide. But as the competitors start missing one by one, these three must uncover the dark plot before they are next.
Rogue Princess by B.R. Myers
Princess Deilia must marry a prince to help save her failing planet, but she secretly dreams of true love. When she decides to chart her own course, she steals a spaceship to avoid the marriage – but happens upon a handsome stowaway. Aidan just wanted to “borrow” a few trinkets to help him leave the planet, but he didn’t expect to be kidnapped by a runaway princess. As the pair battle each other’s wits, they must team up to uncover a rebel conspiracy that could destroy their planet – all while not trying to fall for one another.