YA Romances that Touch the Stars


Oh, the stars and night sky. The nightly spectacle is super romantic. There is nothing we like more than stories that touch the sky. Romances that are inspired by the stars and harken to the heavens are super swoon-worthy as they bring the mystery and magic of the night sky closer to us. These six YA books are full of fantasy, love stories, and starry adventure. 

Star Daughter by Shveta Thakrar

Sheetal is the daughter of a mortal and a star. After years of pretending to be “normal,” she accidentally puts her human father into the hospital due to an accidental flare of her starfire. In order to save him, she finds herself in the celestial court. There she must compete as her family’s champion in a competition to decide the next ruling house of the heavens – and win, or risk never returning to Earth ever again. 

Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles

In a city covered in ice and ruins, a group of magicians must compete to become the next headliner of the Conquering Circus. But soon they are under threat of an unseen danger. Kallia is a showgirl who is determined to rise to the top. Jack is the keeper of a club who has a number of lies up his sleeve. Demarco is a brooding judge with a dark past he can no longer hide. As each act becomes more and more risky, Kallia, Jack, and Demarco must reckon with their secrets in order to survive the competition. 

The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

Maya is cursed with a horoscope that promises marriage to death and destruction. While she is determined for more scholarly pursuits, her father, the Raja, arranges a politically convenient wedding for her to stop the rebellions. Soon Maya becomes the queen of Akaran and wife of Amar, finding power, her voice, and passion. But Akaran has its own secrets, and Maya suspects that her life is in danger. With the fate of worlds hanging in the balance, Maya must unravel an ancient mystery in order to save everyone and herself. 

Hunted by the Sky by Tanaz Bhathena

Gul has been on the run for her life thanks to her star-shaped birthmark and the death of her parents at the hands of King Lohar. So when a group of rebel women called the Sisters of the Golden Lotus rescue her and train her in warrior magic, Gul becomes determined for revenge. Cavas will do anything to save his ailing father, even join the king’s army. But when he runs into Gul in the capital’s bazaar, their chemistry grows and he becomes a part of her revenge mission. But dangerous circumstances soon bring both Gul and Cavas to the king’s domain of Amber Fort where there are secrets more dangerous than their own. 

Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim

There is nothing Maia Tamarin wants more in life than to be a great tailor. But as a girl, the best she can hope for is to marry well. When her father is summoned to go to the palace, Maia dresses as a boy and travels there instead. Little does she know she will be competing with eleven other tailors to become a renowned court tailor. Between backstabbing and lies, Maia must compete and create the best dresses for the future Empress-to-be in hope of obtaining the job. It doesn’t help that Edan, the court magician, seems to see right through her disguise. When  she successfully makes it to the last round of the competition, Maia and Edan must team up so she can obtain the magical materials to sew the bride-to-be’s wedding dresses. 

Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett

Ever since last year’s homecoming dance, Zorie and Lennon have been avoiding each other. But when a camping trip goes wrong, the pair find themselves stuck with each other in the wilderness. As they are forced to work together to find their way to safety, Zorie and Lennon are also forced to hash out their issues. But as the two find themselves heading deeper and deeper into the Californian wilderness, secrets and hidden feelings resurface. But can Zorie and Lennon’s relationship survive the real world or it is just a side effect of surviving in nature and sleeping under sparkling stars?  

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