Valentine's Day is almost here! Maybe you like to read romance all year round, or perhaps you're mostly interested in it during this time of year. Either way, if you're a fan of romantic fantasy books, check out this list of ten great "romantasies" that we've compiled here!
1. A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer: a Beauty and the Beast retelling. Harper is magically abducted from Washington, D.C., to Emberfall, a kingdom in peril whose prince is under a curse. A vindictive sorceress is determined to stop Harper from breaking it. Starts a (fantastic) trilogy.
2. The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger: the celebrated love story (we love the movie and want to see the show!) of Henry, a librarian who time travels against his will, and Clare, the woman whose life he has always been part of, before he even knew it.
3. Newt's Emerald by Garth Nix: a Regency romance with a fantasy twist. Lady Truthful must disguise herself as a man, in order to keep her reputation intact, as she searches London for her missing emerald.
4. Stardust by Neil Gaiman: Tristan crosses a wall into a magical country in order to catch a falling star and bring it back to the girl he loves. But he's not the only one after the star, and dangerous enemies will do anything to get it.
5. The Sorcerer's Receptionist by Mako: Commoner Nanalie has always dreamed of working for the prestigious Sorcerer's Guild. She must attend a magic school and compete against nobility, especially her rival, a duke's son. She wins and they go their separate ways, but she can't forget him.
6. Fairy Godmothers, Inc. by Saranna DeWylde: hilarious and charming, starts a series. The town of Ever After, Missouri, needs a reboot. Three local fairy godmothers concoct a scheme to turn it into a wedding destination, which includes convincing exes to marry . . . what could go wrong?
7. Sorcery and Cecelia by Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline Stevermer: like Pride and Prejudice but with magic! Cecelia and Kate must stop a scheme to destroy a beloved wizard . . . but they also have to worry about debutante balls and choosing dresses and suitors.
8. The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea by Axie Oh: a retelling of a classic Korean folktale. Mina sacrifices herself in the place of Cheong, the woman her brother loves. In the Spirit Realm, she's fated to be the Sea God's bride, but enemies try to stop her from breaking his curse, and she may lose her heart to another.
9. East by Edith Pattou: Rose accepts an offer from a huge white bear to live with him in his castle in exchange for her family's health and prosperity. But after she makes a devastating mistake, she undertakes a dangerous quest to fix what she broke and save someone she loves.
10. Enchanted, Inc. by Shanna Swendson: Katie Chandler is so normal that magic can’t affect her in any way. When she moves to New York City, she sees right through all the enchantments covering up unusual activity. This lands her a job, and a love interest or three.
What's your favorite romantic fantasy (or sci-fi) book? Tell us in the comments!
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