40 Royal Reads for YA Fans

Posted by Marie on September 10, 2019
Bow down, readers. We've rounded up the most popular royal books in the young adult fandom. How are we qualifying their noble pedigree? If their story contains court intrigue, palace drama, or kingdoms in peril, you'll likely find it below.

For this list, we measured popularity by looking at the number of times readers have added these books to their Want to Read shelves. To keep it focused, we only included royal reads published within the last ten years (sorry, Graceling and The Princess Diaries).

Additionally, if an author wrote more than one regally themed series (looking at you, Sarah J. Maas and Leigh Bardugo), we only included a single title. We also have a section of the most beloved monarchs currently holding court in 2019. Long may they reign.

As you can see, YA sci-fi and fantasy titles take the lion's share of this list. Though there are a few new contemporaries that have recently popped up, including Rachel Hawkins' Her Royal Highness and American Royals by Katherine McGee.

Which ones will you be raising your banners for? Let us know in the comments!

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Royal Reads from 2019 (So Far)
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Which royal reads would you recommend for YA fans? Let us know in the comments!

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message 1: by Madison (new)

Madison Terwilliger ♥ YES! I'm so happy they did an article about all the best royal YA books! I'm always flocking to this genre.


message 2: by Elena (new)

Elena Couldn't have gotten here at a better time. Need a new read 🥰🥰


message 3: by kylie (new)

kylie callender Another great one that I REALLY loved was Red, White & Royal Blue


message 4: by Michele (new)

Michele Look for Annie Sullivan's royal YA titles "A Touch of Gold," and "Tiger Queen," which released today!


message 5: by Rachel (new)

Rachel Feeck Love that And I Darken is up here.

Not quite a 'royal' setting, but there is a prince so... adding The Merciful Crow to the list.


message 6: by Jenny (new)

Jenny Where is "A Court of Thorns and Roses" by Sarah J. Maas? That is one of my favorites. Also "Ghosts of the Shadowmarket" by Cassandra Clare is really good. I just finished it last week.


message 7: by Christine (new)

Christine Farragher The Black Jewel Trilogy by Anne Bishop and A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness are two of my all time favorites


message 8: by Vernice (new)

Vernice Tan omg yasss throne of glass definitely deserves the spot but a court of thorn and roses should be up there too!!


message 9: by Alya (new)

Alya I'm starting the Cruel Prince this week!


message 10: by Jamie (new)

Jamie "if an author wrote more than one regally themed series (looking at you, Sarah J. Maas and Leigh Bardugo), we only included a single title."
🙂


message 11: by Jenny (new)

Jenny A Discovery of Witches is on my To-read list.


message 12: by Jenny (new)

Jenny Check out Brandon Sanderson's "Skyward".


message 13: by Eleanor (new)

Eleanor Lavish If you want some old school royals in a new school setting, definitely Once & Future


message 14: by Angelina (new)

Angelina Fiore Madison wrote: "YES! I'm so happy they did an article about all the best royal YA books! I'm always flocking to this genre."

Me too I love them so much.


message 15: by Angelina (new)

Angelina Fiore kylie wrote: "Another great one that I REALLY loved was Red, White & Royal Blue"

Yes I just finished it.


message 16: by Katey (new)

Katey This is an incredible list! yay - more to add to my wish list.


message 17: by Katey (new)

Katey Alya wrote: "I'm starting the Cruel Prince this week!"

I loved it sooooo much


message 18: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer Jenny wrote: "Where is "A Court of Thorns and Roses" by Sarah J. Maas? That is one of my favorites. Also "Ghosts of the Shadowmarket" by Cassandra Clare is really good. I just finished it last week."

I so agree with this "A Court of Thorns and Roses" is so good!!


message 19: by Imani (last edited Sep 11, 2019 05:55PM) (new)

Imani looking at the list I realize I read like half of the books on it. xD I really love royal YA books. lol


message 20: by Krystle (new)

Krystle Thank you for this! I found some new reads. I am so happy to see Mary E. Pearson on this list. The Remnant Chronicles and Dance of Thieves are some of my favorites! I also loved The Queen’s Rising and Everless!


message 21: by Nicko (new)

Nicko Moknu I've read a fair good number of these. :P


message 22: by Ananiah (last edited Sep 20, 2019 01:18AM) (new)

Ananiah I've read only TWO of these so far so reading time .Any recommendations on books that have the TRULY DEVIOUS feel please do suggest


message 23: by Izzy (last edited Sep 20, 2019 02:07AM) (new)

Izzy Looking at this list, I've either read them or they're on by TBR list. :D
(And to those who're interested in reading 'The Queen of the Tearling', do NOT read past book 1. It changes genres in the second book and, looking at spoilers, becomes a complete waste of time in the last book.)

Here are some more suggestions:
Trick (Foolish Kingdoms, #1) by Natalia Jaster The Queen of All that Dies (The Fallen World, #1) by Laura Thalassa Rhapsodic (The Bargainer, #1) by Laura Thalassa Air Awakens (Air Awakens, #1) by Elise Kova The Bird and the Sword (The Bird and the Sword Chronicles, #1) by Amy Harmon Thorn by Intisar Khanani An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson Warprize (Chronicles of the Warlands, #1) by Elizabeth Vaughan


message 24: by Shaniya (new)

Shaniya Brown I just finished Children of Blood and Bone and it was an amazing book, had me glued to my seat with suspense


message 25: by Maike (new)

Maike Forgot to include Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston! 😉


message 26: by Debbie (new)

Debbie Check out The Golden Pearl and The Lotus Pearl, both by Cassandra Beck!


message 27: by Dayanara (new)

Dayanara Ryelle I liked King of Flames, but you have to be certain to read King of Shadows right after. By itself, Flames is a blah book with a meh ending. Fortunately, Kat Kingsley herself reached out to me on here and said, "Hey, my editor cut my story off in the wrong place. Here's a copy of Shadows!" and it was much better.


message 28: by Autumn (new)

Autumn So is royalty the new hot trend in YA then (similar to the dystopian craze from a few years ago, and vampires before that)?


message 29: by Dayanara (new)

Dayanara Ryelle Autumn wrote: "So is royalty the new hot trend in YA then (similar to the dystopian craze from a few years ago, and vampires before that)?"

I think royalty has been hot for quite a few years, it's just been underground. Two of these series (Red Queen and The Selection) have already finished; Selection even went on to have two spin-offs with the protagonist's daughter.


message 30: by enqi ☁️✨ (new)

enqi ☁️✨ omg i love this


message 31: by Stacey (new)

Stacey O'Neale I wish The Shadow Prince had made the list. The Mortal Enchantment series is all about the battles between the ruling elemental families.


message 32: by HK (new)

HK THANKS GOODREADS for this!! I love these types of books and so many are on my TBR!!


message 33: by Jessica/Carissa (new)

Jessica/Carissa Robinson 3 months later, and I am STILL struggling with 'Glass Sword', book #2 in the Red Queen series... Mare is just so angsty and complains all throughout the book it seems!!


message 34: by Emily (new)

Emily Wells Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore was an excellent royal read! Bitterblue


message 35: by Y (new)

Y The Remnant Chronicles by Mary E. Pearson is amazing as well!!
The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles, #1) by Mary E. Pearson The Heart of Betrayal (The Remnant Chronicles, #2) by Mary E. Pearson The Beauty of Darkness (The Remnant Chronicles, #3) by Mary E. Pearson


message 36: by 君翊 (new)

君翊 Read quite a few of these before seeing this list and I just wanted to say that Girls of Paper and Fire and And I Darken are definitely worth reading.


message 37: by Lina (new)

Lina Katey wrote: "Alya wrote: "I'm starting the Cruel Prince this week!"

I loved it sooooo much"


i loved it too much!! i can't even read another book because i'm still in elfhame!!


message 38: by Bridget (new)

Bridget I don't normally read this sort of fiction but I may give it a try. Who knows? Maybe I'll find what I'm looking for. Any recommendations? What do I absolutely have to read?


message 39: by Asia (new)

Asia Carissa wrote: "3 months later, and I am STILL struggling with 'Glass Sword', book #2 in the Red Queen series... Mare is just so angsty and complains all throughout the book it seems!!"

If you ever get past book 2, I'd stop after book 3. I never read book 4 because (for me) the story line just went downhill.


message 40: by Asia (new)

Asia Lina wrote: "Katey wrote: "Alya wrote: "I'm starting the Cruel Prince this week!"

I loved it sooooo much"

i loved it too much!! i can't even read another book because i'm still in elfhame!!"


There is a new book coming out soon about Carden! I am so excited for it!!


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