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


message 4: by Michele (new)

Michele Thomas 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 Elenitsas (new)

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


message 17: by Katey Elenitsas (new)

Katey Elenitsas 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 Davis-Zerbe 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!


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