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A couple of years back, I started diversifying my reads by getting into clean fantasy romance books.
Clean fantasy romance books are often known as young adult fantasy romance books. Although it has been a genre readers are familiar with, clean fantasy romance is gaining popularity because not everybody wants to read spicy fantasy romance books.
These fantasy romance books without spice typically features characters that are in their teens to early twenties. However, clean fantasy romance books can also be enjoyed by adult readers.
Don’t underestimate a good young adult romantasy! Despite it’s lack of spice, it’s still full or witty banter, playful flirting and heart-warming moments that’ll make you swoon.
Fantasy Book Lists
16 Clean YA Fantasy Romance Books
1. Daughter of The Moon Goddess by Sue Lyn Tan
Daughter of The Moon Goddess is inspired by Chinese mythology – the story of Chang’e and Houyi.
Many of you would know this story as the reason why many Chinese people celebrate the mid-autumn festival.
The plot focuses around their daughter, Xingyin who is determined to free her mother, (Chang’e – the moon goddess) that is bound to the moon.
With intricate world-building, relatable characters, a brewing romance plus an enticing plot, this book stirs the deepest of emotions within us.
2. Divine Rivals by Rebecca Ross
Divine Rivals is a clean romance fantasy novel following Iris Winnow, a writer who works for the local paper.
Her brother has gone to war, initiated by the gods and her grieving mother has quit her job. Iris has no choice but to compete for the columnist position at the local paper to support her family.
However, in her way stands Roman Kitt, a young and dashing man who is also competing for the same position.
The two cannot stand each other, but soon Roman finds out that the mysterious women he has been writing letters to is no other than Iris.
3. Six Crimson Cranes by Elizabeth Lim
Six Crimson Cranes takes us through a story revolving around Princess Shiori and her six brothers trying to break a curse that was put on them by their stepmother, causing her brothers to turn into, you guessed it – crimson cranes.
This book is also a retelling of a fantasy tale called – The Wild Swans. Shiori has to break the curse but the catch is, she’s not allowed to utter a word. If she speaks, her brothers will die.
If you like a book with a strong female protagonist and a brewing romance, this book will be fun to read.
Read More: Review: Six Crimson Cranes by Elizabeth Lim
4. Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
Clockwork Angel is the first book in a YA fantasy trilogy with plenty of romance.
It’s about Tessa, an American girl who travels to Victorian London in search of her brother.
When she arrives, she finds herself pulled into a shadowy underworld full of magical creatures, captivated by two boys that she meets.
5. The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
This is the first book in a very popular YA fantasy series. Jude is a human girl who has been raised in the faerie world, requiring her to be cutthroat and cunning in order to survive.
She hates the youngest faerie prince Cardan, who makes her life miserable.
But in a twist of fate, their paths cross and they find they might not hate each other so much after all.
If you’re a big fan of the enemies-to-lovers trope, you’ll love Jude and Cardan’s relationship dynamic. One of the best fantasy enemies to lovers books I’ve ever read!
6. Caraval by Stephanie Garber
If you are looking for a whimsical and romantic fantasy series, you will love Caraval.
This is the first book in a YA fantasy trilogy following two sisters, Scarlett and Tella, who receive an invitation to the mysterious Caraval, a once-a-year competition where the audience become performers in an elaborate show.
7. What The River Knows by Isabel Ibanez
What The River Knows is one of the best magic fantasy romance books without spice.
Set in 1800s, the book follows Inez, a young Argentinian girl who finds out that her parents has passed away in Egypt during one of their excavation trips. She sets off on a journey to Egypt, to confront her archeologist uncle and to unveil the mystery of her parent’s death.
In her way stands her uncle’s assistant, a handsome young British man who will do anything to ship her back to Argentina.
If you’re looking for an enemies to lovers cozy romantasy rich in Egypt history and a bit of mythology, this clean fantasy read is for you!
8. A Fragile Enchantment by Allison Saft
A Fragile Enchantment is a clean regency romance with some fantasy to it. The perfect hybrid for fans of Bridgerton and fantasy readers.
Niamh Ó Conchobhair has magic that lets her stitch emotions and memories into fabric. She jumps at the chance to design the wardrobe for a royal wedding in the neighboring kingdom of Avaland. However, Avaland is not the fairytale realm she envisioned. Amidst elegant events for the nobility, there’s unrest among the working class.
The groom himself, Kit Carmine, is begrudgingly being dragged to the altar as a political pawn. But when Niamh and Kit grow closer, an unlikely friendship blossoms into something more.
9. Lore of the Wilds by Analeigh Sbrana
In a world dominated by ruthless Fae, Lore Alemeyu’s village is ensnared in a forested prison. Aware of the futility of escape, given her scars from past failures, Lore strikes a desperate deal with a Fae lord when her village faces a threat.
She agrees to leave her home and organize an enchanted library untouched for a millennium, with the hope that a human might breach its cursed doors.
10. Emily Wilde’s Encyclopaedia of Faeries by Heather Fawcett
In this wholesome fantasy romance book, Cambridge professor Emily, is on a mission to put together an encyclopaedia of faeries.
She goes to a nordic country for her research and bumps into her insufferably handsome academic rival Wendell Bambleby.
This book has mystery, romance, and a lot of interesting facts about faeries that readers may enjoy learning in the form of journal entries.
11. Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco
Kingdom of the Wicked follows Emilia, a witch living in secrecy in 19th century Sicily with her family.
When her twin sister is murdered, Emilia will stop at nothing to find the killer. Including using dark magic to summon the demon prince Wrath, and working with her enemy in order to avenge her sister’s death.
12. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
Shadow and Bone is one of the best fantasy romance books out in the bookish world. In fact, it is now a netlfix series! The first book in this YA fantasy trilogy is full of magic, romance, and action.
Alina is an orphan whose life is changed in an instant when her rare magical ability is revealed.
Soon she’s swept off to the palace, and must choose between her childhood best friend Mal, or the handsome, enigmatic Darkling.
13. The Beautiful by Renee Ahdieh
Set in New Orleans in the 19th century, The Beautiful is a YA fantasy book filled with romance.
It’s about Celine, a girl who has left her home in Paris after a scandal for a fresh start in New Orleans.
But soon she finds herself pulled into a dark and alluring magical underworld, ruled by the enigmatic Sébastien.
14. These Hollow Vows by Lexi Ryan
If you like romances involving faeries, you will love These Hollow Vows.
Brie is a human girl whose sister is sold to a sadistic faerie king.
She’ll do whatever it takes to her sister back – but once she’s in the faerie realm, she finds herself pulled between two faerie princes, and discovers her own deeper role in the faerie courts.
15. Serpent and Dove by Shelby Mahurin
Serpent and Dove is an enemies to lovers fantasy romance. Lou is a witch, and Reid is a witch hunter.
But when a series of unlikely events bring the two together and force them into a marriage with one another, they start to fall in love despite their differences.
But what will happen when they learn each other’s true identities?
16. A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer
A Curse So Dark and Lonely is the first book in a YA fantasy trilogy that is based on Beauty and the Beast.
Rhen is a prince who has been cursed by a powerful enchantress, and the only way to break the curse is to find a girl who loves him.
That girl just might be Harper, although at first the two hate one another.
Wrap-Up: Clean Romantasy Books
These are the best clean fantasy romance books with no spice to add to your reading list.
Are there any other young adult fantasy romance books I should know about? Leave a comment for me below!
I’m always looking for recommendations for more YA fantasy romance books to add to my reading list.