With summer in full bloom, it’s time to put down our heavy, dark fantasy tomes and pick up something light. I find my feeds flooded with contemporary romances and summer comedies, but as someone who always gravitates to other lands, I decided to recommend some fantasies which are heavier on the romance, and lighter on world building. Four of these are fantasy, and one a science fiction retelling which is perfect for those starting in the genre.
The Remnant Chronicles by Mary E. Pearson [Trilogy]
I’ve been raving a lot about this series lately. It’s a quick read, and the perfect light fantasy, inspiring this entire post. We follow Lia, a runaway princess as she’s torn between two mysterious men in a world she’s struggling to navigate. With magic absent, and her identity at risk of being exposed, Lia must decide what to put first: her heart or her kingdom.
Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini [Trilogy]
This is an old ya series which deserves a lot of hype. Helen comes across Lucas, a boy she had never seen before and realities too things: she wants to be with him and murder him. Which impulse will win? With Greek mythology, Helen and Lucas have no idea that they are part of something bigger than themselves. With mystery and romance, you’ll be enchanted.
The Sin Eaters Daughter by Melinda Salisbury [Trilogy]
Twylla lives in a tower, not because she’s a princess, but because she’s the executioner. She kills with a touch, and finds herself lonely until she meets her new guard, who offers her kindness. But will a treasonous romance be the least of her worries?
The Winners Curse by Marie Rutkoski [Trilogy]
This is the only series on my list I haven’t finished, so I’m judging this off the first book alone -I’ll be reading book two soon. This is a quick book to fly through, with a tense slow burn romance. Kestrel, the daughter of the general, feels trapped, society demands that when a woman turns twenty, she must either marry or join the military. She wants to do neither, her passion is with strategy, not fighting. She loves music. When she meets Arin, a slave, she finds it difficult to keep proper boundaries between them.
The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Myer [Four book series]
This is a science fiction series, but it’s world building is light and easy to understand. Each book is a retelling. Cinder, the first installment, is set in a world of cyborgs, androids and humans in New Beijing. Cinder is a gifted mechanic, but when she becomes entangled with Prince Kai, she finds herself in a forbidden romance. With a plot of loyalty and betrayal, Cinder learns what it means to uncover truths she wished stayed buried.
That’s all my recommendations. I hope you enjoyed this post. Let me know your perfect summer reads.
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