The best young-adult sci-fi/fantasy with a swoon-inducing love story

A.N. Willis Author Of The Corridor
By A.N. Willis

Who am I?

I fell in love with young adult romance from the first time I read Twilight. Teenagers feel a first-time love so deeply—especially when there are life-and-death fantastical dangers surrounding them! I couldn’t get enough of these sci-fi/fantasy love stories, so I started writing my own. These picks are for YA fans who enjoy a sprinkling of magic or an epic space battle thrown in with their heart-pounding romance.


I wrote...

The Corridor

By A.N. Willis,

Book cover of The Corridor

What is my book about?

Stel Alaster can travel between parallel universes. But she never expected to fall for an infuriating boy from a different version of Earth. As she tries to unravel the mysteries behind her power, the fate of every world—and the fate of her heart—hangs in the balance.

The books I picked & why

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Across the Universe

By Beth Revis,

Book cover of Across the Universe

Why this book?

A love story for the ages, set inside of a giant spaceship! Amy wakes up from cryogenic sleep only to fall for a boy she was never supposed to meet… Add in great writing, a murder mystery, and the dark vacuum of space, and you’ve got every ingredient for a timeless young adult journey. Amy + Elder forever.


Carry On

By Rainbow Rowell,

Book cover of Carry On

Why this book?

What if the Chosen One fell in love with his nemesis? I’d curl up with any Rainbow Rowell book, but the chemistry between Simon and Baz is second to none. Baz is the kind of bad boy you can’t help but swoon for. This book takes a fan fiction trope and turns it into an epic love story with so much heart.


The Appearance of Annie van Sinderen

By Katherine Howe,

Book cover of The Appearance of Annie van Sinderen

Why this book?

A girl from the past meets a boy from the present—cue the historical details and atmospheric settings. Not every love story ends with a happily ever after, yet sometimes the most impossible attractions are also the most compelling. This book left me captivated even after the last page.


These Broken Stars: A Starbound Novel

By Amie Kaufman, Meagan Spooner,

Book cover of These Broken Stars: A Starbound Novel

Why this book?

Lilac and Tarver barely escape a luxury spaceliner crash, only to end up trapped alone on an inhospitable planet. Tarver is one of those YA military heroes that makes the most jaded reader sigh with longing. He and Lilac clash immediately—fireworks!—and when they fall into each other’s arms (because of course they do), it’s so very satisfying.


Dyrwolf: A Young Adult Fantasy Romance

By Kat Kinney,

Book cover of Dyrwolf: A Young Adult Fantasy Romance

Why this book?

Lea hunts werewolves to protect her village, and Henrik is…yep, you guessed it. But he’s also literally the boy from her dreams. The magnetic attraction between these two is unforgettable! My eyes were glued to the page through the last quarter, when war escalates and Lea finds allies—and new enemies—she never would’ve expected. 


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