Updated: Mar 4

I am so excited to be a part of this month's bookish blog hop, celebrating YA science fiction. Often, in young adult book circles, the word science fiction draws groans or general disinterest. There's a pervasive idea that science fiction books are inaccessible. To combat this, I'm bringing you one of my absolute favorite genre mashups-- young adult science fiction books with royalty.

Be sure to scroll to the bottom of this article for more blog stops and a chance to win 5 free YA sci-fi e-books from our prize pool (of your choosing)!

#1 The Lunar Chronicles

Books in Series: Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, & Winter

Young Adult Science Fiction Books with Royalty - Cinder

The first on the list has to be The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. So much credit to this author for jumpstarting a love of science fiction in a brand new generation of young female readers. A group that often shies away from sci-fi. The Lunar Chronicles is based on classic fairy tales with a sci-fi twist.

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth's fate hinges on one girl. . . .

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She's a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister's illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai's, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world's future.

#2 Shadows & Starlight

Books in Series: Seven Crowns, The Botanist's Game, Rule of Shadows, Fallen Kingdom

Young Adult Science Fiction Books with Royalty - Seven crowns

Full disclosure, this is my book series! So, I might be a little bit biased. 😉 Shadows & Starlight features magic, dystopian royalty, and sci-fi. A perfect fit for this list.

Sixteen-year-old Ana finds her ordinary life upended after she learns she’s the sole heir to a dynasty on another planet — one where seven families share the crown. Now targeted by deadly assassins, can she navigate a dangerous new world… and fight to survive? A magical page-turner that kicks off a series!

Travel to a glittering, dangerous world with political alliances and ballgowns, perfect for fans of The Hunger Games and Cinder.

#3 Crownchasers

Books in Series: Crown Chasers, Throne Breakers

A deadly competition for the throne will determine more than just the fate of the empire in this duology opener.

YA Sci-Fi Books with Royalty

A deadly race across 1,001 planets will determine more than just the fate of the empire.

Alyssa Farshot has spent her whole life trying to outrun her family legacy, even leaving behind the Kingship and her uncle, the emperor, for a life of exploring.

But when her dying uncle announces a crownchase—a search for the royal seal hidden in the empire that will determine the next ruler—Alyssa is thrust into her greatest, most dangerous adventure yet.

#4 - The Other Side of the Sky

Books in Series: The Other Side of the Sky, Beyond the End of the World

This list would be remiss without an addition from the YA sci-fi queen herself, Amie Kaufman. Amie is also the author of the Illuminae and Aurora Rising series. She and co-author Meagan Spoon also have another sci-fi series called Starbound.

YA Sci-Fi Books with Royalty

Prince North’s home is in the sky, in a gleaming city held aloft by intricate engines, powered by technology.

Nimh is the living goddess of her people on the Surface, responsible for providing answers, direction—hope.

North’s and Nimh’s lives are entwined—though their hearts can never be. Linked by a terrifying prophecy and caught between duty and fate, they must choose between saving their people or succumbing to the bond that is forbidden between them.

#5 - Post-Apocalyptic Princesses

Books in Series: Girl in the Dark, Girl in the Snow, & More to Come

Evil stepmothers aren't born—they're made.

After a devastating plague nearly destroyed humanity, Vespera never expected to leave the safety of her rural homestead. But the ruling royals chose her to help repopulate the kingdom's capital city, and a single peasant girl can't defy a power-hungry new government without a death wish.

Things go from bad to worse when, instead of rewarding her loyalty as promised, the city officials doom her to a life of servitude and labor in the lowest class of society. When blind obedience to her rulers leaves her unemployed, homeless, and estranged from her family, Vespera’s attempt to change her fate and avenge the peaceful life she lost leads to even more trouble.

Because in a city swarming with nobles, soldiers, and rebels, revenge will come at a desperate cost...

#6 - The Kingdom

Books in Series: Standalone Novel

Sci-fi elements in a Disney-like theme park where all the princesses are robots… and one might be a murderer.

Welcome to the Kingdom… where "Happily Ever After" isn’t just a promise, but a rule.

Glimmering like a jewel behind its gateway, The Kingdom™ is an immersive fantasy theme park where guests soar on virtual dragons, castles loom like giants, and bioengineered species—formerly extinct—roam free.

Ana is one of seven Fantasists, beautiful “princesses” engineered to make dreams come true. When she meets park employee Owen, Ana begins to experience emotions beyond her programming including, for the first time… love.

But the fairytale becomes a nightmare when Ana is accused of murdering Owen, igniting the trial of the century. Through courtroom testimony, interviews, and Ana’s memories of Owen, emerges a tale of love, lies, and cruelty—and what it truly means to be human.

#7 - Stars Fall Circle

Books in Series: When Planets Fall, When Dreamers Fall, When Heroes Fall

Looking for less ballgown and more epic sci-fi? Try the Stars Fall Circle series.

A bloodthirsty king. A wrecked starship ready for war. A disabled mechanic is the planet's only hope.

Breaker's home is cleaved by blood. The three tribes on the planet Scarlatti--whose only difference is their blood color--each want to exploit Breaker's valley for themselves. The feudal tension has already claimed red-blood Breaker's leg and his older brother. Now all Breaker wants is to maintain the tenuous peace in order to keep his little 'stroid of a brother alive.

Malani, a red-blood raised blue, is a kidnapped POW. She's determined to escape and return to her adoptive home. The secrets she carries could help the blue-bloods win... if they don't fall into the wrong hands.

Luka wants to right the wrongs done to his family and bathe his home in justice. He'll do whatever it takes, and where Luka goes, trouble is never far behind.

With the discovery of a wrecked starship, these three paths intersect. Breaker is given seven days by the green-bloods to fix and hand the starship over as a weapon. If he fails, his family will be killed and his home taken.

War is coming. War respects no boundaries. And war leaves no survivors.

Did you find a new series to love?

I hope so! You can get the first two books in my YA sci-fi royalty series, Shadows & Starlight today. Book three is now available for pre-order. The cover reveal is coming soon!

Be sure to check out the rest of this amazing blog hop for even more YA Sci-Fi appreciation!

10 Young Adult Sci-Fi Books You'll Devour If You Love Young Adult Fantasy Novels

Cyborgs & Crowns: Young Adult Science Fiction Books with Royalty

5 Reasons You Should Read YA Sci-Fi

Review of Blue Bloods by Melissa de la Cruz - A Gem in the YA World

5 Awesome YA Sci-fi Covers

Parallel Universes and Portal Fantasy

Should I Read YA Science Fiction? Readers Share What They Love about the Genre.

Out-of-This-World YA Indie Sci-Fi Books!

The Mirror Souls: YA Sci-Fi Trilogy for Love Triangle Fans

Altering human traits... can it really happen?

Win 5 FREE YA books of your choosing!

You can apply here or see the full list of prize options here.

What better way to kick off February than with a dash of romance? 💖 Tiktok loves a bad boy. So does Insta. With the enemies to lovers trope at an all-time high, there are lots of bad boys to fall in love with. But in this article, the nice guy ALWAYS gets the girl!

This post is a part of the Bookish Blog Hop for February. Check out some of the other great posts below. You can also enter our Amazon gift card giveaway at the bottom of this article.

Book Boyfriends & Girlfriends

Nice Guys Finish First: My Favorite YA Book Boyfriends

You've heard the saying, "Nice guys finish last." Not today, friends. Not today. This post is all about the good guys of YA.

Peeta Mellark from The Hunger Games

I LOVE Peeta's character, and he is 100% worthy of the top slot on this list.

Best Dystopian Meet Cute Moment

Peeta's family owns a bakery. Katniss is starving and out in the rain. Peeta intentionally burns bread so that he can give it to her, earning him a punishment from his parents.

Peeta is strong and a fierce competitor, but he is always kind to Katniss. During their fake dating, Peeta is the first to fall in love.

Wholesome Overload

“You're still trying to protect me. Real or not real," he whispers.

"Real," I answer. "Because that's what you and I do, protect each other.”

Maalik from Guardian Angel Academy

This series is a lesser known gem. I absolutely loved it and finished all four books in less than a week. They were, at times, poignant, thought-provoking, and adventurous.

But onto our nice guy...

Maalik is the essence of patience and kindness. He's good to our MC, Jez, who has been accepted into Guardian Angel Academy... straight from Hell. He has a LOT of doubts about her presence at the school, but he helps her study and keeps her secret.

He quickly begins to see Jez as someone with potential. Someone he cares about. Cue the beginning of this EPIC love story. I don't want to say too much and spoil the story for those who haven't read, but Maalik is the sort of guy who would move mountains for the people he loves.

Jem Carstairs from Infernal Devices

“Will has always been the brighter burning star, the one to catch attention — but Jem is a steady flame, unwavering and honest. He could make you happy.” - Clockwork Prince

Visit the artist on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/alana.rene.art/

Reasons to fall in love with Jem Carstairs... how much time do you have? He's handsome. He plays the violin. He's got a tragic backstory that has made him stronger and more compassionate. He's the best friend you could find (even though his best friend can be challenging at times).

And if you were laboring under the delusion that there would be no steam... think again! (Within YA genre constrains, of course.)

Looking for more book boyfriends? Meet the guys from the Shadows & Starlight series.

Seven Crowns (Book 1 of Shadows & Starlight) has several leading guys to fall for. No, it's not a giant love square! (Is that even a thing?)

Adam - Dark hair, green eyes, polished. Charming, driven, and competitive with a penchant for jealousy. A thirst to prove himself. Falls easily into leadership positions.

Holden - Blond hair, preppy look. Dependable and hard working. Loyal to a fault when it comes to those closest to him. Prefers to be laying under an engine or piloting something fast.

Samuel - Long dark hair and golden eyes like a cat. Witty, charming, and bookish with a dash of paranoia. Certified night owl. Not afraid to step outside of the status quo.

February Giveaway

Enter below for a chance to win an Amazon gift card!

Happy New Year! Do you listen to playlists? Recently, I've been really into dark academia playlists on YouTube. They set such an incredible mood that sometimes I feel transported into the scene of a story! Alas, I don't have time to chase plot bunnies. So, instead, I channeled it all into this blog post, celebrating the most ruthless and ambitious characters in YA!

This post is a part of the New Year, New Books Blog Hop hosted by YA Sci-Fi & Fantasy Addicts. Each post has a fun article and a chance to an Amazon gift card! So be sure to hop around.

New Year's in the Slytherin Common Room:

Celebrating the Most Ruthless & Ambitious Characters in YA

Welcome to the Slytherin Common Room, where the cunning and ambitious will always find their kind. Slytherins get a bad rap, but ambition itself is neither good nor evil. It's all in how you use it. In fact, let's not forget the sorting hat wanted to put Harry in this house. Without further ado, here are the my favorite ruthless and/or ambitious characters in YA!

slytherin ya books

"The Slytherin common room was a long, low underground room with rough stone walls and ceiling, from which round, greenish lamps were hanging on chains. A fire was crackling under an elaborately carved mantelpiece ahead of them, and several Slytherins were silhouetted around it in carved chairs."

- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Want to set the mood?

Slytherin Common Room Music - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-aadskAxEEw

Jude Duarte from Folk of the Air

Fan Art by Sasha Lee Coleman. Check her out on Insta @sashac_art to see more of her amazing work.

“If I cannot be better than them, I will become so much worse.” - Jude Duarte

If you haven't read this series yet, you need to! Holly Black's prose is beautiful, and the characters are richly developed, especially the morally grey protagonist, Jude Duarte.

Jude is a human who has been raised in Faerie. As such, she is always at a disadvantage and usually in danger. Yet, she never flinches. She learns combat, stands up to her bullies, and gives as good as she gets. She's NEVER content to stay in the background.

Jude is willing to do many morally grey things, but she is also protective of the people close to her.

Peter Wiggin from Ender's Game

"I'm going to rule, Val... But I want it to be something worth ruling... A Pax Americana through the whole world."

Art by Paper Lait. You can view more of their work at https://www.deviantart.com/paperlait/

Did someone say messed up sibling dynamics? Hello Ender's Game.

The oldest of the Wiggin children, Peter, is the perfect Slytherin-- brilliant, strategic, and utterly ruthless. He's the kind of Slytherin that would serve Lord Voldemort but only to tear him down and replace him.

When his younger brother is selected for Battle School to train to fight off alien invaders, he's furious to have been overlooked.

Instead, he turns to influencing global politics...at the ripe age of 13.

Alessandra Stathos from Shadows Between Us

“They've never found the body of the first and only boy who broke my heart. And they never will.” - Shadows Between Us

Character Art by Darkerstar. View her work at: https://darkerstaredits.tumblr.com/

Warning! This one is a standalone, so if you start this book, you'll be done in no time! lol

Alessandra Stathos is a total femme fatale. She loves the spotlight and knows how to turn heads. She starts the story off with tale starts off the story with one goal: woo the shadow king, kill him, and take his throne. It doesn't get more ambitious or ruthless than that.

Read my full book review over at the YA Sci-Fi & Fantasy Addicts blog.

Percy Weasley from Harry Potter

“Percy's enjoying work, then? said Harry, sitting down on one of the beds and watching the Chudley Cannons zooming in and out of the posters on the ceiling.

'Enjoying it?' said Ron darkly. 'I don't reckon he'd come home if Dad didn't make him. He's obsessed.

How odd that the only Harry Potter character included in this list was not sorted into Slytherin. Still, even the sorting hat is entitled to its mistakes.

There's nothing evil or wicked about Percy. He just wants to be successful. Like most kids, he goes through a stage where he is a little embarrassed of his family. He doesn't want to wear hand-me-down robes or work in the most underappreciated department at the Ministry of Magic.

No. Percy wants so much more. Whenever we see him in the early part of the series, he is studying, serving the school, or ingratiating himself to a leadership figure. He earns a spot as Prefect and later Head Boy at Hogwarts.

After graduation, he lands a job at the Ministry of Magic. He is constantly talking about his boss and trying to ingratiate himself. Quickly, he finds his way to the right hand of the Minister of Magic himself.

In the later books, Percy faces a choice between his family and his career ambitions. Guess which one he picks? (At least initially.)

Warner from Shatter Me

“And if you insist on continuing to make assumptions about my character, I’ll advise you only this: assume you will always be wrong.”

- Ignite Me

Art Credit: Ioweana.art Check out their work on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/loweana.art/

Warner is a character who starts off a seemingly simplistic antagonist until you realize everything you thought about him may be wrong. He's got Snape vibes, and you have to keep looking to discover what really drives him.

But, oh, is he ambitious! Warner is the epitome of Machiavelli's quote, "The ends justify the means."

He is the leader of a large contingent of the military and will shoot even his own men with no hesitation...if it serves his purposes.

Looking for more Slytherin reads?

Try the Shadows & Starlight series. I can't say too much without spoilers, but you'll find many ambitious and cunning characters lurking in the shadows.

🗹 Shifting Political Alliances

🗹 Hidden Adversaries

🗹 Royal Court Intrigue

🗹 Dash of Romance + An Interstellar Twist

Start Reading Today on:




Apple Books

Win a $30 Gift Card!

Start your new year off with some free Amazon shopping! Enter for a chance to win.