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It's release day for Ink & Incantation, an enchanting anthology of YA stories featuring books & libraries! You can grab your copy at your favorite retailer.

📚 About the Book 📚

Celebrate the magic of books with this limited-time collection!

What's inside these enchanting pages?

  • A fae war is brewing, and only an ancient book has the power to stop it. If only the pages weren't blank!

  • A bookstore set in a steampunk world. The lights are flickering and objects are moving. Could the bookstore really be haunted?

  • A doomed love story set in the last known library. Can two teens preserve what really matters?

  • Two brothers. A wandering library. How far will they be willing to go to access this forbidden knowledge?

  • And many more stories!

✨100% of Proceeds Support YA Sci-Fi & Fantasy Addicts

YA Sci-Fi & Fantasy Addicts is a 5,000+ community of enthusiastic YA Sci-Fi & Fantasy readers and authors! We also have a blog, On our Facebook group, we have frequent author visits, giveaways, and reading challenges. Unfortunately, for some reason, our vendors keep sending us these pesky bills for things like “domain” and “hosting” and “email service.” I know, they confuse me too! So, the lovely author community rose up and offered to write fresh stories to fund our community for the next year or so.

A Special Note for Library Readers

Libraries are wonderful places! Dare I say magical?! Our anthology is available in ebook format to libraries. (Library paperbacks are still a WIP.) If your library doesn't have a copy yet, please request it! Most libraries are happy to support patron requests.

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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)!

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.

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.

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.

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...

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.

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!

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

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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.

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