Royalty and YA

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Princes, Princesses, Kings and Queens. They're usually pretty present in fiction (particularly fantasy), but their presence has picked up recently in young adult fiction I've been reading. Not that I'm complaining, I really enjoy a good royal in my plots. Whether it's a story where the true royal is trying to return to his/her rightful throne, or an evil royal out for revenge, no reader can deny the powerful presence and just straight interesting flavor they bring to the story.


10 popular young adult books with royalty

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12954620-falling-kingdoms

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12954620-falling-kingdoms

Falling Kingdoms (Falling Kingdoms #1) by Morgan Rhodes

Published Year: 2012
Genre: YA Fantasy
Subtitle: TBR

"In the three kingdoms of Mytica, magic has long been forgotten. And while hard-won peace has reigned for centuries, a deadly unrest now simmers below the surface.

As the rulers of each kingdom grapple for power, the lives of their subjects are brutally transformed... and four key players, royals and rebels alike, find their fates forever intertwined. Cleo, Jonas, Lucia, and Magnus are caught in a dizzying world of treacherous betrayals, shocking murders, secret alliances, and even unforeseen love."

The first in a series of six, Falling Kingdoms is a new fantasy series described as a Game of Thrones for young adults. It's quick-paced, and has love, humor, magic and mystery all wrapped into one.


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22328546-red-queen

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22328546-red-queen

Red Queen (Red Queen #1) by Victoria Aveyard

Published Year: 2015
Genre: YA Fantasy
Subtitle: Great

This is a world divided by blood – red or silver.

The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.

That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.

In a world where the color of your blood defines you, Mare Barrow is mixed up in royal plot that will not only determine her future but the future of her world. VA packs a lot of action, betrayal and heartache into this first book, and I personally am eagerly looking forward to book two.


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7896527-throne-of-glass

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7896527-throne-of-glass

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1) by Sarah J Maas

Published Year: 2012
Genre: YA Fantasy
Subtitle: Great

After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.

Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king's council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she'll serve the kingdom for four years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. But she's bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her... but it's the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.

Celaena Sardothien is one mysterious character. This book opens with her serving at the salt mines as a prisoner and the mysteries just keep piling up from there. She's one badass heroine and never gives up.


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11235712-cinder

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11235712-cinder

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer

Published Year: 2012
Genre: YA Fantasy
Subtitle: Excellent

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.
 

Cinder, a mechanical cyborg in New Beijing, seems to be your typical Cinderella heroine, but that is totally underestimating her. Cinder doesn't seem to have the best of luck, but she's never too afraid to move on and take her future into her own hands. (Sidenote, I can't wait for Winter, eek!!)


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3236307-graceling

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3236307-graceling

Graceling by Kristin Cashore

Published Year: 2008
Genre: YA Fantasy
Subtitle: Excellent

Katsa has been able to kill a man with her bare hands since she was eight - she's a Graceling, one of the rare people in her land born with an extreme skill. As niece of the king, she should be able to live a life of privilege, but Graced as she is with killing, she is forced to work as the king's thug.

When she first meets Prince Po, Graced with combat skills, Katsa has no hint of how her life is about to change.

She never expects to become Po's friend.

She never expects to learn a new truth about her own Grace - or about a terrible secret that lies hidden far away...

In a world where having two different colored eyes means you are skilled surpassing all others in just one thing but you are shunned as other, Katsa believes her grace is a curse. Graceling is our first glimpse into this realm (see companion novels Fire and Bitterblue), but it is wonderful and abounding in royals (note: 7 distinct kingdoms each with royal families abounding).


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10507293-the-selection

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10507293-the-selection

The Selection (The Selection #1) by Kiera Cass

Published Year: 2012
Genre: YA Fantasy
Subtitle: Good

For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn't want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

America Singer is selected (see what I did there?) to compete for the heart of the Prince in this spin on the classic princess contest tale (alas no sleeping on a tower of mattresses).


The False Princess by Eilis O'Neal

Published Year: 2011
Genre: YA Fantasy
Subtitle: Great

Princess and heir to the throne of Thorvaldor, Nalia's led a privileged life at court.  But everything changes when it's revealed, just after her sixteenth birthday, that she is a false princess, a stand-in for the real Nalia, who has been hidden away for her protection.  Cast out with little more than the clothes on her back, the girl now called Sinda must leave behind the city of Vivaskari, her best friend, Keirnan, and the only life she's ever known.

Sinda is sent to live with her only surviving relative, an aunt who is a dyer in a distant village. She is a cold, scornful woman with little patience for her newfound niece, and Sinda proves inept at even the simplest tasks.  But when Sinda discovers that magic runs through her veins - long-suppressed, dangerous magic that she must learn to control - she realizes that she can never learn to be a simple village girl.

Sinda is rudely awakened the day of her sixteenth birthday to discover that her entire life (including her name) has been a lie, a ploy to protect the true princess. Everything about her identity is called into question, but she's not allowed to dwell on it. While she may not be the princess by blood, she's been raised to put this country first and there is no way she's going to take a plot to take down the kingdom lying down.


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/4932435-finnikin-of-the-rock

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/4932435-finnikin-of-the-rock

Finnikin of the Rock (Lumatere Chronicles #1) by Melina Marchetta

Published Year: 2008
Genre: YA Fantasy
Subtitle: Excellent

Finnikin of the Rock and his guardian, Sir Topher, have not been home to their beloved Lumatere for ten years. Not since the dark days when the royal family was murdered and the kingdom put under a terrible curse. But then Finnikin is summoned to meet Evanjalin, a young woman with an incredible claim: the heir to the throne of Lumatere, Prince Balthazar, is alive.

Evanjalin is determined to return home and she is the only one who can lead them to the heir. As they journey together, Finnikin is affected by her arrogance . . . and her hope. He begins to believe he will see his childhood friend, Prince Balthazar, again. And that their cursed people will be able to enter Lumatere and be reunited with those trapped inside. He even believes he will find his imprisoned father.

But Evanjalin is not what she seems. And the truth will test not only Finnikin's faith in her . . . but in himself.
 

Finnikin's life is forever changed when the royal family is brutally murdered, the imposter claims the throne while a curse is laid across the land. Held by a vow, Finnikin must discover how to save his kingdom and himself.


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12432220-the-false-prince

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12432220-the-false-prince

The False Prince (Ascendance Trilogy #1) by Jennifer Nielsen

Published Year: 2012
Genre: YA Fantasy
Subtitle: Great

In a discontent kingdom, civil war is brewing. To unify the divided people, Conner, a nobleman of the court, devises a cunning plan to find an impersonator of the king’s long-lost son and install him as a puppet prince. Four orphans are recruited to compete for the role, including a defiant boy named Sage. Sage knows that Conner’s motives are more than questionable, yet his life balances on a sword’s point—he must be chosen to play the prince or he will certainly be killed. But Sage’s rivals have their own agendas as well.

As Sage moves from a rundown orphanage to Conner’s sumptuous palace, layer upon layer of treachery and deceit unfold, until finally, a truth is revealed that, in the end, may very well prove more dangerous than all of the lies taken together.

Sage, a defiant orphan boy, is selected as a potential puppet to play the part of the king's long lost son. But Connor, the devious nobleman, may have bitten off more than he could chew when he pulled Sage from anonymity.


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11127.The_Chronicles_of_Narnia

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11127.The_Chronicles_of_Narnia

The Chronicles of Narnia (#1-7) by CS Lewis

Published Year: 1949
Genre: YA Fantasy
Subtitle: Excellent

Journeys to the end of the world, fantastic creatures, and epic battles between good and evil—what more could any reader ask for in one book? The book that has it all is The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, written in 1949 by Clive Stables Lewis. But Lewis did not stop there. Six more books followed, and together they became known as The Chronicles of Narnia.

Fascinating characters and detailed plots in each adventure in these chronicles of the magical land of Narnia -- of which the most notable entrance was located in the back of a wardrobe -- have long been a source of joy, comfort and adventure to readers of all ages.