I love a good ya fantasy novel and I was a huge fan of A Court of Thorns and Roses when it first came out in 2015. Written by Sarah J. Maas, this novel tells of a fantasy tale of love, confusion, and hope.
On top of that, the love triangle romance and coming-of-age elements made this novel a gripping read from start to finish.
A Court of Thorns and Roses is the futuristic Beauty and The Beast story of the 21st century. But Maas is not the only literary genius to dominate this genre. In fact, there are a ton of epic ya fantasy novels about fairies, love, and romance that are worthy of any bookshelf.
If you’re a fan of Maas’s work and you’re looking for books similar to A Court of Thorns and Roses, then read on to see my top recommendations.
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#1 Best Highly Acclaimed Novel
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
- Winner of the Best Young Adult / Middle Grade Novel in the Dragon Book Awards 2016
- Winner of the Best Young Adult Fantasy and Science Fiction in the Goodreads Choice Awards in 2015
- The story of Kaz Brekker and his friends trying to pull off an impossible heist
#2 Best in Romance
The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller
- Tells the story of a women who tries to marry the king so she can kill him and overthrow him, only to fall in love
- Goodreads Choice Awards semi-finalist for Young Adult Fantasy and Sci-Fi Category
- International bestselling author
#3 Best in Young Adult
Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas
- Another popular series by Sarah J Maas
- International Bestseller
- Nominated for the 2012 Goodreads Award for Best Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction
A Court of Thorns and Roses Book Summary
Before we go into the best books like A Court of Thorns and Roses, let’s quickly recap the story. Don’t worry, I won’t spoil the ending if you haven’t finished reading yet.
When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre is met with a wolf in the words, she meets another terrifying creature in demand of retribution.
She is then dragged to a treacherous magical land where she is kept prisoner by a lethal beast, one of the immortal faeries who once ruled her world.
Though this beast is not always a beast. Tamlin, her capture, transforms from icy and hostile to fiery and passionate. Soon, Feyre adapts to her home and she even develops feelings for her captor, Tamlin.
Meanwhile, an ancient and wicked shadow is growing in faerie land. And Feyre must put her feelings to the side while trying to stop it from dooming Tamlin and his world forever.
Books Similar to A Court of Thorns and Roses
Now you know the basic premise of A Court of Thorns and Roses, you will have a good idea of what to expect from my top 21 recommendations below. In no particular order, here are the best YA fantasy novels similar to A Court of Thorns and Roses.
1. Among The Beasts And Briars – Ashley Poston
The Kingdom of Aloriya was peaceful for hundreds of years. No famine, disease, or droughts were seen here.
Fortune and happiness thrived after the first king made a bargain with the Lady who reigned in the forest near the kingdom.
However, things changed overnight, and soon the woods grew dark, forbidden, and cursed.
Cerys knows all too well of this curse. It was here, in the woods, where her mother and friends were killed. But as a new Queen ascends the throne, Cerys has to return to the woods to seek help from the Lady in the woods.
The roads are dark and dangerous. She has to do anything she can to survive in the forest.
2. Throne Of Glass – Sarah J. Maas
Of course, the most similar books like A Court of Thorns and Roses is going to be another series by Sarah J. Maas.
Throne of Glass follows an eighteen-year-old Celaena who is a salt-miner come assassin working for the Crown Prince, Prince Dorian. Enslaved in the mines for a crime she once committed, she has a chance to win her freedom by entering a competition to find a new royal assassin.
She has to face several challenges to defeat a group of thieves, killers, and mighty warriors in the competition. The victory will release her from prison and serve as king’s champion.
But with her freedom, also comes a fight for survival. Encouragement from the Crown Prince and the protection of the Captain of the Guard, they try to help her in the war.
But the path is shrouded by the strongest evil force, and it’s there to kill. She has to root out the evil force before they destroy her world.
3. Cruel Beauty – Rosamund Hodge
Nyx was betrothed to an evil ruler since birth. Her father had a foolish bargain with the Kingdom’s ruler, and since her childhood, she was trained to kill him.
Nyx resented her family because they never tried to save her. She wanted to escape from this trap.
On her seventeenth birthday, Nyx married the all-powerful and immortal King Ignifex. She planned to seduce him with her beauty and destroy his Kingdom to break this nine hundred-year-old curse.
But Nyx found herself drawn to the King. He was not what her people taught her to be. With time running out, Nyx has to decide whether to save the future of her Kingdom by eliminating the person she is not supposed to love, or the person she loves.
If you’re looking for books like A Court of Thorns and Roses for the love story, then this is a good option to read next.
4. A Curse So Dark And Lonely – Brigid Kemmerer
A Curse so Dark and Lonely is possibly the most similar book like A Court of Thorns and Roses.
The story follows Prince Rhen, the heir of Emberfall, who believes he could be saved if he found a girl to love him. But as Autumn approaches, so does a vicious beast hell-bent on destruction lurking within him.
Harper was going through a tough time. Her father was long gone, her mother was dying, and her brother never understood her true value because of cerebral palsy.
When Harper was trying to save a stranger on the streets of Washington, DC, something pulled her into a magical world.
Now, Harper is in the unknown world. As she spends time with Rhen, she understands why she was bought here. There was a narrow window because the powerful dark forces were standing against Prince Rhen.
Now she has to use her power to save herself, Rehn, and the people of Emberfall by breaking the curse. This is a Beauty and the Beast retelling with a modern twist.
5. Hunted – Meagan Spooner
She grew up with the highest of aristocrats. Her father knows about a secret beast living far in the forest, for he is the only person who had a close encounter with the Beast.
Abruptly her father loses his fortune. He sends Yeva and her sister to the town located on the outskirts of the city, with no social pressure to marry a wealthy gentleman.
Everything is going well for the two sisters, but her father lost his mind over the loss of his fortune. Soon, he goes missing in the wood.
Yeva decides to hunt the Beast and get back her fortune. It is the only way she can bring back her world ruin or salvation. Who will survive in this fight, the Beauty or the Beast?
6. The Young Elites – Marie Lu
Adelina Amouteru is the survivor of the dangerous blood fever, which a decade ago, was a deadly disease facing the nation. The virus killed most of the infected people.
Children who survived it were left with peculiar markings on their bodies. The virus caused Adelina’s black hair to turn sliver. She has a jagged scar on her left eye.
Her cruel father mauls her for ruining their family with her looks. People who survived are believed to possess powerful gifts and their identity is kept secret – they are called Young Elites.
Adelina meets Enzo and Teren. She believed Teren was her true enemy, but as each of them fight their own battles, they realise ultimately they are fighting for one thing.
7. An Enchantment Of Ravens – Margaret Rogerson
Isobel creates stunning portraits for her dangerous clients called “The Fair Folk.” They have a craving for the human craft and a terrible thirst for Isobel’s paintings.
But when Isobel worked for her first royal customer – Rook, the prince of the autumn, she made a big mistake. She mistakenly painted mortal sorrow. A small mistake that may cost the prince his throne and risk his life.
During the trial, something attacked the kingdom from every corner. Now, Isobel and Rook are utterly dependent on each other for survival.
An alliance between both turns to trust and even love. They knew that their love was forbidden and could not be accepted by the ruthless laws of the kingdom.
The cost of survival is more frightening than death itself.
8. Glimmerglass – Jenna Black
Dana Hathaway is fed up with her alcoholic mom. She came home drunk again, as usual. Dana had enough of this, and she decided to leave home and go to her mysterious father living in Avalon.
That’s the only place she can think of. Avalon was the world of Faerie, surrounded by magical and enchanting sights.
As soon as Dana sets foot in Avalon, things become hostile for her. She came to know that she was not an ordinary child. She is a Faeriewalker, a rare individual who possesses magical powers.
Everyone wants to use her power for their benefit. She cannot trust anyone. Dana is unsure where she will fit herself and when her world becomes normal again.
9. A Deal with The Elf King – Elise Kova
Three thousand years ago, humans faced the battle with powerful races possessing wild magic. The conflict ended with a peace treaty.
The Elves took young women from town to make her Human Queen. A nineteen-year-old Luella was grateful that she could escape from the city.
That is until the Elf king arrives one day to take her.
Luella discovered that everything she was thought about herself was a lie. She is taken to the land filled with wild magic. She was granted the position of the new queen of cold.
Once she took charge of the kingdom, she learned about the dying world. Now she is trapped between two worlds; her new home and the people on the other side.
10. Darkfever – Karen Marie Moning
MacKayla’s sister left a clue on her cell phone when she was murdered. A cryptic message was the only hint she had to find the murderer. Mac must travel to Ireland to find the answers.
But when she reached Ireland, she encountered greater challenges. Staying alive while mastering powers she had no idea she possessed. A gift that connects her with the magical world she never knew before.
As she begins exploring the hidden world, her mission becomes clear. She is here to find the elusive Sinsar Dubh before anyone else gets it.
It is claimed to be an all-powerful Dark book. The one who gets to hold it will have complete control of both worlds.
11. Furyborn – Claire Legrand
Rielle Dardenne risks her life to save her friend ambushed by assassins. Her act exposes her as the prophesied queen, a queen of light and blood.
But Rielle has to prove herself by enduring seven elemental magic trials. Either she wins and becomes queen, or the trials kill her first.
One thousand years later, the Rielle is a fairy tale to Eliana Ferracora. She possessed great power, which made her believe she was undefeatable – until her mother vanished abruptly.
Elliana joins a rebel captain to find her mother, but she discovers the empire’s heart is more terrible than imagined. Rielle and Eliana fight in the greatest cosmic war.
The connection between them is going to determine the future of their world.
12. Huntress – Malinda Lo
Nature is showing an imbalance in the human world. The sun hasn’t shone for years, causing the crops to fall rapidly. Strange and hostile creatures are dominating the land. People are in the middle of a crisis.
The only way out of the situation is to find the city of the fae queen.
Two seventeen-year-old girls are picked for the long journey filled with dangerous treks. Both rely on each other for survival and even begin to fall in love.
Kaede and Taisin are the only hope for humanity. Taisin is a sage possessing magic, and Kaede is of the earth.
The adventure, romance, and action throughout the journey and the need of the huntress to save the world keep you captivated throughout.
13. The Iron King – Julie Kagawa
The Iron King by Julia Kagawa is a fast-paced fantasy novel with similar themes to A Court of Thorns and Roses.
Meghan’s life was always moving on a strange path since her father disappeared abruptly one night when she was just a six-year-old, average child who never fit in school or at home.
She witnessed a dark, strange creature stalking her from afar. Her best friend endeavored to protect her. She somehow knew that her life was going to change soon.
But she could not guess the truth that she is the daughter of the mythical Faery king.
She learned how far she could go to save their loved ones from the mysterious evil force.
14. Shatter Me – Tahereh Mafi
Juliette discovers peculiar power in her touch. She hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.
She accidentally touched someone who died. Later she was sent to the Reestablishment center in the case of murder. No one knows what happened to Juliette or why her touch is fatal.
On the other hand, the world is dealing with a survival crisis. Diseases spread all across the globe, destroying the large population, food crisis, birds don’t fly anymore, and clouds are in the wrong colors.
The global emergency took the life of a large population. Survival is whispering war to get the necessary items for their well-being.
The government was left with no other option than to use Juliette’s power to prevent the war. Now, Juliette has to make a choice. Choose to be a weapon or be a warrior.
15. Curse of The Wolf King – Tessonja Odette
Gemma Bellefleur wants to leave her past behind and forget the day she was humiliated and her heart broken.
But when she was trying to overcome her pain, Gemma was captured by a trickster fae king who threatened to hold her with him for ransom. The news spread in the town, and Gemma becomes a sensation again.
A plague cursed the human-hating King Elliot. He was willing to do anything to save himself from this curse.
Gemma can use the situation for her freedom and make a deal with the King. All she has to do is to protect the King from death. Can Gemma sacrifice her life to save the King?
16. Shadow and Bone – Leigh Bardugo
Ravka was a great nation replenished with an abundance of food and wealth. But things changed, and enemies surrounded the nation.
Now the country’s destiny rests on the shoulder of one lonely refugee. Shadow holds over the territory and the mysterious darkness brings forth crawling monsters that feast on human flesh.
Alina Starkov is an average person who has never done anything remarkable. But when things changed in the country, Alina is exposed to a dormant power that helped her to save her best friend’s life.
A mystical power could save a dying country and free the people from these dark monsters.
With darkness looming in the kingdom, the world depends on her untamed power.
17. The Cruel Prince – Holly Black
The Cruel Prince by Holly Black is a breathtaking modern fairytale from another world. Jude (and her twin Taryn) are both human, but their older sister, half-fae Vivi, is not.
When their mother discovered that she was pregnant with Vivi, she fled to the human world. However, their small family could not remain hidden for long.
Many fey despise humans. Especially the High King’s youngest and most evil son, Prince Cardan.
As Jude becomes more involved in palace intrigues and deceptions, she discovers her capacity. But, as betrayal threatens, Jude is forced to put her life in jeopardy to save her sisters and Faerie itself.
Jude and Taryn immerse themselves in this wondrous and terrifying world, finding their place among the creative, beasts and beauties, miseries, and fears.
18. The Shadows Between Us – Tricia Levenseller
The Shadows Between Us is a fae romance novel with a dark twist. It follows Alessandra, who is fed up with being neglected.
Kallias is the freshly proclaimed Shadow King, and he is Alessandra’s way out of the perpetual shadow cast by her sister, as well as her path to power.
Alessandra arrives at Court with only one goal in mind: to draw the king’s attention, marry him, and then murder him. But, she cannot let him be slain until they marry.
As assassination attempts are made, she finds herself attempting to keep the king alive to make her his queen, all while trying not to fall in love.
Eventually, they both grow more devoted, considerate and their romance makes them both stronger.
19. Red Queen – Victoria Aveyard
Red Queen is a New York Times bestselling novel by author Victoria Aveyard. It tells of how society is divided and ruled by two classes; the silver against the red.
Mare Barrow, a 17-year-old girl, underestimates her destiny until fate intervenes and she is to enter the service of the Silvers.
This Red girl locates her true potential of a dangerous power that threatens to destroy the equilibrium. The Silvers fear Mare’s power and hide her true identity from the outside world.
They declare her a long-lost Silver princess who is now engaged to a Silver prince. Subsequently, Mare decides to help the Red guard, from a militant resistance group, to bring down silver’s injustice.
In the world of complications, she is stuck between two kings, fighting against two sides and a battle awaits. Which side will she take?
20. The Selection – Kiera Cass
Set in a futuristic world where society is divided into numbers, and each number resembles a class. Number 1, is the most elite class, of Kings, Queens, and those in power. The lowest class, number 8, are the workers who man the kitchens of the palace and work as servants.
For thirty-five girls, The Selection is the opportunity of a lifetime.
They have the chance to escape a life of low status and to be swept up into the world of ballgowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the hand of handsome Prince Maxon.
But for America Singer, The Selection is her worst nightmare. It means she can no longer pursue her secret love with Aspen, a level below her, as well as leave her home. Living in a palace that is always threatened from attack and marrying the crown is not what America wants.
But when she finally meets Prince Maxon, she starts to question what it is she truly wants.
21. Serpent And Dove – Shelby Mahurin
Louise le Blanc ran away from her coven two years ago, seeking refuge in Cesarine, abandoning all magic and subsisting on whatever she could steal.
Lou is a witch, along with her best friend. She’s hiding from her mother, who wanted to use her for the good of humanity, to put an end to the war between witches and the Church.
However, they are pursued and also set on fire there.
Reid Diggory, a Chasseur, who has sworn allegiance to the Church, falls into a cruel trick leading to an impossible union—holy matrimony.
The conflict will result in a tragedy worse than fire as Lou tussles between her growing feelings and who she is.
22. Six of Crows – Leigh Bardugo
A book like ACOTAR because of the action and adventure themes is Six of Crows.
It’s set in Ketterdam, a bustling international trading city where anything can be had for the right price—something criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker is well aware of.
Kaz is offered the opportunity to participate in a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But there is more to this heist than Kaz and his crew realize.
Kaz assembles his crew: a convict, a sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager, a runaway, the Wraith spy, and a Heartrender who uses her magic to survive the slums. Kaz’s team may be the only thing standing between the world and disaster… that is if they don’t kill each other first.
If you’re looking for more books like A Court of Thorns and Roses, then Six of Crows is probably right up your alley.
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Final Word on Books Similar to A Court of Thorns and Roses
So there you have it, 22 books similar to A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. Whether you’re looking for something with that mystical, fairy element or a dystopian coming of age story, you’ll be sure to find something to fill the void from this list.
Did I miss any gems from my list? Let me know in the comments!
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