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Best Paranormal Romances

October 18, 2017
Janine Perez
Riveted Editorial Board
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There is genuinely nothing I love better than a good romance. The attraction, tension, denial, and inevitable misunderstandings are all moments in a book that I live for. Plus, nothing makes me feel all warm and gooey inside like the feeling of happiness I get when they FINALLY end up together. The only thing that makes this formula better, in my opinion, is adding in a Paranormal twist! Everything is better when you throw in a supernatural element right? After all, nothing says tension like a vampire trying to fight his natural instincts in order to be a better person. In honor of the wonderfulness that is paranormal romances, I’ve compiled a list of my favorites! Enjoy!

The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra ClareCityofBones

The Mortal Instruments has several lovely romances in it but the most well-known romance is the one between Clary and Jace. Clary never know she was a Shadowhunter (the appointed warriors on Earth who are chosen to control and preside over the demons and supernatural creatures that reside in our world) while Jace is one of the best Shadowhunters in decades. As they battle various supernatural creatures and try to get to the bottom of the mystery of what happened in Clary’s past, Clary and Jace can’t help but bicker and banter as they try to ignore their super high-tension attraction.

Then there are Magnus and Alec. Magnus is an immortal Warlock. Alec is a Shadowhunter. Their attraction is undeniable and their love is so pure, but there is a world of difficulty for the two to overcome.


Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

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Nora is just a regular girl trying to survive high school, or so she thinks. Meanwhile, Patch is anything but normal. Against her better judgement and despite the very dangerous aura he projects, Nora is drawn to Patch. In truth, neither of them can fight their attraction to each other, even if Patch has a secret that could separate them forever. What’s the secret? Well…it has something to do with his wings…


The Dark Artifices Series by Cassandra Clare

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Emma and Julian are parabatai, a pair of Nephilim warriors who fight together as lifelong partners, bound together by oath, regardless of their gender. Parabataie are forbidden from having any kind of romantic attachments, but knowing something isn’t allowed doesn’t help when the heart is involved. As Emma and Julian fall more in love, they risk their hearts, their lives, and their souls in the process.


Elixir by Hilary Duff

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When images of a mysterious young man begins showing up in Clea’s photos, she’s alarmed. When she encounters this mysterious young man in person, she’s intrigued. They have an immediate and powerful connection, but as they grow closer and are drawn deep into the mystery behind Clea’s father’s disappearance, they may stumble upon a secret that should have stayed hidden. Because there’s a centuries-old explanation behind their immediate and intense bond, and they’ll have to race against time to unravel their past in order to save their future.


Night World by L. J. Smith

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Poppy has been in love with James, her best friend, forever. But now that she’s dying, it seems like that will just be something else she takes with her to the grave. Then James appears in her hospital room and offers her the gift of eternal life. The truth is that they’re soul-mates and he’s willing to open the door to the Night World and spirit her into its secret universe. They might be soul-mates, but she still has a choice, and she’s not sure if she can actually trust him with her soul. Still, their attraction is undeniable.


The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare

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The Infernal Devices has one of the greatest love triangles of all time. Sparks fly between Tessa, a downworlder with a rare ability, and two nest friends. Will and Jem are Shadowhunters and parabatai and both of them will do anything to be with Tessa. Who will she choose?


Shimmer and Burn by Mary Taranta

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Faris and North have a slow burning relationship that blossoms when you least expect it. They both have goals and are determined to stick to them, even if it means they can’t be together. With two such strong characters, and with two such contradictory goals, it’s inevitable that their relationship would be full of tension, angst, and a sense of forbidden romance.


Zero Repeat Forever by G.S. Prendergast

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When the Nahx invade, no one is safe. Not even Raven, who has an inexplicable connection with one of them. He has no voice or name, only a rank, Eighth. Thrown together in a violent and unfamiliar world, Eighth and Raven should only feel fear, but that’s not quite what happens. When Raven is injured and Eightht deserts his unit, their survival depends on trusting each other, and that trust quickly develops into something more.


Wake by Lisa McMann

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Born with the ability to get sucked into people’s dreams, Janie finds that she knows more about other people than they would normally like to discolose. Nothing tells you more about a person than their nightmares–family secrets, past regrets, traumatizing moments, they all come out when you can’t stop them. She’s resigned to a life of loneliness, until she gets sucked into Cabel’s dreams. Cabel has been secretly in love with Janie forever, and for some reason, he believes her when she tells him about her secret ability. In fact, he wants her help. But is he just using her?


Hotel for the Lost by Suzanne Young

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When Audrey and her family check in to the Hotel Ruby, she’s in love…with the hotel that is. It’s intoxicating, fun, and full of endless distractions. The fact that it has the ever-handsome Eli doesn’t hurt either. Audrey and Eli have a great time whenever they’re together. They go on adventures, talk about their dreams, and truly understand each other. But Eli has a secret. Will that secret tear them apart.


Rattled Bones by S.M. Parker

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Rilla is haunted by visions of a girl on a nearby, uninhabited island. When Sam, an archaeology student, is tasked with excavating that island, their paths cross and sparks fly. But the island has a path and the ghost girl has a secret. As these two work together to find out the truth, they learn more about each other and themselves. They’ll also learn how well they fit together.


Let Sky Fall by Shannon MessengerLet-Sky-Fall

Audra is an air elemental who is tasked with guarding Vane. But as far as Vane is concerned, he’s just an ordinary teenage boy. When an accident reveals their location to dangerous enemies, Audra must help Vane uncover the truth of his past. As the storm bears down on them, Audra starts to realize that the greatest danger might not be the warriors coming to destroy them—but the forbidden romance that’s grown between them.


The Mara Dyer Trilogy by Michelle Hodkin

Unbecoming of Mara Dyer

Mara cannot remember anything about the night her friends died. All she knows is what she’s been told: they went to an abandoned asylum, the building collapsed, and only Mara survived. Two months later, Mara is eager to move forward with her life in a new town, but that’s easier said than done. A boy at school named Noah Shaw seems to know more about Mara’s tragic past than she does. And to make matters worse, Mara is beginning to see people and things that can’t possibly be there. Or can they?

As Noah and Mara grow closer, you’ll learn that there’s definitely something special about them both, and maybe they need each other to make it through.

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