Royally Awesome YA Reads

The headlines are filled with royal news, as expected with Queen Elizabeth II's passing on September 8. As Britain's longest-reigning monarch (and second longest ruling monarch in world history), her death and the chain of events to follow will be in the news for quite some time.  

Between reading the headlines, though, you could pick up a book about royalty! There’s no shortage of royal-ly awesome YA, so read on for books that will show you a glimpse of the regal life. 

The Selection by Kiera Cass 

America has entered the competition to win the hand of Prince Maxon. But it’s not because she wants to end up with the country’s most eligible bachelor. She wants to earn extra money for her family and save some of her own so she can marry the boy she truly loves, who is a caste below her. 

The more she sees of the real Maxon, the more she starts to see him as a friend. But she can’t deny how nice it feels to wear the fancy gowns, eat the most delicious food, and sleep on the softest pillows. She also can’t deny that her feelings for Maxon might be going beyond friendship. 


The Wrath & the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh 

Shahrzad left everything behind – her family, her love – to get revenge against the young Caliph. He married her best friend, then murdered her the next morning. But she wasn’t the first...simply another in a long line of evening weddings followed by early morning deaths. And Shahrzad won’t let it happen to anyone else. 

After their wedding, she starts telling Caliph a story. And he doesn’t kill her. She continues the story the next night and the next and the next. But the more nights Shazi survives, the more she realizes there’s more to Caliph than his reputation. She finds her focus shift from surviving for the sake of revenge to surviving for the sake of her kingdom...and love. 


The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton 

Camellia is a Belle, a girl who controls beauty and can transform others to look as they desire. After being selected as the Belle who will serve the royal family, she knows her life will never be the same.  

While she does find herself attending extravagant parties, eating the sweetest treats, and wearing glittering jewels, she also finds herself swept up in a palace filled with royal family secrets, backstabbing nobles, and a cruel princess. Without the help of her sisters, who are scattered throughout the kingdom, Camellia isn’t sure who to trust or what she can do when the queen makes an impossible request of her. She only knows every day spent in the castle is a day her life is in danger.  

There are many facets to royal life. That’s probably why there are so many books about it. But one thing is for sure – we will definitely be learning about royal rules in the coming weeks.  

Happy reading!