Fantasy with a Little Romance (for young or not-so-young adults)

If you’re a fan of lighter fantasy with a romantic slant for younger adults, you might enjoy these five books:

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  1. Sunshine by Robin McKinley. When Sunshine, a coffee shop baker, finds herself shackled inside an old mansion, she must draw upon her inner strength to escape. Her fellow captive, Constantine, turns out to be an appealing vampire with common enemies. Sunshine and Constantine become entangled in a complicated, shadowy and sometimes amusing relationship.
     
  2. Graceling by Kristin Cashore. Katsa lives in a world in which some people are born with natural skills, called Graces. Horrified to learn that her own Grace is the ability to kill, Katsa engages in an adventure to save her realm and answer personal questions about good and evil, love, and redemption.
     
  3. Matched by Ally Condie. In this dystopian fantasy, Society decides everything, including the person you marry. When Cassia is matched with her best friend Xander, she is relieved… but a glitch in the system causes another face to appear during the matching process, creating confusion and potential danger for Cassia.
     
  4. Life After Life by Kate Atkinson. This novel follows the unusual life of Ursula Todd. Ursula has died many times since her birth in 1910, only to be reborn over and over again.
     
  5. Bound by Donna Jo Napoli. This novel, based on the classic Chinese story of Cinderella, traces the difficult life of Xing Xing and her struggle to cope with the traditions that bind her.

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