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Try Not to Swoon Challenge: YA’s Steamiest Romances 😍


Alright, folks. Prepare to swoon. We’re counting down some of YA’s absolute swooniest romances of all time. Kicking us off…


Warcross by Marie Lu


*cough* hot tub scene *cough*


Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera


Juliet falling in love with a cute librarian named Kira was sort of the best. Also? Kira rides a motorcycle and that’s kind of badass.


Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

Vampire Academy PB

We’re Team Rose & Dimitri in case you were wondering. And their romance will go down as one of the steamiest in YA history.


Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins


Josh and Isla’s steamy romance + France = HIGH spot on this list.


Fireborne by Rosaria Munda


The slow burn romance we NEED. Brb, gonna go read that jail cellar scene again…


Simon vs. the Homosapien Agenda by Becky Albertalli


Roses are red,

Violets are blue

Simon and Blue



The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh




An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir


No one can argue the steaminess of Laia and Elias’s romance in the midst of terrifying CHAOS. We have officially decided in our minds that they are going to live happily ever after and that nothing bad will happen to them ever in A Sky Beyond the Storm :)


The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

5th Wave HC

OG YA fans know. Evan and Cassie forever. <3


Her Royal Highness by Rachel Hawkins


We stan a enemies-to-lovers romance with all sorts of royal banter mixed in.


Nightshade by Andrea Robertson


Who can resist a steamy paranormal romance? Not us.


My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick


Arguably more on the adorable/wholesome side, but nevertheless too beloved to be left off this list. Jase and Samantha are couple goals.


Graceling by Kristin Cashore


Say it with us now: KATSA-AND-PO! KATSA-AND-PO!


Nerve by Jeanne Ryan

Nerve PB MTI

This book? Intense. Vee and Ian? STEAMY.


Wicked Fox by Kat Cho


Because how could a protagonist who eats the SOULS OF MEN not have a super hot romance with a mortal?? You had best believe we are counting down the DAYS to Vicious Spirits!


The Beautiful by Renée Ahdieh


Celine and Bastien’s romance is the swoony vampire story of our dreams. Between Celine’s fierce defiance to play the role the world has given her, Bastien’s secretive history/friends/family/everything, and a VERY intense game of Hard to Get between them, we are obsessed. Even if the ending broke our hearts and our dreams and made it basically impossible to be patient for book 2.

Looking for more steamy romance? Read an excerpt of Wibbroka’s steamiest romance yet, Time of Our Lives!


Use the Scare-O-Meter to find your PERFECT Halloween read!

Halloween is just around that corner, and we are SO read-y for all the Halloween reads and scares! While we know some of you are here for those up-all-night chilling chapters, we know that others may be looking to get some shut-eye after that last chapter. So, we’ve broken our favorite Halloween reads into three degrees of … Continued
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Readers are falling absolutely in love with WATCH OVER ME by Nina LaCour

Nina LaCour’s Watch Over Me just hit shelves (and also our feelings.) Readers have been sharing their own reaction and emotions while experiencing Nina’s latest novel, and here are a few of our favorites!   About Watch Over Me: Mila is used to being alone.Maybe that’s why she said yes. Yes to a second chance in this remote … Continued
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The thriller TBR for anyone who loved ONE OF US IS LYING

If the plot twist of One of Us Is Lying knocked your socks right off, we have a few twisty thrillers recommendations for that TBR.   They Wish They Were Us by Jessica Goodman  Gossip Girl meets One of Us Is Lying with a dash of The Secret History in this slick, taut murder mystery set against the backdrop of an exclusive prep … Continued
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See the new covers for FLAMEFALL and FIREBORNE by Rosaria Munda

Today we’re revealing the cover for Flamefall by Rosaria Munda AND the brand new paperback cover for Fireborne! Fireborne absolutely took our breath away last year, and we are EAGERLY anticipating book 2, Flamefall, coming March 23, 2021! But until then, we have an excerpt and an author Q&A to hold you over while you wait for book 2 and gaze at … Continued
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Cover & Excerpt Reveal: THE GIRLS I’VE BEEN

Today we’re revealing the cover for Tess Sharpe’s The Girls I’ve Been, a slick, twisty YA page-turner about the daughter of a con artist who is taken hostage in a bank heist. Oh, and did we mention it’s already planned to be adapted by Netflix, starring and produced by Millie Bobby Brown?!   Scroll down to … Continued
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Taylor Swift’s FOLKLORE is here, and so is your ultimate book match!

Taylor Swift dropped her new album Folklore last night and not to be dramatic but we’ve had this cottagecore goodness on repeat ever since. And we have been working fast to get you your ULTIMATE Folklore book match!   Track: The No 1 Book Match: Lovely War “But it would have been fun, if you would … Continued
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COVER REVEAL: Rules for Vanishing got a glow-up!

Our favorite scary mixed-media Blair Witch Project-vibes novel just got a glow-up! Rules for Vanishing is back with a brand new paperback cover and we officially have chills. Scroll down to see the new cover and read a bit about the book! Jacket & cover design by Kristin Boyle   About Rules for Vanishing: In the faux-documentary … Continued
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Summer Scares: reads that will give you CHILLS

Halloween may not be for a little while yet, but we here at Penguin Teen are all about the summer scares. So if you’re looking for the next read that’s going to have you either buying a nightlight or bidding sleep adieu altogether, read on! 👻   The Companion by Katie Alender  Simply put: THIS FAMILY IS NOT … Continued
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Mysteries to pick up if you just finished Enola Holmes

Did you just finish Enola Holmes? Are you now finding yourself really sad that it isn’t a full series because we need 1000% more Millie Bobby Brown being badass? Well, us too. So, here are a few of our recommendations if you loved Enola Holmes (+ one that WILL star Millie Bobby Brown in a … Continued
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Do’s and Don’ts for encountering a vampire: things YA taught us

Let’s face it: we all have a soft spot for the eternally damned. YA made us love vampires and we aren’t sorry about it. HOWEVER, our favorite books have ALSO taught us that there are certain things to do and not do if you encounter a handsome broody potentially blood-thirsty character. At no. 1…   1. DO … Continued
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