The 20 Best Books Like Hush, Hush (YA Paranormal Romance)

If you love the paranormal romance between high schoolers, Nora Grey and Patch Cipriano, in Becca Fitzpatrick’s young adult novel, “Hush, Hush”, and subsequent three other novels in the series, here are twenty other fantastical, romantic, page-turners to check out.

The 20 Best Books Like Hush, Hush (YA Paranormal Romance)

Curse of Shadow and Thorns by L.J. Andrews

Curse of Shadows and Thorns: A romantic fantasy (The Broken Kingdoms)

USA Today Bestselling Author, L.J. Andrews, is a five-series author with a legacy of combining steamy young adult romance with dramatic fantasy-world plots. “Curse of Shadow and Thorns” is the first book in the Broken Kingdoms series which consists of a total of seven books.

“Curse of Shadow and Thorns” can be considered a retelling of the classic fairytale, Beauty and the Beast. Princess Elise is forced into an arranged marriage by her uncle, the fae king. Her suitor is Legion Grey, and while Elise wants to hate him her attraction to him is also undeniable. Little does Elise know that her new husband has a curse, one that the Viking princess has a choice to break at a very high cost.

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

Twilight (The Twilight Saga)

“Twilight” is the first book in the Twilight Saga by New York Times Bestselling author, Stephenie Meyer. Having published over seventy titles, Meyer is extremely prolific but the Twilight Saga is her most well-known collection of works and the series was adapted into a multiple-film motion picture series starring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner.

If you like “Hush, Hush” you might be interested in Twilight because both books feature doomed paranormal high school romances. “Twilight” and “Hush, Hush” are also both the first books in extended dramatic series so you can get lost in their fictional worlds for days and weeks. Twilight also has an enduring community of fans who create popular online content like fanfiction and fan art.

Demigods Academy: Year One by Elisa S. Amore and Kiera Legend

Demigods Academy - Year One: (Young Adult Supernatural Urban Fantasy) (Demigods Academy series)

The Demigods Academy is a three-book coming-of-age series with typical coming-of-age elements like teenage crushes and bullies combined with twists and turns as Melany the rebellious main character takes her friend’s invitation to the demigod academy.

In “Demigods Academy: Year One”, Melany and Lucian, another student at the academy, have a spark of romance that develops throughout the series. There are many mysteries to uncover as the students try to figure out who their godly parents are while Melany tries to figure out if she really belongs at the academy at all.

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

The Song of Achilles: A Novel

“The Song of Achilles” by Madeline Miller has been a common favorite of young adult readers for years. If you haven’t heard of it, the story retells parts of Homer’s Iliad and the Odyssey with a focus on the relationship between the hero Achilles and his companion, Patroclus throughout their childhood until their deaths in the Trojan war.

Part slow-burn romance, part coming-of-age, part adventure, and part mythology, this book may interest “Hush, Hush” readers because of these common elements between both novels. “The Song of Achilles” has great queer representation and may appeal to historical fiction fans too.

Queen Among the Dead by Lesley Livingston

Queen Among the Dead

“Queen Among the Dead” is one of twenty-five works by young adult author, Lesley Livingston. The novel takes place in the kingdom of Eire, also known as Ireland, and is a fantasy adventure story based on the legend of the first true queen of Ireland.

There is romantic tension between the two main characters, princess Neve and Ronan as they try to redistribute the power of magic from the Druids to the people. 

Shadow and Bone by Lehigh Bardugo

The Shadow and Bone Trilogy Boxed Set: Shadow and Bone, Siege and Storm, Ruin and Rising

“Shadow and Bone” is the first book in the Shadow and Bone trilogy by #1 New York Times Bestselling author Lehigh Bardugo. The premise of the novel is that the fictional kingdom of Ravka is being torn apart by Shadow Fold, a realm of darkness infiltrating the kingdom which hides flesh-eating monsters.

The main character discovers a secret magical power talent when she is fighting on the Shadow Fold. She is taken away to be trained to become a member of the Grisha, a group of royally ordained citizens with supernatural powers. 

Imaginary Friend by Stephen Chbosky

Imaginary Friend

“Imaginary Friend” by Stephen Chbosky is the second novel by the “Perks of Being a Wallflower” writer. Like “Perks of Being a Wallflower” this novel takes place in a small-town in Pennsylvania and there are coming-of-age elements as well as romance and drama. 

“Imaginary Friend” is paranormal, fantasy, horror, thriller, and mystery all rolled into one so if those elements intrigue you then you might be interested in reading about the boy Christopher and his imaginary friend who shows him a world no one else can see- yet.

Fallen by Lauren Kate


If you like the fallen angel aspect of “Hush, Hush” then you might like “Fallen” by Lauren Kate which also includes a character who is a fall angel. Other similarities between both books are that the main characters are high school students and there is a romance between a bad-boy type and a misunderstood-girl type.

Fans of boarding school stories, Mary Sue heroines, American south settings,and the paranormal should check-out this novel and the rest of the the Fallen series which includes “Fallen”, “Torment”, “Passion”, and “Rapture” in that order.

Beauty in Darkness by Elizabeth Briggs

Beauty In Darkness (Royal Hearts)

“Beauty in Darkness” is the first of the Royal Hearts series by New York Times Bestselling author Elizabeth Briggs. The book is about two enemy kingdoms and an arranged marriage between Princess Rose, the protagonist, and the wizard King Raith, that unites them.

With echoes of Beauty and the Beast, “Beauty in Darkness” will become a favorite for “Hush, Hush” fans because of the revealing of mysterious dark secrets throughout the novel, a battle between good and evil, and a paranormal romance. After you are done reading “Beauty in Darkness” you can move on to the other books in the Royal Hearts series, “Kiss of Snow” the sequel to “Beauty in Darkness” and “Queen of Secrets”, a standalone novel.

Anastasia by Sophie Lark


Amazon best-selling author Sophie Lark’s “Anastasia” is inspired by the tragic historical figure, Princess Anastasia Romanov. In this fictional novel however, Anastasia exists in a world where magic is real. This royal tale also includes a forbidden romance between Anastasia and a boy named Damien who lives amongst the royals.

“Hush, Hush” fans will enjoy this lengthy and dramatic novel. It may take days to read, but with many secrets to unfold, this story is worth a read.

Lore by Alexandra Bracken


Alexandra Bracken, #1 New York Times Bestselling author, combines paranormal romance with Greek mythology in her highly acclaimed young adult novel, “Lore”. Set in modern day New York City, this novel tells the story of a Greek goddess named Lore, who is forced to walk the Earth as a mortal. Lore pairs up with Athena to avenge her murdered family and along the way gets tangled up by love.

Legendborn by Tracy Deonn

Legendborn (The Legendborn Cycle)

Legendborn” by Tracy Deonn won the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Young Adult Fantasy and Science Fiction book in 2020. “Legendborn” follows protagonist, Bree Mathews, on her journey to discovering her own magical powers while at a special residential program for gifted high schoolers.

This novel combines elements of Arthurian legend with modern-day characters and settings. There’s also romance and LGBTQ representation. “Legendborn” is the first novel in a continuing series, followed by “Bloodmarked” which was published in 2022.

The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna

The Gilded Ones

“The Gilded Ones” is the first of a bestselling epic young adult trilogy by Namina Forna. The main character, Deka, finds out that she will be exiled from her community because her blood runs gold instead of red until she is recruited to become a warrior for the emperor.

If you like “Hush, Hush” but want to read something infused with African culture and feminist undertones then “The Gilded Ones” trilogy might be the perfect set of books to add to your to-be-read list.

The Angel Trials by Michelle Madow

The Angel Trials (Dark World: The Angel Trials)

USA Today Bestselling Author, Michelle Madow, is the author of the Angel Trials series which consists of seven books, “The Angel Trials”, “The Angel Hunt”, “The Angel Trap”, “The Angel Gift”, “The Angel Island”, “The Angel Secret”, and “The Angel Test”. If these titles intrigue you, then you should check out the first book in the series which tells the story of a college student named Raven who is attacked by demons and has an enemies-to-lovers relationship with a demon-hunter named Noah.

“Hush, Hush” and “The Angel Trials” have many similarities with their paranormal romances and the epic ongoing supernatural battles the main characters join. Fans of one young adult series will likely enjoy the other.

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Angel

Cassandra Clare is the author of the New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments series, of which inspired one feature film, “Mortal Instruments: City of Bones.” “Clockwork Angel” is the first book in the Infernal Devices trilogy which is a prequel trilogy to the Mortal Instruments series.

The story takes place in late nineteenth century London. The protagonist is Tessa Gray and in search of her missing brother she teams up with Shadowhunters. Tessa joins the Shadowhunters in their fight against an evil group of supernatural creatures and humans trying to take over Britain. “Hush, Hush” readers will appreciate the paranormal premise and secret fight against evil.

Crave by Tracy Wolff

Crave (Crave, 1)

Crave” is the first book in Tracy Wolff’s #1 New York Times bestselling series. Additionally, “Crave” was Glitter Magazine’s #1 pick for best young adult in 2020 and an Amazon best young adult book of 2020.

The main character leaves everything she knows behind to attend an academy of supernatural beings. While she struggles to fit in, she meets a mysterious and attractive vampire boy named Jaxon. If you like boarding schools and love triangles then this book might be for you.

White by Angelina Steffort

White (Wings)

White” by Angelina Steffort is the first novel in Steffort’s debut young adult trilogy. There are many similarities between “Hush, Hush” and “White”. First, a teenage girl, Claire, meets a handsome, mysterious boy, Adam, who happens to be an angel. Then, Claire gets involved in an age-old battle between good and evil. “Black” and “Gray” are the sequels to “White”.

Guardian by A.J. Messenger

Guardian (The Guardian Series)

Guardian” is the first book in the Guardian series which consists of “Guardian”, “Fallen”, “Revelation”, and “Return”. “Guardian” was featured as a must-read romance by USA Today and if you like a little paranormal with your romance then you definitely need to check this book out.  

Declan is a high school senior who falls for a good-looking new student named Alexander. After initial attraction, Alexander rejects Declan because he says that he is too dangerous for her. It’s revealed that Alexander is an angel, but in this world there are also dark angels and Declan meets one named Aveston who tries to get Declan to join his side.

Once Upon a Broken Heart by Stephanie Garber

Once Upon a Broken Heart (Once Upon a Broken Heart, 1)

“Once Upon a Broken Heart” by Stephanie Garber was a 2021 Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Best Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction book. While the book is considered more fantasy than paranormal there are vampires and immortals tangling with humans and their love affairs.

“Once Upon a Broken Heart” is about Evangeline who tries to stop the love of her life from marrying another girl. Evangeline makes a deal with the Prince of Hearts, but it proves problematic. “Once Upon a Broken Heart” is followed by “The Ballad of Never After” and “A Curse for True Love”..

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air, 1)

“The Cruel Prince” by Holly Black is about a human girl named Jude who is raised by royal faeries. In her quest to belong and become a royal faerie, Jude encounters troubles with the faerie prince who hates humans but is also extremely attractive.

Holly Black is a #1 New York Times Bestselling Author and “The Cruel Prince” was a Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Best Young Adult Fantasy and Science Fiction book in 2018. “The Cruel Prince” is followed by “The Wicked King” and “The Queen of Nothing”.

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