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Welcome to the

No Spice YA Fantasy


Looking for young adult books with all the fantasy goodness, but none of the "spice"? You're in the right place! Our list is over 150 books strong & growing!

Help us grow the Directory!

Submit a no spice YA fantasy book that you either loved reading or you've published yourself!

A Note from Founder, Brittany Wang


Hello, fellow readers & writers! I'm so excited you're here. While working on my own "no spice" epic ya fantasy, On Wings of Ash and Dust, I was surprised to realize how saturated the market is with "spicy books", even for young adult! This is why I created this directory: A place where fans of "no spice" can always find books they feel comfortable reading as well as recommending to friends, family, and young audiences. This is not to shame anyone who enjoys or writes spicy books, but to serve those who desperately desire "no spice". If this is you, I hope you enjoy coming back again and again to Browse our Lists for your next reads. Also, consider joining our Newsletter & Discord Group to get alerted of new recs & make friends with like-minded readers & writers! Have a book you'd like to recommend we add to the directory? You can Submit a Book here for consideration! You can also Learn More about this Directory, but if you're excited to jump in & start browsing, enjoy!

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  • Make friends with tons of like-minded readers & authors

  • Share and ask for specific book recs

  • Authors can network & collaborate

Browse by Romance / Spice Ratings

"No Spice" can mean different things to different readers.

This is why we use following Rating System to mark our book recs.

Click on a "Level" to view books for that rating!


No romance plots present in story.


Romance / flirting with no physical interactions.


Romance with hand holding & hugging.


Light to moderate kissing.


Evocatively described attraction and/or detailed kissing scenes. May get "handsy".


Sex implied, but not shown. No lead up.


Sex strongly implied with evocatively detailed lead-up before “fades to black”.

Browse by Fantasy Subgenres

Click the subgenre you'd most like to read:

Image by David Marcu

Epic / High Fantasy

Image by robin mikalsen

Science Fantasy

Image by Max Bender

Urban Fantasy

Image by Misael Moreno

Portal Fantasy

Image by Jonny Caspari

Fairytale Retellings

Image by Almos Bechtold

Contemporary Fantasy

Image by Jr Korpa

Dark Fantasy

Image by Aron Visuals

Paranormal Fantasy

Image by Chinnu Indrakumar


Image by Samuel Lopes

Christian Fantasy

Image by Mimipic Photography

Historical Fantasy

Browse by Tropes & Story Elements

Click the trope or story element you'd most like to read:

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