My first post about sci-fi/fantasy books with no romance seems to be popular, so I figured everyone might appreciate some more recommendations!
Romance is great and all, but sometimes it’s nice to read a story that’s about family, or growing up, or plain ol’ taking down bad guys. I can’t promise you books that have absolutely nothing related to romance whatsoever, but I did manage to find some more books that are definitely not about romance.
I only have five books this time, but I’ll be sure to keep doing more of these posts as I find more, and hopefully you all will enjoy these five non-romance books as much as I did!
*Note: Some of these books have content that may be triggering or offensive. Please see my reviews for more info.
This Monstrous Thing by Mackenzi Lee
This YA steampunk Frankenstein-retelling foregoes romance and instead focuses on the relationship between brothers, grief, and what it means to be human.
This Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Oppel
What can I say? I like Frankenstein retellings, and interestingly enough, this ominous historical fantasy duology is also about brothers—twins this time. The main character does have feelings for someone that drive some of his actions, but don’t worry, this isn’t a romance story.
Mongrels by Stephen Graham Jones
This unique, gritty werewolf book is all about growing up and family, and it’s one of my favorites. The main character’s family members have relationships here and there, and there is a small section in which the MC himself has a girlfriend, but it’s really not the focus of the story. It’s the writing, the three main characters, and their familial bonds that really make this book shine.
Straight Outta Fangton by C.T. Phipps
This comical urban fantasy is about a young Black vampire working with his friend, his creator, and a newly turned vampire in order to try and stop a bigger, badder vampire. The main character is vaguely attracted to someone, so I don’t know what might happen in future books, but this one was strictly urban fantasy action and fun.
Djinn City by Saad Z. Hossain
If you like djinns, dragons, non-US settings, complex plots, and not always likeable but realistic characters, then you might enjoy this one. It’s a gritty, somewhat dark book set in Bangladesh about djinn politics and a group of people trying to stop a djinn from wiping out the country.