I love the dark mysteriousness of castles, where secrets are hidden behind dozens of closed doors. Thankfully, there are a ton of moody YA books with castles, thus the list below.
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Top Ten Favorite Books Set in a Castle
1Entwined by Heather Dixon– This was a retelling of the twelve dancing princesses, which definitely takes place in a castle. There’s even spooky things in the basement.
2The Sweetest Dark by Shana Abe– Well, this book technically takes place in a boarding school, BUT it’s on a misty moor in England. So, sort of a castle, right?!
3Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder– Yelena moves from the untamed desert to a lovely castle…as a prisoner sentenced to death. Upgrade ya!
4Graceling by Kristen Cashore– Katsa lives in her uncle’s castle (he’s the king), but sort of hates it. Well, until a certain someone shows up to make things interesting.
5Heart’s Blood by Juliet Marillier– Marillier knows how to imagine a setting, let me tell you. Heart’s Blood has a castle straight out of fairy tales (or nightmares).
6Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas– There actually is a throne of glass, as the title suggests. But, Celeana hates it. Bummer. It’s got to be better than the soul-sucking mines, though, right?! (Guess again).
7Grave Mercy by R.L. LaFevers– The characters move from a creepy convent to a spooky castle. Double points FTW!
8The Selection by Kiera Cass– I think of the castle in this book as more of the classic romantic styles and less of the foreboding kind. More Cinderella than Sleeping Beauty.
9The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley– Agh, love this story. It’s classic fantasy at its best. And, definitely set in a castle.
10The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale– Although the goose girl is wandering around the forest most of the time, she does occasionally grace the halls of a castle.
What are your favorite books settings?