I’m not even sorry about how much I love this trope. I know it’s problematic, blah blah blah but I don’t care. This a list of books I’ve read with the ‘touch and you die’ trope in, plus some others I haven’t read, sourced from other places around the internet.
If I’ve read them, I’ve made sure to include the link to my review!
(I know this meme is about a different trope but the vibe is same same right?)
- The ACOTAR series, specifically A Court of Mist and Fury onwards.
This series gives you many options with his trope: Rhys and Feyre, Nesta and Cassian, plus, platonically they all sit in the ‘touch them and die’ found family camp.
- The Shatter Me series
Does Aaron Warner walk a super sketchy toxic line? Absolutely. Is he is still the king? Also, yes.
- Six of Crows duology
I am huge Kanej fan (Kaz and Inej) but there’s plenty of fantastic relationships in Six of Crows: Nina and Mathias, plus, Jesper and Wylan, or give off ‘touch them and die energy’ and honestly? Not even in a toxic way.
- Throne of Glass series
I’ve not even finished TOG yet but Aelin and Rowan, ENDGAME, I do not want to know otherwise, I will live in my ignorance until Sarah J Maas most likely comes to crush my soul.
- From Blood and Ash
You know what? I know there’s LOTS of stuff wrong with these books but I do enjoy Casteel Da’ neer, Poppy is a bit meh but Casteel is great.
- High Mountain Court/ The Witches Blade (Five Kingdoms of Okrith series)
Remy and Hale? Rua and Renwick? So much to choose from. I fucking love these books.
And that’s it from what I’ve read, I didn’t realise how few books I’d read with it in, even though it’s a trope I love, so here is a list of recs I’ve gathered from elsewhere:
There’s this whole list on Goodreads
Then, from a cursory search on Tiktok, here are a few recs that came up a lot, be warned some of these are definitely not for under 18 readers, so check the rating first please!
- Scarred- A Never after Novel
- Twisted Love
- A Touch of Darkness
- Kingdom of the Wicked
- Neon Gods
- Haunting Adeline
- These Violent Delights
- The Wrath and the Dawn
- Red Queen
- The Sweetest Oblivion
- Promises and Pomegranates
- We Hunt the Flame
- The Darkest Tempation
- Cruel Prince
- The Shadows Between Us
- Flames of Chaos
- Den of Vipers
Did your book wish list just get 10 times longer? Because mine did. Got books to add? Drop your recommendations in the comments!
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