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.

(I know this meme is about a different trope but the vibe is same same right?)

  1. 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.
  2. The Shatter Me series
    Does Aaron Warner walk a super sketchy toxic line? Absolutely. Is he is still the king? Also, yes.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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
  • Caraval
  • 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!