Romantic reads are popular all year but especially around Valentine's Day. Many of these books are predictable. We feel that we have read the same story over and over. There are countless take offs on fairy tales, classic plays like Romeo and Juliet or iconic novels such as Wuthering Heights. After a while even the most avid romance reader wants a change of pace. Occasionally, a romantic book comes along with an unusual twist. But despite the unusual subject matter, these books often hold their own with the most highly praised traditional chick lit. There is something imaginative, unconventional, provocative or just plain bizarre in the mix. From well-loved classics like The Phantom of the Opera to romantic sci-fi epics such as The Time Machine or the quirky love story/recipe book Like Water for Chocolate these are some of the best romantic novels with a twist.