- Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Days of Blood and Starlight, and Dreams of Gods and Monsters (Laini Taylor)
- Children of Blood and Bone (Tomi Adeyemi)
- Cathedral of Myth and Bone (Kat Howard)
- Spellbook of the Lost and Found (Moïra Fowley-Doyle)
- Girls Made of Snow and Glass (Melissa Bashardoust)
- City of Saints and Thieves (Natalie C. Anderson)
- Worlds of Ink and Shadow (Lena Coakley)
- Magic of Blood and Sea and Magic of Wind and Mist (Cassandra Rose Clarke)
- Winter of Ice and Iron (Rachel Neumeier)
There’s a trend in SFF and YA publishing that has begun to grate on me, and I share it with you now so that you can share in my irritation. For lack of a better term I’m calling it the X of Y and Z, and it is everywhere. I draw attention to it not (only) because a misery shared is a misery halved, but also because multiple people have casually confused any number of them, and these books don’t deserve that. They’re good! And what’s more, they’re distinct. I recommend them as unique books, not just as members of this list.
Please keep in mind that publishers, not authors, are usually the ones who determine book titles.
Until this trend dies out or gets bumped off by another one, try not to judge a book by its title.