Typical Titles

By Christina Ladd on

About Christina Ladd

One of the Books & Comics editors at Geekly. She/her. Sailor Rainbow. Glitter and spite and everything bright.


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.
  • 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)
Until this trend dies out or gets bumped off by another one, try not to judge a book by its title.

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