Gwen & Kate's Library

Two sisters' reviews of Young Adult and Middle Grade books, inspired by their lovely library.

Reflections on Modern YA Title Trends

The titles of YA Books these days! Let’s play a game: try to guess the patterns. First of all, take a look at what I can do with these modern titles when I put them in a certain order… then count the number of “and”s and “of”s… then try to describe what a single one of these books could possibly be about…. (I’m stumped!).

Siege and Storm

Salt and Storm

Snow Like Ashes

An Ember in the Ashes

Crown of Embers

The Crown

The Ring and the Crown

The Crimson Crown

Crown of Midnight

Frost Like Night

And I Darken

A Darker Shade of Magic

Into the Dim

A Gathering of Shadows

Shadow Scale

Shadow and Bone

Ink and Bone

Paper and Fire


Fire and Heist

Burning Glass

Throne of Glass

The Gray Wolf Throne

A Court of Thorns and Roses

The Girl of Fire and Thorns

Of Fire and Stars

A Torch Against the Night

These Broken Stars

The Name of the Star

The Wrath and the Dawn

Hmmmmmmm…… we seem to be lacking some creativity these days. Recommendation for future authors: avoid these key terms (especially Fire, Stars, Shadows, and Crowns) in your titles!

Any creative thoughts? If you were to publish a book (or have already!) what would you call it?


One comment on “Reflections on Modern YA Title Trends

  1. Keira
    January 18, 2016

    I assume the titles have the words that appear often because they sell the book. Like if you looked at harlequin romances – billionaire, tycoon, nationality (Greek, Russian, etc), secret, marriage, bride, wife, mistress, baby… Etc

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