Hi everyone! I hope you’ve all had a good week since I last did one of these. Happy news, I have emerged from essay hell! I am also at home for the week as it’s the mid-semester break for Uni this week, so I am planning on enjoying my week off as much as possible and get lots of reading and blogging done (it is called reading week after all right? I’m just doing what I’m told!). It’s Tuesday and that means yet another Top Ten Tuesday from the lovely ladies over at The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s topic is Top Ten Unique Book Titles and I’m going to be focusing on fantasy ones. We all know a lot of fantasy titles involve the same words, blood, dawn, magic, girl, crown, throne, daughter, princess, I mean the list goes on. So I am setting myself a difficult challenge today in trying to find fantasy titles that go against the norm! 10 might be a stretch but I’ll see! So here we go, Top Ten Unique Fantasy Titles:
- Everless-Sarah Holland
This is an upcoming 2018 fantasy title and though the title definitely indicates that this is a fantasy rather than a contemporary book, it doesn’t use any of the usual cliche fantasy words. I actually just got approved for this one on Netgalley and I’m really excited to read it because it sounds amazing.
2. Ace of Shades-Amanda Foody
Another upcoming 2018 title that sounds super amazing (magic and con artists people, magic and con artists!). It does employ the something of something title trope, but it’s still a very different title to a lot of fantasy novels.
3. Uprooted-Naomi Novik
These one word titles are quite good ones because fantasy titles tend to be quite lengthy, so a single word title definitely stands out above the rest. I’ve heard amazing things about this one and it’s on my TBR, so I can’t wait to read it.
4. Caraval-Stephanie Garber
Another one word title I know, but have you ever heard of another title like this? The title itself is as unique as the story inside.
5. The Archived-Victoria Schwab
This title is as unique as the story inside it, and is perfectly suited, after all what better name to call a book about the archives of the dead?
6. The Storyspinner-Becky Wallace
I just find this title so pretty and it doesn’t use any of the really cliche fantasy title words.
7. Labyrinth Lost-Zoraida Cordova
I’m actually surprised Labyrinth isn’t a more used fantasy word? Unless I’m totally living under a rock here, but it’s definitely lesser used than some of the more cliche ones. I’ve actually only ever read one fantasy book with Labyrinth in the title (Battle of The Labyrinth). I’ve heard really good things about this one, so I hope I enjoy it when I finally get to it!
8. Grave Mercy-Robin LaFevers
The two word title is quite common, but these particular two words don’t seem to be particularly common. Mercy is unsurprising, it’s not something you tend to think of when it comes to fantasy, but you’d think considering how much death there is, Grave would be more common! I suppose fantasy titles prefer to go with death than grave though.
9. Forest of A Thousand Lanterns-Julie Dao
Okay so it does the whole something of something thing, but there is no queen, no king, no prince, no midnight, no throne, I really could go on so I’ll stop there but you get my point, it manages to take a well worn fantasy title trope and actually do something a little bit different and more interesting with it.
10. Royal Bastards-Andrew Shvarts
For a genre so obsessed with royalty, the actual word royal doesn’t seem to be overly common in YA books, or at least not that I’ve seen! Also swear words in YA titles is not something that I’ve ever seen before this book came out. Unfortunately the second book falls into the City of…. trope but at least this first book had a slightly less cliche title!
So that’s it, my ten most unique fantasy titles! This was super hard guys, finding fantasy books without prince, princess, king, queen, blood, bone, shadow etc in the title is no easy feat. It was also really fun though, I think I’m going to do another one of these with most cliche fantasy titles, it will probably be a lot easier to put together than this one! What unique fantasy titles would you choose? Have you read any of these? Let me know in the comments!
Next week’s topic is a Halloween Freebie. I looked back at my old Halloween posts and so far I’ve done Book Characters You Can Dress As For Halloween and Books To Get You In The Halloween Mood, so for next week’s Halloween Freebie, I’m going to talk about October New Releases You Could Read This Halloween (not necessarily scary ones!). As it’s reading week, I’m hoping to get to post a little bit more this week, I have plans for a review and a discussion post that I want to write this week, so hopefully you guys will see those soon!