Trending Thursday: Where There's Smoke, There's Fire. And Ashes....

Welcome to Trending Thursday, a blog feature that lets me point out some kind of trend in YA lit.

Over the past few weeks, I've looked at title trends, including Bones. On that post, a reader commented that YA books (especially dystopians and fantasy) have a lot of elemental items in their title. I've done another post on covers featuring Great Balls of Fire, but I thought I'd focus on titles with Fire and various other Fire-Related Stuff...

We'll start with the Smoke... YA Books With Smoke Titles:

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
Lady Smoke by Laura Sebastian
White Smoke by Tiffany Jackson
Bright Smoke, Cold Fire by Rosamund Hodge
Smoke in the Sun by Renee Adieh
The Smoke Thieves by Sally Green
Smoke and Iron by Rachel Caine
Stars and Smoke by Marie Lu
Holding Smoke by Elle Cosimano

Where There's Smoke, there's Fire: YA Books With Fire Titles

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maass
City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare
Kingdom of Flesh and Fire by Jennifer Armentrout
Fire by Kristin Cashore
Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson
Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan
With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo
Fire Study by Maria V. Snyder

And after Fire, there are Ashes. YA Books With Ashes Titles

Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian
City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch
Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick
Ashes to Ashes by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian
Gilded Ashes by Rosamund Hodge
From Blood and Ash by Jennifer Armentrout
Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas
Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

That was fun -- if you have any other title themes you want me to feature, let me know!


  1. I think I'm more likely to read a book if "smoke" is in the title. It's just so mysterious.

  2. I love reading these trending thursday posts, they're great! :) CANNOT WAIT FOR: Bright Smoke, Cold Fire!!! <3

    1. I know - when I found that one on Goodreads I was pretty excited. And it has smoke and fire in one title :)

  3. I didn't realize before there were so many! I've enjoyed most of these and I'm looking forward to some.
    Great post, Jen!

  4. I definitely have noticed this trend. XD I don't even know if I'm fond of it or not?! I think the "Fire" is become nearly cliche. heh.

    (Have you done a trending Thursday on "Queens" in titles before? Because omg there are SO MANY OF THEM. :O Shadow Queen, The Orphan Queen, The Impostor Queen, Queen of Shadows, Red Queen, The Exiled Queen, Iron Queen, Just a Queen, The Queen's Choice....*collapses under queens* XDXD)

    1. I will do a Queen post in your honor. You're right - there are a LOT!

  5. I don't even really notice these things for real until you point them out. LOL! There are just so many!

    1. I never realize how many until I start looking. And I got tired making this post and even left out a few..

  6. Huh never thought about it but no kidding. After looking at your list I see what you mean. :) That's funny... fire must be a buzzword or something but I'm surprised about ashes...

    1. I think Cassandra Clare may have spawned the "Bones" trend, and I think Hunger Games with Fire. In YA at least...

  7. Ha. It has been quite a trend more recently, mind you. Something about the destructive qualities of fire that gives a title such an impact. Love it!

    1. Yeah, out of the three, I think fire is kind of dramatic/threatening, and smoke sort of mysterious and ashes ... I don't know. I guess there's the "phoenix from the ashes" thing...

  8. that sure is a lot of smoke and fire and ashes. I didn't realize there were so many.funny how trend don't cross the mind until you really start to think about it or see it pointed out. i like this post.

  9. This is a really common trend it seems! Lots of books to do with things all fire related... I wonder why that is xd Because of death and perish which leads to suspense? Catching Fire would call the opposite seeing as it has to do with burning bright against something.

  10. Mmm, smells like bbq...! Lol :D But it is almost summer, so...


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