[Top Ten Tuesday] Books With One Word Titles

As a fan of fantasy and sci-fi novels, I’m used to some fairly long titles, especially if they’re part of a series because then that becomes part of the mouthful. 😂 This week’s TTT topic is interesting because it poses the question, what about one word title books? I had to have a good think after the first couple that sprang to mind, which was fun because the digging led me down some rabbit warrens of adding books to my tbr. 👍

Thank you to Kitty from Kitty Marie’s Reading Corner for suggesting this week’s topic. 🙂

 

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1-2. Vicious & Vengeful by V.E. Schwab

 

I’ve read both of these books. Both of them are two of my favorite books because of the idea of near death experiences possibly producing ExtraOrdinary individuals, the murkiness of morality, the questions we have to ask ourselves about who is the hero and who is a villain. There is so much depth to both of them that they get richer the more you read them.

 

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Published: 29 May 2018 (originally published 24 September 2013)

Publisher: Titan Books

Genre(s): Fantasy/Science Fiction

Victor and Eli started out as college roommates–brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in each other. In their senior year, a shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong.

Ten years later, Victor breaks out of prison, determined to catch up to his old friend (now foe), aided by a young girl whose reserved nature obscures a stunning ability. Meanwhile, Eli is on a mission to eradicate every other super-powered person that he can find–aside from his sidekick, an enigmatic woman with an unbreakable will. Armed with terrible power on both sides, driven by the memory of betrayal and loss, the archnemeses have set a course for revenge–but who will be left alive at the end?

In Vicious, V. E. Schwab brings to life a gritty comic-book-style world in vivid prose: a world where gaining superpowers doesn’t automatically lead to heroism, and a time when allegiances are called into question.

 

 

 

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Published: 25 September 2018

Publisher: Titan Books

Genre(s): Fantasy/Science Fiction

A super-powered collision of extraordinary minds and vengeful intentions—#1 New York Times bestselling author V. E. Schwab returns with the thrilling follow-up to Vicious.

Magneto and Professor X. Superman and Lex Luthor. Victor Vale and Eli Ever. Sydney and Serena Clarke. Great partnerships, now soured on the vine.

But Marcella Riggins needs no one. Flush from her brush with death, she’s finally gained the control she’s always sought—and will use her new-found power to bring the city of Merit to its knees. She’ll do whatever it takes, collecting her own sidekicks, and leveraging the two most infamous EOs, Victor Vale and Eli Ever, against each other.

With Marcella’s rise, new enmities create opportunity–and the stage of Merit City will once again be set for a final, terrible reckoning.

 

 

3. Slay by Brittney Morris

 

I recently check this out from the library. It’s a fascinating book that, as far as I’ve gotten, has touched on cultural appropriation, gaming, and the busyness of high school life. It’s getting exciting and I’m curious to see where it’ll go next.

 

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Published: 24 September 2019

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Genre(s): Contemporary/Fiction/Young Adult

By day, seventeen-year-old Kiera Johnson is an honors student, a math tutor, and one of the only Black kids at Jefferson Academy. But at home, she joins hundreds of thousands of Black gamers who duel worldwide as Nubian personas in the secret multiplayer online role-playing card game, SLAY. No one knows Kiera is the game developer, not her friends, her family, not even her boyfriend, Malcolm, who believes video games are partially responsible for the “downfall of the Black man.”

But when a teen in Kansas City is murdered over a dispute in the SLAY world, news of the game reaches mainstream media, and SLAY is labeled a racist, exclusionist, violent hub for thugs and criminals. Even worse, an anonymous troll infiltrates the game, threatening to sue Kiera for “anti-white discrimination.”

Driven to save the only world in which she can be herself, Kiera must preserve her secret identity and harness what it means to be unapologetically Black in a world intimidated by Blackness. But can she protect her game without losing herself in the process?

 

 

4. Jackpot by Nic Stone

 

I was gifted a copy of this recently and from the peak I took into the first chapter, it looks so, so good. The tone is sarcastic & hilarious, just my kind of thing. 🙂

 

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Published: 15 October 2019

Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers

Genre(s): Young Adult/Contemporary

From the author of the New York Times bestseller Dear Martin–comes a pitch-perfect romance that examines class, privilege, and how a stroke of good luck can change an entire life.

Meet Rico: high school senior and afternoon-shift cashier at the Gas ‘n’ Go, who after school and work races home to take care of her younger brother. Every. Single. Day. When Rico sells a jackpot-winning lotto ticket, she thinks maybe her luck will finally change, but only if she–with some assistance from her popular and wildly rich classmate Zan–can find the ticket holder who hasn’t claimed the prize. But what happens when have and have-nots collide? Will this investigative duo unite…or divide?

Nic Stone, the New York Times bestselling author of Dear Martin and Odd One Out, creates two unforgettable characters in one hard-hitting story about class, money–both too little and too much–and how you make your own luck in the world.

 

 

5. You by Caroline Kepnes, Narrated by Santiago Fontana

 

Recommended by a close friend, this has been one of the most conflicting books I’ve read in recent memory. It’s told from the perspective of a stalker and in a way where you’re not entirely sure that he’s a bad guy (spoiler: oh, yeah, he totally is). It’s such a well crafted novel and the audio book is a fabulous performance (Santiago Fontana also played Hans in Frozen, which seems so *chefs kiss* 😂).

 

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Published: 20 September 2014

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio

Genre(s): Thriller/Mystery

When aspiring writer Guinevere Beck strides into the bookstore where Joe works, he is instantly smitten.

But there’s more to Joe than Beck realises and much more to Beck than her perfect facade. And the obsessive relationship quickly spirals into a whirlwind of deadly consequences…

 

 

6-7. Slayer & Chosen by Kiersten White

 

I grew up watching the original Buffy the Vampire Slayer. When I heard that Kiersten White, author of my personal favorite The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein, was writing a new in-universe series, I got very excited. These books look and sound amazing, I think y’all will agree. 😁

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Published: 8 January 2019

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Genre(s): Young Adult/Fantasy (Paranormal)

Into every generation a Slayer is born…

Nina and her twin sister, Artemis, are far from normal. It’s hard to be when you grow up at the Watcher’s Academy, which is a bit different from your average boarding school. Here teens are trained as guides for Slayers—girls gifted with supernatural strength to fight the forces of darkness. But while Nina’s mother is a prominent member of the Watcher’s Council, Nina has never embraced the violent Watcher lifestyle. Instead she follows her instincts to heal, carving out a place for herself as the school medic.

Until the day Nina’s life changes forever.

Thanks to Buffy, the famous (and infamous) Slayer that Nina’s father died protecting, Nina is not only the newest Chosen One—she’s the last Slayer, ever. Period.

As Nina hones her skills with her Watcher-in-training, Leo, there’s plenty to keep her occupied: a monster fighting ring, a demon who eats happiness, a shadowy figure that keeps popping up in Nina’s dreams…

But it’s not until bodies start turning up that Nina’s new powers will truly be tested—because someone she loves might be next.

One thing is clear: Being Chosen is easy. Making choices is hard.

 

 

 

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Published: 7 January 2020

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Genre(s): Young Adult/Fantasy (Paranormal)

Nina continues to learn how to use her slayer powers against enemies old and new in this second novel in the New York Times bestselling series from Kiersten White, set in the world of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Now that Nina has turned the Watcher’s Castle into a utopia for hurt and lonely demons, she’s still waiting for the utopia part to kick in. With her sister Artemis gone and only a few people remaining at the castle—including her still-distant mother—Nina has her hands full. Plus, though she gained back her Slayer powers from Leo, they’re not feeling quite right after being held by the seriously evil succubus Eve, a.k.a. fake Watcher’s Council member and Leo’s mom.

And while Nina is dealing with the darkness inside, there’s also a new threat on the outside, portended by an odd triangle symbol that seems to be popping up everywhere, in connection with Sean’s demon drug ring as well as someone a bit closer to home. Because one near-apocalypse just isn’t enough, right?

The darkness always finds you. And once again, it’s coming for the Slayer.

 

 

8. Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

 

The trailer for the film based on this graphic novel has played on a couple of preview reels in my DVD collection & I keep meaning to pick it up.

 

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Published: 1 June 2004

Publisher: Pantheon

Genre(s): Nonfiction/Autobiography

Wise, funny, and heartbreaking, Persepolis is Marjane Satrapi’s memoir of growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. In powerful black-and-white comic strip images, Satrapi tells the story of her life in Tehran from ages six to fourteen, years that saw the overthrow of the Shah’s regime, the triumph of the Islamic Revolution, and the devastating effects of war with Iraq. The intelligent and outspoken only child of committed Marxists and the great-granddaughter of one of Iran’s last emperors, Marjane bears witness to a childhood uniquely entwined with the history of her country.

Persepolis paints an unforgettable portrait of daily life in Iran and of the bewildering contradictions between home life and public life. Marjane’s child’s-eye view of dethroned emperors, state-sanctioned whippings, and heroes of the revolution allows us to learn as she does the history of this fascinating country and of her own extraordinary family. Intensely personal, profoundly political, and wholly original, Persepolis is at once a story of growing up and a reminder of the human cost of war and political repression. It shows how we carry on, with laughter and tears, in the face of absurdity. And, finally, it introduces us to an irresistible little girl with whom we cannot help but fall in love.

 

 

9. Starless by Jacqueline Carey

 

It’s been a long time since I’ve read a Carey book (Kushiel’s Dart in high school, I think?), but this one sound neato. 👀 Gods schmods, the humans are gonna take the wheel in this story.

 

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Published: 12 June 2018

Publisher: Tor Books

Genre(s): Fantasy/Fiction/LGBTQ+

Jacqueline Carey is back with an amazing adventure not seen since her New York Times bestselling Kushiel’s Legacy series. Lush and sensual, Starless introduces us to an epic world where exiled gods live among us, and a hero whose journey will resonate long after the last page is turned.

Let your mind be like the eye of the hawk…Destined from birth to serve as protector of the princess Zariya, Khai is trained in the arts of killing and stealth by a warrior sect in the deep desert; yet there is one profound truth that has been withheld from him.

In the court of the Sun-Blessed, Khai must learn to navigate deadly intrigue and his own conflicted identity…but in the far reaches of the western seas, the dark god Miasmus is rising, intent on nothing less than wholesale destruction.

If Khai is to keep his soul’s twin Zariya alive, their only hope lies with an unlikely crew of prophecy-seekers on a journey that will take them farther beneath the starless skies than anyone can imagine.

 

 

10. Beloved by Toni Morrison

 

Beloved has been on my periphery for a long time. Hopefully I can get to it this year.

 

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Published: 16 September 1987

Publisher: Vintage

Genre(s): Historical Fiction/Classics

Staring unflinchingly into the abyss of slavery, this spellbinding novel transforms history into a story as powerful as Exodus and as intimate as a lullaby.

Sethe was born a slave and escaped to Ohio, but eighteen years later she is still not free. She has too many memories of Sweet Home, the beautiful farm where so many hideous things happened. Her new home is haunted by the ghost of her baby, who died nameless and whose tombstone is engraved with a single word: Beloved.

Filled with bitter poetry and suspense as taut as a rope, Beloved is a towering achievement by Nobel Prize laureate Toni Morrison.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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