Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs

Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs

As the story opens, sixteen-year-old Jacob discovers a powerful new ability, and soon he’s diving through history to rescue his peculiar companions from a heavily guarded fortress. Accompanying Jacob on his journey are Emma Bloom, a girl with fire at her fingertips, and Addison MacHenry, a dog with a nose for sniffing out lost children.

They’ll travel from modern-day London to the labyrinthine alleys of Devil’s Acre, the most wretched slum in all of Victorian England. It’s a place where the fate of peculiar children everywhere will be decided once and for all.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Substance addiction
  • Death of a grandfather recounted
  • Gun violence
  • Bombings
  • Torture
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Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

Katniss Everdeen, girl on fire, has survived, even though her home has been destroyed. It is by design that Katniss was rescued from the arena in the cruel and haunting Quarter Quell, and it is by design that she has long been part of the revolution without knowing it. District 13 has come out of the shadows and is plotting to overthrow the Capitol. Everyone, it seems, has had a hand in the carefully laid plans—except Katniss.

The success of the rebellion hinges on Katniss’s willingness to be a pawn, to accept responsibility for countless lives, and to change the course of the future of Panem. To do this, she must put aside her feelings of anger and distrust. She must become the rebels’ Mockingjay—no matter what the personal cost. 

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Classism
  • Hallucinations & delusions
  • Substance addiction
  • Nonconsensual drugging
  • Blood & gore depiction
  • Physical injuries
  • Dead bodies
  • Hospital
  • Grief & loss depiction
  • Death of a child
  • Death of a sister
  • Death of a friend
  • Murder & attempted murder
  • Knife violence and stabbing
  • Explosions
  • Strangulation
  • Kidnapping & captivity
  • Building collapse
  • War & rebellion themes
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Not My Problem by Ciara Smyth

Not My Problem by Ciara Smyth

Aideen has plenty of problems she can’t fix. Her best (and only) friend is pulling away. Her mother’s drinking problem is a constant concern. She’s even running out of outlandish diseases to fake so she can skip PE.

But when Aideen stumbles on her nemesis, overachiever Meabh Kowalski, in the midst of a full-blown meltdown, she sees a problem that—unlike her own disaster of a life—seems refreshingly easy to solve. Meabh is desperate to escape her crushing pile of extracurriculars. Aideen volunteers to help. By pushing Meabh down the stairs.

Problem? Solved. Meabh’s sprained ankle is the perfect excuse to ditch her overwhelming schedule. But when another student learns about their little scheme and brings Aideen another “client” who needs her “help,” it kicks off a semester of traded favors, ill-advised hijinks, and an unexpected chance at love. Fixing other people’s problems won’t fix her own, but it might be the push she needs to start.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Cheating
  • Parent with alcoholism
  • Bullying
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Blood Like Magic by Liselle Sambury

Blood Like Magic by Liselle Sambury

After years of waiting for her Calling—a trial every witch must pass in order to come into their powers—the one thing Voya Thomas didn’t expect was to fail. When Voya’s ancestor gives her an unprecedented second chance to complete her Calling, she agrees—and then is horrified when her task is to kill her first love. And this time, failure means every Thomas witch will be stripped of their magic.

Voya is determined to save her family’s magic no matter the cost. The problem is, Voya has never been in love, so for her to succeed, she’ll first have to find the perfect guy—and fast. Fortunately, a genetic matchmaking program has just hit the market. Her plan is to join the program, fall in love, and complete her task before the deadline. What she doesn’t count on is being paired with the infuriating Luc—how can she fall in love with a guy who seemingly wants nothing to do with her?

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Racism mentioned
  • Slavery
  • Child neglect mentioned
  • Substance abuse mentioned
  • Eating disorder
  • Blood & gore depiction
  • Police brutality
  • Gun violence
  • Whipping
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On the Rocks by Kandi Steiner

On the Rocks by Kandi Steiner

Noah Becker is nothing but trouble.

That’s what Mama told me when I was a kid, kicking his pew in church and giggling at the games we’d play. It’s what the town said when his father died and the Becker brothers went wild. And it’s on repeat in my mind the day I walk into the whiskey distillery where he works to buy a wedding gift for my fiancé… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Gambling addiction
  • Age-gap relationship*
  • Cheating

*Note: Age gap between a 19-year-old woman and a 29-year-old man.

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Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

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Milk and honey’ is a collection of poetry and prose about survival. About the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity. It is split into four chapters, and each chapter serves a different purpose. Deals with a different pain. Heals a different heartache. ‘milk and honey’ takes readers through a journey of the most bitter moments in life and finds sweetness in them because there is sweetness everywhere if you are just willing to look.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Ableist language
  • Misogyny
  • Racism
  • Rape
  • Sexual assault
  • Paedophilia
  • Incest
  • Emotional abuse
  • Neglect
  • Parent with substance addiction
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This Time Will Be Different by Misa Sugiura

This Time Will Be Different by Misa Suguira

Katsuyamas never quit—but seventeen-year-old CJ doesn’t even know where to start. She’s never lived up to her mom’s type A ambition, and she’s perfectly happy just helping her aunt, Hannah, at their family’s flower shop.

She doesn’t buy into Hannah’s romantic ideas about flowers and their hidden meanings, but when it comes to arranging the perfect bouquet, CJ discovers a knack she never knew she had. A skill she might even be proud of.

Then her mom decides to sell the shop—to the family who swindled CJ’s grandparents when thousands of Japanese Americans were sent to internment camps during WWII. Soon a rift threatens to splinter CJ’s family, friends, and their entire Northern California community; and for the first time, CJ has found something she wants to fight for.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Racism
  • Homomisia
  • Drug addiction mentioned
  • Attempted suicide mentioned
  • Teen pregnancy & abortion mentioned
  • World War Two internment camps discussed
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The Bonesetter’s Daughter by Amy Tan

The Bonesetter’s Daughter by Amy Tan

Ruth Young and her widowed mother, LuLing, have always had a tumultuous relationship. Now, before she succumbs to forgetfulness, LuLing gives Ruth some of her writings, which reveal a side of LuLing that Ruth has never known. . . .

In a remote mountain village where ghosts and tradition rule, LuLing grows up in the care of her mute Precious Auntie as the family endures a curse laid upon a relative known as the bonesetter. When headstrong LuLing rejects the marriage proposal of the coffinmaker, a shocking series of events are set in motion–all of which lead back to Ruth and LuLing in modern San Francisco. The truth that Ruth learns from her mother’s past will forever change her perception of family, love, and forgiveness.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Paedophilia
  • Suicide recounted
  • Opium addiction mentioned
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Silver in the Wood by Emily Tesh

Silver in the Wood by Emily Tesh

There is a Wild Man who lives in the deep quiet of Greenhollow, and he listens to the wood. Tobias, tethered to the forest, does not dwell on his past life, but he lives a perfectly unremarkable existence with his cottage, his cat, and his dryads.

When Greenhollow Hall acquires a handsome, intensely curious new owner in Henry Silver, everything changes. Old secrets better left buried are dug up, and Tobias is forced to reckon with his troubled past—both the green magic of the woods, and the dark things that rest in its heart.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Alcohol consumption
  • Mild blood depiction & physical injuries
  • Murder & attempted murder
  • Gun violence
  • Knife violence & stabbing
  • Kidnapping
  • Disappearance of a loved one
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On the Come Up by Angie Thomas

On the Come Up by Angie Thomas

Sixteen-year-old Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. Or at least make it out of her neighborhood one day. As the daughter of an underground rap legend who died before he hit big, Bri’s got big shoes to fill. But now that her mom has unexpectedly lost her job, food banks and shutoff notices are as much a part of Bri’s life as beats and rhymes. With bills piling up and homelessness staring her family down, Bri no longer just wants to make it—she has to make it.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Abeism & ableist language
  • Classism
  • Racism & racial profiling
  • Substance addiction
  • Drug use
  • Death of a parent
  • Gun violence
  • Incarceration
  • Police brutality mentioned
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