You Were Always Mine by Nicole Baart 

You Were Always Mine by Nicole Baart

Jessica Chamberlain, newly separated and living with her two sons in a small Iowa town, can’t believe that a tragedy in another state could have anything to do with her. But when her phone rings one quiet morning, her world is shattered. As she tries to pick up the pieces and make sense of what went wrong, Jess begins to realize that a tragic death is just the beginning. Soon she is caught in a web of lies and half-truths—and she’s horrified to learn that everything leads back to her seven-year-old adopted son, Gabriel… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Death of a husband in a hunting accident
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In the Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick

In the Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick

In 1820, the 240-ton Essex set sail from Nantucket on a routine voyage for whales. Fifteen months later, in the farthest reaches of the South Pacific, it was repeatedly rammed and sunk by an eighty-ton bull sperm whale. Its twenty-man crew, fearing cannibals on the islands to the west, made for the 3,000-mile-distant coast of South America in three tiny boats. During ninety days at sea under horrendous conditions, the survivors clung to life as one by one, they succumbed to hunger, thirst, disease, and fear… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Racism
  • Cannibalism
  • Starvation & dehydration
  • Whale hunting & butchering
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Eragon by Christopher Paolini 

Eragon by Christopher Paolini 

When Eragon finds a polished blue stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy; perhaps it will buy his family meat for the winter. But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon soon realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself.

Overnight his simple life is shattered, and he is thrust into a perilous new world of destiny, magic, and power. With only an ancient sword and the advice of an… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Smoking
  • Physical injuries
  • Death of a child
  • Death of parents recounted
  • Torture
  • Decapitation
  • Whipping
  • Kidnapping
  • Animal hunting
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The Tell Tale by Clare Ashton 

The Tell Tale by Clare Ashton

The Tell Tale has been watching and waiting because there’s something queer about the village of Foel. Beth Griffiths has returned home to raise her daughter in the Welsh hills. They arrive to the open arms of the community, but not all is what it seems and Beth isn’t home for the reason she pretends either.

Vicious notes start appearing that reveal harsh truths about the village inhabitants, stirring up ancient past and old loves. Not even local dignitary, the… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Racism
  • Sexism
  • Hate crime
  • Outing
  • Cheating mentioned
  • Domestic abuse
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Drugging
  • Blood depiction
  • Gun violence
  • Homelessness
  • Hunting
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Open Season by CJ Box

Open Season by C.J. Box

There’s nothing unusual about the sound of a gunshot in Twelve Sleep. Here in remotest Wyoming, where elk roam the pine forests and cougars prowl the mountains, everyone owns a gun. But when Joe Pickett hears two sharp cracks ring out months before hunting season, it’s his job to investigate. As game warden in Twelve Sleep, father-of-two Joe Pickett is not only badly paid and poorly housed, but deeply unpopular. So when the source of the shots – a well-known poacher – gets off scot-free after a humiliating confrontation, the locals are delighted. And then the poacher turns up dead in the Pickett’s backyard. Charged with… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Child abuse
  • Death of a child
  • Murder
  • Gun violence
  • Blackmail
  • Animal hunting
  • Animal cruelty
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Willa of Dark Hollow by Robert Beatty 

Willa of Dark Hollow by Robert Beatty

The Great Smoky Mountains. 1901. Willa and her clan are the last of the Faeran, an ancient race of forest people who have lived in the mountains for as long as the trees have grown there. But as crews of newly arrived humans start cutting down great swaths of the forest she loves, Willa is helpless to stop them. How can she fight the destroyers of the forest and their powerful machines? When Willa discovers a mysterious dark hollow filled with strange and beautiful creatures, she comes to realize that it contains a terrifying force. Is unleashing these dangerous spirits the key to stopping the loggers? … Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Gun violence
  • Animal death & hunting
  • Animal attack (snake)
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White Stag by Kara Barbieri 

White Stag by Kara Barbieri

As the last child in a family of daughters, seventeen-year-old Janneke was raised to be the male heir. While her sisters were becoming wives and mothers, she was taught to hunt, track, and fight. On the day her village was burned to the ground, Janneke—as the only survivor—was taken captive by the malicious Lydian and eventually sent to work for his nephew Soren.

Janneke’s survival in the court of merciless monsters has come at the cost of her connection to the human world. And when the Goblin King’s death ignites an ancient hunt for the next king, Soren senses… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Slavery
  • Rape recounted
  • Eating disorder
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Panic attacks
  • Blood & gore depiction
  • Body mutilation
  • Murder & attempted murder
  • Sword violence & stabbing
  • Torture recounted
  • Kidnapping & captivity recounted
  • Animal death
  • Hunting (theme)
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Willodeen by Katherine Applegate

Willodeen by Katherine Applegate

Eleven-year-old Willodeen adores creatures of all kinds, but her favourites are the most unlovable beasts in the land: strange beasts known as “screechers.” The villagers of Perchance call them pests, even monsters, but Willodeen believes the animals serve a vital role in the complicated web of nature.

Lately, though, nature has seemed angry indeed. Perchance has been cursed with fires and mudslides, droughts and fevers, and even the annual migration of hummingbears, a source of local pride… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Death of a mother in a fire recounted
  • Animal hunting
  • Animal death
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The Unbinding of Mary Reade by Miriam McNamara

The Unbinding of Mary Reade by Miriam McNamara

There’s no place for a girl in Mary’s world. Not in the home of her mum, desperately drunk and poor. Not in the household of her wealthy granny, where no girl can be named an heir. And certainly not in the arms of Nat, her childhood love who never knew her for who she was. As a sailor aboard a Caribbean merchant ship, Mary’s livelihood—and her safety—depends on her ability to disguise her gender.

At least, that’s what she thinks is true. But then pirates attack the ship, and in the midst of the gang of cutthroats, Mary spots something… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Ableism & ableist language
  • Sexism
  • Homomisia
  • Transmisia
  • Attempted rape & sexual assault
  • Child abuse
  • Domestic violence
  • Alcoholism
  • Death of a friend
  • Murder
  • Gun violence
  • Explosion
  • Hunting mentioned
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The World on Either Side by Diane Terrana 

The World on Either Side by Diane Terrana

After the death of her boyfriend, sixteen-year old Valentine stops going to school, quits seeing her friends, and, finally, won’t leave her bed. Desperate for her daughter to recover, Valentine’s mother takes her on a trek in Thailand. In the mountains north of Chiang Mai, Valentine finds a world she didn’t know existed, where houses are on stilts and elephants still roam wild. She learns about the Burmese civil war and the relentless violence against the Karen and Rohingya peoplest… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Human trafficking
  • Rape
  • Depression
  • Attempted suicide by overdose
  • Self-harm (cutting)
  • Grief & loss depiction
  • Death of a boyfriend recounted
  • Murder
  • Graphic animal cruelty & abuse
  • Poaching
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