The Odyssey by Homer

The Odyssey by Homer

The epic tale of Odysseus and his ten-year journey home after the Trojan War forms one of the earliest and greatest works of Western literature. Confronted by natural and supernatural threats – shipwrecks, battles, monsters and the implacable enmity of the sea-god Poseidon – Odysseus must use his wit and native cunning if he is to reach his homeland safely and overcome the obstacles that, even there, await him.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Slavery
  • Murder
  • Kidnapping & captivity
  • Shipwreck
  • Trojan War
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Nightblood by Elly Blake 

Nightblood by Elly Blake

Ruby’s world has changed more than she ever could have imagined. She’s in love with a powerful Frost King. She’s the heir to the Fire Throne. And she may be a Nightblood–the spawn of a vengeful deity hellbent on releasing his wraithlike Minax from their prison. Once freed, these beasts will roam the earth, devouring every last person until he or she is nothing but an empty husk. But Ruby is able to control the Minax to a degree, and now she, her beloved Arcus, and her friend Kai must find a way to bring Frostbloods and Firebloods–sworn enemies–together to make a stand against a foe more deadly than any they’ve faced.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Murder of a mother recounted*
  • Sword & arrow violence
  • Fire
  • Shipwreck
  • Loss of autonomy (possession)

*Explanation : The heroine’s mother was bludgeoned to death in the first book.

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Dark Waters by Katherine Arden

Dark Waters by Katherine Arden

Until next time. That was chilling promise made to Ollie, Coco and Brian after they outsmarted the smiling man at Mount Hemlock Resort. And as the trio knows, the smiling man always keeps his promises. So when the lights flicker on and off at Brian’s family’s inn and a boom sounds at the door, there’s just one visitor it could be. Only, there’s no one there, just a cryptic note left outside signed simply as –S.

The smiling man loves his games and it seems a new one is under way. But first, the three friends will have to survive a group trip to Lake Champlain…. Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Graphic snakebite
  • Serious physical illness of a parent
  • Dead body
  • Death of an uncle
  • Death of a mother in a plane crash recounted
  • Shipwreck, on-page
  • Graphic animal attack (theme)
  • Bullying recounted
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Widdershins by Jordan Hawk

Widdershins by Jordan L. Hawk

Love is dangerous. Ever since the tragic death of the friend he adored, Percival Endicott Whyborne has ruthlessly suppressed any desire for another man. Instead, he spends his days studying dead languages at the museum where he works. So when handsome ex-Pinkerton Griffin Flaherty approaches him to translate a mysterious book, Whyborne wants to finish the job and get rid of the detective as quickly as possible.

Griffin left the Pinkertons after the death of his partner. Now in business for himself, he must investigate the murder of a wealthy young man. His only clue: an encrypted book that once belonged to the victim… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Blood & physical injury depiction
  • Misogyny
  • Institutionalisation mentioned
  • Gun violence
  • Explosion
  • Fire
  • Drowning
  • Shipwreck recounted
  • Blackmail mentioned
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Two Dark Reigns by Kendare Blake 

Two Dark Reigns by Kendare Blake

Queen Katharine has waited her entire life to wear the crown. But now that she finally has it, the murmurs of dissent grow louder by the day. There’s also the alarming issue of whether or not her sisters are actually dead—or if they’re waiting in the wings to usurp the throne.

Mirabella and Arsinoe are alive, but in hiding on the mainland and dealing with a nightmare of their own: being visited repeatedly by a spectre they think might be the fabled Blue Queen. Though she says nothing, her rotting, bony finger pointing out to sea is clear enough: return to Fennbirn… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Alcohol consumption
  • Smoking mentioned
  • Childbirth
  • Death of newborns from exposure & drowning mentioned
  • Blood & gore depiction
  • Dead bodies
  • Murder
  • Knife violence & stabbing
  • Poisoning
  • Sword violence
  • Shipwreck

Voyager by Diana Gabaldon

Voyager by Diana Gabaldon

Their passionate encounter happened long ago by whatever measurement Claire Randall took. Two decades before, she had traveled back in time and into the arms of a gallant eighteenth-century Scot named Jamie Fraser. Then she returned to her own century to bear his child, believing him dead in the tragic battle of Culloden. Yet his memory has never lessened its hold on her… and her body still cries out for him in her dreams.

Then Claire discovers that Jamie survived. Torn between returning to him and staying with their daughter in her own era, Claire must choose her destiny. And as time and space come full circle, she must find the courage to face the passion and pain awaiting her. The deadly intrigues raging in a divided Scotland, and the daring voyage into the dark unknown that can reunite or forever doom her timeless love.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Slavery
  • Sexual assault of a minor
  • Murder
  • Knife & sword violence
  • Poisoning
  • Shipwreck
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Lions and Liars by Cassie Beasley

Lions and Liars by Cassie Beasley

Frederick Frederickson has a food-chain theory about life. There are lions, like the school bully. Gazelles, like the bullied kids. There are meerkats, and the fleas that live on the butts of meerkats. Frederick’s a flea.

Fifth grade is off to a terrible start when Frederick is sent to a disciplinary camp for troublesome boys. His fellow troop mates—Nosebleed, Specs, The Professor, and little-yet-lethal Ant Bite—are terrifying. But in between trust-building exercises and midnight escape attempts, a tenuous friendship grows between them. Which is lucky, because a Category 5 hurricane is coming and everyone will have to work together—lions and fleas alike—to survive!

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Physical injury (broken nose)
  • Boating accident
  • Animal death

The Princess and the Pearl by ED Baker

The Princess and the Pearl by E.D. Baker

When Princess Annie’s father and uncle fall ill and no doctors in Treecrest can cure them, there’s only one person who might be able to help — a healer who lives in Skull Cove, all the way on the other side of the world. To journey there, Annie and Liam must set sail on dangerous seas full of sea monsters and magical creatures. There, Annie finds out that the only cure for her father is a giant pearl that’s been stolen and held captive by a protective sea witch. Can Annie find the pearl before it’s too late?

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Physical illness of a parent & uncle
  • Shipwreck
  • Fire
  • Poison gas
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Curse of the Forgotten City by Alex Aster

Curse of the Forgotten City by Alex Aster

After unwillingly inheriting all of the Night Witch’s abilities, Tor Luna is the most powerful person on Emblem Island—though he doesn’t want power at all. Fresh from their last adventure, a girl from a forgotten underwater city named Vesper, with the same water-breathing emblem as Tor, washes ashore—with a warning. Pirates are coming to attack Emblem Island.

Using the Night Witch’s enchanted ship, Tor, Melda, Engle, and Vesper set off on a dangerous journey to find the only thing that can save Emblem Island from the cursed Calavera pirates—a pearl, with the power to control the sea. But just like their first, this quest won’t be easy. In a race against time, they will face… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Nightmares
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Physical injury
  • Death of a parent recounted
  • Attempted murder recounted
  • Shipwreck
  • Drowning
  • Death from a fall
  • Animal attack (shark)
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The Forbidden Stone by Tony Abbott

The Forbidden Stone by Tony Abbott

It all began when four friends-Wade, Lily, Darrel, and Becca-received a strange, coded email from Wade’s uncle Henry shortly before the old man’s sudden death. They set off for Germany to attend the funeral with Wade’s father, Roald, and discover that Uncle Henry left them yet another baffling message that they suspect is the key to figuring out how and why he died.

The message leads to a clue, and the more clues they discover, the farther they travel down a treacherous path toward an ancient, guarded secret. Soon they are in a breathless race across the globe, running for their lives as a dangerous shadow organization chases them around every corner. Their only hope of saving themselves-and the world that they know-is to find twelve magical relics from a hidden past that will unlock the Copernicus Legacy

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Murder by strangulation
  • Kidnapping
  • Death from a fall mentioned
  • Boat & car accidents mentioned
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