The Ritual by Shantel Tessier

The Ritual by Shantel Tessier

I vow. You vow. We vow. Barrington University is home of the Lords, a secret society that requires their blood in payment. They are above all—the most powerful men in the world. They devote their lives to violence in exchange for power. And during their senior year, they are offered a chosen one. Barrington University is home of the Lords, a secret society that requires their blood in payment. They are above all—the most powerful men in the world. They devote their lives to violence in exchange for power. And during their senior year, they are offered a chosen one. People think… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Arranged relationship
  • Sex slavery
  • Attempted sexual assault
  • Dubious consent scenarios including consensual somnophilia and rape-play
  • Improper BDSM practices
  • Drugging including nonconsensual manipulation of birth control prescription
  • Depiction of a dead body
  • Branding (consensual)
  • Genital mutilation
  • Murder
  • Torture
  • Gun & knife violence
  • Physical assault
  • Drowning
  • Cult
  • Stalking & nonconsensual surveillance

She Who Rides the Storm by Caitlin Sangster

She Who Rides the Storm by Caitlin Sangster

Long ago, shapeshifting monsters ruled the Commonwealth using blasphemous magic that fed on the souls of their subjects. Now, hundreds of years later, a new tomb has been uncovered, and despite the legends that disturbing a shapeshifter’s final resting place will wake them once again, the Warlord is determined to dig it up. But it isn’t just the Warlord who means to brave the traps and pitfalls guarding the crypt.⁠… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Attempted sexual assault
  • Murder & attempted murder of a child
  • Fire
  • Branding
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Heart of Obsidian by Nalini Singh

Heart of Obsidian by Nalini Singh

A dangerous, volatile rebel, hands stained blooded. A woman whose very existence has been erased. A love story so dark, it may shatter the world itself. A deadly price that must be paid. The day of reckoning is here.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Child physical & psychological abuse
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Panic attack
  • Pregnancy mentioned
  • Blood depiction
  • Knife violence
  • Torture recounted
  • Kidnapping recounted
  • Arson
  • Branding
  • Imprisonment

The Grace Year by Kim Liggett

The Grace Year by Kim Liggett

No one speaks of the grace year. It’s forbidden. In Garner County, girls are told they have the power to lure grown men from their beds, to drive women mad with jealousy. They believe their very skin emits a powerful aphrodisiac, the potent essence of youth, of a girl on the edge of womanhood. That’s why they’re banished for their sixteenth year, to release their magic into the wild so they can return purified and ready for marriage. But not all of them will make it home alive. Sixteen-year-old Tierney James dreams… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Misogyny
  • Queermisia
  • Transmisia
  • Outing
  • Slut shaming
  • Fatmisia & body shaming
  • Statutory rape mentioned
  • Sexual assault, on-page
  • Sexual harassment
  • Forced sex work mentioned
  • Forced adult-minor marriage
  • Hallucinations & delusions
  • Suicide by drowning, on-page
  • Childbirth & death from childbirth
  • Pregnancy & teenage pregnancy
  • Infertility mentioned
  • Blood & gore depiction
  • Dead bodies
  • Scalping & skinning, off-page
  • Mutilation & dismemberment mentioned
  • Cannibalism mentioned
  • Starvation
  • Nonconsensual branding
  • Scars
  • Death of a wife
  • Knife & axe violence
  • Whipping recounted
  • Lynching, on-page
  • Animal attack
  • Animal death, on-page
  • Animal cruelty mentioned
  • Bullying
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A ​Sky Beyond the Storm by Sabaa Tahir 

A ​Sky Beyond the Storm by Sabaa Tahir

The long-imprisoned jinn are on the attack, wreaking bloody havoc in villages and cities alike. But for the Nightbringer, vengeance on his human foes is just the beginning. At his side, Commandant Keris Veturia declares herself Empress, and calls for the heads of any and all who defy her rule. At the top of the list? The Blood Shrike and her remaining family… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Childbirth
  • Blood depiction
  • Murder
  • Branding
  • War themes
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Extasia by Claire Legrand  

Extasia by Claire Legrand

Her name is unimportant. All you must know is that today she will become one of the four saints of Haven. The elders will mark her and place the red hood on her head. With her sisters, she will stand against the evil power that lives beneath the black mountain–an evil which has already killed nine of her village’s men. She will tell no one of the white-eyed beasts that follow her. Or the faceless gray women tall as houses. Or the girls she saw kissing in the elm grove… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Sexism
  • Sexual harassment
  • Suicide
  • Cannibalism
  • Blood & gore depiction
  • Branding
  • Torture
  • Gun violence mentioned
  • Knife violence
  • Fire
  • Cults
  • Animal death (dog)
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The Blessed by Tonya Hurley 

The Blessed by Tonya Hurley

What if martyrs and saints lived among us? And what if you were told you were one of them?

Meet Agnes, Cecilia, and Lucy. Three lost girls, each searching for something. But what they find is Beyond Belief.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Attempted rape
  • Attempted suicide recounted
  • Nonconsensual branding
  • Blood & injury depiction
  • Murder
  • Torture, including the use of an Iron Maiden
  • Beheading
  • Strangulation
  • Drowning
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Among Thieves by MJ Kuhn 

Among Thieves by M.J. Kuhn

In just over a year’s time, Ryia Cautella has already earned herself a reputation as the quickest, deadliest blade in the dockside city of Carrowwick—not to mention the sharpest tongue. But Ryia Cautella is not her real name. For the past six years, a deadly secret has kept her in hiding, running from town to town, doing whatever it takes to stay one step ahead of the formidable Guildmaster—the sovereign ruler of the five kingdoms of Thamorr. No matter how far or fast she travels, his servants never fail to track her…. Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Slavery
  • Child abuse
  • Amputation of a finger
  • Branding
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The Night Burns Bright by Ross Barkan

The Night Burns Bright by Ross Barkan

Lucien has everything he needs: a loving mama, a library full of books, and House of Earth, a private school nestled safely in the woods of upstate New York. It’s where Lucien is taught the importance of living in harmony with nature and building a peaceful and sustainable future. But when his youthful curiosity draws him into town and to Gabrielle, a public-school student living a life wholly different from his own, Lucien’s inquisitiveness about life beyond the commune and questions regarding the events of 9/11 threaten to unbalance everything he thought he knew… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Child abuse & neglect
  • Parental abandonment
  • Dead bodies
  • Starvation
  • Branding
  • Murder
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The Waking Forest by Alyssa Wees

The Waking Forest by Alyssa Wees

The waking forest has secrets. To Rhea, it appears like a mirage, dark and dense, at the very edge of her backyard. But when she reaches out to touch it, the forest vanishes. She’s desperate to know more–until she finds a peculiar boy who offers to reveal its secrets. If she plays a game.

To the Witch, the forest is her home, where she sits on her throne of carved bone, waiting for dreaming children to beg her to grant their wishes. One night, a mysterious visitor arrives and asks her what she wishes for, but the Witch sends him away. And then the uninvited guest returns.

The strangers are just the beginning. Something is stirring in the forest, and when Rhea’s and the Witch’s paths collide, a truth more treacherous and deadly than either could ever imagine surfaces. But how much are they willing to risk to survive?

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Slavery
  • Anxiety
  • Hallucinations
  • Dead body
  • Blood & gore depiction
  • Branding