The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Avery Grambs has a plan for a better future: survive high school, win a scholarship, and get out. But her fortunes change in an instant when billionaire Tobias Hawthorne dies and leaves Avery virtually his entire fortune. The catch? Avery has no idea why–or even who Tobias Hawthorne is. To receive her inheritance, Avery must move into secret passage-filled Hawthorne House, where every room bears the old man’s love of puzzles, riddles, and codes.

Unfortunately for Avery, Hawthorne House is also occupied by the family that Tobias Hawthorne just dispossessed: four Hawthorne grandsons who grew up with every expectation that they would inherit billions… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Parental abandonment
  • Physical child abuse recounted
  • Abusive relationship
  • Emotional & physical intimate partner violence (off-page)
  • Cheating mentioned (chp 55)
  • Revenge pornography involving a minor mentioned (chp 59)
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Minor blood depiction & physical injury (chp 52-54)
  • Grief & loss depiction
  • Death due to heart attack mentioned (chp 55 & 78)
  • Death of a sister recounted
  • Death of a girlfriend recounted
  • Death of a grandfather, off-page (theme)
  • Death of a mother recounted
  • Attempted murder, on-page (chp 52 & 68)
  • Gun violence (on-page in chp 52)
  • Car accident (chp 68)
  • Homelessness mentioned
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Dark and Deepest Red by Anna-Marie McLemore

Dark and Deepest Red by Anna-Marie McLemore

Summer, 1518. A strange sickness sweeps through Strasbourg: women dance in the streets, some until they fall down dead. As rumors of witchcraft spread, suspicion turns toward Lavinia and her family, and Lavinia may have to do the unimaginable to save herself and everyone she loves.

Five centuries later, a pair of red shoes seal to Rosella Oliva’s feet, making her dance uncontrollably. They draw her toward a boy who knows the dancing fever’s history better than anyone: Emil, whose family was blamed for the fever five hundred years ago. But there’s more to what happened in 1518 than even Emil knows, and discovering the truth may decide whether Rosella survives the red shoes.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Antiziganism, including the g slur
  • Antisemitism recounted
  • Queermisia & transmisia
  • Persecution for witchcraft and witch trials
  • Death of grandparents recounted
  • Near-drowning incident, on-page
  • Nightmares
  • Attempted execution
  • Possession and exorcisms discussed
  • Blood depiction & minor body horror
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99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne

99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne

Darcy Barrett has undertaken a global survey of men. She’s travelled the world, and can categorically say that no one measures up to Tom Valeska, whose only flaw is that Darcy’s twin brother Jamie saw him first and claimed him forever as his best friend. Despite Darcy’s best efforts, Tom’s off limits and loyal to her brother, 99%. That’s the problem with finding her dream man at age eight and peaking in her photography career at age twenty—ever since, she’s had to learn to settle for good enough.

When Darcy and Jamie inherit a tumble-down cottage from their grandmother, they’re left with strict instructions to bring it back to its former glory and sell the property… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Racist comments
  • Alcohol abuse & alcoholism
  • Death of a grandparent recounted
  • Unwanted touching*
  • Serious chronic heart condition (protagonist)
  • Hospital visits mentioned

*Note: A man grabs the female main character’s wrist in a threatening manner.

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Undercover Bromance by Lyssa Kay Adams

Undercover Bromance by Lyssa Kay Adams

Liv Papandreas has a dream job as a sous chef at Nashville’s hottest restaurant. Too bad the celebrity chef owner is less than charming behind kitchen doors. After she catches him harassing a young hostess, she confronts him and gets fired. Liv vows revenge, but she’ll need assistance to take on the powerful chef.

Unfortunately, that means turning to Braden Mack. When Liv’s blackballed from the restaurant scene, the charismatic nightclub entrepreneur offers to help expose her ex-boss, but she is suspicious of his motives. He’ll need to call in reinforcements: the Bromance Book Club.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Victim blaming
  • Sexual & workplace harassment
  • Domestic abuse & gaslighting recounted
  • Murder mentioned
  • Stalking
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With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

With her daughter to care for and her abuela to help support, high school senior Emoni Santiago has to make the tough decisions, and do what must be done. The one place she can let her responsibilities go is in the kitchen, where she adds a little something magical to everything she cooks, turning her food into straight-up goodness. Still, she knows she doesn’t have enough time for her school’s new culinary arts class, doesn’t have the money for the class’s trip to Spain — and shouldn’t still be dreaming of someday working in a real kitchen. But even with all the rules she has for her life — and all the rules everyone expects her to play by — once Emoni starts cooking, her only real choice is to let her talent break free.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Antiziganism (g slur)
  • Colourism
  • Coming out themes recounted
  • Dubious consent scene discussed
  • Teen pregnancy & motherhood (theme)
  • Childbirth mentioned
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Death of a mother recounted
  • Death of a husband recounted
  • Death of a grandfather recounted
  • Hurricanes & severe storms recounted
  • Bullying recounted
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