The Haunting by Alex Bell

The Haunting by Alex Bell

Some curses grow stronger with time…People say that all Cornish inns are haunted, but the Waterwitch’s history is particularly chilling. Built from the salvaged timber of a cursed ship, the guest house’s dark secrets go further back than anyone can remember.

Emma is permanently confined to a wheelchair after an accident at the Waterwitch which took place when she was ten. Seven years later, she decides to return to the place where the awful event occurred. But the ancient inn still has its ghosts, and one particular spirit is more vengeful than ever…

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Domestic violence
  • Self harm
  • Body horror
  • Serious physical injury recounted
  • Burns
  • Death of a grandparent
  • Death of a parent
  • Torture recounted
  • Animal injury
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One Last Chance by Therese Beharrie

One Last Chance by Therese Beharrie

Six years ago, Zoey Roux secretly married her best friend Sawyer. But all that did was destroy the best relationship she’s ever had. They went their separate ways, but Zoey never could go through with a divorce. Seeing him again at her sister’s charity event is a shock, but also enlightening: no matter how much she still loves him, it’s time to let him go.

Zoey was Sawyer Wilson’s first love. She broke his heart, but his feelings never died. Love was never their issue—only timing. Seeing her again is a shock: in a perfect world, she would run back into his arms. Instead, she’s asking for a divorce. But a lot can happen in twenty-four hours and a second chance might just lead to happily ever after.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Panic attack
  • Parent with dementia mentioned
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Death of a grandparent
  • Death of a father from a brain tumour recounted
  • Bullying recounted
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Yassmin’s Story by Yassmin Abdel-Magied

Yassmin’s Story by Yassmin Abdel-Magied

Frank, fearless, funny, articulate, and inspiring, Yassmin Abdel-Magied is a young Muslim dynamo offering a bracing breath of fresh air—and hope. At 21, Yassmin found herself working on a remote Australian oil and gas rig; she was the only woman and certainly the only Sudanese-Egyptian-Australian background Muslim woman. With her hijab quickly christened a “tea cosy,” there could not be a more unlikely place on earth for a young Muslim woman to want to be. This is the story of how she got there, where she is going, and how she wants the world to change.

Born in the Sudan, Yassmin and her parents moved to Brisbane when she was two, and she has been tackling barriers ever since… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Misogyny
  • Islamomisia
  • Death of a grandparent
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Ancestor Approved by Various

Ancestor Approved edited by Cynthia Leitich Smith

A collection of intersecting stories set at a powwow that bursts with hope, joy, resilience, the strength of community, and Native pride by Joseph Bruchac, Art Coulson, Christine Day, Eric Gansworth, Dawn Quigley, Carole Lindstrom, Rebecca Roanhorse, David A. Robertson, Andrea L. Rogers, Kim Rogers, Cynthia Leitich Smith, Monique Gray Smith, Traci Sorell, Tim Tingle, Erika T. Wurth, and Brian Young.

In a high school gym full of color and song, Native families from Nations within the borders of the U.S. and Canada dance, sell beadwork and books, and celebrate friendship and heritage. They are the heroes of their own stories.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Racism
  • Cancer
  • Death of a parent
  • Death of a grandparent
  • Bullying
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Camp by Lev AC Rosen

Camp by Lev A.C. Rosen

Sixteen-year-old Randy Kapplehoff loves spending the summer at Camp Outland, a camp for queer teens. It’s where he met his best friends. It’s where he takes to the stage in the big musical. And it’s where he fell for Hudson Aaronson-Lim – who’s only into straight-acting guys and barely knows not-at-all-straight-acting Randy even exists.

This year, though, it’s going to be different. Randy has reinvented himself as ‘Del’ – buff, masculine, and on the market. Even if it means giving up show tunes, nail polish, and his unicorn bedsheets, he’s determined to get Hudson to fall for him… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Homomisia, internalised homomisia & homomisic slurs
  • Bimisia
  • Transmisia
  • Death of a grandparent, off-page
  • Bullying
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One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston

One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston

For cynical twenty-three-year-old August, moving to New York City is supposed to prove her right: that things like magic and cinematic love stories don’t exist, and the only smart way to go through life is alone. She can’t imagine how waiting tables at a 24-hour pancake diner and moving in with too many weird roommates could possibly change that. And there’s certainly no chance of her subway commute being anything more than a daily trudge through boredom and electrical failures.

But then, there’s this gorgeous girl on the train.

Jane. Dazzling, charming, mysterious, impossible Jane. Jane with her rough edges and swoopy hair and soft smile, showing up in a leather jacket to save August’s day when she needed it most. August’s subway crush becomes the best part of her day, but pretty soon, she discovers there’s one big problem: Jane doesn’t just look like an old school punk rocker. She’s literally displaced in time from the 1970s, and August is going to have to use everything she tried to leave in her own past to help her. Maybe it’s time to start believing in some things, after all.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Queermisia discussed
  • Racism & gentrification mentioned
  • Hate crimes, including the UpStairs Lounge fire, recounted (chp. 11)
  • Anxiety
  • Hurricane Katrina discussed
  • Alcohol consumption & recreational drug use
  • Minor mention of blood
  • Death of a grandparent mentioned (chps. 11 & 16)
  • Car accident mentioned (chp. 16)
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The Twisted Tree by Rachel Burge

The Twisted Tree by Rachel Burge

Martha can tell things about a person just by touching their clothes, as if their emotions and memories have been absorbed into the material. It started the day she fell from the tree at her grandma’s cabin and became blind in one eye.

Determined to understand her strange ability, Martha sets off to visit her grandmother, Mormor – only to discover Mormor is dead, a peculiar boy is in her cabin and a terrifying creature is on the loose. Then the spinning wheel starts creaking, books move around and terror creeps in . . .

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Disfigurmisia & internalised disfigurmisia
  • Cheating
  • Child abuse mentioned
  • Parent with alcoholism mentioned
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Dead bodies
  • Hospitalisation recounted
  • Eyeball trauma & loss of vision (theme)
  • Scars
  • Grief & loss depiction
  • Death of a father in a car accident recounted
  • Death of a grandmother
  • Murder
  • Gun violence
  • Hanging mentioned
  • Homelessness
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The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan

The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan

Jason has a problem. He doesn’t remember anything before waking up in a bus full of kids on a field trip. Apparently he has a girlfriend named Piper, and his best friend is a guy named Leo. They’re all students at the Wilderness School, a boarding school for “bad kids,” as Leo puts it. What did Jason do to end up here? And where is here, exactly? Jason doesn’t know anything—except that everything seems very wrong.

Piper has a secret. Her father has been missing for three days, ever since she had that terrifying nightmare about his being in trouble. Piper doesn’t understand her dream, or why her boyfriend suddenly doesn’t recognize her. When a freak storm hits during the school trip, unleashing strange creatures and whisking her, Jason, and Leo away to someplace called Camp Half-Blood, she has a feeling she’s going to find out, whether she wants to or not… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Parental abandonment
  • Amnesia
  • Cancer mentioned
  • Physical injuries
  • Emesis
  • Grief & loss depiction
  • Death of a mother recounted
  • Death of a grandfather mentioned
  • Kidnapping
  • Fire
  • Loss of autonomy (possession)
  • War themes & battle scenes
  • Bullying
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I Love You so Mochi by Sarah Kuhn

I Love You so Mochi by Sarah Kuhn

Kimi Nakamura loves a good fashion statement. She’s obsessed with transforming everyday ephemera into Kimi Originals: bold outfits that make her feel like the Ultimate versions of themselves. But her mother disapproves, and when they get into an explosive fight, Kimi’s entire future seems on the verge of falling apart. So when a surprise letter comes in the mail from Kimi’s estranged grandparents, inviting her to Kyoto for spring break, she seizes the opportunity to get away from the disaster of her life.

When she arrives in Japan, she’s met with a culture both familiar and completely foreign to her. She loses herself in the city’s outdoor markets and meets Akira, a cute aspiring med student who moonlights as a costumed mochi mascot. And what begins as a trip to escape her problems quickly becomes a way for Kimi to figure out where her own heart lies.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Racism
  • Estrangement discussed
  • Grief & loss depiction
  • Death of a grandmother recounted
  • Death of an aunt recounted
  • Internment camps mentioned
  • Bullying recounted
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Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan

Rick People Problems by Kevin Kwan

When Nicholas Young hears that his grandmother, Su Yi, is on her deathbed, he rushes to be by her bedside—but he’s not alone. The entire Shang-Young clan has convened from all corners of the globe to stake claim to their matriarch’s massive fortune. With each family member vying to inherit Tyersall Park—a trophy estate on sixty-four prime acres in the heart of Singapore—Nicholas’ childhood home turns into a hotbed of backbiting and intrigue.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Ableism & ableist language
  • Cheating
  • Revenge pornography
  • Attempted suicide
  • Miscarriage mentioned
  • Grief & loss depiction
  • Death of a parent
  • Death of a grandmother
  • Kidnapping
  • Car accident mentioned
  • Blackmail
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