Shine your Icy Crown by Amanda Lovelace

Shine your Icy Crown by Amanda Lovelace

“Make them rue the day they underestimated you.”

This is a story about not letting society dictate the limits of your potential. it’s time to take back your power & realize that you don’t need a king in order to be a queen.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • F
  • Sexism
  • Sexual assault
  • Child abuse
  • Toxic relationship
  • Eating disorder
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Suicide
  • Self harm
  • Bullying
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Break Your Glass Slippers by Amanda Lovelace

Break Your Glass Slippers by Amanda Lovelace

more forgetting time.
more midnight dances with yourself
.”

amanda lovelace, the bestselling & award-winning author of the “women are some kind of magic” poetry series, presents a new companion series, “you are your own fairy tale” the first installment, break your glass slippers, is about overcoming those who don’t see your worth, even if that person is sometimes yourself. in the epic tale of your life, you are the most important character while everyone is but a forgotten footnote. even the prince.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Fatmisia & body shaming
  • Sexual harassment
  • Child abuse
  • Toxic friendship
  • Eating disorders
  • Suicide
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If My Body Could Speak by Blythe Baird

If My Body Could Speak by Blythe Baird

If My Body Could Speak is about fighting for the space one takes up in a world that would rather they take up none at all. Blythe Baird deftly and uniquely charts a course through various modes of womanhood and women’s bodies. Through love, loss, and the struggles of disordered eating, If My Body Could Speak uses sharp narratives and visceral imagery to get to the heart of a many-layered existence, speaking to many generations at once.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Misogyny
  • Rape
  • Eating disorder
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The Blue Between Sky and Water by Susan Abulhawa

The Blue Between Sky and Water by Susan Abulhawa

Violently pushed from their ancient farming village of Beit Daras, a Palestinian family tries to reconstitute itself in a refugee camp in Gaza. The men here, those who have escaped prison or the battlefields, worry over making ends meet, tend their tattered pride, join the resistance. The women are left to be breadwinners and protectors, too.

Nazmiyeh is the matriarch, the center of a household of sisters, daughters, granddaughters, whose lives threaten to spin out of control with every personal crisis, military attack, or political landmine. Her brother’s granddaughter Nur is stuck in America; her own daughter’s son, traumatized in an Israeli assault, slips into another kind of exile; her daughter has cancer and no access to medicine. Their neighbor, the Beekeeper’s wife, will extract the marijuana resin to shrink her tumor, but it is also Nazmiyeh’s large heart and zest for life that heals, that will even call Nur back from the broken promise of America and set her on a new path.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Rape
  • Paedophilia & child sexual abuse
  • Child neglect
  • Eating disorder (bulimia)
  • Emesis
  • Torture, implied
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A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

When four classmates from a small Massachusetts college move to New York to make their way, they’re broke, adrift, and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition. There is kind, handsome Willem, an aspiring actor; JB, a quick-witted, sometimes cruel Brooklyn-born painter seeking entry to the art world; Malcolm, a frustrated architect at a prominent firm; and withdrawn, brilliant, enigmatic Jude, who serves as their center of gravity.

Over the decades, their relationships deepen and darken, tinged by addiction, success, and pride. Yet their greatest challenge, each comes to realize, is Jude himself, by midlife a terrifyingly talented litigator yet an increasingly broken… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Ableism
  • Lesbomisia
  • Transmisia
  • Misgendering
  • Paedophilia & child sexual abuse
  • Rape & rape of a child
  • Child physical & emotional abuse
  • Child neglect & abandonment
  • Intimate partner violence & abuse
  • Eating disorder
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Graphic attempted suicide
  • Drug abuse
  • Graphic death of a child
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If This Gets Out by Rachel Griffin

If This Gets Out by Rachel Griffin

Eighteen-year-olds Ruben Montez and Zach Knight are two members of the boy-band Saturday, one of the biggest acts in America. Along with their bandmates, Angel Phan and Jon Braxton, the four are teen heartbreakers in front of the cameras and best friends backstage. But privately, cracks are starting to form: their once-easy rapport is straining under the pressures of fame, and Ruben confides in Zach that he’s feeling smothered by management’s pressure to stay in the closet.

On a whirlwind tour through Europe, with both an unrelenting schedule and minimal supervision, Ruben and Zach come to rely on each other more and more, and their already close friendship evolves into a romance… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Homomisia
  • Coming out themes
  • Emotional parental abuse
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Recreational drug use & abuse
  • Addiction
  • Eating disorder
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Accidentally Engaged by Farah Heron

Accidentally Engaged by Farah Heron

Reena Manji doesn’t love her career, her single status, and most of all, her family inserting themselves into every detail of her life. But when caring for her precious sourdough starters, Reena can drown it all out. At least until her father moves his newest employee across the hall–with hopes that Reena will marry him.

But Nadim’s not like the other Muslim bachelors-du-jour that her parents have dug up. If the Captain America body and the British accent weren’t enough, the man appears to love eating her bread creations as much as she loves making them. She sure as hell would never marry a man who works for her father, but friendship with a neighbor is okay, right? … Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Fatmisia & body shaming
  • Eating disorder recounted & disordered food thoughts
  • Cheating mentioned
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Recreational drug use mentioned
  • Pregnancy mentioned
  • Cancer mentioned
  • Death of a mother mentioned

Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall

Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall

Luc O’Donnell is tangentially–and reluctantly–famous. His rock star parents split when he was young, and the father he’s never met spent the next twenty years cruising in and out of rehab. Now that his dad’s making a comeback, Luc’s back in the public eye, and one compromising photo is enough to ruin everything.

To clean up his image, Luc has to find a nice, normal relationship…and Oliver Blackwood is as nice and normal as they come. He’s a barrister, an ethical vegetarian, and he’s never inspired a moment of scandal in his life. In other words: perfect boyfriend material. Unfortunately apart from being gay, single, and really, really in need of a date for a big event… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Classism
  • Homomisia & homomisic slurs
  • Eating disorder mentioned
  • Emotional parental abuse
  • Alcohol & drug abuse mentioned
  • Cancer mentioned
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Big Summer by Jennifer Weiner

Big Summer by Jennifer Weiner

Six years after the fight that ended their friendship, Daphne Berg is shocked when Drue Cavanaugh walks back into her life, looking as lovely and successful as ever, with a massive favor to ask. Daphne hasn’t spoken one word to Drue in all this time—she doesn’t even hate-follow her ex-best friend on social media—so when Drue asks if she will be her maid-of-honor at the society wedding of the summer, Daphne is rightfully speechless.

Drue was always the one who had everything—except the ability to hold onto friends. Meanwhile, Daphne’s no longer the same self-effacing sidekick she was back in high school… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Cheating
  • Fatmisia & body shaming
  • Eating disorder (bulimia)
  • Restricted eating & disordered food thoughts
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Genesis by Karin Slaughter

Genesis by Karin Slaughter

Also known as Undone.

Three and a half years ago former Grant County medical examiner Sara Linton moved to Atlanta hoping to leave her tragic past behind her. Now working as a doctor in Atlanta’s Grady Hospital she is starting to piece her life together. But when a severely wounded young woman is brought in to the emergency room, she finds herself drawn back into a world of violence and terror.

The woman has been hit by a car but, naked and brutalized, it’s clear that she has been the prey of a twisted mind. When Special Agent Will Trent of the Criminal Investigation Team returns to the scene of the accident… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Rape
  • Child abuse & neglect
  • Physical abuse
  • Eating disorders
  • Self harm recounted
  • Suicide
  • Physical injuries
  • Eyeball trauma
  • Murder
  • Kidnapping
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