The Chalk Man by CJ Tudor 

The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor

In 1986, Eddie and his friends are just kids on the verge of adolescence. They spend their days biking around their sleepy English village and looking for any taste of excitement they can get. The chalk men are their secret code: little chalk stick figures they leave for one another as messages only they can understand. But then a mysterious chalk man leads them right to a dismembered body, and nothing is ever… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Fatmisia
  • Ableism
  • Racism
  • Antiziganism
  • Homomisia
  • Graphic rape & statutory rape
  • Graphic sexual assault of a child
  • Adult-minor relationship
  • Trauma
  • Nightmares & night terrors
  • Graphic suicide
  • Self-harm
  • Alcohol consumption & abuse
  • Smoking
  • Pregnancy from rape
  • Abortion (theme)
  • Blood & gore depiction
  • Physical injuries, including mutilation and eye trauma
  • Cancer
  • Emesis
  • Hospital
  • Dismemberment
  • Grief & loss depiction
  • Death of a mother & father
  • Death of a friend
  • Death of a brother
  • Death of a fiancé
  • Murder
  • Physical assault
  • Drowning
  • Rollercoaster accident
  • Car accident recounted
  • Graphic death of a pet dog
  • Bullying
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Half Wild by Sally Green 

Half Wild by Sally Green

In a modern-day England where two warring factions of witches live amongst humans, seventeen-year-old Nathan is an abomination, the illegitimate son of the world’s most powerful and violent witch. Nathan is hunted from all sides: nowhere is safe and no one can be trusted. Now, Nathan has come into his own unique magical Gift, and he’s on the run–but the Hunters are close behind, and they will stop at nothing until they have captured Nathan and destroyed his father.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Alcohol consumption
  • Blood & gore depiction
  • Coerced suicide of a mother recounted
  • Death of a mother from hanging mentioned
  • Murder
  • Gun violence
  • Knife violence, including mentions of a knife being used to blind someone
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The Ashes of London by Taylor Jenkins Reid

The Ashes of London by Taylor Jenkins Reid

London, 1666. As the Great Fire consumes everything in its path, the body of a man is found in the ruins of St Paul’s Cathedral – stabbed in the neck, thumbs tied behind his back.

The son of a traitor, James Marwood is forced to hunt the killer through the city’s devastated streets. There he encounters a determined young woman, who will stop at nothing to secure her freedom… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Rape
  • Eyeball trauma
  • Murder
  • Fire
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Congo by Michael Crichton

Congo by Michael Crichton

Ten thousand miles away, Karen Ross, the Congo Project Supervisor, watches a gruesome video transmission of the aftermath: a camp destroyed, tents crushed and torn, equipment scattered in the mud alongside dead bodies — all motionless except for one moving image — a grainy, dark, man-shaped blur.

In San Francisco, primatologist Peter Elliot works with Amy, a gorilla with an extraordinary vocabulary of 620 “signs,” the most ever learned by a primate… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Colonialism
  • Blood & gore depiction including eye trauma
  • Death of a friend
  • Gun violence
  • Explosion
  • Animal death
  • Animal experimentation discussed
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Blameless by Gail Carriger 

Blameless by Gail Carriger

Queen Victoria dismisses her from the Shadow Council, and the only person who can explain anything, Lord Akeldama, unexpectedly leaves town. To top it all off, Alexia is attacked by homicidal mechanical ladybugs, indicating, as only ladybugs can, the fact that all of London’s vampires are now very much interested in seeing Alexia quite thoroughly dead.

While Lord Maccon elects to get progressively more inebriated and Professor Lyall desperately… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Ableism & ableist language
  • Misogyny
  • Slut-shaming
  • Fatmisia & body-shaming
  • Classism
  • Racism
  • Cheating discussed
  • Disownment
  • Alcohol consumption & abuse
  • Drugging
  • Pregnancy (theme)
  • Miscarriage discussed in-depth
  • Forced ‘breeding’ programs discussed
  • Physical injuries, including graphic eyeball trauma
  • Blood & gore depiction, including on-page blood-drinking
  • Emesis
  • Dead bodies & body parts
  • Forced human medical experiments recounted
  • Eugenics discussed
  • Death of a father mentioned
  • Death of a girlfriend recounted
  • Murder & attempted murder
  • Gun violence
  • Knife violence
  • Physical assault
  • Kidnapping & captivity
  • Hostage situation
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The King of Crows by Libba Bray

The King of Crows by Libba Bray

After the horrifying explosion that claimed one of their own, the Diviners find themselves wanted by the US government and on the brink of war with the King of Crows.

While Memphis and Isaiah run for their lives from the mysterious Shadow Men, Isaiah receives a startling vision of a girl, Sarah Beth Olson, who could shift the balance in their struggle for peace. Sarah Beth says she knows how to stop the King of Crows-but, she will need… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Ableism
  • Racism
  • Homomisia
  • Domestic violence & abuse recounted
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Drugging
  • Blood & injury depiction
  • Medical experimentation
  • Eugenics
  • Needles
  • Seizures
  • Loss of vision mentioned
  • Grief & loss depiction
  • Death of a friend in an explosion recounted
  • Death of a mother from cancer recounted
  • Death of a grandmother from a fall mentioned
  • Murder of an uncle by strangulation
  • Gun violence
  • Imprisonment for sedition mentioned
  • Kidnapping
  • Disappearance of a loved one
  • Fire
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Lore by Alexandra Bracken 

Lore by Alexandra Bracken

Every seven years, the Agon begins. As punishment for a past rebellion, nine Greek gods are forced to walk the earth as mortals, hunted by the descendants of ancient bloodlines, all eager to kill a god and seize their divine power and immortality.

Long ago, Lore Perseous fled that brutal world in the wake of her family’s sadistic murder by a rival line, turning her back on the hunt’s promises of eternal glory. For years she’s pushed away any thought… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Sexual assault
  • Paedophilia and child sexual abuse mentioned
  • Blood depiction
  • Graphic physical injury, including eye trauma
  • Cancer & cancer treatment
  • Murder
  • Graphic torture
  • Explosions & bombings
  • Fire
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Love in the Time of Global Warming by Francesca Lia Block

Love in the Time of Global Warming by Francesca Lia Block

Her life by the sea in ruins, Pen has lost everything in the Earth Shaker that all but destroyed the city of Los Angeles. She sets out into the wasteland to search for her family, her journey guided by a tattered copy of Homer’s Odyssey. Soon she begins to realize her own abilities and strength as she faces false promises of safety, the cloned giants who feast on humans, and a madman who wishes her dead. On her voyage, Pen learns to tell stories that reflect her strange visions, while she and her fellow survivors navigate the dangers that lie in wait.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Drug abuse
  • Graphic injury & eye trauma
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Hollow Kingdom by Kira Jane Buxton 

Hollow Kingdom by Kira Jane Buxton

S.T., a domesticated crow, is a bird of simple pleasures: hanging out with his owner Big Jim, trading insults with Seattle’s wild crows (those idiots), and enjoying the finest food humankind has to offer: Cheetos ®.

Then Big Jim’s eyeball falls out of his head, and S.T. starts to feel like something isn’t quite right. His most tried-and-true remedies–from beak-delivered beer to the slobbering affection of Big Jim’s loyal but dim-witted dog, Dennis–fail to cure Big Jim’s… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Body horror, including eye trauma
  • Animal abuse
  • Animal death
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Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse

Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse

Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse

In the holy city of Tova, the winter solstice is usually a time for celebration and renewal, but this year it coincides with a solar eclipse, a rare celestial event proscribed by the Sun Priest as an unbalancing of the world. Meanwhile, a ship launches from a distant city bound for Tova and set to arrive on the solstice. The captain of the ship, Xiala, is a disgraced Teek whose song can calm the waters around her as easily as it can warp a man’s mind.

Her ship carries one passenger. Described as harmless, the passenger… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Slavery mentioned
  • Homomisia mentioned
  • Abandonment
  • Child abuse & neglect
  • Emotional & physical abuse
  • Suicide
  • Alcoholism
  • Alcohol consumption & abuse
  • Drug use
  • Blood depiction
  • Physical injury
  • Beheading
  • Forced blinding
  • Scarring
  • Grief & loss depiction
  • Death of a parent
  • Death of a child
  • Mass murder
  • Poisoning
  • Kidnapping
  • Physical assault
  • Imprisonment
  • Cult
  • Animal death
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