Where the Watermelons Grow by Cindy Baldwin

Where the Watermelons Grow by Cindy Baldwin

When twelve-year-old Della Kelly finds her mother furiously digging black seeds from a watermelon in the middle of the night and talking to people who aren’t there, Della worries that it’s happening again—that the sickness that put her mama in the hospital four years ago is back. That her mama is going to be hospitalized for months like she was last time.

With her daddy struggling to save the farm and her mama in denial about what’s happening, it’s up to Della to heal her mama for good. And she knows just how she’ll do it: with a jar of the Bee Lady’s magic honey, which has mended the wounds and woes of Maryville, North Carolina, for generations… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Parent with schizophrenia (theme)
  • Psychotic episode
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A Drop of Night by Stefan Bachmann

A Drop of Night by Stefan Bachmann

Seventeen-year-old Anouk has finally caught the break she’s been looking for—she’s been selected out of hundreds of other candidates to fly to France and help with the excavation of a vast, underground palace buried a hundred feet below the suburbs of Paris. Built in the 1780’s to hide an aristocratic family and a mad duke during the French Revolution, the palace has lain hidden and forgotten ever since. Anouk, along with several other gifted teenagers, will be the first to set foot in it in over two centuries. Or so she thought.

But nothing is as it seems, and the teens soon find themselves embroiled in a game far more sinister, and dangerous, than they could possibly have imagined. An evil spanning centuries is waiting for them in the depths.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Ableism & ableist language
  • Classism
  • Emotional child abuse
  • Parental abandonment
  • Hallucinations & delusions mentioned
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Nonconsensual drugging
  • Blood & gore depiction
  • Physical injury
  • Dead bodies
  • Human experimentation
  • Needles
  • Hospital
  • Decapitation
  • Emesis
  • Death of a mother
  • Death of a child
  • Death of a wife
  • Murder & attempted murder
  • Gun violence
  • Stabbing
  • Explosions
  • Physical assault
  • Torture & sensory deprivation
  • Kidnapping & captivity
  • Car accident
  • Plane crash mentioned
  • Bullying
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The Lore of Prometheus by Graham Austin-King

The Lore of Prometheus by Graham Austin-King

John Carver has three rules: Don’t drink in the daytime, don’t gamble when the luck has gone, and don’t talk to the dead people who come to visit.

It has been almost five years since the incident in Kabul. Since the magic stirred within him and the stories began. Fleeing the army, running from the whispers, the guilt, and the fear he was losing his mind, Carver fell into addiction, dragging himself through life one day at a time.

Desperation has pulled him back to Afghanistan, back to the heat, the dust, and the truth he worked so hard to avoid. But there are others, obsessed with power and forbidden magics… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Drugging
  • Hallucinations
  • Medical experimentation
  • Blood & gore depiction
  • Gun violence
  • Torture
  • Immolation
  • Kidnapping
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We Were Liars by E Lockhart

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Memory loss
  • Hallucinations
  • Self harm
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Migraines
  • Near-drowning incident
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Wires and Nerve, Vol 2 by Marissa Meyer

Wires & Nerve, Vol. 2 by Marissa Meyer and illustrated by Stephen Gilpin

Iko. an audacious android and best friend to the Lunar Queen Cinder. has been tasked with hunting down Alpha Lysander Steele, the leader of a rogue band of bioengineered wolf-soldiers who threaten to undo the tenuous peace agreement between Earth and Luna. Unless Cinder can reverse the mutations that were forced on them years before, Steele and his soldiers plan to satisfy their monstrous appetites with a massacre of the innocent people of Earth.

And to show he’s serious, Steele is taking hostages.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Ableism & ableist language
  • Child abuse recounted
  • Psychosis & hallucinations mentioned
  • Blood & gore depiction
  • Physical injuries
  • Grief & loss depiction
  • Death of a friend
  • Death of a sister
  • Death of a father recounted
  • Murder
  • Physical assault
  • Kidnapping
  • Hostage situation
  • War themes
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Stars Above by Marissa Meyer

Stars Above by Marissa Meyer

The enchantment continues . . .

The universe of the Lunar Chronicles holds storiesand secretsthat are wondrous, vicious, and romantic. How did Cinder first arrive in New Beijing? How did the brooding soldier Wolf transform from young man to killer? When did Princess Winter and the palace guard Jacin realize their destinies?

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Forced sex work mentioned
  • Hallucinations
  • Suicide of a pregnant woman mentioned
  • Forced adoption mentioned
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Global pandemic
  • Blood depiction
  • Surgery and body modifications with & without consent
  • Nonconsensual medical treatment
  • Death of a father from gun violence mentioned
  • Murder
  • Near-drowning incident
  • Loss of autonomy (mind control)
  • Fire recounted
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Winter by Marissa Meyer

Winter by Marissa Meyer

Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mar her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.

Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend―the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter’s been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Ableism & ableist language
  • Forced kiss by coercion
  • Hallucinations
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Pandemic
  • Blood & physical injury depiction
  • Murder & attempted murder
  • Torture
  • Gun violence
  • Knife violence & stabbing
  • Plane crash
  • Kidnapping & captivity
  • Near-drowning incident
  • Loss of autonomy (mind control)
  • War themes including biological warfare
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Cress by Marissa Meyer

Cress by Marissa Meyer

Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army. Their best hope lies with Cress, who has been trapped on a satellite since childhood with only her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker; unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.

When a daring rescue goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a high price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing stop her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only ones who can.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Hallucinations
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Forced adoption recounted
  • Pandemic
  • Blood & physical injury depiction
  • Loss of vision
  • Near-death from dehydration
  • Medical experimentation
  • Torture
  • Gun violence
  • Plane crash
  • Kidnapping
  • War themes
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The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan

The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan

All year the half-bloods have been preparing for battle against the Titans, knowing the odds of victory are grim. Kronos’s army is stronger than ever, and with every god and half-blood he recruits, the evil Titan’s power only grows. While the Olympians struggle to contain the rampaging monster Typhon, Kronos begins his advance on New York City, where Mount Olympus stands virtually unguarded. Now it’s up to Percy Jackson and an army of young demigods to stop the Lord of Time.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Ableism & ableist language
  • Parental abandonment (theme)
  • Cheating recounted
  • Nightmares
  • Hallucinations
  • Self-sacrifice (on-page)
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Pregnancy mentioned
  • Blood & gore depiction
  • Physical injuries
  • Grief & loss depiction
  • Death of a friend
  • Death of a boyfriend
  • Murder & attempted murder
  • Knife violence & stabbing
  • Explosions
  • Fire
  • Death from a fall
  • Disappearance of a loved one
  • War themes & battle scenes
  • Animal death
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The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan

The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan

Percy Jackson isn’t expecting freshman orientation to be any fun. But when a mysterious mortal acquaintance appears on campus, followed by demon cheerleaders, things quickly move from bad to diabolical. In this latest installment of the blockbuster series, time is running out as war between the Olympians and the evil Titan lord Kronos draws near. 

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Ableism & ableist language
  • Cheating recounted
  • Nightmares
  • Hallucinations
  • Suicide & suicidal ideation
  • Physical injuries
  • Grief & loss depiction
  • Death of a sister recounted
  • Death of a brother (on-page)
  • Death of a child
  • Murder & attempted murder
  • Explosion
  • Torture
  • Knife violence
  • Fire
  • Death from a fall recounted
  • Disappearance of a loved one
  • Imprisonment
  • War themes & battle scenes
  • Animal cruelty
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