Such a Pretty Smile by Kristi DeMeester 

Such a Pretty Smile by Kristi DeMeester 

There’s something out there that’s killing. Known only as The Cur, he leaves no traces, save for the torn bodies of girls, on the verge of becoming women, who are known as trouble-makers; those who refuse to conform, to know their place. Girls who don’t know when to shut up. 2019: Thirteen-year-old Lila Sawyer has secrets she can’t share with anyone. Not the school psychologist she’s seeing. Not her father, who has a new wife, and a new baby. And not her mother—the infamous Caroline Sawyer, a unique artist whose eerie… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Attempted statutory rape
  • Hallucinations (auditory & visual)
  • Body horror
  • Graphic murder
  • Kidnapping of a child
  • Animal death
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House of Hollow by Krystal Sutherland

House of Hollow by Krystal Sutherland

Seventeen-year-old Iris Hollow has always been strange. Something happened to her and her two older sisters when they were children, something they can’t quite remember but that left each of them with an identical half-moon scar at the base of their throats. Iris has spent most of her teenage years trying to avoid the weirdness that sticks to her like tar. But when her eldest sister, Grey, goes missing under suspicious circumstances, Iris learns just how weird her life can get: horned men start shadowing her, a corpse falls out of her sister’s ceiling, and ugly, impossible memories start to twist their way to the forefront of… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Sexual assault & attempted rape recounted, on-page
  • Familial estrangement
  • Hallucinations & delusions
  • Self-injury mentioned
  • Alcohol consumption & abuse
  • Recreational drug use
  • Miscarriage mentioned
  • Psychiatric hospitalisation of a parent mentioned
  • Graphic body horror
  • Blood & gore depiction
  • Physical injuries, including gunshot wounds
  • Graphic dead bodies
  • Emesis
  • Skinning mentioned
  • Grief & loss depiction
  • Death of a sister by drowning recounted
  • Death of a father from suicide mentioned
  • Death of a child, off-page
  • Gun violence
  • Knife violence & stabbing
  • Strangulation
  • Physical assault
  • Kidnapping & attempted kidnapping recounted
  • Disappearance of a sister
  • Fire
  • Bullying
  • Animal dead bodies mentioned
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How It Feels to Float by Helena Fox

How It Feels to Float by Helena Fox

Biz knows how to float. She has her posse, her mum and the twins. She has Grace. And she has her dad, who tells her about the little kid she was, and who shouldn’t be here – because he died when she was seven – but is. So she doesn’t tell anyone her dark thoughts. She knows how to float, right there on the surface – normal okay regular fine. But when the tethers that hold Biz steady come undone – when her dad disappears along with all comfort – might it be easier, better, sweeter to float away?

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Ableism
  • Slut-shaming
  • Sexual assault
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Dissociation
  • Hallucinations
  • Panic attack, on-page
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Grief & loss depiction (theme)
  • Death of a father recounted
  • Car accident recounted
  • Drowning
  • Bullying
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The Atrocities by Jeremy Shipp

The Atrocities by Jeremy C. Shipp

When Isabella died, her parents were determined to ensure her education wouldn’t suffer. But Isabella’s parents had not informed her new governess of Isabella’s… condition, and when Ms Valdez arrives at the estate, having forced herself through a surreal nightmare maze of twisted human-like statues, she discovers that there is no girl to tutor. Or is there…?

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Hallucinations & delusions
  • Graphic body horror
  • Blood & gore depiction
  • Seizures mentioned
  • Death of a daughter
  • Death of a mother from extrahepatic bile duct cancer mentioned
  • Kidnapping & captivity
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Before She Was Found by Heather Gudenkauf

Before She Was Found by Heather Gudenkauf

For twelve-year-old Cora Landry and her friends Violet and Jordyn, it was supposed to be an ordinary sleepover–movies and Ouija and talking about boys. But when they decide to sneak out to go to the abandoned rail yard on the outskirts of town, little do they know that their innocent games will have dangerous consequences. Later that night, Cora Landry is discovered on the tracks, bloody and clinging to life, her friends nowhere to be found. Soon their small rural town is thrust into a maelstrom. Who would want to hurt a young girl like Cora–and why? In an… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Psychosis
  • Hallucinations & delusions
  • Attempted suicide
  • Self-harm
  • Physical injuries, including stab wounds
  • Bullying
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Hexarchate Stories by Yoon Ha Lee

Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho

In Regency London, Zacharias Wythe is England’s first African Sorcerer Royal. And that’s only the first of his problems. He must juggle the conflicting demands of a wayward Royal Society of Unnatural Philosophers, where a faction schemes to remove him from his position by fair means or foul. He must cope with the Fairy Court refusing to grant Britain the magical resources it needs. And now the British Government is avid to deploy this increasingly scare magic in its war with France. He must also contend with rumours that he murdered his predecessor and guardian… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Racism & racial slurs
  • Colourism
  • Misogyny
  • Classism
  • Slavery & indentured servitude
  • Hallucinations mentioned
  • Suicide recounted
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Burns
  • Dead bodies
  • Grief & loss depiction
  • Death of a husband
  • Death of a father
  • Murder discussed
  • Fire
  • Death by drowning recounted
  • War & colonialism themes
  • Workplace bullying
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A Danger to Herself and Others by Alyssa Sheinmel

A Danger to Herself and Others by Alyssa B. Sheinmel

Hannah knows there’s been a mistake. She didn’t need to be institutionalized. What happened to her roommate at her summer program was an accident. As soon as the doctors and judge figure out that she isn’t a danger to herself or others, she can go home to start her senior year. In the meantime, she is going to use her persuasive skills to get the staff on her side. Then Lucy arrives. Lucy has her own baggage. And she may be the only person who can get Hannah to confront the dangerous games and secrets that landed her in confinement in the first place.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Psychosis
  • Eating disorder
  • Suicide mentioned
  • Serious physical injury
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Disorientation by Elaine Hsieh Chou

Disorientation by Elaine Hsieh Chou

29-year-old PhD student Ingrid Yang is desperate to finish her dissertation on the late canonical poet, Xiao-Wen Chou, and never read about “Chinese-y” things again. But after four years of painstaking research, she has nothing but anxiety and stomach pain to show for her efforts. When she accidentally stumbles upon a strange and curious note in the Chou archives, she convinces herself it’s her ticket out of academic hell. ut Ingrid’s in much deeper than she thinks. Her clumsy exploits to unravel the note’s message lead to an explosive discovery, one that upends her…Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Ableism
  • Racism
  • Eugenics
  • Drug abuse, including the use of hallucinogenic drugs
  • Physical assault
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The Grace Year by Kim Liggett

The Grace Year by Kim Liggett

No one speaks of the grace year. It’s forbidden. In Garner County, girls are told they have the power to lure grown men from their beds, to drive women mad with jealousy. They believe their very skin emits a powerful aphrodisiac, the potent essence of youth, of a girl on the edge of womanhood. That’s why they’re banished for their sixteenth year, to release their magic into the wild so they can return purified and ready for marriage. But not all of them will make it home alive. Sixteen-year-old Tierney James dreams… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Misogyny
  • Queermisia
  • Transmisia
  • Outing
  • Slut shaming
  • Fatmisia & body shaming
  • Statutory rape mentioned
  • Sexual assault, on-page
  • Sexual harassment
  • Forced sex work mentioned
  • Forced adult-minor marriage
  • Hallucinations & delusions
  • Suicide by drowning, on-page
  • Childbirth & death from childbirth
  • Pregnancy & teenage pregnancy
  • Infertility mentioned
  • Blood & gore depiction
  • Dead bodies
  • Scalping & skinning, off-page
  • Mutilation & dismemberment mentioned
  • Cannibalism mentioned
  • Starvation
  • Nonconsensual branding
  • Scars
  • Death of a wife
  • Knife & axe violence
  • Whipping recounted
  • Lynching, on-page
  • Animal attack
  • Animal death, on-page
  • Animal cruelty mentioned
  • Bullying
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My Wife is Missing by DJ Palmer

My Wife is Missing by D.J. Palmer

A family vacation turns into a nightmare for Michael Hart when he discovers his wife and two children have disappeared from their New York City hotel room. Horrified, he fears they’ve been kidnapped. Michael’s frantic search to find them takes a shocking turn when he discovers that his wife, Natalie, appears to have left quite willingly, taking their children with her. The police want to know why, and so does Michael. But there may be a reason why Natalie ran, something Michael can’t tell the police — the truth about his past. While untangling his deceptions might be the… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Insomnia
  • Hallucinations
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