A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn

A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn

After burying her spinster aunt, orphaned Veronica Speedwell is free to resume her world travels in pursuit of scientific inquiry—and the occasional romantic dalliance. As familiar with hunting butterflies as with fending off admirers, Veronica intends to embark upon the journey of a lifetime.

But fate has other plans when Veronica thwarts her own attempted abduction with the help of an enigmatic German baron, who offers her sanctuary in the care of his friend Stoker, a reclusive and bad-tempered natural historian. But before the baron can reveal what he knows of the plot against her, he is found murdered—leaving Veronica and Stoker on the run from an elusive assailant as wary partners in search of the villainous truth. 

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Misogyny
  • Slut shaming
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Recreational drug use
  • Eyeball trauma recounted
  • Death of an aunt
  • Death of a friend
  • Murder & attempted murder
  • Home invasion
  • Attempted kidnapping
  • Knife violence & stabbing
  • Animal attack recounted
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Parable of the Talents by Octavia E. Butler

Parable of the Talents by Octavia E. Butler

Parable of the Talents by Octavia E. Butler book cover

This Nebula Award-winning sequel to Parable of the Sower continues the story of Lauren Olamina in socially and economically depressed California in the 2030s. Convinced that her community should colonize the stars, Lauren and her followers make preparations. But the collapse of society and rise of fanatics result in Lauren’s followers being enslaved, and her daughter stolen from her. Now, Lauren must fight back to save the new world order.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Classism
  • Hate crimes
  • Victim blaming
  • Misogyny, sexism and gendered slurs
  • Racism and racial slurs
  • White supremacy and the Ku Klux Klan (KKK)
  • Child sexual assault and rape
  • Grooming behaviour and paedophilia
  • Rape and rape by coercion
  • Sex trafficking and sex slavery
  • Abuse, neglect and abandonment
  • Child abuse
  • Emotional abuse
  • Physical abuse
  • Verbal abuse
  • Family estrangement
  • Adult-minor relationships
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Suicide and attempted suicide
  • Infertility themes
  • Pregnancy
  • Non-consensual pregnancy
  • Teenage and child pregnancy
  • Amnesia
  • Blood and gore depiction
  • Body horror
  • Emesis
  • Physical injuries and wounds
  • Scars
  • Starvation and dehydration depiction
  • Dead bodies and body parts
  • Death of a child
  • Death of a friend
  • Death of a parent/guardians
  • Death of a sibling
  • Death of a partner/spouse
  • Disappearance of a loved one
  • Grief and loss depiction
  • Flogging and whippings
  • Gun violence
  • Hanging and lynching
  • Murder and attempted murder
  • Torture
  • Avalanche
  • Chemical gassing and warfare
  • Cults
  • Home invasion
  • Exile
  • Indentured servitude
  • Imprisonment, incarceration and captivity
  • Kidnapping
  • Persecution for witchcraft
  • Police brutality and violence
  • Religious persecution
  • Terrorism
  • War and military themes
  • Homelessness
  • Poverty themes

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Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler

Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler

Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler book cover

Lauren Olamina and her family live in one of the only safe neighborhoods remaining on the outskirts of Los Angeles. Behind the walls of their defended enclave, Lauren’s father, a preacher, and a handful of other citizens try to salvage what remains of a culture that has been destroyed by drugs, disease, war, and chronic water shortages. While her father tries to lead people on the righteous path, Lauren struggles with hyperempathy, a condition that makes her extraordinarily sensitive to the pain of others.

When fire destroys their compound, Lauren’s family is killed and she is forced out into a world that is fraught with danger. With a handful of other refugees, Lauren must make her way north to safety, along the way conceiving a revolutionary idea that may mean salvation for all mankind.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Human trafficking
  • Slavery
  • Child sexual assault & abuse
  • Rape, including statutory rape
  • Abusive relationship
  • Ault-minor relationships
  • Arranged, forced & coerced marriage
  • Domestic abuse
  • Estrangement
  • Parental abuse and neglect
  • Physical abuse
  • Addiction
  • Drug abuse
  • Blood and gore depiction
  • Cannibalism
  • Dead bodies and body parts
  • Physical injuries
  • Grief & loss depiction
  • Death of a child
  • Death of a friend
  • Death of a parent
  • Death of a sibling
  • Disappearance of a loved one
  • Gun violence
  • Knife violence
  • Murder
  • Police brutality
  • Bushfire
  • Earthquake
  • Home invasion
  • Homelessness
  • Poverty themes
  • Hunting
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Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson

Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson

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Mila Flores and her best friend Riley have always been inseparable. There’s not much excitement in their small town of Cross Creek, so Mila and Riley make their own fun, devoting most of their time to Riley’s favorite activity: amateur witchcraft.

So when Riley and two Fairmont Academy mean girls die under suspicious circumstances, Mila refuses to believe everyone’s explanation that her BFF was involved in a suicide pact. Instead, armed with a tube of lip gloss and an ancient grimoire, Mila does the unthinkable to uncover the truth: she brings the girls back to life… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Fatmisia & body-shaming
  • Racism
  • Sexism
  • Cheating
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Depression
  • Suicide
  • Blood and gore depiction
  • Dead bodies
  • Physical injuries
  • Grief depiction
  • Death of a friend
  • Death of a sister
  • Death of a child
  • Death of a girlfriend
  • Murder
  • Gun violence
  • Knife violence & stabbing
  • Hanging
  • Drowning
  • Fire
  • Home invasion
  • Animal death and animal sacrifice
  • Bullying
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Amari and the Night Brothers by BB Alston

Amari and the Night Brothers by B.B. Alston

When Quinton Peters mysteriously goes missing, his little sister, 13-year-old Amari, can’t understand why it’s not a bigger deal. Why isn’t his story all over the news?

Then Amari discovers a ticking briefcase in her brother’s old closet, meant for her eyes only. There was far more to Quinton, it seems, than she ever knew. He’s left her a nomination for a summer tryout at the secretive Bureau of Supernatural Affairs. Amari is certain the answer to finding out what happened to him lies somewhere inside, if only she can get her head around the idea of mermaids, dwarves, yetis and magicians all being real things, something she has to instantly confront when she is given a weredragon as a roommate… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Racism & racist microaggressions*
  • Hospital
  • Comas
  • Disappearance & presumed death of a brother (theme)
  • Home invasion, off-page
  • Bullying & cyberbullying
  • Poverty themes

*Note : The protagonist learns her ancestors were enslaved in chapter 23.

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Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo book cover

Kaz Brekker and his crew of deadly outcasts have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn’t think they’d survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re right back to fighting for their lives.

Double-crossed and badly weakened, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz’s cunning and test the team’s fragile loyalties.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Ableism & ableist language
  • Persecution for witchcraft
  • Classism
  • Indentured servitude discussed
  • Forced underaged sex work recounted
  • Child rape recounted
  • Child abuse
  • Parental abandonment
  • Disownment
  • Drug addiction
  • Gambling addiction
  • Drug dependency and withdrawal discussed
  • Recreational drug use recounted
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Pregnancy mentioned (secondary character)
  • Blood and gore depiction
  • Graphic physical injuries
  • Chronic illness and pain
  • Plague mentioned
  • Body modification (with consent)
  • Death of a boyfriend and death of a friend (on-page)
  • Murder & attempted murder
  • Torture (on-page),
  • Explosions
  • Gun violence
  • Knife violence and stabbing
  • Kidnapping & captivity
  • Imprisonment
  • Home invasion
  • Blackmail and death threats
  • Poverty themes and debt collection mentioned
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