Affinity by Sarah Waters

Affinity by Sarah Waters

An upper-class woman recovering from a suicide attempt, Margaret Prior has begun visiting the women’s ward of Millbank prison, Victorian London’s grimmest jail, as part of her rehabilitative charity work. Amongst Millbank’s murderers and common thieves, Margaret finds herself increasingly fascinated by an apparently innocent inmate, the enigmatic spiritualist Selina Dawes. Selina was imprisoned after a séance she was conducting went horribly awry, leaving an elderly matron dead and a young woman deeply disturbed. Although initially skeptical of Selina’s gifts, Margaret is soon drawn into a twilight world of ghosts and shadows, unruly spirits and unseemly passions, until she is at last driven to concoct a desperate plot to secure Selina’s freedom, and her own. 

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Queermisia
  • Suicide & attempted suicide recounted
  • Incarceration discussed
  • Drowning implied
  • Recreational drug use
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Damsel by Elana K Arnold

Damsel by Elana K. Arnold

The rite has existed for as long as anyone can remember: when the prince-who-will-be-king comes of age, he must venture out into the gray lands, slay a fierce dragon, and rescue a damsel to be his bride. This is the way things have always been.

When Ama wakes in the arms of Prince Emory, however, she knows none of this. She has no memory of what came before she was captured by the dragon, or what horrors she has faced in its lair. She knows only this handsome prince, the story he tells of her rescue, and her destiny to sit on the throne beside him. Ama comes with Emory back to the kingdom of Harding, hailed as the new princess, welcomed to the court.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Misogyny
  • Physical & emotional abuse, including gaslighting
  • Graphic sexual assault
  • Graphic rape & rape threats
  • Bestiality
  • Suicide
  • Graphic self-harm
  • Grey-area cheating
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Imprisonment
  • Graphic animal abuse & animal cruelty
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All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill

All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill

Em is locked in a bare, cold cell with no comforts. Finn is in the cell next door. The Doctor is keeping them there until they tell him what he wants to know. Trouble is, what he wants to know hasn’t happened yet.

Em and Finn have a shared past, but no future unless they can find a way out. The present is torture – being kept apart, overhearing each other’s anguish as the Doctor relentlessly seeks answers. There’s no way back from here, to what they used to be, the world they used to know. Then Em finds a note in her cell which changes everything. It’s from her future self and contains some simple but very clear instructions. Em must travel back in time to avert a tragedy that’s about to unfold. Worse, she has to pursue and kill the boy she loves to change the future

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Slut-shaming
  • Disorder food thoughts & restrictive eating (dieting)
  • Internalised body shaming
  • Nightmares & flashbacks
  • Suicide, on-page
  • Nonconsensual drugging
  • Blood depiction & physical injuries, including serious injury of a loved one
  • Hospital
  • Needles
  • Surgery
  • Comas
  • Emesis
  • Grief & loss depiction
  • Death of both parents
  • Death of a brother
  • Death of a friend
  • Murder & attempted murder
  • Torture & psychological torture
  • Gun violence
  • Kidnapping & hostage situation
  • Incarceration
  • Fire
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All the Stars and Teeth by Adalyn Grace

All the Stars and the Teeth by Adalyn Grace

As princess of the island kingdom Visidia, Amora Montara has spent her entire life training to be High Animancer — the master of souls. The rest of the realm can choose their magic, but for Amora, it’s never been a choice. To secure her place as heir to the throne, she must prove her mastery of the monarchy’s dangerous soul magic.

When her demonstration goes awry, Amora is forced to flee. She strikes a deal with Bastian, a mysterious pirate: he’ll help her prove she’s fit to rule, if she’ll help him reclaim his stolen magic… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Arranged marriage
  • Physical & emotional domestic abuse recounted (chp 29)
  • Cheating discussed
  • Attempted sexual assault recounted (chp 19)
  • Forced sex work recounted
  • Hallucinations
  • Suicide, on-page
  • Self-harm and self-injury
  • Grief & loss depiction
  • Death of a father, on-page
  • Graphic blood & gore depiction
  • Graphic dead bodies & body parts
  • Autopsy scene
  • Dismemberment and amputation
  • Graphic dental torture and general teeth-related warning
  • Emesis
  • Cannibalism
  • Murder & attempted murder
  • Torture, on-page
  • Poisoning
  • Imprisonment
  • Drowning
  • War & rebellion themes
  • Animal abuse & torture (chp 29)
  • Alcohol consumption

The author, Adalyn Grace, provided a detailed breakdown of content warnings here.

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