The Belle and the Beard by Kate Canterbary  

The Belle and the Beard by Kate Canterbary

Jasper-Anne Cleary’s guide to salvaging your life when you find yourself publicly humiliated, out of work, and unemployable at 35—not to mention newly single:

1. Run away. Seriously, there’s no shame in disappearing. Go to that rustic old cottage your aunt left you. Look out for the colony of bats and the leaky roof. Oh, and the barrel-chested neighbour with shoulders like the broad side of a barn. Definitely look out for him… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Sexism
  • Slut-shaming recounted
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Drug use mentioned
  • Pregnancy & childbirth mentioned
  • Grief & loss depiction
  • Death of aunt recounted
  • Death of a father from suicide recounted
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Black Girl Unlimited by Echo Brown

Black Girl Unlimited by Echo Brown

Echo Brown is a wizard from the East Side, where apartments are small and parents suffer addictions to the white rocks. Yet there is magic . . . everywhere. New portals begin to open when Echo transfers to the rich school on the West Side, and an insightful teacher becomes a pivotal mentor.

Each day, Echo travels between two worlds, leaving her brothers, her friends, and a piece of herself behind on the East Side. There are dangers to leaving behind the place that made you. Echo soon realizes… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Racism
  • Sexism
  • Paedophilia & child sexual assault
  • Rape
  • Depressive episode
  • Dissociation
  • Suicide
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Overdose
  • Alcohol abuse
  • Drug abuse
  • Death of a parent
  • Murder
  • Car accident
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The Splinter King by Mike Brooks

The Splinter King by Mike Brooks

Darel, dragon knight and the new leader of Black Keep, must travel to the palace of the God-King to beg for the lives of his people. But in the capital of Narida, Marin and his warrior husband will be drawn into a palace coup, and Princess Tila will resort to murder to keep her hold on power.

In the far reaches of the kingdom an heir in exile is hunted by assassins, rumours of a rival God-King abound, and daemonic forces from across the seas draw ever nearer… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Misogyny
  • Slavery
  • Execution mentioned
  • War themes
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The Black Coast by Mike Brooks

The Black Coast by Mike Brooks

When the citizens of Black Keep see ships on the horizon, terror takes them, for they know who is coming: for generations, Black Keep has been raided by the fearsome clanspeople of Iwernia. Saddling their war dragons, the Naridans rush to defend their home only to discover that the clanspeople have not come to pillage at all. Driven from their own homeland by the rise of a daemonic despot who prophesies the end of the world, they have come in search of a new home. Meanwhile, the wider continent of Narida is lurching toward war… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Transmisia
  • Homomisia
  • Misogyny
  • War themes
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Hurricane Summer by Asha Bromfield 

Hurricane Summer by Asha Bromfield

Tilla has spent her entire life trying to make her father love her. But every six months, he leaves their family and returns to his true home: the island of Jamaica. When Tilla’s mother tells her she’ll be spending the summer on the island, Tilla dreads the idea of seeing him again, but longs to discover what life in Jamaica has always held for him. In an unexpected turn of events, Tilla is forced to face the storm that unravels in her own life as she learns about the dark secrets that lie beyond the veil of paradise—all in the midst of an impending hurricane.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Sexism
  • Racism
  • Colourism
  • Slut shaming
  • Rape
  • Sexual assault
  • Domestic abuse
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Driven by K Bromberg

Driven by K. Bromberg

Colton Donavan lives on that razor thin edge toward out of control. Whether it’s on the track or off of it, everything he wants is at his fingertips: success, willing women, media attention. Everything that is, but me. I’m the exception this reckless bad boy can’t seem to win over.

My heart is healing. His soul is damaged. We both know the two of us could never work. But he crashes into my life without apology—disrupting my world, testing my boundaries, and uncovering the darkness…. Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Misogyny
  • Abusive relationship recounted
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In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan

In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan

The Borderlands aren’t like anywhere else. Don’t try to smuggle a phone or any other piece of technology over the wall that marks the Border—unless you enjoy a fireworks display in your backpack. (Ballpoint pens are okay.) There are elves, harpies, and—best of all as far as Elliot is concerned—mermaids.

Elliot? Who’s Elliot? Elliot is thirteen years old. He’s smart and just a tiny bit obnoxious. Sometimes more than a tiny bit. When his class goes on a field trip.. Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Slut-shaming
  • Misandry
  • Bimisia
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24 Hours in Nowhere by Dusti Bowling 

24 Hours in Nowhere by Dusti Bowling

Welcome to Nowhere, Arizona, the least livable town in the United States. For Gus, a bright 13-year-old with dreams of getting out and going to college, life there is made even worse by Bo Taylor, Nowhere’s biggest, baddest bully. When Bo tries to force Gus to eat a dangerously spiny cactus, Rossi Scott, one of the best racers in Nowhere, comes to his rescue—but in return she has to give Bo her prized dirt bike. Determined to buy it back, Gus agrees to go searching for gold in Dead Frenchman Mine, joined by his old friends Jessie Navarro and Matthew Dufort, and Rossi herself. As… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Racism
  • Misogyny
  • Bullying
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Stormrise by Jillian Boehme 

Stormrise by Jillian Boehme

Alisha Blake works her magic in the kitchen, creating delectable desserts for her grandfather’s restaurant in rural Illinois. Though Alisha relishes the close relationship she has with her family, she can’t help but dream about opening a cookie shop in Chicago. She may be a small-town baker, but Alisha has big ambitions.

Then a dinosaur bone turns up in her grandparents’ backyard. When paleontologist Quentin Harris arrives to see the discovery for himself, he’s hoping… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Misogyny
  • Cannibalism
  • Fire
  • War themes
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The Year We Fell Down by Sarina Bowen

The Year We Fell Down by Sarina Bowen

She expected to start Harkness College as a varsity ice hockey player. But a serious accident means that Corey Callahan will start school in a wheelchair instead.

Across the hall, in the other accessible dorm room, lives the too-delicious-to-be real Adam Hartley, another would-be hockey star with his leg broken in two places. He’s way out of Corey’s league. Also, he’s taken… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Ableism
  • Misogyny
  • Child neglect
  • Substance addiction mentioned
  • Paralysis
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