Winterkeep by Kristin Cashore

Winterkeep by Kristin Cashore

Four years after Bitterblue left off, a new land has been discovered to the east: Torla; and the closest nation to Monsea is Winterkeep. Winterkeep is a land of miracles, a democratic republic run by people who like each other, where people speak to telepathic sea creatures, adopt telepathic foxes as pets, and fly across the sky in ships attached to balloons.

But when Bitterblue’s envoys to Winterkeep drown under suspicious circumstances, she and Giddon and her half sister, Hava, set off to discover the truth–putting both Bitterblue’s life and Giddon’s heart to the test when Bitterbue is kidnapped. Giddon believes she has drowned, leaving him and Hava to solve the mystery of what’s wrong in Winterkeep… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Slut shaming
  • Sexual harassment
  • Parental abuse
  • Emotional abuse & gaslighting
  • Blood depiction
  • Murder
  • Kidnapping
  • Drowning
  • Animal abuse
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The Perfect Escape by Suzanne Park

The Perfect Escape by Suzanne Park

Nate Jae-Woo Kim wants to be rich. When one of his classmates offers Nate a ridiculous amount of money to commit grade fraud, he knows that taking the windfall would help support his prideful Korean family, but is compromising his integrity worth it?

Luck comes in the form of Kate Anderson, Nate’s colleague at the zombie-themed escape room where he works. She approaches Nate with a plan: a local tech company is hosting a weekend-long survivalist competition with a huge cash prize. It could solve all of Nate’s problems, and Kate needs the money too.

If the two of them team up, Nate has a true shot at winning the grand prize. But the real challenge? Making through the weekend with his heart intact…

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Racism
  • Parental abuse
  • Bullying

Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu

Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu

Before he was Batman, he was Bruce Wayne. A reckless boy willing to break the rules for a girl who may be his worst enemy.

One by one, the city’s elites are being executed as their mansions’ security systems turn against them. Meanwhile, Bruce is turning eighteen and about to inherit his family’s fortune, not to mention the keys to Wayne Enterprises and all the tech gadgetry. But after a run-in with the police, he’s forced to do community service at Arkham Asylum, the infamous prison that holds the city’s most brutal criminals.

In Arkham, Bruce meets Madeleine, a brilliant girl with ties to the Nightwalkers. What is she hiding? And why will she speak only to Bruce? Is he getting her to divulge her secrets, or is he feeding her the information she needs to bring Gotham City to its knees?

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Parental abuse
  • Alcoholism
  • Suicide
  • Blood depiction
  • Grief & loss depiction
  • Death of a parent
  • Murder
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Catwoman: Soulstealer by Sarah J Maas

Catwoman: Soulstealer by Sarah J. Maas

When the Bat’s away, the Cat will play. It’s time to see how many lives this cat really has. . . .

Two years after escaping Gotham City’s slums, Selina Kyle returns as the mysterious and wealthy Holly Vanderhees. She quickly discovers that with Batman off on a vital mission, Batwing is left to hold back the tide of notorious criminals. Gotham City is ripe for the taking.

Meanwhile, Luke Fox wants to prove he has what it takes to help people in his role as Batwing. He targets a new thief on the prowl who seems cleverer than most. She has teamed up with Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn, and together they are wreaking havoc. This Catwoman may be Batwing’s undoing.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Parental abuse
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Recreational drug use mentioned
  • Cystic fibrosis mentioned
  • Gun violence
  • Poison gas
  • War themes
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Runtime by SB Divya

Runtime by S.B. Divya

The Minerva Sierra Challenge is a grueling spectacle, the cyborg’s Tour de France. Rich thrill-seekers with corporate sponsorships, extensive support teams, and top-of-the-line exoskeletal and internal augmentations pit themselves against the elements in a day-long race across the Sierra Nevada.

Marmeg Guinto doesn’t have funding, and she doesn’t have support. She cobbled her gear together from parts she found in rich people’s garbage and spent the money her mother wanted her to use for nursing school to enter the race. But the Minerva Challenge is the only chance she has at a better life for herself and her younger brothers, and she’s ready to risk it all.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Transmisia
  • Misgendering
  • Physical & verbal parental abuse
  • Blood & gore depiction
  • Physical injuries
  • Graphic surgery & field surgery
  • Poverty themes
  • Homelessness
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Just Last Night by Mhairi McFarlane

Just Last Night by Mhairi McFarlane

Also know as Last Night.

Eve, Justin, Susie, and Ed have been friends since they were teenagers. Now in their thirties, the four are as close as ever, Thursday night bar trivia is sacred, and Eve is still secretly in love with Ed. Maybe she should have moved on by now, but she can’t stop thinking about what could have been. And she knows Ed still thinks about it, too.

But then, in an instant, their lives are changed forever.

In the aftermath, Eve’s world is upended. As stunning secrets are revealed, she begins to wonder if she really knew her friends as well as she thought. And when someone from the past comes back into her life, Eve’s future veers in a surprising new direction…

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Physical parental abuse recounted
  • Cheating
  • Panic attack
  • Dementia & Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Death of a friend
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Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan

Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan

Based-on-true-events story of Harry and Craig, two 17-year-olds who are about to take part in a 32-hour marathon of kissing to set a new Guinness World Record—all of which is narrated by a Greek Chorus of the generation of gay men lost to AIDS.

While the two increasingly dehydrated and sleep-deprived boys are locking lips, they become a focal point in the lives of other teen boys dealing with languishing long-term relationships, coming out, navigating gender identity, and falling deeper into the digital rabbit hole of gay hookup sites—all while the kissing former couple tries to figure out their own feelings for each other.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Transmisia
  • Homomisia & homomisic slurs
  • Coming out themes
  • Hate crimes
  • Physical parental abuse
  • Suicide & attempted suicide
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Self-harm mentioned
  • Eating disorders mentioned
  • AIDS
  • Bullying
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The Wish List by Eoin Colfer

The Wish List by Eoin Colfer

Meg Finn is accidentally killed by her partner-in-crime during a burglary. Her last-minute act of kindness rescues her from being sent through the tunnel directly to hell. After winding up in limbo instead, the girl’s spirit returns to earth in the hope of eventually going through “the Pearlies.”

To make the heavenly cut, Meg goes to the aid of the elderly Lowrie McCall 68, a depressed down-and-out bloke who has four wishes on his list before he dies. But demon Beelzebub wants her soul, too, and he’s sent a “Soul Man” — a vicious dog-boy who murdered her — to retrieve it.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Physical child abuse
  • Murder
  • Explosion
  • Gun violence
  • Death of a mother
  • Animal attack
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Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

Sharp Objects by Gayle Formanillian Flynn

Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, reporter Camille Preaker faces a troubling assignment: she must return to her tiny hometown to cover the unsolved murder of a preteen girl and the disappearance of another. For years, Camille has hardly spoken to her neurotic, hypochondriac mother or to the half-sister she barely knows: a beautiful thirteen-year-old with an eerie grip on the town. Now, installed in her old bedroom in her family’s Victorian mansion, Camille finds herself identifying with the young victims—a bit too strongly. Dogged by her own demons, she must unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past if she wants to get the story—and survive this homecoming.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Parental abuse
  • Rape mentioned
  • Graphic self-harm
  • Psychiatric hospitalisation
  • Murder
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Fifteen Hundred Miles from the Sun by Jonny Garza Villa

Fifteen Hundred Miles from the Sun by Jonny Garza Villa

Julián Luna has a plan for his life: Graduate. Get into UCLA. And have the chance to move away from Corpus Christi, Texas, and the suffocating expectations of others that have forced Jules into an inauthentic life. Then in one reckless moment, with one impulsive tweet, his plans for a low-key nine months are thrown—literally—out the closet. The downside: the whole world knows, and Jules has to prepare for rejection. The upside: Jules now has the opportunity to be his real self.

Then Mat, a cute, empathetic Twitter crush from Los Angeles, slides into Jules’s DMs. Jules can tell him anything. Mat makes the world seem conquerable. But when Jules’s fears about coming out come true, the person he needs most is fifteen hundred miles away. Jules has to face them alone.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Homomisia & homomisic slurs
  • Forced coming out
  • Emotional, physical & psychological parental abuse
  • Parental abandonment
  • Depression
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Death of a parent mentioned
  • Bullying
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