A Psalm of Storms and Silence by Roseanne Brown 

A Psalm of Storms and Silence by Roseanne A. Brown

Karina lost everything after a violent coup left her without her kingdom or her throne. Now the most wanted person in Sonande, her only hope of reclaiming what is rightfully hers lies in a divine power hidden in the long-lost city of her ancestors.

Meanwhile, the resurrection of Karina’s sister has spiralled the world into chaos, with disaster after disaster threatening the hard-won peace Malik has found as Farid’s apprentice. When they discover that Karina….. Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Child physical abuse
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Torture

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The Unwilling by Kelly Braffet 

The Unwilling by Kelly Braffet

The Unwilling is the story of Judah, a foundling born with a special gift and raised inside Highfall castle along with Gavin, the son and heir to Lord Elban’s vast empire. Judah and Gavin share an unnatural bond that is both the key to her survival… and possibly her undoing.

As Gavin is groomed for his future role, Judah comes to realize that she has no real position within the kingdom, in fact, no hope at all of ever travelling beyond its castle walls… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Graphic emotional & physical child abuse
  • Self-harm
  • Drug use
  • Murder
  • Torture
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Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse

Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse

Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse

In the holy city of Tova, the winter solstice is usually a time for celebration and renewal, but this year it coincides with a solar eclipse, a rare celestial event proscribed by the Sun Priest as an unbalancing of the world. Meanwhile, a ship launches from a distant city bound for Tova and set to arrive on the solstice. The captain of the ship, Xiala, is a disgraced Teek whose song can calm the waters around her as easily as it can warp a man’s mind.

Her ship carries one passenger. Described as harmless, the passenger… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Slavery mentioned
  • Homomisia mentioned
  • Abandonment
  • Child abuse & neglect
  • Emotional & physical abuse
  • Suicide
  • Alcoholism
  • Alcohol consumption & abuse
  • Drug use
  • Blood depiction
  • Physical injury
  • Beheading
  • Forced blinding
  • Scarring
  • Grief & loss depiction
  • Death of a parent
  • Death of a child
  • Mass murder
  • Poisoning
  • Kidnapping
  • Physical assault
  • Imprisonment
  • Cult
  • Animal death
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Blacktop Wasteland by SA Cosby 

Blacktop Wasteland by S.A. Cosby

Beauregard “Bug” Montage: husband, father, honest car mechanic. But he was once known – from North Carolina to the beaches of Florida – as the best getaway driver on the East Coast. Just like his father, who disappeared many years ago.

After a series of financial calamities, Bug reluctantly takes part in a daring diamond heist to solve his money troubles – and to go straight once and for all. However, when it goes horrifically wrong, he’s sucked into a grimy underworld which threatens everything, and everyone, he holds dear . . .

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Human trafficking
  • Misogyny
  • Racism
  • Fatmisia
  • Homomisia & homomisic slurs
  • Hate crime
  • Emotional & physical child abuse
  • Alcoholism
  • Substance addiction
  • Drug use & abuse
  • Emesis
  • Torture
  • Gun violence
  • Kidnapping
  • Car accident
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A Golden Fury by Samantha Cohoe 

A Golden Fury by Samantha Cohoe

Thea Hope longs to be an alchemist out of the shadow of her famous mother. The two of them are close to creating the legendary Philosopher’s Stone—whose properties include immortality and can turn any metal into gold—but just when the promise of the Stone’s riches is in their grasp, Thea’s mother destroys the Stone in a sudden fit of violent madness.

While combing through her mother’s notes, Thea learns that there’s a curse on the Stone that causes anyone who tries to make it to lose… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Physical & emotional parental abuse
  • Hallucinations
  • Attempted suicide by drowning
  • Self-harm
  • Murder
  • Torture
  • Physical assault
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The Widow of Rose House by Diana Biller 

The Widow of Rose House by Diana Biller

It’s 1875, and Alva Webster has perfected her stiff upper lip after three years of being pilloried in the presses of two continents over fleeing her abusive husband. Now his sudden death allows her to return to New York to make a fresh start, restoring Liefdehuis, a dilapidated Hyde Park mansion, and hopefully her reputation at the same time. However, fresh starts aren’t as easy as they seem, as Alva discovers when stories of a haunting at Liefdehuis begin to reach her. But Alva doesn’t believe in ghosts. So when the eccentric and brilliant professor, Samuel Moore, appears and informs her that he… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Adult-minor relationship
  • Forced child marriage
  • Physical & emotional abuse
  • Rape
  • Psychiatric hospitalisation of a child mentioned
  • Blackmail
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The Best Lies by Sarah Lyu 

The Best Lies by Sarah Lyu

Remy Tsai used to know how her story would turn out. But now, she doesn’t even know what tomorrow will look like. She was happy once. Remy had her boyfriend Jack, and Elise, her best friend—her soulmate—who understood her better than anyone else in the world. But now Jack is dead, shot through the chest—

And it was Elise who pulled the trigger… Was it self-defense? Or something deeper, darker than anything Remy could have imagined?

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Physical & emotional child abuse
  • Cheating
  • Divorce
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Smoking
  • Death of a friend
  • Murder
  • Arson
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Sunshine by Marion Dane Bauer 

Sunshine by Marion Dane Bauer

 Since as far back as Ben can remember, it’s been him, his devoted dad, and Sunshine–Ben’s little dog, who rarely leaves Ben’s side. It was Mom who did the leaving, and Ben’s about to spend a whole week with his suddenly present mother in the wilds of northern Minnesota. On the remote island she calls home, Ben will learn to camp, canoe, weather the elements, and weigh a burning question: when will she come back to where she belongs?

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Parental abandonment
  • Physical child abuse recounted
  • Forest fire
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When Women Were Dragons by Kelly Barnhill 

When Women Were Dragons by Kelly Barnhill

Alex Green is a young girl in a world much like ours. But this version of 1950’s America is characterized by a significant event: The Mass Dragoning of 1955, when hundreds of thousands of ordinary wives and mothers sprouted wings, scales and talons, left a trail of fiery destruction in their path, and took to the skies. Seemingly for good. Was it their choice? What will become of those left behind? Why did Alex’s beloved Aunt Marla transform but her mother did not? Alex doesn’t know. It’s taboo to speak of, even more so than her crush on Sonja, her schoolmate… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Misogyny (theme)
  • Parental abandonment
  • Emotional & physical child abuse
  • ALcoholism
  • Panic attack
  • Death of a father, off-page
  • Death of a mother from cancer, on-page
  • Fire mentioned
  • Animal cruelty & death
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Misdirection by Gregory Ashe

Misdirection by Gregory Ashe

When a rising star in the state senate asks Shaw Aldrich and North McKinney to transport her son, Flip, to and from his drug testing appointments, they’re not happy—they don’t do babysitting jobs. Arriving at the boy’s dorm room, though, they discover that the door has been forced and that Flip has disappeared, and rumours of strange men on campus suggest that something seriously bad has happened. The students and staff at the ritzy private school have plenty to tell about Flip, but the deeper North and Shaw dig, the less they understand what might have happened to the boy… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Homomisia
  • Statutory rape
  • Emotional & physical abuse mentioned
  • Bulimia mentioned
  • Blackmail
  • Murder
  • Fire & destruction of property in a house fire
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