Beauty Queens by Libby Bray

Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

Beauty Queens by Libba Bray book cover

The 50 contestants in the Miss Teen Dream pageant thought this was going to be a fun trip to the beach, where they could parade in their state-appropriate costumes and compete in front of the cameras.

But sadly, their airplane had another idea, crashing on a desert island and leaving the survivors stranded with little food, little water, and practically no eyeliner.

What’s a beauty queen to do? Continue to practice for the talent portion of the program – or wrestle snakes to the ground? Get a perfect tan – or learn to run wild? And what should happen when the sexy pirates show up?

Welcome to the heart of non-exfoliated darkness. 

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Misogyny
  • Slut-shaming
  • Transmisia
  • Physical injuries
  • Murder
  • Explosions
  • Plane crash
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Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett

Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett

Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett book cover

Ever since last year’s homecoming dance, best friends-turned-best enemies Zorie and Lennon have made an art of avoiding each other. It doesn’t hurt that their families are the modern-day Californian version of the Montagues and Capulets. But when a group camping trip goes south, Zorie and Lennon find themselves stranded in the wilderness. Alone. Together. What could go wrong?

With no one but each other for company, Zorie and Lennon have no choice but to hash out their issues via witty jabs and insults as they try to make their way to safety. But fighting each other while also fighting off the forces of nature makes getting out of the woods in one piece less and less likely.

And as the two travel deeper into Northern California’s rugged backcountry, secrets and hidden feelings surface. But can Zorie and Lennon’s rekindled connection survive out in the real world? Or was it just a result of the fresh forest air and the magic of the twinkling stars?

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Ableist language
  • Lesbomisia
  • Racism and islamophobia
  • Emotional manipulation and cheating
  • Anxiety attacks (on-page) and depression (mentioned)
  • Suicide of a parent
  • Blood depiction, physical injury, chronic illness (main character, specifically hives) and hospitalisation (mentioned)
  • Grief depiction and death of a father/mother (recounted)
  • Physical assault
  • Plane crash (mentioned)
  • Animal attacks, specifically snack and bear attacks
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Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo book cover

Hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land, all while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. But she can’t outrun her past or her destiny for long.

The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and a dangerous plan that will test the very boundaries of the natural world. With the help of a notorious privateer, Alina returns to the country she abandoned, determined to fight the forces gathering against Ravka. But as her power grows, Alina slips deeper into the Darkling’s game of forbidden magic, and farther away from Mal. Somehow, she will have to choose between her country, her power, and the love she always thought would guide her—or risk losing everything to the oncoming storm.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Ableist language
  • Body shaming
  • Suicide attempt by self-sacrifice
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Blood and gore depiction, dead bodies and physical injuries
  • Emesis and physical injury to a loved one
  • Murder and attempted murder
  • Physical and psychological torture, knife violence, gun violence and physical assault
  • Kidnapping, captivity and hostage situation
  • Airship accident
  • War themes
  • Animal death and dead bodies, hunting
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Arctic Wild by Annabeth Albert

Arctic Wild by Annabeth Albert

Arctic Wild by Annabeth Albert book cover

Hotshot attorney Reuben Graham has finally agreed to take a vacation, when his plane suddenly plunges into the Alaskan wilderness. Just his luck.

But his frustrations have only begun as he finds himself stranded with the injured, and superhot, pilot, a man who’s endearingly sociable—and much too young for Reuben to be wanting him this badly.

As the sole provider for his sisters and ailing father, Tobias Kooly is devastated to learn his injuries will prevent him from working or even making it back home. So when Reuben insists on giving him a place to recover, not even Toby’s pride can make him refuse. He’s never been tempted by a silver fox before, but something about Reuben is impossible to resist.

Recuperating in Reuben’s care is the last thing Toby expected, yet the closer they become, the more incredibly right it feels, prompting workaholic Reuben to question the life he’s been living. But when the pressure Toby’s under starts closing in, both men will have to decide if there’s room in their hearts for a love they never saw coming.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Physical injuries
  • Phobia of flying
  • Death of a parent/s
  • Plane crash
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Clap When You Land

Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo

Camino Rios lives for the summers when her father visits her in the Dominican Republic. But this time, on the day when his plane is supposed to land, Camino arrives at the airport to see crowds of crying people…

In New York City, Yahaira Rios is called to the principal’s office, where her mother is waiting to tell her that her father, her hero, has died in a plane crash.

Separated by distance – and Papi’s secrets – the two girls are forced to face a new reality in which their father is dead and their lives are forever altered. And then, when it seems like they’ve lost everything of their father, they learn of each other.

Papi’s death uncovers all the painful truths he kept hidden, and the love he divided across an ocean. And now, Camino and Yahaira are both left to grapple with what this new sister means to them, and what it will now take to keep their dreams alive.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Coming out themes
  • Sexual harassment
  • Sexual assault of a minor recounted & attempted rape of a minor (on-page)
  • Sex trafficking & coerced sex work of a minor discussed
  • Cheating
  • Pregnancy discussed
  • Premature childbirth scene & resuscitation of a newborn
  • Emesis
  • Cancer mentioned (minor secondary character)
  • Grief & loss depiction
  • Death of a mother from dengue fever recounted
  • Death of a father & husband (central theme)
  • Death of a sister mentioned
  • Stalking
  • Plane crash (off-page but discussed throughout the novel)
  • Poverty themes
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Adaptation

Adaptation by Malinda Lo

Across North America, flocks of birds hurl themselves into airplanes, causing at least a dozen to crash. Thousands of people die. Fearing terrorism, the United States government grounds all flights, and millions of travelers are stranded.

Reese and her debate team partner and longtime crush David are in Arizona when it happens. Everyone knows the world will never be the same. On their drive home to San Francisco, along a stretch of empty highway at night in the middle of Nevada, a bird flies into their headlights. The car flips over. When they wake up in a military hospital, the doctor won’t tell them what happened, where they are—or how they’ve been miraculously healed.

Things become even stranger when Reese returns home. San Francisco feels like a different place with police enforcing curfew, hazmat teams collecting dead birds, and a strange presence that seems to be following her. When Reese unexpectedly collides with the beautiful Amber Gray, her search for the truth is forced in an entirely new direction—and threatens to expose a vast global conspiracy that the government has worked for decades to keep secret.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Ableism & ableist language
  • Coming out themes
  • Blood depiction & physical injuries
  • Scars
  • Comas
  • Hospital (setting)
  • Nonconsensual medical treatment, including surgery & blood tests
  • Death of a teacher
  • Murder
  • Gun violence
  • Explosions
  • Car accident
  • Plane crashes (central theme)
  • Fire
  • Animal death and animal dead bodies
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