The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang

The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang

The Poppy War R. F. Kuang

When Rin aced the Keju—the Empire-wide test to find the most talented youth to learn at the Academies—it was a shock to everyone: to the test officials, who couldn’t believe a war orphan from Rooster Province could pass without cheating; to Rin’s guardians, who believed they’d finally be able to marry her off and further their criminal enterprise; and to Rin herself, who realized she was finally free of the servitude and despair that had made up her daily existence. That she got into Sinegard—the most elite military school in Nikan—was even more surprising.

But surprises aren’t always good.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Classism
  • Colourism
  • Racism
  • Mass rape
  • Gang rape
  • Sexual assault
  • Forced marriage
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Sterilization
  • Medical experimentation
  • Scars
  • Dead bodies
  • Death of a classmate or colleague
  • Decapitation and dismemberment
  • Knife violence
  • Graphic mass murder
  • Graphic murder
  • Physical assault
  • Torture
  • Trauma
  • Captivity and confinement
  • Military violence
  • War themes
  • Explosions
  • Fire and arson
  • Flooding
  • Bullying and hazing
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The Revenant by Michael Punke

The Revenant by Michael Punke

The Revenant: A Novel of Revenge by Michael Punke

Rocky Mountains, 1823. The trappers of the Rocky Mountain Fur Company live a brutal frontier life. Hugh Glass is one of the most respected men in the company, an experienced frontiersman and an expert tracker.But when a scouting mission puts Glass face-to-face with a grizzly bear, he is viciously mauled and not expected to survive. Two men from the company are ordered to remain with him until his inevitable death. But, fearing an imminent attack, they abandon Glass, stripping him of his prized rifle and hatchet.

As Glass watches the men flee, he is driven to survive by one all-consuming desire: revenge. With shocking grit and determination, he sets out on a three-thousand-mile journey across the harsh American frontier, to seek revenge on the men who betrayed him.

The Revenant is a remarkable tale of obsession and the lengths that one man will go to for retribution.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Misogyny and sexism
  • Racism and racial slurs
  • Sex worker shaming and slurs
  • Abuse, neglect and abandonment
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Blood and gore depiction
  • Body horror
  • Dead bodies and body parts
  • Decapitation
  • Physical injury and wounds
  • Medical treatment, including surgery
  • Death of a friend
  • Murder
  • Knife violence
  • Gun violence
  • Scars
  • Imprisonment and captivity
  • Starvation and dehydration depiction
  • Blizzard
  • Animal death
  • Hunting
  • Colonialism themes
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King’s Captive by Amber Bardan

King’s Captive by Amber A. Bardan 

Some people would think being stuck on a private island is heaven, but this is my hell. Because I’m not here as a guest. Not even close. I’m a prisoner. I’m his. Julius King. Powerful. Wealthy. Dangerous. 

There are parts of me he wants that I can’t give him. When he looks at me, there are times I swear he sees someone else. And the scary part is that sometimes, when he touches me, I think he may be someone else, too. 

Though my body might be tempted, and he might control everything else, I can’t let him have any piece of my heart. I won’t. But every day, the fight gets harder, and Julius manages to slip past my defenses in the most unexpected ways. I have to find out the truth about Julius King. Even if it destroys me.  

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Amnesia
  • Physical injury, including brain injury & gunshot wounds
  • Hospitalisation
  • Scar & burn scars
  • Grief & loss depiction
  • Death of a spouse, perceived
  • Death of a father from gun violence
  • Death of a mother in a car accident mentioned
  • Murder & attempted murder
  • Kidnapping
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All in by Simona Ahrnstedt

All in by Simona Ahrnstedt

In the cutthroat world of Sweden’s financial elite, no one knows that better than corporate raider David Hammar. Ruthless. Notorious. Unstoppable. He’s out to hijack the ultimate prize: Investum. After years of planning, all the players are in place; he needs just one member of the aristocratic owning family on his side Natalia De la Grip.
Elegant, brilliant, driven, Natalia is curious about David s unexpected invitation to lunch. Everyone knows that he is rich, dangerous, and unethical. But she soon discovers he is also deeply scarred.

The attraction between these two is impossible, but the long Swedish nights unfold an affair that will bring to light shocking secrets, and force both Natalia and David to confront their innermost fears and desires.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Ableism & ableist slurs
  • Racism & racial slurs
  • Antiziganism
  • Classism
  • Slut shaming
  • Intimate partner abuse
  • Emotional parent abuse
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Scars
  • Bullying & hazing recounted
  • Animal abuse mentioned
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Reverie by Ryan La Sala

Reverie by Ryan La Sala

All Kane Montgomery knows for certain is that the police found him half-dead in the river. He can’t remember how he got there, what happened after, and why his life seems so different now. And it’s not just Kane who’s different, the world feels off, reality itself seems different.

As Kane pieces together clues, three almost-strangers claim to be his friends and the only people who can truly tell him what’s going on. But as he and the others are dragged into unimaginable worlds that materialize out of nowhere—the gym warps into a subterranean temple, a historical home nearby blooms into a Victorian romance rife with scandal and sorcery—Kane realizes that nothing in his life is an accident. And when a sinister force threatens to alter reality for good, they will have to do everything they can to stop it before it unravels everything they know.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Misogyny
  • Amnesia
  • Emesis mentioned
  • Scars
  • Near-drowning incident mentioned
  • Car accident mentioned
  • Bullying
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Jackdaw Summer by David Almond

Jackdaw Summer by David Almond

Also known as Raven Summer.

Daisy, Esther, and Susan’s last year at university is getting a bumpy start, with everything strange after Ed’s declaration of love followed by grievous injury, Daisy with nowhere to live, and McGraw and Susan at odds over their new flat!

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Cheating mentioned
  • Self harm
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Burn scars
  • Death of a child recounted
  • Murder & attempted murder
  • Knife violence & stabbing
  • House fire recounted
  • Animal death
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Call Me Evie by JP Pomare

Call Me Evie by J.P. Pomare

For the past two weeks, seventeen-year-old Kate Bennet has lived against her will in an isolated cabin in a remote beach town–brought there by a mysterious man named Bill. Part captor, part benefactor, Bill calls her Evie and tells her he’s hiding her to protect her. That she did something terrible one night back home in Melbourne–something so unspeakable that he had no choice but to take her away. The trouble is, Kate can’t remember the night in question.

The fragments of Kate’s shattered memories of her old life seem happy: good friends, a big house in the suburbs, a devoted boyfriend. Bill says he’ll help her fill in the blanks–but his story isn’t adding up. And as she tries to reconcile the girl she thought she’d been with the devastating consequences Bill claims she’s responsible for, Kate will unearth secrets about herself and those closest to her that could change everything.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Revenge porn
  • Physical child abuse
  • Panic attack
  • Self harm
  • Nonconsensual drugging
  • Burn scars
  • Death of a mother by suicide recounted
  • Murder
  • Cyberbullying
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The Twisted Tree by Rachel Burge

The Twisted Tree by Rachel Burge

Martha can tell things about a person just by touching their clothes, as if their emotions and memories have been absorbed into the material. It started the day she fell from the tree at her grandma’s cabin and became blind in one eye.

Determined to understand her strange ability, Martha sets off to visit her grandmother, Mormor – only to discover Mormor is dead, a peculiar boy is in her cabin and a terrifying creature is on the loose. Then the spinning wheel starts creaking, books move around and terror creeps in . . .

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Disfigurmisia & internalised disfigurmisia
  • Cheating
  • Child abuse mentioned
  • Parent with alcoholism mentioned
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Dead bodies
  • Hospitalisation recounted
  • Eyeball trauma & loss of vision (theme)
  • Scars
  • Grief & loss depiction
  • Death of a father in a car accident recounted
  • Death of a grandmother
  • Murder
  • Gun violence
  • Hanging mentioned
  • Homelessness
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Fairest by Marissa Meyer

Fairest by Marissa Meyer

Mirror, mirror, on the wall.
Who is the Fairest of them all?

Pure evil has a name, hides behind a mask of deceit, and uses her “glamour” to gain power. But who is Queen Levana? Long before she crossed paths with Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress in The Lunar Chronicles, Levana lived a very different story–a story that has never been told . . . until now.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Rape by coercion
  • Alcohol consumption mentioned
  • Death from childbirth
  • Scars (theme)
  • Nonconsensual amputation mentioned
  • Murder
  • Gun violence
  • Knife violence & stabbing
  • Fire
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Nameless by Lili St Crow

Nameless by Lili St. Crow

When Camille was six years old, she was discovered alone in the snow by Enrico Vultusino, godfather of the Seven—the powerful Families that rule magic-ridden New Haven. Papa Vultusino adopted the mute, scarred child, naming her after his dead wife and raising her in luxury on Haven Hill alongside his own son, Nico.

Now Cami is turning sixteen. She’s no longer mute, though she keeps her faded scars hidden under her school uniform, and though she opens up only to her two best friends, Ruby and Ellie, and to Nico, who has become more than a brother to her. But even though Cami is a pampered Vultusino heiress, she knows that she is not really Family. Unlike them, she is a mortal with a past that lies buried in trauma. And it’s not until she meets the mysterious Tor, who reveals scars of his own, that Cami begins to uncover the secrets of her birth… to find out where she comes from and why her past is threatening her now. 

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Parental abuse
  • Death of a parent
  • Scars
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