Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin

Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin

Riley Cavanaugh is many things: Punk rock. Snarky. Rebellious. And gender fluid. Some days Riley identifies as a boy, and others as a girl. The thing is…Riley isn’t exactly out yet. And between starting a new school and having a congressman father running for reelection in uber-conservative Orange County, the pressure—media and otherwise—is building up in Riley’s so-called “normal” life.

On the advice of a therapist, Riley starts an anonymous blog to vent those pent-up feelings and tell the truth of what it’s REALLY like to be a gender fluid teenager. But just as Riley’s starting to settle in at school—even developing feelings for a mysterious outcast—the blog goes viral, and an unnamed commenter discovers Riley’s real identity, threatening exposure. Riley must make a choice: walk away from what the blog has created—a lifeline, new friends, a cause to believe in—or stand up, come out, and risk everything.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Transmisia & queermisia
  • Public outing
  • Sexual assault (on-page)
  • Depression & anxiety
  • Panic attacks
  • Suicide & attempted suicide
  • Physical assault
  • Stalking
  • Bullying
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Halt’s Peril by John Flanagan

Halt’s Peril by John Flanagan

Halt's Peril by John Flanagan book cover

The renegade outlaw group known as the Outsiders has journeyed from kingdom to kingdom, conning the innocent out of their few valuables. Will and Halt, his mentor, are ambushed by the cult’s deadly assassins when Halt is pierced by a poisoned arrow. Now Will must travel day and night in search of the one person with the power to cure Halt: Malkallam the Sorcerer.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Alcohol consumption
  • Blood and gore depiction
  • Captivity
  • Cave collapse
  • Cult
  • Dead bodies and body parts
  • Grief and loss depiction
  • Knife violence
  • Medical treatment/procedures and physical injuries
  • Murder and attempted murder
  • Nightmares and night terrors
  • Phobias
  • Animal death
  • Poverty themes
  • Stalking
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Reverb by Anna Zabo

Reverb by Anna Zabo

Twisted Wishes bass player Mish Sullivan is a rock goddess—gorgeous, sexy and comfortable in the spotlight. With fame comes unwanted attention, though: a stalker is desperate to get close. Mish can fend for herself, just as she always has. But after an attack lands her in the hospital, the band reacts, sticking her with a bodyguard she doesn’t need or want.

David Altet has an instant connection with Mish. A certified badass, this ex-army martial arts expert can take down a man twice his size. But nothing—not living as a trans man, not his intensive military training—prepared him for the challenge of Mish. Sex with her is a distraction neither of them can afford, yet the hot, kink-filled nights keep coming.

When Mish’s stalker ups his game, David must make a choice—lover or bodyguard. He’d rather have Mish alive than in his bed. But Mish wants David, and no one, especially not a stalker, will force her to give him up.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Transmisia mentioned
  • Misogyny & misogynistic slurs
  • Threats of child sexual assault recounted
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Death of a parent from cancer recounted
  • Knife violence & stabbing
  • Stalking
  • Hospital
  • Online harassment
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Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews

Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews

Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews book cover

The world has suffered a magic apocalypse. We pushed the technological progress too far, and now magic returned with a vengeance. It comes in waves, without warning, and vanishes as suddenly as it appears. When magic is up, planes drop out of the sky, cars stall, electricity dies. When magic is down, guns work and spells fail.

Atlanta would be a nice place to live, if it weren’t for magic… One moment magic dominates, and cars stall and guns fail. The next, technology takes over and the defensive spells no longer protect your house from monsters. Here skyscrapers topple under onslaught of magic; werebears and werehyenas prowl through the ruined streets; and the Masters of the Dead, necromancers driven by their thirst of knowledge and wealth, pilot blood-crazed vampires with their minds. In this world lives Kate Daniels. Kate likes her sword a little too much and has a hard time controlling her mouth. The magic in her blood makes her a target, and she spent most of her life hiding in plain sight. But when Kate’s guardian is murdered, she must choose to do nothing and remain safe or to pursue his preternatural killer. Hiding is easy, but the right choice is rarely easy…

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Racist language
  • Rape, sexual assault and bestiality (mentioned)
  • Abuse
  • Blood and gore depiction
  • Murder
  • Stalking
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The Project by Courtney Summers

The Project by Courtney Summers

The Project by Courtney Summers book cover

Lo Denham is used to being on her own. After her parents died, Lo’s sister, Bea, joined The Unity Project, leaving Lo in the care of their great aunt. Thanks to its extensive charitable work and community outreach, The Unity Project has won the hearts and minds of most in the Upstate New York region, but Lo knows there’s more to the group than meets the eye. She’s spent the last six years of her life trying—and failing—to prove it.

When a man shows up at the magazine Lo works for claiming The Unity Project killed his son, Lo sees the perfect opportunity to expose the group and reunite with Bea once and for all. When her investigation puts her in the direct path of its leader, Lev Warren and as Lo delves deeper into The Project… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Abandonment
  • Disfigurmisia
  • Child abuse & neglect recounted
  • Emotional abuse & gaslighting
  • Cheating
  • Trauma & panic attacks
  • Nightmares
  • Hallucinations mentioned
  • Suicide by train, on-page
  • Suicidal ideation mentioned
  • Pregnancy & pregnancy complications, on-page
  • Traumatic premature childbirth, on-page
  • Blood depiction
  • Physical injuries including graphic burns, comas, broken bones and facial scars
  • Hospitalisation
  • Grief & loss depiction
  • Death of a mother & father in a car accident, off-page
  • Death of a guardian mentioned
  • Death of a sister by drowning, off-page
  • Death of a mother in a fire mentioned
  • Death of a son discussed
  • Murder
  • Torture, on-page
  • Disappearance of a sibling
  • Car accident, on- & off-page
  • Blackmail mentioned
  • Cults (theme)
  • Homelessness mentioned
  • Mentions of stalking & harassment

Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer

Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer

When Edward Cullen and Bella Swan met in Twilight, an iconic love story was born. But until now, fans have heard only Bella’s side of the story. At last, readers can experience Edward’s version in the long-awaited companion novel, Midnight Sun.

This unforgettable tale as told through Edward’s eyes takes on a new and decidedly dark twist. Meeting Bella is both the most unnerving and intriguing event he has experienced in all his years as a vampire. As we learn more fascinating details about Edward’s past and the complexity of his inner thoughts, we understand why this is the defining struggle of his life. How can he justify following his heart if it means leading Bella into danger?

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Ableism
  • Racism & anti-Native language
  • Misogyny
  • Rape & paedophilia mentioned
  • Suicidal ideation and suicide attempts mentioned
  • Blood depiction & blood drinking
  • Stalking
  • Murder
  • Animal death

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Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo

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… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Coming out themes
  • Sexual harassment
  • Sexual assault & 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
  • Grief & loss depiction
  • Death of a mother from dengue fever recounted
  • Death of a father & husband (theme)
  • Death of a sister mentioned
  • Stalking
  • Plane crash, off-page but discussed throughout the novel
  • Poverty themes
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Aftermath by Kelley Armstrong

Aftermath by Kelley Armstrong

Three years after losing her brother Luka in a school shooting, Skye Gilchrist is moving home. But there’s no sympathy for Skye and her family because Luka wasn’t a victim; he was a shooter.

Jesse Mandal knows all too well that the scars of the past don’t heal easily. The shooting cost Jesse his brother and his best friend–Skye.

Ripped apart by tragedy, Jesse and Skye can’t resist reopening the mysteries of their past. But old wounds hide darker secrets. And the closer Skye and Jesse get to the truth of what happened that day, the closer they get to a new killer.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Racism & Islamophobia
  • Drugging
  • Blood depiction
  • Death of a brother recounted
  • School shooting (theme)
  • Gun violence
  • Kidnapping
  • Stalking
  • Fire
  • Bullying
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