Fallow by Jordan Hawk

Fallow by Jordan L. Hawk

Between the threat of a world-ending invasion from the Outside and unwelcome revelations about his own nature, Percival Endicott Whyborne is under a great deal of strain. His husband, Griffin Flaherty, wants to help—but how can he, when Whyborne won’t tell him what’s wrong?

When a man from Griffin’s past murders a sorcerer, the situation grows even more dire. Once a simple farmer from Griffin’s hometown of Fallow, the assassin now bears a terrifying magical corruption, one whose nature even Whyborne can’t explain.

To keep Griffin’s estranged mother safe, they must travel to a dying town in Kansas. But as drought withers the crops of Fallow, a sinister cult sinks its roots deep into the arid soil. And if the cult’s foul harvest isn’t stopped in time, Fallow will be only the first city to fall.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Homomisia
  • Racism
  • Blood & injury depiction
  • Autopsy
  • Gun violence
  • Physical assault
  • Kidnapping
  • Loss of autonomy (mind control)
  • Death by train
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The Boy at the Top of the Mountain by John Boyne

The Boy at the Top of the Mountain by John Boyne

When Pierrot becomes an orphan, he must leave his home in Paris for a new life with his Aunt Beatrix, a servant in a wealthy household at the top of the German mountains. But this is no ordinary time, for it is 1935 and the Second World War is fast approaching; and this is no ordinary house, for this is the Berghof, the home of Adolf Hitler.

Quickly, Pierrot is taken under Hitler’s wing, and is thrown into an increasingly dangerous new world: a world of terror, secrets and betrayal, from which he may never be able to escape.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Antisemitism
  • Attempted rape
  • Domestic violence
  • Parent with alcoholism & military-related PTSD
  • Death by train
  • World War One & Two
  • The Holocaust
  • Bullying

The Shrunken Head by Lauren Oliver

The Shrunken Head by Lauren Oliver & H.C. Chester

What you will find in this book: A rather attractive bearded lady, several scandalous murders, a deliciously disgusting Amazonian shrunken head, four extraordinary children with equally extraordinary abilities, and a quite loquacious talking bird.

Blessed with extraordinary abilities, orphans Philippa, Sam, and Thomas have grown up happily in Dumfrey’s Dime Museum of Freaks, Oddities, and Wonders. But when a fourth child, Max, a knife-thrower, joins the group, it sets off an unforgettable chain of events. When the museum’s Amazonian shrunken head is stolen, the four are determined to get it back. But their search leads them to a series of murders and an explosive secret about their pasts.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Dead bodies & body parts
  • Murder
  • Knife violence
  • Poisoning
  • Hanging
  • Train accident
  • Death from a fall
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Demigods and Magicians by Rick Riordan

Demigods & Magicians by Rick Riordan

Magic, monsters, and mayhem abound when Percy Jackson and Annabeth Chase meet Carter and Sadie Kane for the first time. Weird creatures are appearing in unexpected places, and the demigods and magicians have to team up to take them down. As they battle with Celestial Bronze and glowing hieroglyphs, the four heroes find that they have a lot in common–and more power than they ever thought possible. But will their combined forces be enough to foil an ancient enemy who is mixing Greek and Egyptian incantations for an evil purpose?

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Physical injuries, including burns
  • Building collapse
  • Subway accident
  • Animal attack
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The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan

The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan

Percy is confused. When he awoke from his long sleep, he didn’t know much more than his name. His brain fuzz is lingering, even after the wolf Lupa told him he is a demigod and trained him to fight with the pen/sword in his pocket. Somehow Percy manages to make it to a camp for half-bloods, despite the fact that he has to keep killing monsters along the way. But the camp doesn’t ring any bells with him. The only thing he can recall from his past is another name: Annabeth.

Hazel is supposed to be dead.  When she lived before, she didn’t do a very good job of it. Sure, she was an obedient daughter, even when her mother was possessed by greed. But that was the problem—when the Voice took over her mother and commanded Hazel to use her “gift” for an evil purpose, Hazel couldn’t say no… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Ableism & ableist language
  • Racism & racist language
  • Parental abandonment
  • Amnesia
  • Flashbacks & blackouts
  • Nightmares
  • Suicide recounted
  • Grief & loss depiction
  • Death of a sister recounted
  • Death of a mother by gun violence mentioned
  • Murder & attempted murder
  • Knife violence & stabbing
  • Kidnapping
  • Train accident
  • Animal attack
  • Bullying
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You Are Not Alone by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

You Are Not Alone by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen

Shay Miller wants to find love, but it eludes her. She wants to be fulfilled, but her job is a dead end. She wants to belong, but her life is increasingly lonely.

Until Shay meets the Moore sisters. Cassandra and Jane live a life of glamorous perfection, and always get what they desire. When they invite Shay into their circle, everything seems to get better. Shay would die for them to like her. She may have to.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Ableism & ableist language
  • Fatmisia & body shaming
  • Rape (on-page)
  • Trauma & panic attacks
  • Graphic suicide by train (on-page)
  • Suicide (theme)
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Grief & loss depiction
  • Death of a friend
  • Death of a sister
  • Death of a father recounted
  • Strangulation
  • Stalking

*Note: A character is described as having ‘almond-shaped eyes’.

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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

Whispers Underground by Ben Aaronovitch

Whispers Underground by Ben Aaronovitch

It begins with a dead body at the far end of Baker Street tube station, all that remains of American exchange student James Gallagher—and the victim’s wealthy, politically powerful family is understandably eager to get to the bottom of the gruesome murder. The trouble is, the bottom—if it exists at all—is deeper and more unnatural than anyone suspects . . . except, that is, for London constable and sorcerer’s apprentice Peter Grant. With Inspector Nightingale, the last registered wizard in England, tied up in the hunt for… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Racism & racial slurs
  • Sexism
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Physical injuries
  • Hospitalisation
  • Surgery mentioned
  • Murder & attempted murder
  • Gun violence
  • Death by train
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Broken Homes by Ben Aaronovitch

Broken Homes by Ben Aaronovitch

Amina has never been comfortable in the spotlight. She is happy just hanging out with her best friend, Soojin. Except now that she’s in middle school everything feel. A mutilated body in Crawley. Another killer on the loose. The prime suspect is one Robert Weil; an associate of the twisted magician known as the Faceless Man? Or just a common or garden serial killer? Before PC Peter Grant can get his head round the… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Racism & antiziganism (g slur)
  • Sexism
  • Disfigurmisia
  • Suicide and coerced suicide by train discussed
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Blood & gore depiction
  • Dead bodies
  • Murder & attempted murder
  • Bombing
  • Gun violence
  • Building collapse
  • Loss of autonomy (mind control)
  • Animal fight rings mentioned
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