Bookish Monday #1

My first idea was to put every news once a week in one “paper”. I’ve decided to split the news and make three days in the week news days. Monday is up first with Bookish Monday, second will be Filmish Friday and as last TV Sunday. It’s easier for me and more comfortable to read otherwise there would be in one post an overload on information. And, let’s be honest, when you have to scroll too much you just get frustrated or annoyed or both or really dangerous to someone around you… Now I’m taking it to far, but you get it 😉

Books

A Beautiful Poison

A Beautiful Poison by Lydia Kang

Summary from Goodreads

Just beyond the Gilded Age, in the mist-covered streets of New York, the deadly Spanish influenza ripples through the city. But with so many victims in her close circle, young socialite Allene questions if the flu is really to blame. All appear to have been poisoned—and every death was accompanied by a mysterious note.

Desperate for answers and dreading her own engagement to a wealthy gentleman, Allene returns to her passion for scientific discovery and recruits her long-lost friends, Jasper and Birdie, for help. The investigation brings her closer to Jasper, an apprentice medical examiner at Bellevue Hospital who still holds her heart, and offers the delicate Birdie a last-ditch chance to find a safe haven before her fragile health fails.

As more of their friends and family die, alliances shift, lives become entangled, and the three begin to suspect everyone—even each other. As they race to find the culprit, Allene, Birdie, and Jasper must once again trust each other, before one of them becomes the next victim.

Release date: August 1st 2017

Pages: 350

Why?

I love a good mystery novel and this book seems full of mystery. This books possibly goes in the direction of a conspiracy theory and that just sounds great. I’m all ears when it’s about conspiracies.


The Bedlam Stacks

The Bedlam Stacks by Natasha Pulley

Summary from Goodreads

In 1859, ex-East India Company smuggler Merrick Tremayne is trapped at home in Cornwall after sustaining an injury that almost cost him his leg and something is wrong; a statue moves, his grandfather’s pines explode, and his brother accuses him of madness.

When the India Office recruits Merrick for an expedition to fetch quinine—essential for the treatment of malaria—from deep within Peru, he knows it’s a terrible idea. Nearly every able-bodied expeditionary who’s made the attempt has died, and he can barely walk. But Merrick is desperate to escape everything at home, so he sets off, against his better judgment, for a tiny mission colony on the edge of the Amazon where a salt line on the ground separates town from forest. Anyone who crosses is killed by something that watches from the trees, but somewhere beyond the salt are the quinine woods, and the way around is blocked.

Surrounded by local stories of lost time, cursed woods, and living rock, Merrick must separate truth from fairytale and find out what befell the last expeditions; why the villagers are forbidden to go into the forest; and what is happening to Raphael, the young priest who seems to have known Merrick’s grandfather, who visited Peru many decades before. The Bedlam Stacks is the story of a profound friendship that grows in a place that seems just this side of magical.

Release date: August 1st 2017

Pages: 336

Why?

At first I found it kind of weird to involve malaria in this book, but after thinking about it this might be an interesting touch to the story. Used as some sort of metaphor… The part that got me intrigued and to place on this list were the local stories, cursed woods and all that magical stuff. It made me think of some good folklore tale. So, one to keep an eye on.


The Wood

The Wood by Chelsea Bobulski

Summary from Goodreads

After her father goes missing in the woods that they protect, Winter tries to seek the truth in what happened, why the wood is changing, and what it all has to do with the arrival of a mysterious stranger in this thrilling YA debut.

When Winter’s dad goes missing during his nightly patrol of the wood, it falls to her to patrol the time portals and protect the travelers who slip through them. Winter can’t help but think there’s more to her dad’s disappearance than she’s being told.

She soon finds a young man traveling in the wood named Henry who knows more than he should. He believes if they can work together to find his missing parents, they could discover the truth about Winter’s dad.

The wood is poisoned, changing into something sinister—torturing travelers lost in it. Winter must put her trust in Henry in order to find the truth and those they’ve lost.

Bobulski’s eerie debut is filled with friendship, family, and the responsibilities we choose and those we do not.

Release Date: August 1st 2017

Pages: 320

Why?

I’ve read some really good reviews about this book, that is one reason why I’m putting it on this list. Another reason is that the story sounds refreshing and woods always have a magical, mysterious atmosphere in a story. This might turn out to be a really great read for YA readers.

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