We’re going to look at six current bestselling fiction novels that should read. If 2020 was a book, Stephen King would have most definitely authored it. The world seems to have transported itself into a universe only found within the plot to King’s “The Stand” (1978). A deadly virus is released, taking hold of the world country by country – a little too close for comfort if you ask me.
Yet, in the world of literature, emerging from the damaging ashes of the COVID-19 outbreak is a resurgence of marvellous written works. All possible to read with extra time because of the international lockdown.
In such an unprecedented period in history, what better time to delve into a good book? Escaping to a fictive universe full of romance, fantasy, history, or horror.
So, get comfortable and settle into your next book with this complied list of some of the most recent bestselling fiction novels to read.
1. The Man Who Didn’t Call by Rosie Walsh.
Rosie Walsh isn’t completely new to the literature scene. Though her critically acclaimed book The Man Who Didn’t Call (titled Ghosted in the US) is the first in her own name. She had previously written four other titles under the pseudonym, Lucy Robinson.
The Man Who Didn’t Call has been hailed as the “OMG love story of the year”. With over a million copies sold worldwide, and the reviews are spectacular.
The story as a whole is well written and keeps on giving as it progresses. The plot centres around Sarah, a woman who falls deeply in love with Eddie. After a week-long whirlwind romance only to find herself ghosted after many attempts of reaching out. Not all is as it seems though, and the tangled web slowly begins to unravel throughout.
The book gives a whole new feel to the term “ghosted”. Stylistically, it’s a very easy read, allowing you time to wipe the tears and embrace the giggles as you breeze through.
2. The Guardians by Josh Grishman
A popular author next on our list of current fiction novels to read. Once again, Grisham provides everything you could possibly want from a crime-thriller. A great plot, plenty of suspense, engaging characters and shocking twists that will leave you seeking more.
John Grisham is known for his superbly written legal thrillers. But after a couple of novels that failed to live up to the hype, it was questionable about whether his time as a novice in the field was over.
Yet, this novel proves his worth not only by providing a great storyline but also through its emotional components.
The Guardians explore inmates living on death row who feel they have been wronged by the justice system. Enter The Guardians, who seek to serve those facing the ultimate penalty for a crime they did not commit.
It’s a compelling fact-based fiction with a poignant aspect. One that will have you questioning the seemingly black and white binaries of justice.
3. The Secret Messenger by Mandy Robotham
Generally, history-fiction has a habit of veering one of two ways. It can be beautifully haunting, detailed and embracing, or it can be lacking, a tad too daring. Often too distant from the truths of the past to be classed as anything close to historical.
This novel is most definitely the former. Melanie Hudson praised it as “unique, emotional and life-affirming,” and I have to agree.
Mandy Robotham focuses on Stella, a young woman living in 1943 Venice. Leading a double life as both a typist for the Reich and secret messenger for the Italian resistance.
The story has a dual-timeline, flitting between Stella’s story and 2017 Luisa Belmont. Who, many years later, finds Stella’s beloved typewriter and begins to uncover a past filled with passion, sacrifice, and betrayal.
The leads are captivating, so much so that you feel you are walking beside them as they tell their stories. It’s most definitely a page-turner and stylistically its outstandingly emotional.
4. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
Delia Owens has produced a mutli-million-dollar bestseller with this enthralling escapism novel. Set in North Carolina, the storyline focuses on “Marsh Girl” Kya Clark. Kya defies the local hearsay through her intellect and ability to adapt to the nature which surrounds her.
After a tragedy in the town, Kya seeks solace in two intriguing men who fall for her wild beauty, but the story takes an unsuspecting turn.
The novel has been hailed for its style in the description of both characters and landscape. Transcending you back to 1969 to walk along the marshes with Kya herself.
5. Ties that Tether by Jane Igharo
Although Ties that Tether isn’t available for order until September, it’s worth adding to your read list.
Identity lays the foundations for this exceptional debut novel. Jane Igharo’s leading lady is strong, audacious and beautifully empowering.
Azere battles between her head and heart as she falls for a handsome white man. Going against her father’s last dying wish for Azere to preserve her Nigerian heritage and marry a Nigerian man.
The plot is captivating and moving as the story follows Azere’s emotional turmoil. Both protagonists were enjoyable to read, and the chemistry between the two was simply scorching.
This book most certainly pays homage to the Black Lives Matter movement that has swept through the world. It provides a great insight into the culture, traditions and perspectives of Nigerian women.
6. Kingdoms of Hell by Stephanie Hudson
I have to admit, I’m not exactly one for the paranormal romance genre but Stephanie Hudson has a way of ensnaring you. Before you delve into this book, I must warn you, it is part of a saga that begins six books back. It continues from another of Hudson’s exceptional epics Afterlife Saga. Still, it is completely possible to read the Transfusion books separately from their predecessors.
If you’re reeling from the likes of Twilight and Black Dagger Brotherhood but would love a read that gives an alternative dynamic, then this could be your next go-to saga. Transfusion transports you into a world that is familiar yet oh-so-different from the one you know.
The characters are fantastically scripted. The style is very evocative, and the cliff-hangers are positively agonising. As far as lead characters go, Amelia isn’t your run-of-the-mill “damsel in distress”, she is witty, fiery and completely able. As for Lucius, he is all Alpha and will have your jaw dropping from the instant you meet him.
Do you know any other great current fiction novels to read we should be recommending? Do you agree or disagree with our list or have anything to add? If so, leave us a comment below.
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DC Fandome 2021 – Revelations, Trailers and the future
At the recent virtual DC Fandome 2021 over 66 million fans tuned in across 220 countries. They listened in 12 different languages. All to find out the scoop on what’s to come for the comic book franchise, new DC revelations and even watch trailers of soon to be released films and TV shows.
But, if you weren’t one of the millions to be watching from home, below is the Film, TV and Gaming announcements and revelations that would interest any DC fan.
DC Fandome 2021 started with a world exclusive trailer of Black Adam! The man himself Dwayne Johnson. Along with a host of the films other stars including Pierce Brosnan, Aldis Hodge, Quintessa Swindell and Noah Centineo. They introduce themselves and the exclusive trailer.
During the 4-minute intro below, you see Johnson excitably launch his passion project. He explains how much the Black Adam universe means to him. We are also told that the film is currently in post-production with the film being released on the 29th of July 2022.
We don’t get much information or storyline from the trailer. But Dwayne’s enthusiasm for the character and the gritty darkness of what we do get in the trailer is enough, for now, to keep us excited about this Movie.
Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom
During the day’s events, Jason Momoa was on hand to give fans an in-depth dive into the world of Aquaman. Firstly, apologising for the four-year wait. However, Momoa and director James Wan appeased fans with a host of behind-the-scenes clips. Plus a glimpse of some unusual conceptual art. Which included quirky looking desert creatures and giant grasshoppers.
We have also been promised by Wan that we are going to be getting a film that’s more mature, giving the audience something new, exciting and an experience we haven’t seen before. The 2-and-a-half-minute look into the sequel, below, was enough to make any fan excited for its theatrical release in December 2022.
DC’s League of Super-Pets
A fun animated adventure was also announced. DC’s League of Super-Pets will bring super-pets like Krypto and Ace the Bat-Hound to life for the first time.
In an exclusive trailer, fans were introduced to the two pups, voiced by Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart, in a light-hearted look into the film. The full movie voice by the comedy pairing along with some other famous names such as Keanu Reeves and Vanessa Bayer is set to be released next November.
Another film trailer to hit the DC Fandome 2021 screens was The Flash. Portrayed once again by Ezra Miller and directed by Andy Muschietti. Fans were introduced to the trailer and the concept of the film, where the Flash unlocks the DC cinematic universe. He time hops back to the ’90s where Michael Keaton, reprises his role, he originated in 1989’s ‘Batman’ and 1992’s ‘Batman Returns’.
We’re elated that we get another film with Michael Keaton as Batman. Even if the storyline does sound a little farfetched. We’re sure Muschietti will get the narrative across perfectly and the film will be an instant hit. The film is due to hit cinemas in November 2022.
The DC Fandome 2021 team knew exactly what they were doing when they left the release of the second Batman trailer to the very end of the day. Like fans around the world, we also couldn’t wait to see more of Patterson, fully suited up, showcasing his gritty take on the hero. Director Matt Reeves, Robert Pattinson (Batman) and Zoe Kravitz (Selina Kyle/ cat woman) were there to lead the trailers release.
Granted the jury is still out if Patterson can pull of the dark knight or not but we have to admit we are excited to see him in action. We also have a sneaky suspicion that for the first time in a film setting since Michelle Pfeifferthey may have nailed the casting for Selina Kyle with Zoe Kravitz. We don’t have long left to find all this out though, as after a few Covid related interruptions Batman is now set to be released in theatres on March 4th, 2022.
Injustice and Catwoman: Hunted
If some of these DC film releases seem a little far away, fear not because we were also made aware that two animated films will be released quite soon. With Injustice’s release this October and an anime-inspired animated DC offering in the form of Catwoman on February the 8th 2022, both the feature-length animations will be available on digital, 4K and Blu-ray. To take a sneak peak of Catwoman: Hunted you can watch the trailer below.
When it came to the TV side of the DC world there were a lot of announcements and trailers mainly around continuing shows such as, Titans, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow and Stargirl along with the more anticipated trailers for:
Has been renewed for another season, despite the departure of Ruby Rose. The new trailer showcased its new Batwoman – Ryan Wilder played by Javicia Leslie.
Is set to be returning for a fourth season. During the announcement followers of the show were treated to a wonderfully odd and endearing mid-season trailer.
Is set for yet another inter-universe team up as The Flash team takes on a deadly mission against the ‘Armageddon’ villains. Which could decide the fate of humankind. The villainous gang is headed up by Tony Cuttan as Despero, Arrowverse’s Tom Cavanagh as Eobard Thawne/Reverse Flash and Neal McDonough as Damien Darhk.
First seen in this summer’s ‘The Suicide Squad’ Movie, John Cena’s comedic take of the Peacemaker is set to have its own HBO Max show. The fun and quirky trailer to the first series premiered at the event. Along with a behind the scenes look at the making of the series. It shows that director James Gunn is staying true to his unique, comedic style. The Trailer also shows the other great actors involved in the series including the hilarious ‘Orange is the New Black’ star Danielle Brooks, Christopher Heyerdahl, Robert Patrick and Jennifer Holland. This eight-episode series is set to be released on 13 January.
Viewers of the event didn’t find out much about this Netflix offering. But we did get glimpses of Gwendoline Christie as Lucifer Morningstar. Wwhich let’s be honest along with the announcement that this is actually happening, is enough to get most of us DC fans excited about its release. There is no release date yet but I’m sure over the coming months there will be more announcements about this extraordinarily dark and forbidding series.
Based on the comic book series of the same name created by Brian Michael Bendis, David F. Walker and Jamal Campbell. The TV adaptation of the story was announced with a one-minute ten-second trailer. This superhero drama is based around a comic book-loving teenager who discovers she has superpowers. Her curiosity leads her onto a journey into the Multiverse in search of answers. We haven’t got a definitive release date yet, but we have been promised it will be in 2022.
Suicide squad: Kill the Justice League
Since the announcement of this game at last year’s Fandome we haven’t had much information or even any gameplay footage. However, at this year’s event, we did get quite an in-depth trailer and a little look at the storyline. In this game, the player gets a choice of playing Harley Quinn, King Shark, Captain Boomerang or Deadshot. As they take on a new mission against an alien threat that has brainwashed the Justice League. There is still no hint to a release date or even a gameplay trailer, but we have been assured 2022 will be full of hints about the game and hopefully a conclusive release date.
Another game trailer that was released at the Fandome, that excited fans across the world was Gotham Knights. Continuing its Arkham-style adventures, Games Montreal has been working hard on the narrative and gameplay functions of this game. This game, in particular, was supposed to be released sometime in 2021 but it was delayed and we have now got a 2022 release time frame.
In this game you get to play a number of characters including Batgirl, Nightwing, Robin, and Red Hood in an open-world action online RPG in order to uncover secrets and take down the Court of Owls.
So there you have it, some of the top DC new from the Fandome 2021. What do you think about all the new announcements? What are you most excited about? Let us know in the comments below..
Read our review of DC’s The Suicide Squad HERE.
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