With Hong Kong quiet for much of 2021 due to the pandemic, we’ve all had a little extra time to stay home and read. There have been a ton of awesome new releases this year – here are a few of our favorites.
Police are investigating the disappearance of Joy Delaney, a retired tennis teacher. Her 50-year-old husband quickly becomes the prime suspect in the case, and the couple’s four adult children are divided over whether to support their father. Why did she disappear? Is she alive? Does her disappearance have something to do with the mysterious house guest who lived with the family a few months ago, who revealed devastating secrets that turned the lives of the Delaney’s upside down? Moriarty, author of Big little lies and Nine Perfect Strangers – both of which were recently turned into miniseries – weave a fascinating web of mystery that will leave you guessing until the end.
Moriarty’s novel “Big Little Lies” was adapted into a television series starring Shailene Woodley, Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman. Photo: HBO
Razor blade tears by SA Cosby
This powerful detective story is based on the themes of love and acceptance. Two fathers – one black and one white, team up when their gay and married sons are brutally murdered in a horrific hate crime. Together, they embark on a quest for revenge, but first they must confront the prejudices they hold towards each other and towards their recently deceased sons. The characters are portrayed in vivid detail, and the story is full of powerful social commentary. We wouldn’t be surprised to see it made into a movie soon.
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This heartwarming yet bittersweet story touches on the unifying power of literature and how it can connect and empower people from all walks of life. It tells the story of a widower named Mukesh, who hopes to get in touch with his book-loving granddaughter, Priya. Aleisha, a teenage girl who works at the local library, gives her a list of novels to read, and the books bond these two very different people. With references to various notable literary works, this novel is truly a celebration of fiction.
Christmas pig by JK Rowling
This is JK Rowling’s first children’s book since Harry Potter. It tells the story of a boy named Jack and his beloved childhood toy, Hard Pig (DP). Tragedy strikes when DP is lost, but luckily Jack’s new toy, the boring Christmas Pig, has a daring plan: travel through the land of the lost and save Jack’s best friend. This fantastic novel will transport you to an exciting magical world.
“Christmas Pig” is JK Rowling’s first children’s book since the “Harry Potter” series. Photo: AFP
Tweet Cute by Emma Lord
This book caused a hustle and bustle on BookTok (the book community on TikTok) with its cutesy and light-hearted plot about two regular teenagers, Pepper and Jack, at the center of an internet battle.
Pepper runs the social media accounts for his family’s fast food chain, and when Jack accuses the company of stealing his grandmother’s recipe, sarcastic memes and tweets are exchanged. Their war on Twitter is going viral.
Unbeknownst to them, they also fall in love on an anonymous chat app. This tale about young romance, family expectations and life’s endless surprises is not to be missed.
The ruin of the empire by Brian Staveley
This book is epic in every sense of the word. The ruin of the empire is the first book in a fantastic new trilogy from Brian Staveley, author of The Blades of the Emperor and the Chronicle of the uncut throne series, and it takes us back to the world of the Annurian Empire in a way you would never expect. It delivers a truly amazing epic story, filled with intricate and unforgettable characters, and even someone who isn’t normally a Staveley fan will be drawn into the dark, spooky, and vivid world he creates.
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A sky beyond the storm by Sabaa Tahir
The long-awaited final of the An embers in the ashes the series is all you want and more. Following the perspectives of the main characters Laia, Elias Veturius and Helene Aquilla, the book will make you feel love, sorrow, hate and pain all at once. After the shocking revelations revealed in the previous books, one might assume a straightforward exit with a few twists and turns. But again, Tahir manages to surprise everyone and keep readers hooked. The protagonists must determine where their priorities lie while overcoming the losses and living on the brink of war. Will they be able to guess which path fate has chosen for them?
Doctor Who: Dalek by Robert Shearman
Doctor Who fans can finally relive the fan favorite episode “Dalek” through a more detailed and in-depth novel adaptation. The book expands on the episode and gives fans a deep dive into the world it depicts.
Infinite destinies by Jed Mackay
Mackay brings together some of Marvel’s biggest names, like Iron Man, Captain America, and the Avengers, in a hunt for the Infinity Gems, but with a twist: The gems took the form of people and spread across the universe. Who will exercise their incredible power this time around?
Beta Ray Bill: Silver Star by Daniel Warren Johnson
Beta Ray Bill is back with a thunderclap in this new novel, a unique and compelling story from the world of Thor. It’s a dynamic, fun and exciting read for Marvel fans and for those who appreciate creative art styles and graphic novels. It is certainly one of the most compelling Marvel Comics stories in years.
King in Black: Love at first sight by Matthieu Rosenberg
King in Black: Love at first sight is a fun, wacky read that takes place during the dark and depressing King In Black event, when Earth is overrun by symbiotes (aliens taking over a person’s body). The story follows the Thunderbolts, a group made up of Taskmaster, Rhino, Batroc The Leaper, and other killers and soldiers for hire, as they battle through a symbiont-infested New York City.