A while back, I did a little piece about some of my favourite endings and I thought it was right about time for part 2- because everyone loves a sequel 😉 Which is why I’m kicking this off with…
Carry On– speaking of sappy endings, this one makes my heart melt!! I don’t have much more to say about it than I CAN’T WAIT FOR THE SURPRISE SEQUEL COMING OUT THIS AUTUMN!!
Emma– I mentioned Persuasion last time, but Austen deserves another shout because she is the queen of happy endings. The reason I chose Emma this time is because it culminates in the perfect character journey- Emma has changed so much from the beginning, but in a completely organic way that stays true to her generous heart.
The Secret Countess– let’s be real: Eva Ibbotson = ultimate wish fulfilment. With her fairy tale style stories, it is entirely appropriate that she gives all her heroines the happily ever after they deserve- and none more so than the lovely Secret Countess!
Daughter of Smoke and Bone– I absolutely adore the twist at the end!! And it sets up the rest of the trilogy perfectly.
Vicious– I mean, this was the book that sold me on Schwab!! Originally a standalone, this has all the right twists and turns and surprises to bring everything to an epic conclusion. What’s even better is that it closes off the story, whilst still working as a series opener.
One Word Kill– I really feel like Lawrence sticks his landings, just sayin’. I chose this one, because while I love his series enders, I am also a massive sucker for mushy endings (and I just love the last line!!) It definitely got me excited for the sequel as well!
Crooked Kingdom– now, this is what I’d call “bittersweet”. But somehow the fact it’s not entirely happy suits the story Bardugo was telling better- after everything the characters went through, there’s often a temptation to give them everything they desire, and yet it makes so much more sense that not everything is smooth sailing. It’s the proper finale for an wickedly dark duology.
1984– because truthfully I think dystopias should end on a dark note. Sure, this depresses the hell out of me, but what do you expect from a book about a totalitarian government?
Sadie– I am going to sing the praises for this book (and audiobook) forever! Again, I don’t want to spoil anything, but let’s just say you will be simultaneously satisfied and heartbroken.
Words in Deep Blue– this is such a powerful novel about grief and recovery. Admittedly, I spent most of this book’s journey in tears (a trend for some of the books on this list) but the part about this book that really worked is how everything comes together at the end and the reader is given the catharsis they truly deserve.
A Thousand Perfect Notes– on a slightly lighter note, this was a tough book to get through for all the dark subject matter, BUT stick with it because the way it plays out in the end is its own reward.
Circe– this is one of my favourite new endings- there is no ending more beautiful, more poignant, more powerful. It takes my breath away how perfect this is.
A Thousand Splendid Suns– this is one of those books written on such an epic scale, it’s hard to know if everything will come together by the end. And yet, for all this made me cry, by its final pages it had my heart uplifted and that cemented it as one of my favourite modern reads.
So have you read any of these? What did you think of these endings? And do you have any favourite endings of your own? Let me know in the comments!