All the Endings: Books Finales that *WOWED* Me

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So I mentioned yesterday that I’m being a bit introspective at the moment and thinking about endings. A lot of books are about the journey- but let’s face it, the ending can often make or break a book. Since I’m upto that stage in my WIP, I started to fret about the kind of endings that leave me dissatisfied, but while I was writing the piece I realised there are a lot more endings that blew me away than let me down. And since this seems to be such a great procrastination tool, I decided I should do a counter-post and share some endings I’m utterly enamoured by:

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Poison– no spoilers, but loved the inventiveness of the book and unexpected ending blew me away.

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Emperor of Thorns– completely bold, completely perfect- this ending was everything you could want from a series finale.

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Golden Son– I love a good cliffhanger- it’s a special kind of torture to have to wait between books when everything’s on the line- I’m weird I guess 😉

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Heir of Fire– what was I saying about cliffhangers? 😉 It was an emotional end to an emotional book. This happens to be my favourite of all Maas’ books- and that’s cos the drama didn’t let up for even a second. And while the conclusion resolved a lot that went down in the book, it set up plenty for the next instalment.

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Broken Things– kind of spoilery, but this is kind of my answer to the issue with TFIOS ending. I love when books are a little meta- especially when that means they mirror an aspect of a book within the book.

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Chamber of Secrets– this is my favourite HP ending. It has the best mystery and reveal in the series in my opinion. And I simply adore how it was executed.

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Daniel Deronda– I love how realistic this felt at the same time as meting out justice for the characters. While the flawed heroine didn’t get exactly what she wanted, it made sense to me. And the perfect hero got exactly what he deserved. It felt so right.

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Persuasion– I’m a sucker for a happy ending and no one does that quite like Austen. This for me is the most perfect of all her creations in that regard, because it feels the most earned.

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Memoirs of a Geisha– in a similar vein this appealed to the romantic in me. I love how this book is devoted to the idea that love can work out in the end.

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Tess of the D’Urbervilles– I also really appreciate books on the other end of the spectrum and frankly this is that. It’s perfectly tragic.

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We Were Liars– this heartbreaking finale made me absolutely break down- and I can’t say anymore because of *spoilers*- it’s best to go into this book blind and see for yourself.

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Count of Monte Cristo– not only does this deliver exactly what you want, it also deals with a complex moral in a clever way.

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Shade’s Children– this is the kind of ending that I used to just pick up and read on its own over and over. Because it’s just perfection. The twist towards the end was great, but really the best moment in the whole book is that flash forward.

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Anansi Boys– I always love the way Gaiman shifts the story around a twist- and this is no exception. In fact, this was the book that made me fall head over heels for Gaiman’s work. And that ending- I wasn’t expecting that at all- *mindblown*.

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Noughts and Crosses– it kind of had to end this way- but OH MY HEART! I will never be over it.

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Strange the Dreamer– of course, Laini Taylor had to make it onto the list- because this is how to do an ending. I love how it felt both foreshadowed and sudden!

And that’s all for now! Do you agree or disagree with any of the books on this list? And what’s your favourite endings? Let me know in the comments!

Goryhell! Golden Son Left Me Breathless

golden sonSo if you saw my review a few days ago, you’ll know I loved Red Riding. And just when I thought it couldn’t get any better… this book sucker punched me in the gut!

There were so many twists and turns, I couldn’t even recount it all if I wanted to. This book kept me on my toes for the entire wild ride. Brown’s writing has proved to be so dynamic and explosive that it will literally blow your mind! Reading them is like playing “pass the bomb”- you will not be able to put them down.

And like a bomb, Darrow comes into his own as a hero. He is perfectly placed at the epicentre- ready to rock the very foundations of the society with his (and Eo’s) dream. He storms through the story as a force to be reckoned with, pulling out the rug from under the elite and creates chaos better than any explosion. The drama is escalated from the first book, as Darrow and his friends turn the real world into their playground and become embroiled in the politics of their universe.

But he is not just a one-dimensional hero. Because the theme of humanity is carried over from the first book- Darrow is human in that he finds it easy to sink to the level of one of the entitled elite and must constantly struggle with himself to be a better man. In a way, the book shows how it is easy to fall into the trap of being a Gold (the elites), while it is harder to identify with the Reds (the oppressed).

True to the form of the first book, Brown explores depths I couldn’t have fathomed in what is technically a YA book series. Because these books are technically about power- but not in the way you might expect. They are about the power of love, the power of friendship and the power of humanity. This book philosophises with the best of them- it is both ingenious and deep as it delves into a future that resembles the Roman past so perfectly.

Like the first book, the connection to the Classics is vivid and perfectly interpreted. The battles remind me simultaneously of the Homeric myths that founded this ancient civilisation and the skirmishes at the end of the Roman Empire. It is a perfect circle that encompasses both the beginning and end of this political cycle.

And while I was knee deep in those crazy Machiavellian shenanigans, that ending came out of nowhere and blew me away. That ending COMPLETELY threw me- just when I thought there were no more surprises. After that I understood why Brown has compounded words: one word just couldn’t quite do all this craziness justice. Because, bloodyhell, it is a good book.

Rating: 5/5 bananas

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Hope you all enjoyed that! I will see you all again shortly- but probably not too soon- because these books are literally taking over my life! Let me know in the comments the last series you read that had you completely obsessed and of course your thoughts on this book if you’ve read it!

***Read the Review of Morning Star Here***