Welcome to my post! Today I wanted to share my opinions on some memorable endings of books– the good and the bad.
Best Character Development
Both these books have a spot in my books that made me cry post, but the endings are very different. The Burning God is devastating but it makes sense for the story, while The Sword of Kaigen is much more hopeful. We do get some kind of redemption for certain characters in both endings though, which might be controversial to some readers but I think it works in both cases!
Most Hopeful Endings
Again, these are very different books but both have a glimmer of hope at the end. If We Were Villains has an ambiguous ending that I interpreted as positive and won’t stand for anything else because these characters have been through enough! Mexican Gothic is also slightly ambiguous and definitely has more of a ominous tone but again, I just want these characters to be happy so I will only be accepting the favourable version.
Endings that Left Me Feeling Hollow
This is maybe a less positive award but it’s not necessarily bad! For Gods of Jade and Shadow, I appreciated the ending and probably would have felt cheated if it was anything else, but it was still sad and, as the award suggests, left me feeling hollow after I finished it! The other two aren’t as good though: the ending of Normal People left me wanting a lot more (and not because I loved the book, I just wanted closure!). The Goldfinch was a draining book and I felt accomplished after reading it because it’s so long, but that’s about it. I didn’t feel much for the characters or story so it left me feeling hollow in a different way to Gods of Jade and Shadow.
The Weight of the Stars did end up being hopeful but it threw a lot of emotions at me on the way there so I was very confused at how I should feel by that point! It was amazing though and the ending elevated the rest of the book for me. As for Yolk, it was a lot harder to know what to feel after finishing because there were so many different emotions, both good and bad.
Thanks for reading! What books have the most memorable endings for you?
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Lovely post, Ella. I haven’t read any of these books, but I enjoyed hearing your thoughts on their endings!
Have to agree with your thoughts on Normal People. I just found it so meh, a real struggle to get through.
I finished The Truth About Keeping Secrets by Savannah Brown at like 2am because I couldn’t stop reading and the ending left me crying! Hank Green’s An Absolutely Remarkable Thing ends on a terribly wonderful cliffhanger that, even though I’ve long since read the sequel, I still think about! 😂
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This is probably such a generic answer, but one of the books that has the most memorable ending for me is Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare. It completely broke my heart but it was so amazing.
I haven’t read any of the books you mention in this post, although some of them are on my TBR, but I really enjoyed reading it 🙂
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