This week there was no Top Ten Tuesday topic given. Instead, participants had to come up with their own topic. So I decided to choose an oldie but goodie: “Top Ten Book Endings that Left Me Speechless.” The ten books I decided to present were so shocking that my jaw was left on the floor, didn’t end like I anticipated (for one reason or another), or were down right controversial. There’s a reason half of them were adapted for the screen (big and small). Thanks to The Broke and the Bookish for hosting this weekly meme.
1.) Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire #1) by George R. R. Martin
2.) A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire #2) by George R. R. Martin
3.) A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire #3) by George R. R. Martin
These first three books made the list, because their endings were so shocking, that I actually threw my book (or Kindle) across the room. Honestly, I think I actually stomped on Game of Thrones. Author George R. R. Martin is known as a man who shows no mercy to his characters, and these three novels have caused me to fear him, more than the villains he writes about.
Source: Game of Thrones/HBO
4.) Catching Fire (The Hunger Games #2) by Suzanne Collins
Catching Fire left me speechless for many reasons. It killed me that Katniss had to play the games again. When reading the book, I actually worried the book would end up a copy of The Hunger Games. However, the games were deadlier, and the stakes were higher. But what surprised me the most was the ending. Somehow, I never saw that coming, and was happy it happened. The ending propelled the characters in different directions, that made Mockingjay a complete different type of novel. No longer were the Tributes playing a “game” of war. Now it was for “real.”
Source: Movie Trailer Clips
5.) Shadow Kiss (Vampire Academy #3) by Richelle Mead
Author Richelle Mead throws a wrench in her Vampire Academy series when she devastates readers by giving them a devastating series of events in the third book, Shadow Kiss. Like The Hunger Games series twists and turns, once I got a hold of the next novel in the series, I was thankful for the change in direction. Not only did it spice things up by giving new problems for the heroine to solve, but it also made me pause with the knowledge that anything could happen, and that no one was safe.
6.) The Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices #3) by Cassandra Clare
Author Cassandra Clare doesn’t just offer up one shock to readers in the third novel of her Infernal Devices series. She gives two that left me speechless. Both of the shocks involved the same character, so it was like a double whammy. It not only left me crying like a crazy person, but also made me want to re-read the entire series in conjunction with its parent series, The Mortal Instruments in chronological order. Considering you’re talking about 10 books, that’s saying something.
7.) Requiem (Delirium #3) by Lauren Oliver
This book made the list, because of how surprising the ending was for making me felt like Oliver was leaving me hanging. She recently explained her reasons for ending her Delirium series the way she did, and while it makes sense, her reasons still don’t make me happy. Sorry!
8.) Ensnared (Splintered #3) by A. G. Howard
Like Oliver, Howard left me feeling incomplete with the ending to her popular Splintered series, Ensnared. After all of the back and forth her heroine does between the two objects of her affection, I anticipated a much more descriptive resolution. You know, along the lines of that fabulous epilogue J.K. Rowling gave fans at the end of Deathly Hallows. Instead, readers only got a page or two. So glad I caught this series a week before the release of the final book, because if I had waited years for that I would have been pissed.
9.) American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
American Psycho was so disturbing that it gave me nightmares. That hardly happens. Ever. Still, I stuck with Patrick Bateman and his crazy inner dialogue through some of the most heinous acts imaginable. Seen the movie? Well, Bret Easton Ellis’ novel is actually more disturbing than Christian Bale wielding a butcher knife can ever be. By the end of the novel, I was left wondering if any of his crimes actually happened, or if they were only in his head.
10.) Pines (The Wayward Pines #3) by Blake Crouch
Lastly, Blake Crouch’s Pines was so crazy that I was left speechless because it was over. Of course, this action-packed thriller is chock-full of speechless moment. The entire series, in fact is one jaw dropper after another. What’s arguably even more jaw-dropping is how fast I read all three of the books in this series. Thankfully, the novels have been adapted for a new television series on FOX. The addiction can finally live on!
Source: Serien Trailer MP
Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.