Oct 8, 2012

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Question – What Are Some Of Your Favorite Last Lines?

Last week, you guys shared some of your favorite opening lines from some of your favorite books – and they were REALLY good!  In fact, I added yet more books to my already out of control “to-check-out” list thanks to you guys.

This week, I’m talking closing lines.  I have a line to share, an author to share and a paragraph to share with you guys.  Yes, I am cheating with that last one but it really is one of the best last paragraphs ever – especially if you are a fan of the series.

Let’s start with the one line.  I’m curious how many of you will guess where it comes from before I tell you…  Here’s the line:

“Now I’d lost everything.”

I’m going to give you a second to think about who said that….

Okay, times up.  That line, of course, comes from Mac in Dreamfever by Karen Marie Moning.  Still the most evil cliffhanger line in all of the books that I have ever read.  Karen totally gripped us with that line and made us scream and cry all at once.  And no matter how evil that ending was, it was genius.

When I think last lines in a book, I also immediately think of one name:  Sierra Dean.  Her last lines from her Secret McQueen series are a little evil (and sometimes a lot evil) but they are just amazing.

In Somewhere Secret This Way Comes, Sierra leaves us with:

“That name was Holden Chancery.”

In A Bloody Good Secret, she ends with:

“Wait.” I gaped at them, unable to believe it even as understanding settled in, and I knew their words could have no other meaning. “You mean me?”

In Deep Dark Secret, she gives us:

“One day you will die standing by someone you love.”

And in Keeping Secret, she drops this one on us:

“Holden stared at me, his eyes widening only slightly. Then he stepped out of the doorway and let me in.”

omgomgomgomgomg.  I can’t wait to read Grave Secret to see what happens next!

As far as last lines go, they have one of three missions:  to keep you wanting more, to leave you panting for the next book or to have you in a super satisfied happy place – especially if it’s the last or only book in a series.  Sierra Dean and Karen Marie Moning accomplish at least one of those goals with the final lines in their books.

Another great ending – and one of my absolute favorites – comes from Magic Strikes by Ilona Andrews.  This ending is one of the reasons why this is my favorite book from their Kate Daniels series.  And yes, here is where I am cheating because it’s not just the last line but the entire final paragraph that is great.

“’You!’  I looked at the lock; I looked at him.  So much for the burglar-proof door.

He calmly finished writing something on a piece of paper, got up, and came toward me.  My heart shot into overdrive.  Little golden sparks laughed in his gray eyes.  He handed me a piece of paper and smiled.  ‘Can’t wait.’

I just stared like an idiot.

He inhaled my scent, opened the door, and left.  I looked at the paper.

I’ll be busy for the next eight weeks, so let’s set this for November 15th.

MENU

I want lamb or venison steak.  Baked potatoes with honey butter.  Corn on the cob.  Rolls.  And apple pie, like the one you made before.  I really liked it.  I want it with ice cream.

You owe me one naked dinner, but I’m not a complete beast, so you can wear a bra and panties if you so wish.  The blue ones with the bow will do.

Curran,
Beast Lord of Atlanta

I absolutely adore that ending!

Now it’s your turn to share:  What are some of your favorite last lines?

  1. Katrina T. says:

    Oh I love those endings! Another favorite last line of mine was from Vampire Academy Book 3 – Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead. It’s a huge spoiler for those who haven’t read it yet.

    The last line can be found here:
    http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m3xe3fbXJv1qe5e2co1_r2_500.png

  2. This is my all time favourite ending line from a book. Diana Gabaldon’s “The Fiery Cross”
    “When the day shall come, that we do part,” he said softly, and turned to look at me, “if my last words are not ‘I love you’ -ye’ll ken it was because I didna have time.”
    Always make me sigh and hold my heart. Diana G always says that it was her husband who gave her that last line. I was fortunate to have met him one time and I personally thanked him for that ending line. *grin* (a big highlight)

    Totally get what you said about the KMM endings. I am so thankful that I waited until Shadowfever was released until I started that series. I would have died hanging on to those cliffhangers.

  3. Oh whow –another great one. I LOVED your Magic Strikes and Dreamfever quotes, Julie. I have them highlighted on my Kindle.

    So, naturally, this question inspired me to consider what I look for in book closers. For any book, but especially the final one in a series, I love it when the author closes on a philosophical note –focusing on an important lesson learned in the story. For earlier books in a series, I like it when the author ends with a small triumph – this could be a victory over some element of the protagonist’s own nature, or an literal victory in a conflict. This gives me a sense that a battle was won, even if the war continues. Sometimes, however, this is not possible, so I then look for some hint of hope from the author –a promise of better times to come. This is especially essential for cliffhanger endings. There’s nothing worse than a story that ends with defeat, despair, and a cliffhanger.

    In both Dreamfever (which Julie mentioned) and Faefever Moning gave me this hint of hope in her author’s notes, which was just lovely.

    Some of my favorite closing lines in books

    I believe in a future where all things are possible, promises are kept, and you can, indeed, go home again. And he will be waiting. Always.Aftermath by Ann Aguirre

    Pain proves that we’re alive, gives us the ability to appreciate pleasure—everything in balance, everything in its time. “You don’t need to be afraid of falling,” I murmur, raising my lips to his, whispering into his skin, “when there’s someone around to catch you.” I’m Sirantha Jax, former Farwan navigator, and that’s my job.Grimspace by Ann Aguirre

    The future would come, full of war and uncertainty, but I would not be facing it alone. I had love and work, friends and a people. I had a place to stand.Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

    The good guys and bad guys aren’t as easy to tell apart as I used to think they were. You can’t look at someone with your eyes and take their measure. You have to look with the heart.Shadowfever by Karen Marie Moning

    We are creatures of loss; we have left everything behind. I have no home, no path, and no certainty. I am no longer Tris, the selfless, or Tris, the brave. I suppose that now, I must become more than either.Divergent by Veronica Roth

    This was a warning to those who would pay for her departure from this world, a promise to all my enemies. I was coming for them and, Heaven or Hell, I was bringing death with me.The Ripple Effect by J.A. Saare

  4. These are great!! I particularly enjoyed the Kate Daniels one, as it is my absolute favourite series. And I loved, loved, loved the ending of Magic Slays, it was so epic (I won’t put here as it would be quite a spoiler to those who haven’t read it yet).
    The Fever ones are quite fantastic as well. I’m sure this series will stay in memory for its famous cliffhangers, and for a long time be a reference in this genre thanks to them.

    However, I have to say that I am more a first line than a last line kind of person. I remember much more easily first lines than last lines, even if they’re both as great. Maybe because first lines are the very first glimpse of the book you get, and therefore stay with you as a ‘symbol’ of it. Whereas last lines are more in the continuity of the book, more part of the book than the first line, and so they stand out less.
    I don’t know if I’m making any sense, sorry 🙂

  5. Dreamfever by Karen Marie Moning was the cliffhanger’s mother of all cliffhangers. I remember I almost throw my reader to the wall. I remember I screamed and DH looked at me as if I was crazy, I also paced around the house for a while like a cage lion. Evil, Evil Evil cliffhanger.
    And the one from Keeping Secret, OMFG that was very evil of Sierra Dean to leave us like that, I may have said something to her two seconds after finishing the book.
    I also agree with Jessica, Ann Aguirre has amazing last lines.

  6. Oh I totally agree with you, terrible ends! Lol I wouldn’t have known where to look to choose the best last lines of a book, I forget so easily it’s terrible. Maybe the last Jess haines…

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