Final books in a series can be so hit or miss, can’t they? I think we’ve all experienced the bitter disappointment of a less than epic conclusion to a much loved series, and it’s so horrible when it happens. I mean, it’s the last impression we’re left with, and if they don’t manage to tick off the vast majority of those expectations we have they can taint all the memories we have of the previous books, no matter how much we may have loved them. It really can be all about that ending! It’s easier to dwell on the bad things, so I wanted to do the opposite today and create a list of the most satisfying endings to series I’ve read up to now.
As these are the final books in series, I’m not going into specifics. If I wrote a review for the book, I’ve left a link if you’d like to find out what I thought about it in more detail. (My reviews are spoiler-free, unless stated!)
Oblivion by Kelly Creagh
I tried to write a review for this one, but the words to do the book justice just wouldn’t come. I’ve got to tell you something though… just after I finished reading Oblivion, I started jotting down some of my thoughts, and all of a sudden I burst into tears. They were happy tears, but I was also heartbroken that the series was over and I’d never read about these wonderful characters again. Honestly, it was the single most bizarre reaction I’ve ever had to reading a book! (Actually, just thinking about this is making me want to reread the series…)
The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski
Simply put, The Winner’s Kiss is easily the most satisfying conclusion to a series I’ve ever read. It was perfect. This is the most recent release on my list, so I won't say any more than that. If you've read it, what did you think??
Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
Okay, I know this one will be a little controversial! I thought Mockingjay was a brilliant and fitting ending to the series. I can understand why people had issues with Katniss and her narrative, but for me, giving what she had endured over the past few years of her life, I thought it was really realistic and believable. And, the characters stayed within character so that’ll always get a huge thumbs up from me ;)
Ensnared by A.G. Howard
Oooh, I have lots of reasons why I loved this ending! After reading the book I was a little iffy, but as time has gone on, I’m completely satisfied with it.
Boundless by Cynthia Hand
I remember having so many worries when I began reading Boundless, but I was so glad that the final book ended the way it did! It doesn’t quite live up to Angelfall, but it’s definitely one of the best angel related series I’ve read.
Unmade by Sarah Rees Brennan
I didn’t write a review for any of the books in The Lynburn Legacy series as I couldn’t manage to sum up all of the fabulousness into anything that would make sense. I loved each of the books in the series, but Unmade was my favourite. It definitely was heartbreaking – there’s one moment… oh my goodness, my heart! – yet it was still so satisfying.
Dust to Dust by Karina Halle
Oh, this book killed me. I think I spent about 80% of it in floods of tears! I was a complete wreck by the end, but it was oooh so good.
What are some of your most satisfying series endings? Thanks for stopping by, and Happy Reading!