Saturday, December 31, 2016

Last Sentences of 2016 (SPOILERS - READ AT YOUR OWN RISK)

[Last sentences of books read in 2016]

Just as first sentences hold their own magic, so do the last sentences of each story and book we read. The first sentence must draw you in and make you want to keep reading. The last sentence carries with it the final feeling a reader will have for the book. Was it satisfying? Did it leave something to be desired? More importantly, does that last sentence bear the weight of all that came before it? Ultimately, that's exactly what it is supposed to do. 

Some of these last sentences will mean nothing out of context, but some are major spoilers. Read at your own risk.

Do you ever come across a last sentence that stays with you for awhile?

Before the car turned down another street, a fox's tail slipped between a line of trees. ~ The Night Parade by Kathryn Tanquary

And they would live happily ever after. ~ The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald

Neely and I have a son. ~ Angels Burning by Tawni O'Dell

And that is all anybody needs to know. ~ What She Knew by Gilly Macmillan

She would have bathe in the moonlight falling so beautifully over Paris, and she would think of the girl who had so badly wnated to live, the girl who had simply wanted more, and she would thank her, then, for promises made and promises kept. ~ Moonlight Over Paris by Jennifer Robson

And that yes, Momma, the spirit always has a choice. My Sweet Vidalia by Deborah Mantella

Devi groaned and buried her hands in Neoeme's hair, pulling her closer and resolving never to go six weeks without Noeme ever again.Slaying Dragons by Sasha L. Miller

And I shouldn't have worried about her not recognising me, not at all, because we know each other at once. ~ The Girl in the Red Coat by Kate Hamer

And just as I let my eyes close, I realize that it's a Russian Olive outside, tapping at my window. ~ The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams

She had plenty of time to change and catch the half past ten train to Kew, and meet Mr. Stafford at the Lamb and Flag before their visit to the Orchid House. ~ Death Sits Down for Dinner by Tessa Arlen

It felt like he was never letting go. ~ North of Here by Laurel Saville

"And a future to plan." ~ Delia's Shadow by Jaime Lee Moyer

I am a cat, and I have one life left. ~ The Ninth Life by Clea Simon

It looked like the one. ~ The Decent Proposal by Kemper Donovan

I cannot rest from travel:
I will drink
Life to the less; all times I 
have enjoy'd
Greatly, have suffer'd
greatly, both with those
That loved me, and alone;
on shore and when
Thro' scudding drifts the
rainy Hyades
Vext the dim sea: I am
become a name. 
~ The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith

Neither said very much, but what they did not say spoke to a rare peacefulness, a trust so solid that even if they could not see each other, they both new the other was there. ~ All Stories Are Love Stories by Elizabeth Percer

And you saved us. ~ Terrible Virtue by Ellen Feldman

And this is what I have remembered of love. ~ The Lost Garden by Helen Humphreys

"Ajmal, my friend, let's go!" ~ When the Moon Is Low by Nadia Hashimi

I had a place to stand. ~ Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

He made room for me and we sat together the rest of that afternoon, not talking, but letting our hands walk over the keys and remember. ~ Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman

Their names meant hope, and they had given hope to each other, and this was what brought them together, closed that gap between them, eliminated the social and class differences, made them sisters, mothers--made them equals. ~ A House for Happy Mothers by Amulya Malladi

Samantha smiles again and puts her arm around Nick as they walk.Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas by John Scalzi

And they lived. ~ Charming by Elliott James

One after the other, the women went inside. ~ June by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore

The glasses clinked together as the key glittered in the candlelight, casting sharp reflections on the three faces. ~ The Shadow Revolution by Clay Giffith and Susan Griffith

"Wouldn't you like to know . . ." ~ Stone Guardian by Danielle Monsch

She will know that I am a mother. ~ Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward

"I certainly think I can guarantee that." ~ Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

For keeps. ~ Under An Adirondack Sky by Karen Rock

In less than a whisper, he breathed it against my breast: "I surrender." The Hummingbird by Stephen P. Kiernan

If we are open to it, we can see that there is grace all around us, with or without God. ~ Grace Without God by Katherine Ozment

She puts her good hand in his, and they walk away from the town, together, toward the brightening horizon. ~ The Magician's Lie by Greer Macallister

For a minute, my finger hovers irrationally over the delete button, and then I click. ~ In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware

I told myself there were two of them now and they were holding hands, their eyes fixed on the road ahead. ~ The American Girl by Kate Horsley

He says get ready to have some fun, little girl, because it's  a big bright morning, and this is where the story begins. ~ The Fireman by Joe Hill

"That will work very well." ~ 'Til Death Do Us Part by Amanda Quick

And in a few months, someone else.The Sixth Idea by P.J. Tracy

"She knows how to keep a secret."The Ninja's Daughter by Susan Spann

"I love you, too, and I'm so very fortunate to have found you," she replied, before he lowered his lips to hers. ~ When I Found You by Kate James

"Take me out, Sam." ~ The Whiskey Sea by Ann Howard Creel

This is why we're all here.
~ Love Anthony by Lisa Genova

"Because neither could I." ~ Lost in Geeklandia by E.J. Russell

The only world that Logan wanted, anyway. ~ Blame It On the Cowboy by Delores Fossen

I can't imagine what the next ten years will bring, and for that I am immensely grateful. ~ Fractured by Catherine McKenzie

She just hoped she lived long enough to enjoy it. The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman

"No dreams tonight."Naked in Death by J.D. Robb

She dropped another curtesy to Ao Shun and followed Coppelia out of the room--back towards the Library.The Masked City by Genevieve Cogman

Taylor went after her.A Black Sail by Rich Zahradnik

He tucked his arm around her waist again, nudged her foreward, "Perfect timing." ~ Glory in Death by J.D. Robb

"I think we need to talk." Brownies and Broomsticks by Bailey Cates

But Fleurette's voice banished the criminals and lunatics from my mind, if only for one night.Lady Cop Makes Trouble by Amy Stewart

"Let's put our heads together and find Victoria West." ~ A Dark and Stormy Murder by Julia Buckley

"To Lily."  ~ The Madness of Mercury by Connie DiMarco

There was no doubt a rational explanation. ~ The Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum by Kristen Weiss

Behind them, for now, was Sean and the old green Chevy, and behind the Chevy was the lit diminishing city and beyond the city were the high summits, undiminished by distance, and beyond these the sun was falling into the west but they did not see it--nor the mountains nor the city but only the darkening sky ahead and the climbing moon and the road, and it was a road as straight and flat and bare as any they'd ever seen and it raced away before them over the plains, hiding nothing. ~ Descent by Tim Johnston

This time he did not have to make his voice go deep when he said it. ~ Lazaretto by Diane McKinney-Whetstone

And again, "Daniel." ~ The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

I wrote that he found it on the beach between Abbekås and the Mossbystrand the day we met each other in the November twilight, when he was out collecting stones and I was walking my dog. ~ The Unit by Ninni Holmqvist

Except  for her lone, grainy figure on the water's surface, dark in the face of the sun. Here Comes the Sun by Nicole Dennis-Benn

And for now that was all she was going to reveal.White Christmas by Rebecca York

"Welcome home, my Queen." Royal Enchantment by Lia Davis

My gargoyle was home to stay. ~ Curse of the Gargoyles by Rebecca Chastain

All along, it was you. ~ All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai

All the while his chest continued to oscillate, to rise and fall independently of him, accepting and renouncing, as the atmosphere continued entering and leaving, the small volume of air that it was still able to hold. ~ The Story of a Brief Marriage by Anuk Arudpragasam

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