Monday, December 31, 2018

Last Sentences of 2018 (*Spoiler Warning*)


Below you will find the last sentences of the books I read in 2018. Sometimes the last sentence in the book can be the most powerful as it brings the book's journey to a close. I started keeping track of the final sentences of each book I read as an experiment to see if, at the end of the year or even years later, that last sentence would bring the feelings back again I had when I first finished each book.  Please be aware they may contain spoilers. 


Thus you fall asleep, and your flesh rests content against him. ~ The Wicked City by Beatriz Williams

"Zeke's gone." ~ Betrayed by Karen E. Olson

I held the future in my arms, and I would do everything in my power to see that it was a future full of love, light, and laughter.  ~ Claws for Concern by Miranda James

And I step into the light. The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn

It's not perfect, but it will be. ~ Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr

My mother,
is a poem
who carried a poem
who carried a poem
 five poems
a light raised me
and now
I raise light
mama, Yahweh,
thank you.Sunday Sugar by Q. Gibson

I guess we're heading to Berlin.Vanished by Karen E. Olson

"I will find you, I promise."Clean Sweep by Ilona Andrews

The cruiser slid past us and drove into the night. Sweep in Peace by Ilona Andrews

Sebastian North? One Fell Sweep by Ilona Andrews

"Yes, this will do quite nicely."The Prime Minister's Secret Agent by Susan Elia MacNeal

"I don't remember." A Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

Yes, they would be all right. ~ Marked in Flesh by Anne Bishop

There might even be time for more than that. ~ The Lost Plot by Genevieve Cogman

"Nah."Pressed to Death by Kirsten Weiss

I will tell them all the ways I loved this country. The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henríquez

They looked forward to enjoying their love and family for the rest of it. ~ Hooked on a Phoenix by Ashlyn Chase

"You must trust in the Fates." ~ My Tempting Highlander by Maeve Greyson

And she could just see Granny now--laughing and vibrant, convincing Tamhas and Kismet that it was time for the next adventure. ~ My Seductive Highlander by Maeve Greyson

It's a warning, but it's also a prayer.The Storm King by Brendan Duffy

But they never learned what it was that Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who, and Mrs. Which had to do, for thee was a gust of wind, and they were gone.A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle

But he would caution his people to always keep an open mind, just in case. Dawn of the Flame Sea by Jean Johnson

They had plenty of time to watch.Demons of the Flame Sea by Jean Johnson

Which was good because Tilly would do anything for Ashlyn, anything but take her lips off Dylan's anytime soon.The Good Luck Sister by Jill Shalvis

She walks into the crowd, and then we have to crane our necks to keep her in our field of vision, because there are so many people in this city and so many of them have violet or auburn hair, many, many white women, about five foot five, who are reasonably think who walk very quickly, or who are wearing black leggings with white T-shirts, under dark but flimsy coats, and then Louise, or someone who is not Louise, turns a corner, or crosses the street, and then we do not see her. ~ Social Creature by Tara Isabella Burton

Slipping her fingers between his, she allows him to lead her back to the circle as the women under the willow tree watch, hugging their babies to their chests, their eyes clouded with concern, their blankets billowing around them in the warm summer wind. ~ The Perfect Mother by Aimee Molloy

Well, that was all right with me.A Murder for the Books by Victoria Gilbert

Always. The Girl From the Savoy by Hazel Gaynor

"I'm so glad to be at home again!" The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

I run all the way home. The Girl in the Green Silk Gown by Seanan McGuire

"Hello, brother." ~ Bring Me Their Hearts by Sara Wolf

I could not help laughing as I ran up with Daniel, ready to assist, my good fortune at having such friends surrounding me with happiness. ~ Scandal Above Stairs by Jennifer Ashley

The honey flowed on, somewhere beyond the tips of my fingers. ~ "Dormitory" in The Diving Pool by Yōko Ogawa

I hope I never have to stop. Sparrow Hill Road by Seanan McGuire

Sherlock drops the letters into the fire and pauses only for a minute, before turning away and leaving for home.Alchemy by Marie S. Crosswell

"Thank goodness."The Risk of Rogues by Sabrina Jeffries

After all, life was a mystery.Midsummer Night's Mischief by Jennifer David Hesse

The last thing I remembered was the mesmerizing sensation of his metal fingers trailing up and down my naked spine, his lips at my temple, the lovely, deep rumble of his voice, whispering back, "Forever, baby." ~ Darkest Heart by Juliette Cross

I had a good feeling about the coming year. ~ Bell, Book & Candlemas by Jennifer David Hesse

"I think you should." ~ Yuletide Homicide by Jennifer David Hesse 

Now that was something to look forward to. ~ Samhain Secrets by Jennifer David Hesse

Smile! ~ Smile by Raina Telgemeier

And a good place to continue on. The King Slayer by Virginia Boecker

"I think I love you!" ~ The Impossible Girl by Lydia Kang

Mr. Thornfield and I are far from perfect; but we are perfect for each other, and perhaps, in the end, our chains bind us more closely than anyone who has never been a prisoner can imagine. Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye

"I know you."Phoenix Unbound by Grace Draven

"Faith, sir," replied the story-teller, "as to that matter, I don't believe one-half of it myself." The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving

-you are invincible.The Witch Doesn't Burn In This One by Amanda Lovelace

And I smiled.The Spellbook of Katrina Van Tassel by Alyssa Palombo

Looking forward to our next meeting. 

Hugh. Magic Slays by Ilona Andrews

We too, are enriched. The Secret Language of Cats by Susanne Schötz

Maybe somebody, somewhere, some day will write that little story.Bells, Spells, and Murder by Carol J. Perry

Exposed to the rain and the dust, they gradually became illegible, and by now have probably faded away:
He sleeps. Though fate dealt with him strangely,He lived. Bereft of his angel, he died.It came about simply, of itself,As night follows when the day is ended. ~ Les Misérables by Victor Hugo

In the first case, the need was to renounce the consciousness of a nonexistent immobility in space and recognize a movement we do not feel; in the present case, it is just as necessary to renounce a nonexistent freedom and recognize a dependence we do not feel. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

And it was. ~ A Holiday by Gaslight by Mimi Matthews

Despite it all, Bea smiled the whole way home. ~ A Brazen Curiosity by Lynn Messina

I will always wait. ~ Wishing Cross Station by February Grace

I call it an education. Educated by Tara Westover

"I have much to show you," Lily says against Annie's mouth, and Annie would swear the blooms in the room grow, sprout new buds, and unfurl new petals. ~ "The Fae by the Lake" from Tales of the Fae by L.J. Hamlin

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  1. Got to love good first and last book lines. These are some nice ones, especially the Pressed to Death lol.

  2. Wendy, now I remember - you were the one that did this last year and I thought what a good idea it was. I've been noting both the first and last sentence of each book. It helps me remember more about the book when I look back.

    1. Kay - It does me too. I always hesitate before posting the last sentences, but I figure since I keep track, I might as well.

  3. I love last lines, too, but unless I've read the story, I'm not as compelled as I am with those wonderful "hook" first sentences!

    1. Donna Marie - Yes, the last sentences hold the most power to those who have read the books.


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