Monday, July 29, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Endings & Beginnings

This is hosted at The Broke and the Bookish. This week, the topic is:

Top Ten Best Beginnings/Endings of Books - *WARNING* Please be aware of spoilers in number 9. 

Let's start with beginnings. 

Between Shades of Gray
1. Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

"They took me in my nightgown. Thinking back, the signs were there- family photos burned in the fire place, Mother sewing her best silver and jewelry into the lining of her coat late at night, and Papa not returning from work. My younger brother, Jonas, was asking questions. I asked questions, too, but perhaps I refused to acknowledge the signs. Only later did I realize that Mother and Father intended we escape. We did not escape." 

The 5th Wave (The Fifth Wave, #1)

2. The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

"There will be no awakening. The sleeping woman will feel nothing the next morning, only a vague sense of unease and the unshakable feeling that someone is watching her. Her anxiety will fade in less than a day, and will soon be forgotten. The memory of the dream will linger a little longer." 

Across the Universe (Across the Universe, #1)

3. Across the Universe by Beth Revis

"Daddy said, 'Let Mom go first.' Mom wanted me to go first. I think it was because she was afraid that after they were contained and frozen, I'd walk away, return to life rather than consign myself to that cold, clear box. But Daddy insisted." 

Shatter Me (Shatter Me, #1)

4. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

"I have been locked up for 264 days. I have nothing but a small notebook and a broken pen and the numbers in my head to keep my company. 1 window. 4 walls. 144 square feet of space. 26 letters in an alphabet I haven't spoken in 264 days of isolation." 

And now, onto the endings. 

Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)

5. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

"I'll tell them how I survive it. I'll tell them on bad mornings, it feels impossible to take pleasure in anything because I'm afraid it could be taken away. That's when I make a list in my head of every act of goodness I've seen someone do. It's like a game. Repetitive. Even a little tedious after more than twenty years. But there are much worse games to play." 

Everbound (Everneath, #2)

6. Everbound by Brodi Aston

I actually don't have this book so I can't quote it, but the ending was awesome.

The Book Thief

7. The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak

"All I was able to do was turn to Liesel Meminger and tell her the only truth I truly know. I said it to the book thief and I say it now to you. 
***A Last Note From Your Narrator***
I am haunted by humans." 

Delirium (Delirium, #1)

8. Delirium by Lauren Oliver

"But I have a secret. You can build walls all the way to the sky and I will find a way to fly above them. You can try to pin me down with a hundred thousand arms, but I will find a way to resist. And there are many of us out there, more than you think. People who refuse to stop believing. People who refuse to come to earth. People who love in a world without walls, people who love into hate, into refusal, against hope, and without fear. I love you. Remember. They cannot take it." 

Shadow Kiss (Vampire Academy, #3)

9. Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead

"Turning away, I stared at the long road winding off ahead of me. I sighed. This trip might take awhile. 'Then start walking, Rose,' I muttered to myself. I set off, off to kill the man I loved." 

Dreamfever (Fever, #4)

10. Dreamfever by Karen Marie Moning

"My denial had no effect. It continued to transform. Height diminished. Mass decreased. It became what it was. I began to hyperventilate. Squatting, I rocked back and forth in a posture of grief as old as time. 'No!' I screamed. I'd thought I'd lost everything. I hadn't. I stared at the person who late dead on the floor of the forest. The person I'd helped kill. Now I'd lost everything." 

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