The Broke and the Bookish.
This week is a freebie, so I get to pick my Top Ten. In honor of the visit of Lacey Weatherford on Songs and Stories, I have decided to finally write down my list of Evil Authors who torture me with awful cliffhanger endings.
This list is in no particular order.
Lacey Weatherford, author of the Of Witches and Warlocks series. Every single on of her books ends at the wost possible moment, leaving you pounding your head against the wall and begging for the next book to come out just a little bit faster. And she thinks it is funny! (Go here to read my review of one of her books and an interview with the lady herself. She is giving away e-books to every commenter!)
Cassandra Clare, author of The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices. She has not one, but two cliffhangers tormenting readers at the moment. After reading City of Fallen Angels I was in a cliffhanger fueled high for over a week. Plus, she posts teasers every few days, exacerbating the pain.
Lauren Oliver, author of Delirium. The evil cliffhanger at the end of Delirium was so convincing that it made me cry. I hadn't had a book make me cry in years.
L. Carroll, author of the Lor Mandela series. Yes, her endings are evil, but I promised to forgive her if she sent me a copy of her third book when it comes out, so I will try not to complain too much. I will just say, that ending was not nice. At all.
Matthew Reilly, author of the Shane Schofield series, the Jack West series, Contest and Temple. I am not actually annoyed with this author at the moment, but I can still remember the ending of one of his books where one character had literally fallen off of a cliff, another was captured by villains and the rest were in mortal peril. It was perhaps the most exaggeratedly evil cliffhanger I have ever read, and I had to wait a whole year for the next one.
Veronica Roth, author of Divergent. The ending wouldn't really have been a cliffhanger if it hadn't been for those hints...grr.
Scott Westerfeld, author of the Uglies, Midnighters, Peeps, Succession and Leviathan series. I really can't wait for Goliath to come out after the ending of Behemoth.
Christopher Paolini, author of the Inheritance Cycle. OK, so his books do not necessarily end with the worst cliffhangers, but there are always so many hints and loose ends and unresolved issues that I want to smack him for taking so long to finish the last book.
Sherrilyn Kenyon, author of the Dark-Hunter series, the Chronicles of Nick and numerous other series. The Chronicles of Nick have me so confused. I read some of the Dark-Hunter books before them, and the time paradox and merging realities thing is driving me nuts! I can't wait to see what happens in Infamous.
Becca Fitzpatrick, author of the Hush, Hush novels. I just read Crescendo a few weeks ago and I may go crazy before Silence comes out. That ending was just mean.