Hey all! I know I’ve been a tad lax on my review output but school is literally a nightmare, seriously, I can’t sleep and when I do I dream about things to say in my research paper. Yeah, I know I’m a nerd, I’m cool with it. Anyways, since I was preoccupied building up to the home stretch of my 2nd research paper, I didn’t get to post a Tuesday top 10. I’m gunna go crazy, be rebellious and make my top whatever on whichever day of the week! So starting today welcome to the first edition of YABM’s Monday Top 9 🙂
We all have books that have broken our hearts. Books that made us cry, laugh, and then collapse into a devastated mess of sobbing, sniffling, and tissue-grabbing that has us reaching for a pint of ice cream or a shot of tequila, sometimes both. Whatever works. 🙂 All we know is that we need to do something to soothe the burning hole in our chest where our heart use to be before it shattered into thousands of itty bitty pieces when our favorite series/book stomped all over it. That being said, these are my top 9 heartbreaking YA/MG moments:
WARNING THIS CONTAINS SEVERAL SPOILERS.
9. Destined(Wings, #4)- Aprilynne Pike
“I’m begging you, to come be with me.” And she pressed her mouth against his and murmured against his lips. “Forever.”
For a few seconds he didn’t respond.
Then a groan escaped his throat and he thrust his fingers in her hair, pulling her mouth back to his with a fierce hunger.
“Kiss me,” she whispered. “And don’t stop.”
“I’ve loved you for a long time, ‘ she said. ‘But there was always something holding me back. Maybe it was that I was afraid of an emotion that was so consuming. It still frightens me,’ she admitted in a whisper.
Tamani chuckled. ‘If it makes you feel any better, it scares the daylights out of me on a regular basis.”
The moment when Laurel finally realizes that Tamani is her happily ever after.
For four books Tamani pinned for Laurel, every time she made out with David I died a little with Tamani. As Tamani watched his beloved fall for someone else, I wanted to smack Laurel in the head. Tamani loved Laurel more than he loved himself, and almost died for her. When they finally, finally got together I was so ecstatic I cried. FINALLY! All was right in the fae world, and mine.
8. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows- J.K. Rowling
Dobby’s death. Poor, innocent, courageous Dobby.
7. Sanctify (Unbinding Fate, #2)- Colee Firman
“What are you thinking?” “That when we get back to Tremain, even if you pick him…” He touched her cheeks with his fingertips and kissed her softly. “I’m always gonna feel like you’re mine.”
The moment when Tanner finally has the guts to confess his love to Addy even though she’s in love with Gage.
The moment when Addy and Tanner realize they love each other 🙂
THE END OF THIS BOOK. Tanner, oh my god Tanner how could you?
6. Twisted (Intertwined, #3)- Gena Showalter
The moment when Aden goes back in time to save everyone from the disaster, and death at the end of this book. Aden knows that if he goes back in time and avoids Mary Anne that he will never meet Victoria, the girl he fell in love with, and so he sacrifices his happiness, and heart for the good of everyone.
5. Splendor (Luxe, #4)- Anna Godbersen
He turned his dark eyes on the girl whom he had dreamed of so often over the previous months. Beside him, at that very moment of existence, at the heart of torrential downpour, she was exquisitely real, and she, too, seemed content to go on sitting there forever.
The moment when Diana chose to live for herself, and breaks Henry’s heart.
4. Madly and the Jackal (Madly, #3)- M. Leighton
“There are two things I was born to do. One is to protect Atlas,” Jackson began. He paused, tracing a fingertip from my temple to my jaw. “The other is to love you. If you don’t believe in anything else, believe in that. Trust me. Trust in me.”
The moment when Jackson loses his emotions, and seems like he no longer loves Madly. When Madly and Jackson finally embrace their love for each other completely ignoring social expectations.
3. The Mortal Instruments series- Cassandra Clare
Jace and Clary’s entire love story throughout the series. It’s up, it’s down, it’s on, it’s off, but through it all you never doubt their love.
The moment on the rooftop after Lilith’s death when Clary thinks Jace is dead.
2. Shadows in the Silence (Angelfire, #3)- Courtney Allison Moulton
One by one the angels had come to the top of Har Megiddo where I sat, holding her body close to mine after she’d died. I’d fought alongside them in battle, but up close, when they stood quietly watching us, they looked as beautiful as they looked unreal. The angels weren’t supposed to feel emotions, but they were all weeping. All of them. Their tears stained their flawless faces like rain running in rivulets across stone. Azrael was the only one of then who came to me, knelt in front of me and took her from my arms. He was the angel of death come to carry his sister home. I didn’t want to give her up, knowing it would be the last time I ever saw her face. I had died on that wretched hill with her.
This scene. When we read books and follow along with blossoming love stories that become something so passionate they transcend time, we hope for a happy ending, hell we expect one. When I got to the end of this book, the final in the series, my heart stopped. When Will and Ellie said their final goodbyes after everything they’ve been through, hundreds of years of devotion, compassion, and love I thought that this was the most unjust, horrible ending possible. When I got to the epilogue and Will was basically in tears helping Ellie’s best friend move into her dorm, I thought, this is it. The shooting star scene is one of my all time favorites. ❤
1. The Amber Spyglass (His Dark Materials, #3)- Philip Pullman
“I want to live with you forever. I want to kiss you and lie down with you and wake up with you every day of my life till I die, years and years and years away. I don’t want a memory, just a memory…”
“No,” he said, “memory’s a poor thing to have. It’s your own real hair and mouth and arms and eyes and hands I want. I didn’t know I could ever love anything so much. Oh, Lyra, I wish this night would never end! If only we could stay here like this, & the would could stop turning, and everyone else could fall into a sleep…”
“Everyone except us! And you and I could live here forever and just love each other.”
“I will love you forever, whatever happens. Till I die and after I die, and when I find my way out of the land of the dead, I’ll drift about forever, all my atoms, till I find you again…”
“I’ll be looking for you, Will, every moment, every single moment. And when we do find each other again, we’ll cling so tight that nothing & no one’ll ever tear us apart. Every atom of me & every atom of you… We’ll live in birds and flowers and dragonflies and pine trees and in clouds and in those little specks of light you see floating in sunbeams… And when they use our atoms to make new lives, they won’t just be able to take one, they’ll have to take two, one of you and one of me, we’ll be joined so tight…”
They lay side by side, hand in hand, looking at the sky.
Lyra and Will. ❤ ❤ ❤ PERFECTION. Never has there been such a pure, beautifully natural love. The fact that they give up the only happiness their souls have known, their love for each other, to close the doorways between worlds to save the imprisoned souls…I have no words. Nothing has ever touched my heart as deeply as this scene, and no love story since then has ever topped Will and Lyra’s.
What are your top cry worthy YA moments?