Why I Love Cliffhangers


Cliffhangers are pure torture aren't they? Those endings that leave you with a confused and shocked expression and make you wait with undying curiosity until the next book are cruel. 

But I, personally love them!


I know, this sounds crazy. I mean who loves cliffhangers? But this crazy kid does, and let me tell you why.

I think cliffhangers make an ending powerful

The thing is, I am big on endings. To me, an ending can even decide my opinion on the whole book. I want my endings to be perfect, beautiful and most of all, powerful. And if you ask me, there's nothing like what a cliffhanger can do to your ending. It can leave the reader awestruck, completely shocked and most probably all you think about for some time will be the book, and its ending.






The impact they leave on a reader is amazing! Come on, if a book makes you think about it for days and weeks and months, hasn't it done something right?



If the book is part of a series, you'll be dying to read the sequel.

This is an awesome thing if you're a series abandon - er like me. It's so rare that I continue a series after the first book, and recently I've found out that I only continue series, where the books end with a cliffhanger. See, cliffhangers make you determined to read the sequel, burning to know what happens next, and it succeeds doing its mission even with scatter brained creatures like me!




If it's a stand alone, then the cliff hanger will make you come up with theories and possible endings.

I love doing this! Not a lot of YA books give us a chance to come up with your own possible ending. but I wish they did. I love those endings which create endless possibilities. and no clear decision. If I ever come across these kind of books, I wish so hard that they don't have a sequel. 
One perfect example for this is Vicious. That book has the best ending ever. Period.

Want to know some of my favourite cliffhanger endings?

Vicious by V.E.Schwab

One of the million reasons that make this book my all time favourite, is its ending. It opens up a lot of questions, possibilities, and leave us hanging and I love it!

Allegiant by Veronica Roth

I know not a lot of people liked the way this series ended, but I loved it! I have a feeling that dystopia books shouldn't end with a HEA, because come on, it's not at all realistic! Plus, Allegiant's ending gives us a chance to come up with our own fan theories *cough* Four and Cristina *cough* and I think it's so cool!

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J.Mass

That cliffhanger which changed everything. Tbh, after this point, my opinion of the series actually started to deteriorate, but still, I love the cliffhanger all the same. That revelation, that shock, those expectations, it was amazing!

Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead

Okay, tbh, all the books in these series - along with the books in Bloodlines - end up with a cliffhanger, but the ending of Shadow Kiss had the biggest impact on me! Thankfully, I had the 4th book with me when I was reading Shadow Kiss, so I didn't even hesitate a single moment to take it up and read it.

What's your opinion on cliffhangers? Do you like them? Hate them? What are your favourite cliffhanger endings?


Mishma is a 16 year old teenager from Sri Lanka who's always loved books and talking about them. She often comes off as a loud, outgoing, funny, hyperactive and happy go lucky girl! Her addictions include books, Twitter and Buzzfeed and she has an unapologetic love for classic old movies with uncensored violence and villains with a vulnerable side.

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65 comments:

  1. I like cliffhangers. As long as they are done right. Yes, I agree with Shadow Kiss was when the series started to pick up:D Agree with Vicious as well! I love that book so much:D The cliffhanger in Just One Day! Thank goodness, she wrote a novella.

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    1. Shadow Kiss is my favourite out of VA! Everything was perfect! The suspense, and dude, the romance! *fans self* I haven't read Just One Day, but this makes me curious to do so!

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  2. VICIOUS IS GREAT, OKAY? I am actually one of those people who prefer not having cliff hangers. Sure, I like open endings, but not cliff hangers (for me they're not the same things). Aw, yeah, too bad for Crown of Midnight. I love that book, but hated Heir of Fire. Great post!

    Vane at Books With Chemistry

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    1. VICIOUS IS AWESOME! It's my all time favourite book, Schwab is a genius!
      Thank God I am not the only one who has that opinion of the ToG series!:)

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  3. Cliffhangers frustrate me! Haha.. I think I have a love-hate relationship with them. Not that I don't like them, but they should be perfect, not just like the author put a cliffhanger there for the sake of a cliffhanger. It has to make sense. (Am I making sense right now? Haha..)

    Julie @ Books and Insomnia

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    1. Ah, I get you! Sometimes authors try to be smart and end the book nowhere in the middle. It's annoying!

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  4. Omg yes! I have a love hate relationship with cliffhangers (I'm typing on my phone btw so sorry for typos lol) and I mostly love them for that same reason--it can make even a boring and semi bad book memorable and sometimes it makes you crave for the next book so bad you almoat can't breathe (like Shadow Kiss) but sometimes they can be annoying like " what do you mean it ended there" when yoi open the next book and the beginning is very anticlimatic and nothing really happens. Plus all the breathing difficulties that come with gasping for air after a shocking ending lol. But I do agree with you ;) they definitely help with choosing which series to read more of and whatnot. Thanks for a great post, Mishma! :)

    Siiri @ Little Pieces of Imagination

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    1. BREATHING DIFFICULTIES! YES! Sometimes being a bookworm is really bad to your health!
      Thanks Siiri!

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  5. I love cliffhangers purely for the thrill they give me. That tight feeling in your chest when you try not to hyperventilate with feels gives you a strange pleasure (or maybe that's just me :P). I don't feel the same way you do about thinking of your own endings. I hate that! I love an ending that says something like, THE END. VILLAIN, KILLED. WORLD, SAVED. OTP, MARRIED. (That last one is VERY important). Most of the time, those type of cliffhangers leave me imagining the very worst that could happen, and that gives me too much pain. And even if, by some miracle, I CAN think up a perfect, happy scenario I still won't be satisfied UNTIL I SEE IT WRITTEN DOWN. And that drives me crazy. Love this discussion post! (Although I like to think that our Twitter convo inspired it :D)

    Ranu @ The Araliya Bookshelf

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    1. BEST. FEELING. EVER!!!
      Haha, sometimes I really want to know all the details about the HEA. They got married, had kids lived in a house with a picket fence etc. It's a relief!:)
      I've been thinking about this concept for that time, but I finally wrote it after our twitter convo!:)

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  6. Nice post. Now, I'm grabbing a copy of Vicious! I can of feel bad.I think you're spoiling the end of Divergent series for me; I haven't even finished the second book yet.

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    1. READ VICIOUS! THAT BOOK IS PERFECT!
      Oops, sorrry!

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  7. YES! I hate cliffhangers but I love them at the same time because there's just SO MANY FEELINGS and this urgency to read the next book RIGHT NOW and it just makes you feel so many emotions and I think that's the BEST. Really interesting post! :D

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  8. I am so torn on cliffhangers. If it is part of a series, I have a love/hate relationship with them. Yes, I love that they open up the possibilities for the next book. But then again, I hate them because I am so desperate for the next one. Ha. When it is a stand alone, I don't mind an open ending. I just don't want a total cliffhanger, if that makes sense. I am so glad someone else liked the ending of Allegiant. I thought I was the only one!

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    1. I get what you mean. It's a bittersweet feeling sometimes!:)
      Allegiant's ending was perfect! I don't understand why people don't see that!

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  9. I totally agree with you. I'm so much more excited to read a sequel when the previous book ended on a cliffhanger. It's always a cruel thing to do for an author to leave us with that kind of ending, because we, as passionate readers, can have big book hangovers. I've been in a reading slump lately because I just want to read books that haven't been released yet like Ice Like Fire. In a masochist way, I like cliffhangers, I totally agree with you!

    Lucie @ http://teabooksandfun.blogspot.com/

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    1. Book hangovers are the worst! And the best at the same time!;)

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  10. I am all for cliffhangers in a series but in a stand alone - not thank you!!! I need more. I do agree about ending in general - they can make or break a book for me. Love the gifs btw - Great post!!

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    1. They do! A lot of endings have made me change my opinion on the book!
      Thanks Grace!

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  11. I love a good cliffhanger myself! Theorizing and having the possibility of writing personal sequels to the books are always so fun! Unfortunately, I'm not a huge YA reader, but I've heard that Allegiant has a pretty kickass cliffhanger!

    May | THE MAYDEN

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    1. I KNOW RIGHT? I am glad someone shares my feelings!:)

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  12. Shadowkiss' cliffhanger left me so distraught!! I'm glad all the other books were out, so I didn't have to worry for too long. I thought Insurgent was pretty cliffy too. "And then the shouting began." DUN DUN DUN. Firewalker has a huge cliffhanger, and my mind was blown from it! And The Wrath and the Dawn... Lovely post, Mishma!

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    1. Thankfully I had Blood Promise right next to me when I read Shadow Kiss!:)
      This makes me want to read Firewalker so badly!
      WRATH! ASFHDSGTRTGRFDHYD! THAT BOOK IS PERFECT!

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  13. I don't mind cliffhangers on a series, but I can't stand it on a stand a lone. I want to KNOW what comes next. I don't want to figure it out myself in theories. I want it to be without a doubt. Any theory I make up isn't TRUE. TRUE comes from the author.

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    1. Well, sometimes I do like to make up my own theories, but I get what you mean. That final sense of relief only comes when it is from the author.

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  14. It depends for me. There are many kinds of cliffhangers - there are ones that are left in a very open way, there are ones that leave a big question, there are ones that disclose a big reveal that would make people go "ASDFGHJKL;", but there are really, really, really bad ones that just end in the middle of the scene (in which the next book would continue from where the scene ended). I see this, personally, as bad writing. Cliffhangers CAN be powerful, but not all cliffhangers are. A good cliffhanger for me si the kind where the story arc in the book still ends in a good note, and yet we are left with something to look forward to in the next book. A cliffhanger that accomplishes nothing and ends in the middle of the scene is a big ball of crap to me.

    Faye at The Social Potato

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    1. I agree. Some cliffhangers are pointless, and are just there for the sake of it. I hate them! It's like the author wants to show their smartness and just end the book in the middle of nowhere. They are frustrating!

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  15. I think I enjoy cliffhangers more if I can immediately pick up the next book. Once theres a cliffhanger I'm like "OH SNAP!" and then I just want to continue reading. I actually think it's a smart move on an authors part to end their book with a cliffhanger. Even if the book was pretty meh then just add a cliffhanger and BA BAM! People MUST know what happens next.
    Great Post! :D

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    1. Exactly! One great example for this is The Winner's Curse. The book was a bit "meh" but the ending made me change my whole opinion!

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  16. I'm very on the fence about cliffhangers - depending upon the book, they either frustrate me to no end (particularly if it's the last book in the series or a standalone book), or they capture my attention (typically when it's one of the early books in a series). I think it also depends on the author's writing style and whether the cliffhanger adds to or detracts from the overall story.
    -Olivia, http://brewingupbooks.wordpress.com

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    1. I get you. Some authors suck at writing cliffhangers, they just write one for the sake of it, and leave us hanging in the middle of nowhere.

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  17. I am also very big on endings and agree it will change my opinion/final rating of a book if the ending is terrible and even if the book was good beforehand. I don't 100% need a cliffhanger though, I like some but not every book can end that way I think it would give me panic attacks. Sometimes I just like a simple but happy ending or the type of ending you mentioned that we can decide for ourselves. Great post :)

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    1. *nods* Yes, the ending often makes me change my mind about the whole book! It's incredible!

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  18. I'm a series abandoner too so I agree with you that a good cliffhanger often makes me want to read the next book right away. Though if there's a cliffhanger and then five years until the next book is out then I might abandon it anyway because I lose interest haha.

    The ending of Vicious is GREAT, I want so desperately to read more even though it's perfect the way it is. Have you read More Than This by Patrick Ness? It ends kind of similarly and I love it.

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    1. We abandoners always need cliffhangers to keep us committed :D

      VICIOUS IS AWESOME! AND NOOOO, I DON'T WANT MORE! IT'S PERFECT ALREADY!!!
      Nope, but I want to!

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  19. My feelings about Cliffhangers depend on how they are done, but most of the times, I like Cliffhangers at the end of a book, if it's not the last book of a series, and if it's not a standalone. I guess I like Cliffhangers as long as I know I'm gonna get answers later.

    Sofia @ Bookish Wanderess

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    1. I get your feelings on that. It can be infuriating sometimes when questions are left unanswered.

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  20. Cliffhangers are something that I really love to hate. They infuriate, enrage, anger, and possibly confuse me. They dare to make me feel things. And that is what I love about books. Books are really just random words arranged on a page, and it takes a truly exceptional person (aka an author) to make those words do physical things, like crush a soul. Which is what cliffhangers do. And for some reason, I absolutely love it.
    Tessa @ Crazy for YA

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    1. Haha true. We do love to be heartbroken don't we? We bookworms are a messed up bunch!:)

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  21. So I LOVE cliffhangers in series, for the same reasons you do! It definitely makes the book more memorable, AND it's easier to remember when I finally get my grabby hands on a sequel ;) But for standalones/end of series... well that is another story. I HATE those, because I don't want to make up my own ending, I want someone to tell me one!
    Shannon @ It Starts At Midnight

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    1. Haha I get it!:) Maybe it's the Lit student in me who wants to interpret and make up her won endings and conclusions!:)

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  22. Oh my god, Cliffhagers. They always give me a heart attack/panic attack/make me want to die but I love them all the same. They make a book that much more interesting, andantes you all excited for the next book, if there is one. *cough* Allegiant *cough*

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    1. Haha, true! They're emotionally nerve wracking but awesome at the same time!

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  23. OHHH I love cliffhangers too, but only in series. I mean, I do love them in standalones, but that would leave me in distraught because I'll be like WHAT IS GONNA HAPPEN. But yes, in series, IT'S A MUST, especially if you want people to continue on reading your book. You would want them to WANT MOREEEE.

    Maryam @ Once Upon A Story

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    1. Exactly! Sometimes, if there's no cliffhanger, even if I love the first book, it is unlikely that I'll go for the sequel. There's so many books out there which will definitely distract me.

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  24. I don't necessarily *love* cliffhangers, but I don't hate them, either. I agree with all the points you made, though! Cliffhangers usually make me giddy and go HOLY CRAP! after reading. The thing is, I could do that even with regular endings, so cliffhangers don't really hold a special place in my heart or anything. I know, I'm weird!

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    1. Haha, you're not weird at all!:) And I get you, totally. Some endings are powerful even if they're not cliffhangers, and it's awesome as well!

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  25. I love a good cliffhanger too! I love it when a book surprises me with a whole load of plot twists and revelations. I'm not so keen on them in standalones as I like to know what's happened but I absolutely love them in a series!

    -- Nicola Reads YA

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    1. I love to be blown away and surprised by a book. BEST FEELING EVER!!!

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  26. "This is an awesome thing if you're a series abandon-er" YEP. Like you, I also tend to drop books because SO MANY BOOKS and leaving off on a high note ensures that I will come back for more. Bec doesn't like cliffhangers but I really like them for the reasons you mentioned. Standalone cliffhangers are more like open endings to me and I tend to struggle with them, although a few have worked for me. I like to know everything haha.

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    1. I KNOW RIGHT? Sometimes staying committed to a series is sooo hard!
      I love open endings! Maybe it's the Lit student in me, I guess:)

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  27. Although I hate the wait after reading cliffhangers, I can definitely agree that they are very powerful. A good cliffhanger does not satisfy, but at the same time it's good because it often leaves me wanting the next book (if applicable) even more! I love the fact that it leaves the reader guessing, even though it can be extremely frustrating sometimes. Fantastic post, Mishma!!!!

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    1. They are extremely powerful! And dude, all those feels! *flails*
      I like to be left guessing! Maybe it's the Lit student in me, but I love that aspect in books!
      Thanks Alex!

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  28. I NEED TO READ VICIOUS. I NEED THAT MORE THAN I NEED WATER.

    Truth be told, a good cliffhanger is what makes me eagerly await the sequel, instead of getting to it 5 years past it's release date.

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    1. WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? THAT BOOK IS PERFECT! GO READ IT!!!

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  29. Couldn't agree more, I love cliffhangers. Often after finishing a really good book I have no idea what to read next, but a good ol' cliffhanger already sorts that problem out for you. The only downside is if the sequel isn't published yet and it's a long agonising wait!

    Amelia at wonder reads

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    1. Waiting for a sequel is always torturous! Especially if it's so long,like an year!

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  30. I am one of the few people that really like cliffhangers. I love em' especially when it leaves me wanting more! Nice post :)

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    1. Tell me about it!:) It's a bittersweet feeling isn't it?

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  31. I actually don't mind a good cliffhanger from time to time, mostly for all the reasons you have mentioned! Like you, endings mean a lot to me, and the ending really needs to be good, no matter what it is going to be. I have read Allegiant and I did like how the plot line ended and everything although most people don't. But I did find it to be a bit boring as in terms of moving the plot forward and writing style, not the events!

    But yes, give me a good cliffhanger any day to keep me reading <3

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    1. Endings can do a lot of things to a book! And yeah, I am not a huge fan of Divergent series - I loved the first book, but the rest was draggy, but I adored that ending!

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  32. I hate cliffhangers. LOL But honestly that's ONLY because of the torturous wait between books. If I only had to wait a week or so, like TV shows, then I'm a HUGE fan of cliffhangers! They only bother me because they completely leave me hanging with no conclusion... then I have to wait a year, sometimes more, and by then I have completely forgotten how the book ended. So it doesn't actually accomplish anything, other than my immediate frustration. But when TV shows end in a cliffhanger and I have to wait one week to see where the story goes... that's the best possible frustration EVER!! <3 Great post!

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    1. Waiting for the next book after a cliffhanger = worst form of torture. But I kinda like it, I know I have a twisted taste:)
      TV show cliffies are awesome! I love it when they do that!

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