Fortunately, I can search my blog posts for keywords, so to answer today’s question I just typed in “cliffhanger” and voila! All of the reviews that I’ve complained about cliffhangers in show up in the search results. There actually hasn’t been one in a while, either good or bad, that’s been overly memorable other than Night Broken by Patricia Briggs, but that one was more abrupt than anything else.
Sierra Dean is REAL good at one liners, and the majority of the installments in her Secret McQueen series have had awesome last sentences. And, first ones. And, chapter openers. Ok, yeah, I seriously <3 these books! Nightshade by Andrea Cremer had the mother of all cliffhangers. In fact, probably one of the best ones ever in my opinion. And, then of course there’s Darkfever, Bloodfever, Faefever… yeah, pretty much Karen Marie Moning’s entire series. But, these were more on the evil side of the spectrum.
I’m actually kind of relieved that I haven’t had to deal with an overly brutal cliffhanger in a while. It’s also probably in large part because I don’t read a lot of Young Adult—these authors LOVE their love triangles and cliffhangers.