Welcome to “High Five Friday.” Every Friday, a mix of authors and readers will offer up our favorites in a different category. This week’s burning question?
Tell us a book or scene that made you cry. I thought of this because, as silly as it sounds, two of my own characters made me sniffle last week as they said things I wasn’t expecting. I mean, I’m talking about an undead 19th-century pirate and an alpha shapeshifter—not guys that normally inspire tears, at least not in my world.
So I started to think about books that have made me cry, and decided to see what others said. I was relieved to hear author Jennifer Lohmann admit she’d teared up when she wrote her book The First Move, so maybe I’m not nuts. Jennifer also admits that she “bawled like a baby” when reading Marcus Zusak’s The Book Thief. My top two also made the list this week...and here it is!
What were the top five sob-inducing scenes, culled from blog posts and Facebook?
No. 5: The Black Dagger Brotherhood, by JR Ward.
No, it isn’t a single book, but oh, the scenes. One cried when Z was all scarecrow-starved and sleeping on the floor, or when Butch and Vishous had their sad relationship scene in Lover Unleashed, or when Z finally gets Bella from where the Lessers are holding her…well, heck, anything with Z, right?
No. 4: The Death of Dobby the Elf, in JK Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
Oh, Dobby. You were the first to break our hearts in this book. And Remus and Tonks.
No. 3: The Rape of Mercy Thompson, in Patricia Briggs’ Iron Kissed.
Or, more specifically, the aftermath as Adam finds out in the worst-possible way and his heart-wrenching reaction, and the way Mercy hides her coyote, ashamed. It was powerful. I can almost cry just remembering it.
No. 2: The Death of Kisten Phelps, in Kim Harrison’s For a Few Demons More.
This was huge. I honestly don’t think I cried because my jaw was on the floor and I just KNEW, I mean I KNEW, Kist would come back in a subsequent book. Only he didn’t, and I still miss him. It took me several books to forgive Ms. Harrison.
No. 1: When Edward Says Goodbye to Bella in Stephanie Meyer’s New Moon.
Say what you will about the Twilight series and its literary merits, you can’t deny the lure of these characters, and this book in particular is extremely dark and emotional as Edward realizes he can’t keep Bella safe and tells her he no longer loves her. Heart-wrenching, or overwrought? It got the most votes, so what say you, readers?
What’s a scene that made you cry? Weigh in, and you can win a $5 gift card to Amazon or your e-tailer of choice. The winner will be announced in this space next week. Last week’s winner is SANDYG. Email me at this link!