Best Books for Dark Happy Endings

Those books where the hero or heroes do bad or morally questionable things and GET AWAY WITH IT. Those books where the hero or heroes choose monsters over men, demons over angels, and yet their path still seems hopeful. Anti-heroes or villain protagonists who don't get completely redeemed or de-fanged and yet still get a happy ending.

Please do not add books that start out with an anti-hero or villainous hero and then he or she "sees the light" and earns their happy ending by transforming into a better person or from a monster into a human or angel.

A book could still fit in here if the main character takes a step down a lighter path but still remains a mostly dark character in the end. Or a main character who makes a pretty dark choice that they don't have & don't want to take back (though they're generally an okay person).
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Erin *Proud Book Hoarder* I love this theme - underrated.


message 2: by Joey (new)

Joey Erin (*is in a reviewing slump*) wrote: "I love this theme - underrated."

As do I. I love good/bad ends. Unlike Gainax endings.


message 3: by Nix (last edited Jan 10, 2016 05:47AM) (new)

Nix Buttons Absolutely, it is totally underrated! Sometimes I just need to read about bad guys and evil prevailing. I love dark books (even better with sarcastic humour).


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