Sinner (The Wolves of Mercy Falls #3.5)
By Maggie Stiefvater
Publication date: July 1, 2014
Scholastic Press, 368 pages
A standalone companion book to the internationally bestselling Shiver Trilogy.
Sinner follows Cole St. Clair, a pivotal character from the #1 New York Times bestselling Shiver Trilogy. Everybody thinks they know Cole’s story. Stardom. Addiction. Downfall. Disappearance. But only a few people know Cole’s darkest secret — his ability to shift into a wolf. One of these people is Isabel. At one point, they may have even loved each other. But that feels like a lifetime ago. Now Cole is back. Back in the spotlight. Back in the danger zone. Back in Isabel’s life. Can this sinner be saved?
— Goodreads.com description
Okay, let’s be honest: The Wolves of Mercy Falls series is one of my favorites of all time, but I wasn’t that excited about this book when it was first announced.
Why? Well, Cole and Isabel were so abrasive in the Shiver trilogy that they never really endeared themselves to me. They were the complete opposites of Sam and Grace in many ways, and Sam and Grace are what I loved most about that trilogy. So I never gave them much thought.
But, I am happy to report: This book is AMAZING and I totally underestimated these characters.
I love Cole and Isabel now for the very same reason I didn’t like them before: They are jagged and stubborn and bitter, through and through. Their personalities shine through in every scene and their voices are strong and consistent, even as they change and grow as characters. Was I as moved or satisfied by their story as I was Sam and Grace’s? Nope, but these aren’t lovey-dovey romantic characters, so that’s okay.
The vibe is completely different from the Shiver books, though the writing remains beautiful and full of heart. It’s definitely a great addition and true companion to this series.