Mon, June 30, 2014

Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater Review

Sinner book cover

Sinner book cover

Sinner (The Wolves of Mercy Falls #3.5)
By Maggie Stiefvater
Publication date: July 1, 2014
Scholastic Press, 368 pages
Source: Publisher

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?

— 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.

Anna Reads young adult book blog

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  1. April Books & Wine said:

    Ughhhhh I still need to read FOREVER.


    Also, this one too because it’s on my Kindle and because I like abrasive characters!


    Posted on: Mon, June 30, 2014

  2. Ginger @ GReads! said:

    Hey review twin.

    This was actually one of my anticipated reads of 2014 because I DID love Cole + Isabel’s characters in the Shiver series, ha. I am happy with the result that Maggie gave us. It was nice to be back in the world of her wolves, wasn’t it?


    Posted on: Mon, June 30, 2014

  3. Sash from Sash and Em said:

    Cole didn’t endear you in Linger/Forever? GUUURL WUT. you cray.

    Loved them in this though – they really did need their own story.


    Posted on: Mon, June 30, 2014

  4. Lea @ YA Book Queen said:

    I still need to finish the trilogy – read Shiver, but Linger + Forever are still waiting patiently. Glad to hear that Sinner is amazing! Sounds like Cole and Isabel are wonderfully complex characters.

    Great review! 🙂


    Posted on: Mon, June 30, 2014

  5. April said:

    I’ve made no attemps to purchase this one, for the same reason. They just didnt do it for me in the shiver books.

    I don’t know if they will in this one etiher, but I haven’t picked of a book of hers that I didn’t like yet. 🙂


    Posted on: Mon, June 30, 2014

  6. Aunt Marita said:

    What do you hear about Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater?


    Anna Reply:

    Hi Aunt Marita! I hear that…I’m doing a giveaway for it in a few weeks. I’ll make sure you see it when it’s live 🙂


    Posted on: Mon, June 30, 2014

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