Friday, August 15, 2014

Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater [Review]

Sinner (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #3.5)4 out of 5 Robots!

Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater
Series: Wolves of Mercy Falls #3.5
Genre: YA Paranormals
Release: July 1, 2014
Hardcover:  357 Pages
Publisher: Scholastic Press
My Copy: Purchased
Reviewer: Shannon
Buy the Book: Amazon

Book Summary:
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?

(Courtesy of the Publisher)

Shannon's Thoughts:
I was pleasantly surprised by Maggie Stiefvater's Wolves of Mercy Falls series.  It was better than I expected, if not a little bland.  Cole and Isabel were the most interesting parts of the series.  They injected some much needed chaos into the story.  So I was glad that Maggie Stiefvater decided there was enough left to say and wrote a companion novel centered on Cole and Isabel. I'm also happy to report that there is a lot of like here. 

The novel is dual narrated by Cole and Isabel, who are both in L.A., trying to move on from their rocky pasts. Maggie Stiefvater is really quite good at capturing her characters and Cole and Isabel are no exception.  Both are such polarizing characters, but so hurt and broken at the same time.  And they both really want to do better, be happier.  But they tend to get in their own way.  Cole especially walks a very fine line while trying to take back control of his life and win Isabel back over. 

Surprisingly, there is very little about werewolves.  In fact, you could cut out the werewolf aspect completely and the novel would still stand on its own.  The only thing I really didn't like was how much back and forth there was between Cole and Isabel.  Isabel runs completely hot and cold with Cole the whole book and after awhile I got a little bored with it.  But overall, I liked how the book ended and where things were left.  I think fans of Cole and Isabel will be very satisfied.

1 comment :

  1. Very good follow up to one of the best paranormal wolf series. I always felt the shiver trilogy to be incomplete due to Isabel and Coles story. Now there is closure. I would even hope for one more instalment but it is not needed. Thanks for this wonderful escape from reality.
    ted plush



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