Review: Sinner – Maggie Stiefvater

Review: Sinner – Maggie StiefvaterSinner by Maggie Stiefvater
Series: The Wolves of Mercy Falls #4
Published by Scholastic Press
Published: July 1, 2014
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four-half-stars

found.Cole St. Clair has come to California for one reason: to get Isabel Culpeper back. She fled from his damaged, drained life, and damaged and drained it even more. He doesn't just want her. He needs her.

lost. Isabel is trying to build herself a life in Los Angeles. It's not really working. She can play the game as well as all the other fakes...but what's the point? What is there to win?

sinner.Cole and Isabel share a past that never seemed to have a future. They have the power to save each other and the power to tear each other apart. The only thing for certain is that they cannot let go.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Cole St. Clair, how much I missed you. That was the first thought I had while reading Sinner.

It had been a long time since I was in the world of Cole and Isabel. Stiefvater ended the Wolves of Mercy Falls series in 2011. That’s about 3 almost full years since I was a part of that world so I was nervous going in. I remember what I loved about the first three books was the beautiful writing, but not so much the wolf aspect. But when I heard there was a new book coming out and it was staring Cole and Isabel I swallowed my worry and got my hands on it. Jumping back into this series after 3 years taught me one thing…Cole and Isabel are everything!

Sinner is a very different book in the Wolves of Mercy Falls series. When we last left off Sam and Grace were headed to college and Isabel was headed to Los Angeles. Sinner kind of picks up where Forever left off. Isabel is in fact in LA and that is exactly where Cole heads when he decides to start his music career back up. With Narkotika over, Cole signs on to a web reality show with an internet sensation, Baby, running the show. Too bad everyone that was ever in contact with Baby has ended up crashing and burning. Clean now Cole refuses to let her make him fall apart because he is after more than just music, he is also there for Isabel. The question that remains is does wounded, closed off, tough girl want him to be there for her?

Have I mentioned yet how much I love Cole St. Clair because I do. He is possibly the most perfect flawed character I have read in any book, or at least in a really long time. There is nothing about him that is typical. He speaks before the thinks, makes bad choices sometimes, can’t sit still, has addictive behavior, and is a wolf, but he is so amazingly perfect. His delivery is so spot on it’s crazy and his connection to Isabel is indescribable. They two of them really just work well together. They have this chemistry that leaps off the page. On the surface they are two totally different people, but when they are together they are unstoppable. Isabel always has the hard exterior shell so she doesn’t get hurt and Cole just expects to get hurt so when combine that you have fireworks.

Honestly though, what I really loved about Sinner was Maggie Stiefvater’s writing. I was fortunate enough to listen to Maggie speak at an event in Boston. It was really my first book event and I never got to meet her but I got to listen to her talk. And what I got from that is that Sinner sounds just like Maggie does! If I had no clue who wrote this book I would 100% know it was her just from that hour long event. She has such a way about easy humor that just translated perfectly to Cole and Isabel’s personalities and that made this reading experience all the more enjoyable.

Sinner was everything I never knew I was missing from the Wolves of Mercy Falls series. It made me smile and miss everything about Cole and Isabel when I was done.( And it also had one of the most romantically weird dates in a book FYI. HA.) I loved being back in this world and seeing it though different eyes and seeing how they coped on their own. It was fun and fantastic and something you must read if you were a fan of the series.

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  1. I read the first book in the The Wolves of Mercy Falls series and really enjoyed it. For some reason, I never continued that series. Now that this book has come out, I think I’m going to have go back and read the entire series.
    I love the sound of Cole’s character. There is something very alluring about characters like him who are flawed. I also love the sound of their relationship. It seems like it’s full of chemistry. I’ll make sure to read this, this summer.
    Lovely review! 🙂

  2. After waiting probably a year in between reading Shiver and the rest of the series, I finally finished Linger the other day. I thought Shiver definitely could have been a standalone, but it’s also great to be with Sam and Grace again. I’m definitely intrigued by Cole, and I’m excited to see where his relationship with prickly Isabel goes in Forever. Will hopefully be reading this one soon. Glad you ended up loving it!

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