SINNER by Maggie Stiefvater Book Review
Series: The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #3.5
Publication Date: July 1st 2014 by Scholastic Press
Rating: – Exceeds Expectations |
Book Summary: 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?
Book Review Overview:
- It’s been a while since I read Forever, but I was able to jump into SINNER without getting lost
- Cole and Isabel still have kick-ass chemistry
- Couldn’t put it down
I fangirled when I first heard about SINNER by Maggie Stiefvater. The ending of Forever had left me aching for more Isabel/Cole, and I was a little bummed out that their ending had been so open. Luckily, Maggie Stiefvater had blessed me with this companion novel in which Cole St. Clair returns to Los Angeles to find Isabel Culpeper. But returning to LA also means returning to his rock star lifestyle – the lifestyle that ultimately had led to his downfall. Cole returns to the spotlight despite the risks in order to also return to Isabel’s life.
- Etienne St. Clair from Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins: Well duh. No one can do better than this English American Masterpiece. Swoon.
- Dimitri Belikov from the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead: Okay, I like older guys. Specifically, this brooding, forbidden older guy. This good guy turned bad turned good again. A Russian accent has never been any sexier.
- Jack from Blood Red Road by Moira Young: my review of the book summed up everything I love about Jack – “arrogant, charming, overly-confident, but also more than meets the eye.”
- Cricket Bell from Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins: Cricket Bell is almost way too good to be true. He’s intelligent, super polite and nice, and very very stylish. Do guys like this really exist in real life? Well if they do, I haven’t met my real-life Cricket yet.
- Aiden from Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout: Are you seeing a trend right now? Another broody, mysterious book boyfriend made it on the list. Aiden gets super plus points for having gray/silver eyes (yes, that’s because of my Draco Malfoy obsession. PSH. ANOTHER BROODY CHARACTER!!! :P)
- Cole St. Clair from the Wolves of Mercy Falls series by Maggie Stiefvater: Broody and mysterious BUT also highly intelligent. Sam always gets the attention in this series, but for me Cole gets the prize as one of the top ten hunky fictional men because he’s such an underdog.
- James Easton from the Agency series by YS Lee: Not your typical hero in a historical novel. James is quite witty and he’s a talented civil engineer. He’s also quite charming.
- Nico Rathburn from Jane by April Lindner: Um, modern day Mr. Rochester? YES PLEASE. Did I mention he’s a rockstar? Extra points to Nico.
Summary: The thrilling conclusion to #1 bestselling Shiver trilogy from Maggie StievaterIn Maggie Stiefvater’s SHIVER, Grace and Sam found each other. In LINGER, they fought to be together. Now, in FOREVER, the stakes are even higher than before. Wolves are being hunted. Lives are being threatened. And love is harder and harder to hold on to as death comes closing in.
- Beautiful, lyrical writing from the talented Maggie Stiefvater
- Well-written characters with distinct voices
- A memorable romance between Sam and Grace
It has been a while since I’ve read Maggie Stiefvater’s books and I must admit that I was instantly blown away by her beautiful writing. Stiefvater is such a fantastic writer and I made sure I had a pad of sticky notes beside me to mark my favorite lines while I read. Sometimes, even the simplest observations made by her characters just blew me away.
I know I’ve mentioned this in my review for Linger, but again, I will point out the fact that I love that Stiefvater attempts a scientific explanation behind the werewolf. I wish that Stiefvater could have delved into the “werewolf disease” even deeper, but it is understandable that she doesn’t; afterall, the majority of research is done by a teenager. I admit that I was impressed by Cole’s discoveries. He is a genius, but he does lack formal lab training and the education.
I am usually such a plot-driven reader that it was so surprising that I was more interested in the characters this time around than anything else. I was, of course, interested in what would happen to Sam, Grace, Isabel, and Cole, but I became so attached to them that I desperately wished that all would end up happily ever after. Stiefvater has written these characters so vividly and distinctly that I hardly needed an introduction when there was a change in perspective. I can tell the difference between each character’s voice.
Speaking of characters, as much as I love Sam, I admit that Cole stole the spotlight for me in FOREVER. He just has the best lines, and I think he melted my heart a little. I love how everyone thinks the worst of him, but Cole proves them all wrong. He is so much more than what meets the eye. He really developed as a character throughout the series.
The love between Grace and Sam is just so powerful and it’s obvious to everyone who has a chance to spend time with them together. Being together just seemed natural for the two of them and their chemistry is just right. There’s no questioning their love for each other. This is definitely one romance that I will not forget.
Since I did read the ARC, I am curious to see if there are any significant changes in the final version. While I thought the ending was satisfying enough, I did crave for just a little bit more closure – especially because this was the final book in the trilogy. After reading the last few pages of FOREVER, I didn’t want to let go of Sam and Grace and Mercy Falls. I still had some questions left unanswered and while my imagination could certainly have filled in the gaps, I wanted to know for certain how everything – every little detail – turned out. FOREVER was a fantastic conclusion to the Wolves of Mercy Falls series.