Thursday, July 17, 2014

Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater (The Wolves of Mercy Fall,# 3.5)

by Maggie Stiefvater

My rating: 4 stars

Series: The Wolves of Mercy Falls - Book 3.5
Publication Date: July 1, 2014
Publisher: Scholastic Press
ISBN: 9780545654579
Genre: YA Fiction
Print Length: 368 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble


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?

Sinner (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #3.5)My Review
Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater
My Rating:  4 Stars

Two sinners, one a rock star whose life has hit rock bottom because of poor choices made in the past. The other, a wounded young woman who has fled her old life with her mother, but finds she cannot run away from her past, especially when it follows her across the country.
Cole and Isabel heat up the pages as their past feelings for each other flare hot and cold, with Cole trying all of his charm to regain Isabel’s trust and Isabel doing her best to avoid the pain Cole is known to bring. Is this a truly reformed Cole? Has he escaped the demons of his past completely? Is Isabel strong enough for the both of them or will she tumble down the same abyss Cole left her in last time?

Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater brings back two of the most volatile of her characters from her series The Wolves of Mercy Falls. Relying less on the “werewolf” angle and more on the turmoil of love lost, as well as the realization of love needed, this tale reads dark and painfully edgy while still sprinkling in some humorous moments with perfect timing. Ms. Stiefvater’s characters are damaged and may never recover, but together they seem to share a strength that could get them through.

Cole is often a little too full of himself, used to being a star, yet he now has feelings that run deeper than the shallow man he was before. Isabel seems to have accepted that she will never have anyone to care about her, it’s just too painful, yet she has a toughness that often matches her vulnerability. The satellite characters are often priceless, each playing their role well and sometimes even surprising me as they stepped out of the box I had them place in, mentally.

Maggie Stiefvater writes with a confident hand as she places roadblocks in the way of happiness, making her characters face both themselves and each other with honesty. Well done, with a pace that never races ahead of the story, surprise subplots and realistic meandering thoughts from the main characters.

I received this copy from Scholastic Press in exchange for my honest review.

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