Stiefvater, Maggie

Book - 2014
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Cole St. Clair has come to California for one reason: to get back Isabel Culpeper.

Publisher: New York :, Scholastic Press,, 2014.
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 0545654572
Characteristics: 357 pages ;,22 cm


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Mar 10, 2015

“Sinner” is a spin-off of Maggie Stiefvater’s other series, “Shiver”. “Sinner” follows Cole St Claire as he reforms his band, deals with being a werewolf, and tries to woo his former lover Isabel Culpepper. Along the way, Cole must deal with the expectations of others, as well as his own complex relationship with Isabel. Meanwhile, Isabel must not only try to decipher her feelings for Cole, but also must deal with her warring family and her past.

As per usual, Maggie Stiefvater has delivered an incredible, intricate novel. “Sinner” makes use of already-seen characters (both Cole and Isabel were main characters in Stiefvater’s “Shiver” series) but expands on their thoughts, actions, and feelings to give them even more character layers than they had before. The developments that the characters all go through not only makes for an enjoyable, beautiful novel, but also makes the characters seem like real-life people simply recounting their lives. The main setting is Los Angeles, and while used in a stereotypical way (characters head off to Los Angeles for “a brand new beginning!”), it does not feel like any other story involving Los Angeles. The perceivably glamorous, celebrity-filled city is promoted as being harsher and crueler in “Sinner”, which gives the novel a refreshingly dark vibe despite its sunny setting. The plot of the novel is unique and interesting, and is filled with enough twists to keep readers on the edges of their seats.

The author of this review highly recommends “Sinner”. It is a wonderful, elaborate novel that is sure to entertain readers. While it can be read on its own, there are a few times where the events of the “Shiver” series are referenced. There are no real deeper meanings or symbolism in this novel, and it would be better suited as a pleasure read than as an essay book or ‘book talk’ book. The author of this review believes “Sinner” to be suited for ages fourteen and up.

Feb 19, 2015
  • Chapel_Hill_RuthL rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

In the author’s own words Sinner is a “summer-hot, neon-pink, sand-blasted-kiss vacation” and that is just what it feels like. Tense, fraught and begging the question of what makes us human, Sinner is the final encounter with the wolves first met in Stiefvater’s Mercy Falls trilogy. Cole St. Clair, perpetual addict, has arrived in L.A. looking for Isabel Culpepper, perpetual survivor, and the collusion of their reunion sets L.A. on fire…literally. What could have felt incredibly trite – badboy werewolf musician falls for damaged beautiful ice queen – instead offers something sweet, volatile, sexy and raw. Rather than dwell on where Cole and Isabel have been before, Sinner begs the question of whether they have anywhere to go and whether two broken people can ease off the edge of just surviving and find a path back towards living. Here is a story that asks for forgiveness, that begs for acceptance and hopes for another chance. It is beautiful.

Oct 25, 2014
  • nidofito rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

DNF at Chapter 16

I was struggling with Isabel and Cole even in 'Forever' and without Sam and Grace I dunno... There's no growth to these guys. Isabel continues to make me annoyed with all the self-hate she's got going on and Cole is...weird. I'm just getting tired of his antics.

Sep 16, 2014
  • re_discover rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

Not Stiefvater's best writing. It was nice to read about Cole and Isabel again, but there was no character development.

Sep 14, 2014
  • ABenoit rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I loved it. Looking forward to hearing more from these two.

Aug 09, 2014
  • Cynthia_N rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Another good one from Stiefvater! She has a writing style that is very easy to read. Enjoyed finding out what happened to these characters from the Shiver series.

Aug 05, 2014

"In this follow-up to the bestselling Wolves of Mercy Falls series, readers find out what happens to werewolf Cole and human Isabel after they leave Mercy Falls and wind up in Los Angeles. Cole, who claims to have kicked his drug addiction, is in town to revive both his music career and his rocky relationship with Isabel. But bitter, conflicted Isabel knows that neither of them can escape the past so easily. Those who are interested in the history of this "spectacularly messy, emotionally oh-so-human romance" (Kirkus Reviews) should start with Shiver, the 1st book in the series." Teen Scene August 2014 newsletter

Jul 24, 2014
  • AngelFire101 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Picked up this book thinking it would be better than it's companion book Shiver and I WAS RIGHT! This book was so good I couldn't put it down really loved Maggie's writing in this one.


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Jun 22, 2014

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