by Maggie Stiefvater
Published by Scholastic Press on July 1, 2014
Genres: Young Adult Paranormal
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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?
I was so excited when I heard about Sinner. I couldn’t wait to spend some more time with Cole St. Clair since I felt there was so much of him missing in Forever (the final book of The Wolves of Mercy Falls). But I was disappointed with parts of Sinner.
My main dislike of this book was that the story started slow. I got bored and ended up stopping and reading another book. But I hate to leave books as DNF (did not finish) so I took another chance on the book. At about 80% in to the story it finally got interesting for me.
I did like reading Cole St. Clair’s point of view. I got a better understanding of who he is and all the struggles he is going through. He is dealing with his former addictions and the guilt of Victor’s death. This book was darker than I had expected but we see that Cole’s happiness is with his music and Isabel.
Isabel Culpeper is still sarcastic and brutally honest. I liked how feisty she was but at times I found her cold-hearted attitude to be annoying and rude, especially when it was toward her younger cousin Sofia and Cole. Isabel is still struggling with the death of her brother and is now having to deal with her dysfunctional parents. So I understood the wall she formed to protect herself. But after a while it just became irritating.
Even though there were parts of this book I didn’t like I am glad I read it. This gives me closure to the series, so I think fans should read this. But this isn’t a book I would want to read again.