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?
All of Maggie Stiefvater’s life decisions have been based around her inability to be gainfully employed. Talking to yourself, staring into space, and coming to work in your pajamas are frowned upon when you’re a waitress, calligraphy instructor, or technical editor (all of which she’s tried), but are highly prized traits in novelists and artists. She’s made her living as one or the other since she was 22. She now lives an eccentric life in the middle of nowhere, Virginia with her charmingly straight-laced husband, two kids, two neurotic dogs, and a 1973 Camaro named Loki.
Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I can’t change the way I’m made. I’m a performer, a singer, a werewolf, a sinner.
What do I even say about this?? I could tell you it was exactly what I was hoping for… I could tell you that Maggie makes you feel like you’re right there in the room watching this story unfold… I could tell you that I fell for Cole St. Clair all over again, but you’ve likely heard that already.
What I will say is this:
I absolutely loved falling back into this world of wolves that Stiefvater created especially the lives of Cole & Isabel. Stiefvater has an amazing way with words that just pulls you into the story. And each and every one of her characters are unique and layered and just lovely to read about. Even the prickly Isabel.
I struggled with Isabel’s desire to stay detached from the world around her, But I understood it. Then in waltzes Cole with his lazy smile and he wants her to feel everything and she tries to fight it. Life isn’t all rainbows for Cole though. He’s still struggling with the mistakes he’s made in his life and he’s afraid to admit the real reason he came to L.A. And now he’s signed on to do a reality T.V. show that could break him.
These two characters don’t just dance around each other, they crash and bang … and it’s both beautiful and incredibly sad to read. But it’s not over dramatic or overdone – their wariness makes sense… Watching them learn to trust and confide and depend on each other was an amazing part of this story.
Stiefvater’s writing is, as always, so atmospheric and beautiful and I couldn’t help but imagine what she’s written in my head while I was reading.
The wolf aspect of the story isn’t as big a part of this installment, but seeing Cole’s struggle with that again reminded me of how much I loved Shiver – And while this is a companion novel to the Mercy Falls Series, It feels like its own story. It just felt different, maybe that’s due to setting or characters, I don’t know. (does that make sense? Though I wouldn’t recommend reading it as a stand-alone if you haven’t read the Mercy Falls books, I don’t know if you’d understand a lot of Cole’s demons in this book and Isabel’s attitude.)
Can I just talk a tiny bit about Cole – I mean he’s just so … *FLAIL* I don’t even know what word to use for him… he’s charismatic, and cocky and oh so sexy… but not all of that is the real Cole. He’s also afraid he’s going to screw up the one thing he came to L.A. for and the way he tries to hold her to him is so endearing and sweet. So yes… I swooned.
Thank you Maggie Stiefvater, for giving us this glimpse into these two characters and a little bit more of these characters story to enjoy!
I fell in love with Cole St. Clair all over again and I hope you guys do too – make sure you pick this one up as soon as you can!