Sinner (Wolves of Mercy Falls/Shiver Series)

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SINNER follows Cole St. Clair, a pivotal character from the #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling Shiver Trilogy.

found.

Cole St. Clair has come to California for one reason: to get Isabel Culpeper back. She fled from his damaged, drained life, and damaged and drained it even more. He doesn't just want her. He ...

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Overview

SINNER follows Cole St. Clair, a pivotal character from the #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling Shiver Trilogy.

found.

Cole St. Clair has come to California for one reason: to get Isabel Culpeper back. She fled from his damaged, drained life, and damaged and drained it even more. He doesn't just want her. He needs her.

lost.

Isabel is trying to build herself a life in Los Angeles. It's not really working. She can play the game as well as all the other fakes. But what's the point? What is there to win?

sinner.

Cole and Isabel share a past that never seemed to have a future. They have the power to love each other and the power to tear each other apart. The only thing for certain is that they cannot let go.

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Editorial Reviews

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This standalone companion to the Shiver Trilogy tracks the story of Isabel Culpepper and Cole St. Clair, a sarcastic, beautiful pair of lovers perhaps cursed by a secret they share: Cole's second identity as a werewolf. A compelling addition to a million copy-selling series.

Publishers Weekly
05/12/2014
Stiefvater expands on her bestselling Wolves of Mercy Falls novels with a side story built around Cole St. Clair, werewolf front man of the defunct band Narkotika. Now sober, Cole attempts to resurrect his career and his dysfunctional love affair with Isabel Culpeper, who’s working retail in Los Angeles. From a vacuous live phone interview in the opening pages to the semi-trashy web series Cole winds up starring in, the glitzy, manic tropes of TMZ culture dominate. For the most part, attachment to these characters (and knowledge of their history) must be carried over from the original trilogy. But Stiefvater’s talent for wordcraft and her powers of observation are as sharp as ever, and the L.A. setting gives her even more cause than usual to treat cars like characters. It’s less a romance than a conjuration of the monolith that is mass-market entertainment, the trappings of fame, and the narrow spaces they leave for being human. Or wolf, sometimes. Ages 14–up. Agent: Laura Rennert, Andrea Brown Literary Agency. (July)
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Praise for the NEW YORK TIMES bestselling Shiver trilogy:

* "Beautiful and moving." -- SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL, starred review

* "A lyrical tale of alienated werewolves and first love . . . [Stiefvater's] take on werewolves is interesting and original." -- PUBLISHERS WEKKLY, starred review

"Beautifully written, even poetic at times, and a perfect indulgence for readers of all ages." -- BOOKPAGE

Children's Literature - Lois Rubin Gross
When is a sequel not a sequel? When it is a spin-off, which is what author Maggie Stiefvater seems to be attempting with this fourth book in the Shiver series. Despite the author’s attempt to make this book stand alone, it is important that the reader knows the backstory of the two central characters, Cole St. Clair and Isabel Culpepper. Therefore, reading the book out of sequence is not as satisfying as reading it in series order. Cole is literally a rock star, but also a werewolf whose secret Isabel knows. Having previously crashed and burned with drugs and addiction, Cole is now trying to recover his career and Isabel by going to Los Angeles and signing on for Baby North’s new reality show. The show, ostensibly about the making of his new album, is really a set up to see Cole self-destruct on the small screen. Meanwhile, Isabel is struggling to make a new life apart from Cole and separate from her dysfunctional family, which is suffering its own implosion. Stiefvater has a large and enthusiastic fan base, so there will be demand for this book. However, despite her well-styled writing, this story is challenging because of its rambling and disjointed manner. It takes fully half the book for the Cole and Isabel story lines to weave together and, by then, some less committed readers may lose interest. New and newly fleshed out characters add interest in the form of Jeremy, the base player from Cole’s former band, and Leon, Cole’s driver/father figure. The strength of the book is how the two central characters handle their individual demons so that they can, ultimately, come together in an expected conclusion. Reviewer: Lois Rubin Gross; Ages 14 up.
Kirkus Reviews
2014-05-14
After the Shiver trilogy, Cole and Isabel reunite in Los Angeles.Cole St. Clair has returned to California and his music career. He's teamed up with an Internet reality TV producer, Baby North, to star in a Web show ostensibly about the making of his new album. Baby's a life destroyer who specializes in train wrecks—everyone is hoping to watch the now-clean Cole relapse into drugs, debauchery and self-destruction. Antagonist Baby is willing to engineer things if that's what it takes to create good television. Meanwhile, ice queen Isabel is living with her mother, divorced aunt and awkward cousin while Isabel's parents' marriage enters the end stages of implosion. Her trust is fragile and her feelings toward Cole, complicated. Stiefvater is not overreliant on misunderstandings between the two narrators, as too many other romance writers are, instead opting for a believable, realistic portrayal of damaged people struggling to fit their quirks together in a relationship. The relationship between the richly drawn characters is the heart of the book—it is light on paranormal and wolf action. Cole and Isabel are both jerks, but they are jerks with hearts, and they keep up with each other's witty banter. The ending wraps up a bit too neatly, but getting there is an absolute delight.A spectacularly messy, emotionally oh-so-human romance. (Paranormal romance. 14 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545654579
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/1/2014
  • Series: Wolves of Mercy Falls/Shiver Series
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 29,886
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: HL660L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Maggie Stiefvater

Maggie Stiefvater is the #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of the novels SHIVER, LINGER, and FOREVER. Her novel THE SCORPIO RACES was named a Michael L. Printz Honor Book by the American Library Association, while PUBLISHERS WEEKLY selected Maggie's THE RAVEN BOYS as a Best Book of the Year. She is also the author of LAMENT and BALLAD. Maggie lives in Virginia with her husband and their two children. You can visit her online at www.maggiestiefvater.com.
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  • Posted August 8, 2014

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    When I first heard of ¿Sinner,¿ I was worried that I¿d be too hu

    When I first heard of “Sinner,” I was worried that I’d be too hung up over the original trilogy to truly enjoy the newest addition to the series. I thought I’d spend every page waiting with bated breath for a Sam/Grace cameo. To my surprise, I ended up loving “Sinner” even more than the original trilogy.

    The few cameos Sam and Grace had in “Sinner” made me realize that they already had their happy ending. Their werewolf-related problems are over, and they’re just another young couple anticipating college. I can live without knowing if they get married and have little werewolf pups.

    On the other hand, Cole and Isabel are a hot mess. They’re both scarred and stubborn and bitter. Cole is still struggling to get past the person he used to be, the effed up drug addict that (highlight to reveal “Linger” spoilers) ended up causing the death of his best friend. Isabel hasn’t opened up to anyone because of her brother’s death and her parents’ disintegrating marriage. They’re far from perfect, and they’re so frustrating (in a good way). That’s what makes them such interesting characters.

    Cole and Isabel have a messy on/off relationship. One minute they’re screaming and shoving each other away (this is mostly Isabel’s doing), the next they’re making out. They had me at the edge of my seat, anticipating the next blow up/make up.

    I did a lot of swooning and giggling while reading this. There’s lots of passionate kissing, romantic moments and flirting. Cole is very good at flirting ;) The final ColexIsabel scene is utter perfection. I’m pretty sure I made really weird, fangirly squeaking noises when I read that scene.

    We meet a few new fun characters in “Sinner.” Cole befriends Leon, a driver who came to LA and had his dreams crushed, and shows him how to enjoy life. We also meet Sophia, Isabel’s cousin. If you’re an awkward,extremely introverted person, you’ll like Sophia because she’s a character that you’ll be able to empathize. The famous Jeremy also makes an appearance in all of his Buddhist/bass playing/southern accented glory.

    There’s not a lot of werewolf action in this book, so fantasy lovers may be a bit disappointed by that. I, on the other hand, didn’t really mind. The story had me hooked without the fantasy. The short werewolf scenes here and there were the cherries on an already delicious sundae. I think it’s very interesting that Cole’s lycanthropy is regarded in the same way as a drug in “Sinner” instead of a disease or a magical ability.


    Bottom Line
    “Sinner” feels more contemporary than fantasy, but I certainly wasn’t disappointed.

    Cole and Isabel are complex, troubled characters. Their relationship, full of swoonworthy passion and page-turning drama, is exciting to follow.

    This book is completely different from the original trilogy, but the writing is just as phenomenal and the characters are just as fun and eccentric.

    Whether or not you’re a fan of the Wolves of Mercy Falls, you should give “Sinner” a shot.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 3, 2014

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    I loved Sinner so much. Way way more than I thought I would. I r

    I loved Sinner so much. Way way more than I thought I would. I read the Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy back before I even know what YA meant. So I was pretty fuzzy about the details of that trilogy and worried I would need to read recaps before starting Sinner but I can tell you that you don't even need to read the trilogy to enjoy this book. Sinner is about Cole, the rockstar turned druggie turned wolf we meet in the previous trilogy and love to hate.. but also love to love.. pretty conflicting feelings about him to be honest. However Sinner just made him a permanent love to love for me.Sinner is set after the trilogy ends, and Cole is now on his way to Isabel, the girl he was tangled with during the trilogy. I think those two have a very.. complex and charged love hate relationship. Cole is always on the brink of losing control, of going back to his rock stardom destructive behavior and Isabel.. Isabel has been through so much crap she's become hardened, pessimistic, and wary of people and life. Putting those two together in a room.. woof.. recipe for an explosive. I love complex characters. I love love Cole's monologues and thoughts and his narration. It always feels one second too fast, his thoughts are always in a whirlwind and keeping up with him is exhilarating. That's the best way I can define my reading experience of this book. Of course it is told from both Cole and Isabel's POVs and I also liked her chapters too. You're not really going to read anything negative about this book because I'm pretty much obsessed with it at the moment. Sinner is more focused on the characters and their struggles than the paranormal aspect. It pretty much reads as a contemporary except for the occasional werewolf-ism. Cole is a pretty cocky but charming guy and Isabel tries to push everyone away but she's really sweet. Those two pretty much suit each other and I loved reading about them and their relationship. What's different in Sinner is that those two already knew each other, were together, but left each other. It isn't a happily ever after ending where as soon as they get together everything is perfect. This isn't a beautiful story or romance, it is fractured and can never be perfect, but who wants perfect right? I love Maggie Stiefvater's writing, she writes better and better with each book. I can't wait for Blue Lily, Lily Blue because The Raven Boys is AMAZING and I can't wait to pick up my copy of The Scorpio Races! 

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2014

    PLEASE LEND THIS TO ME!!!

    Can someone plz lend this to me I have waited so long for book plz plz but if you cant that is okay :)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 14, 2014

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    I am sorry to say that this novel just isn¿t for me. I read the

    I am sorry to say that this novel just isn’t for me. I read the Shiver trilogy a long time ago, and I remember I liked it well enough, but this companion novel just didn’t do anything for me. I didn’t care for the characters, especially cryptic Cole St. Clair, and while I did enjoy the idea of a reality TV show, nothing much seemed to happen for the majority of the book aside from tension between Cole and Isabel. The pacing was just too slow for me, and while it is well written, it just isn’t my style. If you've thoroughly enjoyed Stiefvater's Shiver trilogy, though, I'd say you'd probably really enjoy this one, as well.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2014

    This book was absolutely perfect to me in all of it's imperfect

    This book was absolutely perfect to me in all of it's imperfect and flawed characters. It never swept away the realism of the story, the people, and the background of LA. I was scared of finishing because I never wanted it to end. I missed coming back to the life that this series created. Now I just want to continue reading anything related to these characters. I am beyond happy that I got a glimpse of how Cole and Isabel continued to be after Forever. It was exceptional it was amazing and even though it is now finished it won't stop be amazing. Loved loved loved.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 7, 2015

    Really great to see from Cole and Isabel's side of this story! C

    Really great to see from Cole and Isabel's side of this story! Can't wait for more.

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  • Posted January 19, 2015

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    Maggie Stiefvater does a wonderful job bringing Cole and Isabel

    Maggie Stiefvater does a wonderful job bringing Cole and Isabel to life in this book. The Shiver books have been my favorites of hers, and this one did not disappoint. The characters were so realistic, it felt like I could reach out and touch them. I can't wait to read whatever she comes up with next.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2015

    Vox to below

    Huh?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2015

    Castiel & Ruby

    "Want to help?"

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  • Posted January 5, 2015

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    The thing about SINNER is that you can't start this book expecti

    The thing about SINNER is that you can't start this book expecting perfect characters who engage in uncomplicated conversations and who get in situations that unmistakably lead to a happy ending.
    There's so much about this novel that isn't conventional that you just have to bow to Maggie Stiefvater for being the writer that she is. Mostly she just lets her characters live their complicated and strange lives. Sometimes though, in exactly the right moments and in between cookie breaks, Maggie decides to nudge them in the right direction. The direction towards every reader's heart that is.
    Also, Maggie Stiefvater writes atmosphere and scenery like few others. If she needed it for her story she'd just rip the hot concrete out of L.A. and put it into her novel to function as a racing track for Cole and his favourite Mustang. This novel practically smells like L.A.

    SINNER didn't at all feel like the previous three books in the SHIVER trilogy. Set in L.A., it is hot and there are no woods. This is city life with its masses of anonymous people searching for fame and fortune. SINNER works as a standalone. Nevertheless, I'd recommend reading SHIVER, LINGER and FOREVER first. Cole and Isabel share a past that is quite important for their story. Or at least their story feels way more substantial and meaningful if you know about what happened before.
    Fans of the THE WOLVES OF MERCY FALLS series will be happy to hear what Grace and Sam have been up to.

    SINNER wasn't as much about the wolves as the SHIVER trilogy, and more about Cole's new life in L.A. and Isabel trying to find her place in life, too.
    A big part of the story is dedicated to the show buisness, how Cole is producing a new album or making up lyrics in his head. And for that he's required to play his part in a reality TV show. The Cole St. Clair show is on. I wasn't opposed to the idea of a reality TV show being backdrop for our story, and seeing how Maggie made it a part of Cole's story, it worked for me. It was all about fully embracing the L.A. lifestyle. The acquaintances and friends Cole makes, bring another edge of non-conformity to the story. Refreshing and laugh-out-loud funny dialogues are guaranteed!

    Cole and Isabel are both messy, slightly broken characters with enormously fragmented pasts. In their imperfection they find happiness and they somehow fit together even with their sharp edges.
    They both have quick tempers and are hurt easily, so there will be many bumps in the road to their happy ending. It wasn't as dark in Cole's head as before though and I was positively surprised at how much he wanted his relationship with Isabel to work.
    With exactly the right amount of shirtless Cole and passionate kisses in non-camera-equipped shower stalls, Maggie Stiefvater brings back my favourite couple from her SHIVER trilogy and gives them a second chance at finding a way to each other.


    5/5 ***** SINNER - If you loved Cole St. Clair in THE WOLVES OF MERCY FALLS series you are probably going to propose to him after you've read SINNER!

    After years of longing, hoping and wishing, Maggie Stiefvater presented her loyal readers with the ending for Cole and Isabel's story they have literally been waiting for since FOREVER. You can look forward to a few weeks in Los Angeles with your favourite rock star and dive into the glamorous world of music and reality TV. Cole and Isabel's reckless, messy and passionate love story invites readers to devour SINNER in record reading time.

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  • Posted November 17, 2014

    True confession: I wasn't in any hurry to read Sinner. I knew I

    True confession: I wasn't in any hurry to read Sinner. I knew I would eventually pick it up because it was a Maggie Stiefvater, and I've loved everything of hers that I've read. I also knew that it featured two characters who weren't my favorite, though, so I didn't hurry. I've changed my mind. I should have hurried.




    Maggie took a character who I didn't love and turned him into yet another book boyfriend. I'm a sucker for the broken boys in my books. Cole didn't really show much of his broken-ness before this book. In this one, he is broken six ways to Sunday. He struggles for sobriety just as he struggles to refrain from becoming a wolf; with both, he's working towards being okay with remaining human. Delicious allegory, Maggie.




    Maggie's use of voice makes me want to be her when I grow up. Each character is so perfectly distinct and individual, and when they get their turn to tell the story, the reader sees all of the events through their personal lens. All of these huge personalities, when stripped of their public facades, share the same questions about themselves: their worth, their purpose, and whether they have what it takes to persevere.




    “Skill isn’t what hurts people. A lack of mercy is.” ~ page 284




    “We were so little, when you took away all our sins.” ~ page 316




    “What’s the way?” Jeremy asks Cole. The old Cole St. Clair always had an answer, probably one that was made up on the spot without hesitation. This new Cole St. Clair, the one who is trying to deserve Isabel's attention, questions whether he knows the answer. He's discovering that it takes real effort to take responsibility for your actions. He's figuring out how to try. He's learning that when it matters, it's no longer acceptable to just roll with the accidents. Thankfully, he also finds out that he's kind of good at it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2014

    I read the whole book in 3 days or less and it left me completel

    I read the whole book in 3 days or less and it left me completely satisfied. Isabel and Cole were both introduced in the trilogy but it wasn't as in depth as Sinner, a novel just about them. I am in love with Isabel Culpeper. Her edgy character, how messy her life had been, the snark and how she put up such a defense for her own emotions. It was funny how near the end, she started to let it slip, showing her real emotion to Sofia then quickly covered it back up. It amazes me how Maggie had created such a well rounded character that it felt like Isabel was real. Isabel's every actions had me chuckling at how witty and snarky she was. Yet there's just so much in her that as the story went on, I was glad to have seen the different sides of Isabel. 
    Cole. Oh dear. Cole was a complete mess. Well not as much in Sinner anymore as he was in the previous book. In Sinner, for me, Cole was just trying his hardest to prove to the world, and most importantly to Isabel that he had changed. Just as everybody doubted him, I was on edge as well, just waiting for that line when Cole would slip back into who he was, and ruin his life for good. I'm sure glad he didn't, and that Isabel didnt give up on Cole. By the end of the book, you can feel the frustration in Cole when no one believed that he had changed, or when he realized even Isabel doubted him. The boy stuck it through though. 
    Lastly, the almost sexual tension in this novel was almost through the roof. Although it's not the main part of the novel but admit it, you really can't not squeal or dance on the inside when Cole and Isabel kissed. And when it actually happened, who wouldn't smile a satisfied smile (until Isabel freaked out and left). The last scene, though still confused me as to how Isabel had come to term with all of it and came running for Cole, it was a beautiful ending I was waiting for before reading the book. 

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  • Posted September 29, 2014

    still worth reading

    I gave this one a 4 because I really missed Sam and Grace. They have almost no part in Sinner. It was nice to have the Cole/Isabel dynamic expanded on, but I was used to the fast paced multi-faceted storyline of the last two books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2014

    boring attempt to bring something new to the present

    Mish mosh of wolves vampires and various other noir fantasy but even the founders have burn out though sone keep on with same old same old borrow if you can find it not a keeper

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  • Posted September 25, 2014

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    I tried to stay away from this book. You might be wondering why.

    I tried to stay away from this book. You might be wondering why. Well, I wasn't a fan of the third book in the Mercy Fall series. I did love the first two books, though. I have this love/hate relationship with Maggie's books. I love some of them with a fiery passion (The Raven Cycle, Mercy Fall books 1&2) and loath the rest with the same passion (The Scorpio Races, book 3 in the Mercy Fall series). With me, there's no in between with her books. I feel like she can be very prose-y, sometimes so much that I get lost and end up scratching my head because I feel so lost. But other times her writing makes me want to weep like a little baby because it can be beautiful and so mind blowing that it gives me chills.

    I’m happy to tell you that I loved Sinner with all my heart! It was easy and perfect. Her writing style blew me away once again and went hand in hand with the characters. And this book is all about the characters. I loved how Isabel and Cole’s story took center stage. There’s not much going on that doesn’t have to do with them and I loved that. They were always my favorite characters in the other books in the series and I always thought that there wasn’t enough of them in the books. Well, we get a LOT of Cole and Isabel in Sinner.

    I’m happy I gave Sinner a try. There’s a lot of angst, swoony moments, a little bit of wolf and awesome new characters that will make your heart melt, I’m looking at you adorable Leon! If you love Maggie, then you’ll love this book.

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  • Posted August 18, 2014

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    I haven¿t read the trilogy, but you don¿t have to, Sinner stands

    I haven’t read the trilogy, but you don’t have to, Sinner stands on its own.

    Sinner is billed as a fantasy, (and Cole is a werewolf) but Sinner's really more of a romance. The werewolf part isn’t all that important to the plot and is easily ignorable, so don’t pass on this book just because of the werewolves. 

    SUMMARY: (By Molly.)
    Cole used to be a popular music singer, but after a drug overdose on stage he's stayed out of the public eye for over a year. He decided to take a job creating an album on a reality TV show so he can go to LA and see Isabel again.

    Isabel has just graduated high school. She has a job at a fancy designer’s store and she’s taking classes to get her CNA in nursing, because it will help her get into med school. She's good at not caring about anyone. The last thing she expected was for Cole to turn up at her work, bringing all her old feelings back.

    MY REVIEW:
    This was my first book by Maggie Stiefvater. She has a unique voice and has an interesting use of similes. I liked the way she describes things. Perhaps because of the wolves in this book, everything is described in scents. LA was beautifully pictured. It was like the city was a character in the book. She really puts the reader into the scene. (Molly moves the Raven Boys up on her to read list.) 

    I thought she depicted accurately what it must be like inside the mind of a recovered drug addict. I loved all the little inside jokes the characters had and the nicknames they had for places and things. (Isabel's House of Dismay and Ruin.)

    Cole and Isabel knew each other before Sinner, (In the trilogy I'm guessing.) but it didn't feel like I missed anything. They had feelings for each other before, but in this book we're there for the start of their relationship and its growth.

    They're not your typical protagonists, but surprisingly they're both likable. Even though Isabel can come off as cold and unfeeling and Cole uses people like they're objects. They both still have someone who shows they can be kind. Cole is nice to his driver Leon for no reason other than the man seems unhappy and Isabel cares about her cousin Sofia and wishes she'd learn to stand up for herself. I liked both Sofia and Leon. Sofia reminded me of myself, except she can cook. (This book sure made me hungry!) 

    The characters really grew into themselves and it was done so subtly as to be believable. They were still the same people, but stronger.

    I’m torn when it comes to epilogues that take place years after the story, but I felt that Sinner needed one and was made all the better for it.

    Though Sinner isn’t an action book it’s fast paced and not at all boring. I read it in one day, so that tells you something! I’d recommend Sinner to fans of romance books.

    8/10 Stars

    My favorite quote:
    I only knew that my heart was galloping so fast that my fingers were numb. Logically, I knew it was just from surprise, but I didn't know if it was like Surprise, here is a cake or Surprise, you've had a stroke.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2014

    Marvelous

    A great continuation of Cole's story line.

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  • Posted August 10, 2014

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    Even though I haven¿t gotten the chance to finish the Wolves of

    Even though I haven’t gotten the chance to finish the Wolves of Mercy Falls series, I was still dying to read Stiefvater’s stand-alone novel Sinner. It’s been years since I’ve read the novels and there have been lots and lots and lots of books that I’ve read since then. That being said I’ve forgotten the majority of characters and events that occurred in the plot which had me a bit nervous. Luckily, Sinner is everything a stand-alone should be. Readers who haven’t read the Wolves of Mercy Falls series can still read this novel with mostly minimal spoilers. By the time I finished reading it (in exactly four hours, I might add) I can say that Sinner went above and beyond. This is—without a doubt—the best novel that Stiefvater has written yet.

    Sinner takes place after the events of the final novel in the series and revolves around the characters Isabel and Cole St. Clair from the series. Isabel has moved to Los Angeles, leaving Mercy Falls behind her and has begun a new life for herself. Cole is a rock star/werewolf who has returned to Los Angeles having made a deal with a psychotic producer to make a reality TV show about his return to celebrity and he’s done all of it to see Isabel again. As their love is ruefully rekindled, Isabel knows that nothing for the two of them will ever be the same and things will either end with them together forever or not at all.

    The first thing that got me was the opening of Sinner. It’s a sarcastic, funny, romantic and all-around genuine look at the final result of the novel’s plot at the beginning. Told in Cole’s point of view it totally prepares us for what is to come and for exactly what kind of character he is when you get to see inside his head. From that prologue onward the novel has only one gear and that is forward. Everything gets better and better and better. Sinner is a page-turner. Sinner is pretty much perfect.

    What makes Sinner stand out as Stiefvater’s best work yet is Cole St. Clair. His character makes the novel. He’s snarky and funny and sexy and has so many one-liners that left me grinning from ear to ear. I didn’t really remember Cole’s character but seeing him in Sinner has made him unforgettable. Not to mention that he’s both a werewolf and a rock star. A combination you don’t see every day but Cole can pull it off.

    Sinner doesn’t even really focus on the supernatural aspect of the novel. The majority of the time I spent reading it felt more like I was reading a novel about a rock star trying to win the heart of the love of his life back. Isabel’s personality clashes perfectly with Cole’s and at the same time you can’t help but want her to be with him. The two have perfect chemistry and a multitude of both romantic and sexy scenes. Best of both worlds.

    The last piece of Stiefvater’s works I read was The Raven Boys and thus far I’ve been a bit let down by them just because of the endless pages of unnecessary details. Luckily, her writing in Sinner is flawless. The right amount of detailing, dialogue and conflict. As I’ve said already: Sinner is about as close to perfect as a book has ever gotten for me and could possibly beat out Cassandra Clare’s City of Heavenly Fire for best book of 2014 thus far in my books.

    I would recommend Sinner to just about any readers who are open to the supernatural genre. Any readers who want a funny, romantic novel that is perfect for the summertime should pick up Sinner and any readers who want a novel that will give them intense feels. Sinner is a must-read and if it isn’t on your to-be-read list it better be now.

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  • Posted August 9, 2014

    Very Good - Enjoyed the whole Shiver Series!

    Read the Series!

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  • Posted August 7, 2014

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    I was so excited when I heard about Sinner.  I couldn¿t wait to

    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 having to deal 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.

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