The Compulsive Reader: Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater

When Isabel Culpeper leaves Mercy Falls after the conclusion of Forever, Cole St. Clair, a werewolf, heads to Los Angeles to win her back under the guise of reviving his music career. Cole knows that neither of them is perfect, but he’s determined to find a way to be with Isabel, even if it means confronting his past mistakes head-on.

Sinner focuses completely on the weird, complicated relationship between Cole and Isabel, who were secondary characters in Stiefvater’s Shiver trilogy. As a standalone, this novel is hard to follow—Cole’s crazy antics, Isabel’s dramatics, and their messy history color the plot points, and the stakes are not as clear or as pressing as in the Shiver books. At a glance, the book is a jumble of high-maintenance characters making impulsive decisions, but the elegant descriptions of Cole and Isabel’s emotions are stirring, and their emotional arc is ultimately very satisfying. Stiefvater is clearly a gifted writer, and although the plot takes more room to unfold and the werewolf elements are faint, Sinner is definitely a must-read for fans of the Shiver trilogy.

Cover Comments: I cannot speak about this cover without remembering that the Shiver trilogy got a cover facelift as well, and then crying because they took something so beautiful and made it ugly.

Book borrowed from my library.

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