Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater (Review)

18406862 ~~Received this ARC in Bookcon 2014~~

Synopsis: 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.


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?


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.

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance

Cover: This is the typical cover for the Wolves of Mercy Falls books which I love. It’s mysterious and captivating without being flashy.  

My thoughts: My favorite characters from The Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy were Cole and Isabel. The fact that this novel was centered around these two lovely, dark, and intriguing people made me ecstatic to read this story. Sinner picks up with Cole moving to L.A. for one reason- Isabel. Isabel is studying to become a doctor while Cole chose to reappear into the spotlight by agreeing to film a reality show. This show takes Cole on a journey through his life now that he is sober and drug free while writing a new album.

In the Mercy Falls trilogy, the world thought that Cole had died, but now that he is back, everyone wants a piece of him. Baby, the celebrity funding his reality show, is bringing people into Cole’s life that he would rather be left alone. Fans constantly wonder about Cole’s old band mate who fell under the influence of the life of a werewolf back in Minnesota. And lastly there is Isabel, reluctant to fall for him again considering his lengthy track record for making mistakes. Isabel is hardened to the world around her. She doesn’t understand why her cousin is an introvert. She doesn’t sympathize with her parents’ relationship crumbling over time. And she most certainly does not believe that Cole came to L.A. to win her heart back without an ulterior motive.

When these two characters meet again after everything that has happened in Minnesota, there is no turning back from the events they go through. From block parties to having a picnic in a cemetery, Cole and Isabel come to terms with the fact that they need each other more than they ever knew in order to survive living in L.A.

Maggie Stiefvater manages to entrap readers differently in each story she writes that appeals to every reader. In  this spin off of The Wolves of Mercy Falls, she shows us two broken people, one numbed to the world around her and one who feels too much. Cole is burdened by the expectations put on by his fans and celebrities until he succumbs to the temporary bliss of turning into a werewolf in the bathroom of his expensive California apartment. Isabel is cold and is afraid to let anyone in because she has been burned too much in the past to trust anyone. Together they both rekindle their love that is fresh and different from other love stories I have read.

I loved this book because Cole and Isabel are such beautifully broken people struggling to find themselves. They both tell the truth without effort and say the funniest things even during the times they struggle the most. That is until they both begin spending more time together like they did back in Minnesota and learn to let go of their worries and love each other without abandon. Isabel’s sarcasm made me laugh out loud along with Cole’s dry humor and spontaneous behavior. This quick read is closure for their relationship and shows the pressures they live through while falling in love again. The supporting characters such as Cole’s chauffeur, his bassist from NARKOTIKA, and Isabel’s shy cousin provided the protagonists with the advice and positivity they needed during the roughest moments.

Maggie Stiefvater said this was one of the truest  books she has written, and she is very, very correct. It showed a extraordinary type of love between an anxiety ridden rockstar and a sarcastic and cold-hearted girl who thawed out as she fell in love again. The story portrayed two characters darkened by their past learn to find a shred of light and happiness with the help of love, music, and unlikely friends in the midst of a fast paced city full of change. 

Rating: ★★★★★  


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