by Maggie Stiefvater
Release date: July 1, 2014
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Scholastic Press
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?
Fictitious Delicious Rating: 5+
Have you ever read a book that you didn't even know you needed to make your life a better place to live in? That's what SINNER was for me. Don't get me wrong, I was super excited to hear that we were getting a book about Cole and Isabel, but I didn't realize just how much I needed it. I was completely content with the way The Wolves of Mercy series ended with FOREVER and it wasn't until I finished this book that I realized I really needed more Cole in my life. And not just because he's hot. Because his story was unfinished.
Cole is one of those characters that is difficult to classify into one category. He's a garden-fresh yellow onion with lots of layers. Taking off the skin is easy, but you'll be in tears once you start peeling back the layers under the skin that isn't as thick as it appears. I envy readers who can't relate to at least one of the parts of Cole St. Clair that have shaped his public persona. I have empathy for those who can relate to way he has chosen to cope with those parts of him that eat away at him every. single. day. Cole St. Clair owns a pretty big portion of my heart. The prose Stiefvater uses to tell his story is genius. GENIUS.
And Isabel Culpeper? I love her almost as much as I love Cole. It's easy to see why Cole is so drawn to her. She, too, has issues that could fill up thirteen 150 page journals written in small, cursive letters. There is certainly an element of dysfunction in their relationship, but you know what it ISN'T? Co-dependent. Isabel calls Cole out on his shit and he does the same with her. Oh, the angst! The delicious kind that make you go back for seconds.
Wanna know how much I loved this book? I drove 409.3 miles to Naperville, IL, to get my hands on a signed copy of this book and one of those fancypants book covers that Stiefvater created. THAT'S how much I loved this book. (OK, fine. I went to a One Direction concert while I was there, too.)
The other thing this book did was ignite a fire under my Maggie-crush. I fell in love with her all over again. I'll be picking up the entire Wolves of Mercy Falls series in December as a part of my annual "Reading Rewind" feature. Hey! You should consider joining me! Da.