(The Wolves of Mercy Falls #3.5)
by Maggie Stiefvater
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Publication Date: July 1st 2014
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Genre: Young Adult | Paranormal | Werewolves
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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? (Goodreads)
To be honest, I was a little anxious about starting Sinner, because Cole has been one hot mess from the beginning. I was afraid that I wouldn’t like the outcome of this book, and I seriously had my doubts when I first started reading it. But I was proved wrong, and by none other than Cole himself. Yes, he’s still cocky and conceited, and sometimes I worried about his sanity, but I would really expect nothing less from Cole. He came to L.A. ultimately to be with Isabel, and honestly, I don’t think there’s anyone else in the world that would be better for him. Isabel is such a strong character herself, and she doesn’t put up with anyone’s crap, including Cole’s. These two characters are insanely perfect for each other. It’s so hard to put my thoughts about them into words, but they just work so well together. And when I think back on the rest of the books in the series, they always have.
I really enjoyed the storyline for the book, and I’m super glad that Steifvater decided to write the story. I had always wondered what Cole and Isabel’s future would hold, and now that I know their story, I finally feel like I have closure with the couple.
Since this book is a standalone companion novel, it can be enjoyed by people that have not yet read the The Wolves of Mercy Falls series, but I highly recommend that you read the series beforehand anyways, just to get the back-story and better understand these two characters.
Overall; I thought this book was a great addition to The Wolves of Mercy Falls series. I really think that fans of the series will really enjoy reading this book.