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I Belong

Review: Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater

SinnerTitle: Sinner

Author: Maggie Stiefvater

Genre: YA Paranormal

Series: The Wolves of Mercy Falls (Book #4)

Publication Date: July 1, 2014

Format: Hardcover, 357 Pages

ISBN-10: 0545654572 (Scholastic)

ISBN-13: 978-0545654579 (Scholastic)

Reviewed by: Bridget


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 save each other and the power to tear each other apart. The only thing for certain is that they cannot let go.

Quick & Dirty: I have not read the previous books in this series and this book ended up really not working for me!

Opening Sentence: I am a werewolf in L.A.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Isabel Culpeper left her life in Mercy Falls to start over in California. She had to get away from the pain and the memories that place held. But the longer she is gone the more she comes to realize that you can’t run from your past, it always catches up to you eventually. She never stopped loving Cole St.Clair no matter how hard she tried and when he comes waltzing back into her life she can’t help but fall back into his arms. But did he come to LA for her or did he come for something else? There were a lot of reasons why they didn’t work the first time and Isabel can’t help but wonder if anything has really changed and if it is possible for them to get a happily-ever-after.

Cole knows one thing and it’s that he loves Isabel. He will do anything to get her back. He will give up all his addictions including turning into a wolf. But no matter what he promises, she just keeps pushing him away. Can he prove to her that he is a different man that deserves to be with her before he loses her for good?

Isabel was a hard character to understand at first, but as the story developed I began to see why she acted the way she did and I slowly started to connect with it. But I felt like it was too little too late in the story for me to truly love her as a character. She is so negative and insecure right up front and people like that are always hard to like. She also was so hot and cold with Cole and it drove me insane. I think if I knew more about their relationship this might not have been as much of an issue, but since that wasn’t the case I just found how she treated him annoying. Overall, I think Isabel had potential to be a great character, she just didn’t get there for me.

Cole was interesting and I actually kind of liked him. He is extremely moody and cocky but there was just something about him that I found intriguing! He could be a total conceded jerk but at the same time he could be really sweet. His relationship with Isabel was all over the place but they did have great chemistry. Cole was the best part of the story for me, but sadly he didn’t make up for all the other problems I had with the book.

Sinner is a drama filled romance that I sadly couldn’t get into. This is a companion novel to the Wolves of Mercy Falls series and I thought that would mean you could read it on its own without having read the other books. I was wrong. You definitely should read the other books before trying this one. I actually tried to read Shiver multiple times in the past and I could just never get into the story so going into this I didn’t have high expectations, and sadly, I was not impressed. I think part of the problem was that the characters past was a huge part of the plot and since I haven’t read the other books, I didn’t care or understand what the big deal was with what happened between Cole and Isabel. I felt like there was all this unnecessary drama and I started to get annoyed real quick. There were also a lot of references to other characters and experiences that I didn’t understand. Suffice to say, if you have not read the rest of this series do not try to read this one. I got about 25% in and ended up skimming the rest of the book. If you are a fan of the series, I imagine you will probably love this because the writing was gorgeous and the story was actually intriguing, but for everyone else start at the beginning of the series if you are interested!

Notable Scene:

Hanging up, I opened the door. The car behind us let out the softest of honks as I climbed out. The heat—oh, the heat. It was an emotion. It owned me. The air smelled of forty million cars and forty million flowers. I felt a spasm of pure adrenaline, memory of everything I’d ever done in California and anticipation of everything that could be done.

Leon was staring out plaintively, so I leaned in swiftly. “It’s never too late to change,” I told him.

“I can’t change,” he replied. It crushed him.

The Wolves of Mercy Falls Series:

1. Shiver

2. Linger

3. Forever

4. Sinner


FTC Advisory:  Scholastic provided me with a copy of Sinner.  No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.


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