Monday 8 September 2014

Sinner, Maggie Stiefvater

Pages: 385
Publisher: Scholastic
Release Date: 3rd July 2014
Edition: UK hardback, purchased

Other Titles by this Author: Lament, Ballad, Shiver, Linger, Forever, The Scorpio Races, The Raven Boys, The Dream Thieves

The stunning companion novel to the Shiver, Linger and Forever trilogy.

Everybody thinks they know Cole’s story. Stardom. Addiction. Downfall. Disappearance.

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 loved each other. But that feels like a lifetime ago.

And now their paths cross again. They have the power to save each other and the power to tear each other apart.

The only thing they know for certain is that they cannot let go.

Dear Sinner,

I love the frantic, desperate energy that Cole ran on. It bled through the pages and I felt like I was buzzing along with him, desperate for something to pump me up further, but also waiting for the crash. He’s vibrant and jittery and poised to self-destruct. And my heart ached for him.

I love the way that Isabel wasn’t a different person around Cole; she was just a different, more real, version of herself. Her harshness softened and her hackles went up. Cole is one of the few people that can get under Isabel’s skin and she was so determined not to let him, but she didn’t have a chance.

I love the way that they both demonstrated how you can be one person for yourself and another person for other people and another for other people. The face you put on for the world isn’t necessarily the one you’d choose. You put up barriers and slap on masks to stop the world from getting in and the darkness from getting out. Never was this more evident than when Victor’s death came crashing down on Cole and when Isabel could no longer hide from her parents’ fracturing relationship.

I loved how you felt like a contemp through and through. Cole’s ability to turn into a wolf was more of an escape for him, a drug, than a paranormal element. I also forgot that the whole Shiver trilogy revolved around werewolves; it felt completely separate to Grace and Sam’s story. Isabel and Cole are a whole hot mess on their own.

I love the way that music felt alive. The raw, pulsing, high-inducing feeling of making and loving and being around music seeps through the entire novel, making me itch for a even a shred of musical talent. And when that failed to appear I checked my calendar and worked out just how long it is until my next gig so I can feel the music make my knees vibrate again.

Sinner, you have effortlessly glided into my 2014 favourites and I was completely and utterly immersed within your pages, unwilling to get out and eager to get back in when I did. You’re awesome.

Lots of love,


  1. excellent review! I must read <3

    the other one x

  2. I was under the misguided thought that this book was a whole new spin off story. on characters we hadn't met. and that's partly true. Isebella from the the Shiver series in this, in her move to LA after her brothers death in the last books. but we also have Cole. which was talked about the last book as well. so this is there story in LA. it really didn't have much to do with werewolves like in Shiver, they only talk about a few times, it's Cole new " drug" but that's pretty much it. it's not the focus so much in this. Still really good through!
    tria review


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