Thursday, July 31, 2014

Book Review: SINNER by Maggie Stiefvater

As the Triple Scoop’s resident Maggie Stiefvater superfan, I thought it would be fitting to make my first ever review one for a Stiefvater book. Her most recent, SINNER, was everything I’ve come to expect in one of Ms. Stiefvater’s books: a page-turning story, beautiful, poetic writing, and character development that is some of the best out there.

SINNER is a companion book to her Wolves of Mercy Falls (aka Shiver) trilogy, and while it can stand alone, I can’t imagine a reader would fully appreciate the story or the two main characters without having read the trilogy first. It helps if you go into SINNER knowing about the tortured relationship between former rock star/current werewolf/science genius Cole St. Clair and bristly, mean-girl Isabel Culpeper. And the trilogy is fun reading, a great intro to Maggie Stiefvater, and I highly recommend you read it anyway.

At the end of the last book in the trilogy, FOREVER, Isabel has left Mercy Falls, Minnesota and her on again off again boyfriend Cole, and has moved with her mother to Los Angeles. SINNER sees Cole follow Isabel to L.A., ostensibly to star in a reality show while reintroducing himself to the world after a long absence (werewolf issues), but actually because he can’t live without Isabel. Whether they can work things out…well I’ll let you read it.

While the Shiver trilogy is solid YA, SINNER tends to lean more toward New Adult, since the characters are now a little older, (Isabel has graduated from high school), and are facing some adult issues and problems.

I had fun reacquainting myself with Cole and Isabel in SINNER, and hope that if you haven’t yet discovered Maggie Stiefvater you check out the Shiver trilogy, and her current work, THE RAVEN CYCLE, which begins with THE RAVEN BOYS.

WARNING: This won’t be the last time you hear me tout the genius of Maggie Stiefvater.

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