Book Review: Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater

SinnerTitle: Sinner

Author: Maggie Stiefvater

Series: Companion to Wolves of Mercy Falls Series

Publisher: Scholastic

Released: July 1, 2014


Book Summary:


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?



First off I honestly think you need to have read the Wolves of Mercy Falls to really love this book.

My ARC says ages: 12 and up but there is no way this book is anywhere near appropriate for a 12 year old. I would classify it as New Adult at bare minimum 16+.

I really enjoyed The Wolves of Mercy Falls series and so I jumped at the chance to read this book.  Maggie is a great writer. I love her writing style. I’m able to overlook some of the content that I wish wasn’t included because I her characters and her storytelling are so amazing.

We are introduced to Cole and Isabel in the Wolves of Mercy Falls series.  There is so much of their back story in those books that I highly suggest reading that series before picking up this book. I don’t think I would have continued on with this story if I didn’t already have a love for both characters and a desire to see them find some peace and happiness together.  There is more “content” then I like and I wouldn’t hand this book over to my teenagers at this point because it is just a little too adult in places.

The writing is beautiful and the story-line is engaging. If you are a Cole and Isabel fan then you should give this book a try. I loved the interactions between Cole and Isabel. They are so attracted to each other and yet both have such strong personalities and opinions that things don’t always go smoothly for them.  In the end this was a highly satisfying conclusion to their story.

There is a sneak peek of the first 3 chapters on Amazon.  I highly recommend you take a look and see if this is a good fit for you.

4 stars

Rating: 4 Stars – Great Book

Content: language, crude comments, implied sex, topless girls… more “new adult” feeling than the Wolves of Mercy Falls books.

Source: Review copy

Coming July 1, 2014 – Pre-order on Amazon



  1. bbshepherd says:

    I’m still in the middle of Linger right now, and will finish the series before reading this. I have to admit that Cole and Isabel are not my favorite characters ever, but I do love Maggie’s writing. 🙂

  2. I haven’t read the series, but I didn’t know about it. If it’s that good, I’ll give it a try 🙂

  3. Darlene Cruz says:

    Her books will leave you breathless, I read it all.