Its Sunday and that means that it is time for another book review! This week we are returning to the wolves. Yep, today it is all about Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater. Let’s do this!
I recently reread the whole Wolves Of Mercy Falls trilogy (a series that I have very mixed feelings about) just so that I could finally pick up Sinner. And I have to say, I think that it is the best book in this series.
Sinner still wasn’t an incredible book, but it is definitely the best of the four books in this story. if you have read my reviews for Shiver, Linger and Forever then you will know that my main complaints with it are that Grace and Sam are dull AF and that their relationship feels forced, but also that in a store about the wolves it was actually all about the romance. Well Sinner instantly did better since it was all about Isabel and Cole. But it also never claimed to be anything but a love story. this book exists purely to wrap up the loose ends surrounding the pair. And for that reason alone, it was instantly the best book in the series!
Obviously there are still mentions of the wolves and of Grace and Sam. There are even about 5 transformations in the book, but it isn’t a main storyline. this book would work without it. admittedly, this book is marketed as a standalone companion but you do need to have read the original trilogy or else you won’t have a clue what is going on. But, for the most part, this book is exactly what it said that it would be. The story of Isabel and Cole.
Obviously we have already met these characters so we already know who they are, what their personalities are like, their vices and all that sort of stuff. We have even seen them together before. This meant that the storyline where a very predictable and there wasn’t too much character progression, as most of that had already happened in the original trilogy. But it was nice to see these two end up together and I loved getting to see a little bit more of their relationship. For me at least I have always felt that Cole and Isabel’s relationship feels more real. more genuine. Grace and Sam suffer from major insta-love and a complete lack of chemistry. Where are Cole and Isabel are the complete opposite. They are the slow burn, the instant connection, the undeniable chemistry. The genuine relationship. And that is what made this book interesting to read. the characters actually felt like they liked each other.
I think the strangest thing about reading this book though is how different the writing feels. The final book in the original trilogy, Forever was published in 2011, while Sinner wasn’t published until late 2014. During that hiatus Stiefvater had published the first three books in the Raven Cycle (one of my all-time favourite series). and boy can you tell. Her style has developed so much as an author during those few years. Her writing has gotten more complex and, I don’t want to say better, but better. I can’t even put my finger on what it is exactly that has changed, all I can say is that Stiefvater has grown as a writer and it made Sinner a lot more enjoyable to read.
All in all, I am glad that I have finally read Sinner, even if it was still a bit mediocre, especially compared to some of Stiefvater’s other works.
3.5 out of 5
And there we have it. have you ever read Sinner? What did you think about it? also, I apologise if this review was a bit disjointed, I wrote it as 3 am…. whoops. anyway, I hope that you have enjoyed todays post and I will see you all again very soon.