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?
I’ve been waiting on this book for soooooo long, I didn’t think it was ever going to come out!!! Sinner is the stand alone companion book to Maggie Stiefvater’s Shiver trilogy (also known as The Wolves of Mercy Falls series). You really should read the trilogy first, though. This trilogy is one of my favorite series, and Maggie Stiefvater is one of my favorite authors (her Raven Boys series is another fave), so I was extremely excited for Sinner! I’m going to try to rein in my fangirling for this review, and also try to be vague so as not to spoil anything for fans of this series!
Sinner picks up after the events in Forever, the last book in the series. However, unlike the other books in the series, Grace Brisbane and Sam Roth are not the focus of Sinner. Instead, Sinner is about Cole St. Clair and Isabel Culpeper, the secondary characters from the trilogy that I thought constantly stole the show. Cole – the boy we hated to love and Isabel – the girl we loved to hate.
“I am a werewolf in L.A.”
After the events in Forever, her parents separated, and so Isabel moved from Minnesota to Los Angeles with her mom. They are living with Isabel’s divorced aunt and cousin in what Isabel refers to as the “House of Dismay and Ruin.” Still grieving the death of her brother and now the death of her parent’s marriage, Isabel is trying to move on and build a new life by pursuing a career in medicine. She’s harsh, bitter, and blunt to hide her vulnerability. The last thing she needs or expects is Cole St. Clair in her life again.
“I came back for you, Isabel.”
Cole St. Clair shows up in Los Angeles, the city that played a part of his downfall (prior to becoming a wolf), to pursue/restart his music career. But really, he’s there for Isabel. He’s on a path of redemption, and he wants Isabel in his life. He needs her. They have a complicated love – they will either bring each other up or tear each other down.
“There was always room for more monsters in L.A.”
This installment focuses more on romance than the paranormal aspect featured in the trilogy. While Cole is still a wolf, the wolf issue isn’t as prominent as the romance. I still enjoyed and loved it, though. It’s a clever, lovely, snarky, funny, and sweet story. I just can not explain how much I adored this book!! Love Cole and Isabel so much!! Fans of the series shouldn’t be disappointed, I think this book is better than the hype!! It’s awesome, and I highly recommend it!!