Book Review: SINNER by Maggie Stiefvater

July 19, 2014, Posted by Sara at 6:00 am

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? –


Why I Picked this book up:

Because it said Maggie Stiefvater on it. And I was sent a copy. :)


Initial Reaction:

I’m in love. I’m in love all over again as I have been transported back into the world of wolves . . .


When I was hooked:

From the first sentence! “I am a werewolf in L.A.”


What other books would I compare this book to:

While this is a companion book, it is technically part of the SHIVER series by Maggie Stiefvater. If you haven’t read them, drop everything and head to your nearest book store! This SHIVER series, in my opinion, should be on every YA must-read list.


Favorite Quotes:

“Really it wasn’t exhausting to be recognized. It was exhausting to feel alone in a crowd.” (pg. 68)

“Tomorrow brought exactly what you told it to bring. If you told it nothing, nothing was what you got. I was done with nothing. I wanted something. No. I wanted everything.” (pg. 108)

“It seemed on the surface like a stupid thing to say, but I knew exactly what he meant. I knew just how it felt when your worst fear was that you would be yourself.” (pg. 201)

“The human body doesn’t want to get hurt. There was something wrong with me, because sometimes I didn’t care. There was something wrong with me, because sometimes I wanted it. We fear death; we fear the void; we scrabble to keep our pulses. I was the void. What are you afraid of?” (pg. 256)


Final Thoughts:

Maggie is one of those people that I just want to sit down and talk to. I want an insight into her brain because frankly, I think she is amazing. As a writer, her work is something I aspire to. This book should have taken me a day to read yet, I found that it took me much longer! At first, I was concerned. Am I not hooked? No, I love it. Is it boring? No, I need to know what happens in the Cole/Isabel saga. Finally, after a few days, I realized that it was because I was reading this book slowly. As in savoring every single word because it was so beautiful.I mean, I was completely lost in the prose.

It has been a few years since the SHIVER trilogy finished, but I fell right back in love with Cole and Isabel. I noticed something about Cole in this book that I hadn’t noticed before. He spends most of his time trying to be rather flat. Trying to let everyone believe that he is a certain  person. People think they know what he will say and how he will react  when in reality, he is quite complex. Maggie builds up her characters in a way that allows the reader to truly know them and to fall in love with them. . The reader doesn’t see Cole as a selfish movie star but as someone much more. Somehow he must find his way back both to himself and to Isabel. He must discover how to balance, Isabel, music, and the wolf side. I know if might sound kind of strange, but really, it’s brilliant. BRILLIANT!

SINNER isn’t a story about werewolves. It isn’t a story about a musician. It isn’t a story about love. It somehow manages to take all of these and create it’s own genre. A genre that I will continue to read over and over again. Thank you Maggie for another amazing book!

For more information, check out the following links:


Maggie’s Website

Happy Reading!


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  1. I am so late to the bandwagon in terms of reading Stiefvater’s books! I’ve somehow only read The Scorpio Races. I’m definitely going to need to change that soon. Thanks for the great review!

  2. I watched him drag 3 Cincinnati Bengal defenders halfway into the endzone before he went down on about a 6 yard scoring run,ugg sheepskin cuff boot.. Why we do what we do is bigger than wins and losses, and to help create opportunities for young men on and off the field for their futures is really what we do, and football is just football.. But this still felt very cliche as though they were checking off the list of things they needed to do for this set up. The April 3, 1930 Siluria Village,ugg

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