Giveaways


COMING SOON...

August 16, 2014

Suped Up! Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater

Series: The Wolves of Mercy Falls 3.5
Format: eGalley
Release Date: July 1, 2014
Publisher: Scholastic
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Genre: MYA-Paranormal
BLURB:

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?


FAVORITE QUOTE:

I don't really like team sports unless I've invented both the team and the sport. - Cole


Cole St. Clair, returning rock star, and Isabel Culpeper, emotional assassin, became my eyes and ears. As I wrote the hot-cold relationship of two people who took turns being the sinner and the sin... I hope that those who don't need the truth in it will see only the werewolf,  and I hope that those who do need the truth will see only the human.
- Maggie Stiefvater, Foreword, Sinner


I can get addicted to this kind of hot-cold relationship. It's angsty but not slash-my-wrist-with-a-butter-knife kind of angst, it's more like I-love-you-and-it-scares-me. Fans of the series, I know you're with me in saying that WE WANT MORE OF COLE & ISABEL! Maggie Stiefvater, please let them have their spin-off... pretty please with lots of cherry and whip cream on top! 

Anyway, SINNER might be tagged as The Wolves of Mercy Falls 3.5 but it's a full-length novel, picking up a couple of years after Forever. The tone is quite different from the original trilogy, it's grown-up, not as ridden with drama and conflict, and paved with tears. I love that MStiefvater didn't dwell on everything that's wrong in Cole and Isabel's respective personal lives, it wasn't glossed over either, rather it felt like closure as these two have been working out the kinks from the start. 

As for the paranormal aspect, it's barely there. For those of you who are unfamiliar with The Wolves of Mercy Falls, towards the end of the trilogy the characters were able to find a "cure", if you can call it that, to control their wolves. Cole isn't immune to his wolf's calling and there were moments wherein he surrendered to it but it felt more metaphorical, poetic even, than a detailed or important scene. I thought it would bother me that SINNER's supernatural aspect is watered down but it made a lot of sense based on where the trilogy left us and SINNER's premise called for it to be like that. 

Now the blurb may say that this can be read as stand-alone, and I guess you can because this is the next chapter in Cole and Isabel's lives. However I still encourage you to read the first three books so you can get acquainted with their history, the hows, whys, and whats that led them to SINNER. I've been a fan of these two and rooted for them from the beginning because of their intense attraction to each other and their undeniable chemistry. They compliment each other pretty well and it's a no brainer that they should be together. They're both strong individuals who pulled a lot of strength from their problems be it with their family, substance abuse, or personal malfunction, and watching them work through it and gain maturity from all of their shiznit was quite the experience. 

I love everything about SINNER! I'm so thankful that Cole and Isabel's muse pushed and inspired MStiefvater to write this installment. This little trip back to the wolf world she created all those years ago sure is both a treat and a gift to us fans. Not only that, MStiefvater is a phenomenal writer, I've always been a fan of her word plays and ability to draw out emotions from her readers at the slightest provocation. SINNER is not as flowery as The Raven Cycle but it's just as pretty albeit more peppy and contemporary thanks to Cole St. Clair's sense of humor and Isabel's signature teen snark. 

So whether or not you've read The Wolves of Mercy Falls and/or The Raven Boys, or you only read contemporary new adult/young adult, I assure you that you will LOVE SINNER, it's simply transcendent.









27 comments:

  1. I have heard great things about this book and now your review... I want!! I haven't read previous books in the series, but I'm planning to do it, I'm considering listening to the audiobooks. I hope the audios are good too.
    Have a nice weekend.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I don't do audio so I hope it's good. The books are really good & I love the science-y part of the trilogy. It's far fetched but made sense.

      Delete
  2. "I can get addicted to this kind of hot-cold relationship. It's angsty but not slash-my-wrist-with-a-butter-knife kind of angst, it's more like I-love-you-and-it-scares-me." <--- love that and I'm SOLD!

    I loved Cole and Isabel in Forever and have been hesitant to read their story bc I'm afraid if disappintment. Based on your review, that shouldn't be a problem!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Don't miss out on this! It's really good, you'll appreciate this I'm sure of it!

      Delete
  3. I never made it past the first book but with all the great reviews for this one it makes me want to pick them back up and give it a try.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Or you can just pick this up since it can be read as stand-alone.

      Delete
  4. Replies
    1. As it said it can be read as stand-alone, maybe you can skip 3 and read this first and then backtrack later?

      Delete
  5. I hadn't read anything by her before but I loved Sinner. I did feel like I was missing a lot of background but it didn't effect my love for the book or characters.

    Karen @ For What It's Worth

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I remember your review and on that note, I guess you CAN get away with reading this as stand-alone.

      Delete
  6. I don't do the whole shapeshifter fiction thing, but it sounds great for people who like that!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It's really lite, like I said it's glossed over and easily missed if you don't know what to look for. So I think you'll enjoy this

      Delete
  7. Great review, I know they were great characters but they are so damaged and I really disliked Isabel's ice-queen behaviour. It was totally angsty and I don't know why I didn't expect it!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Copared to Katie McGarry's characters, these two are normal.

      Delete
  8. I enjoyed this one too and was so happy she wrote it. I wanted Cole and Isabel, but I really wanted things left open from the trilogy tied up better.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I want more of them and maybe cameos from Grace too'

      Delete
  9. Here is a secret. I HATE Maggie's writing style. I can never get into her books and I always feel bad about that.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Really? Sorry to hear that & I guess its not a secret anymore

      Delete
  10. I can not wait to dig into this one! Loved the whole trilogy and can't wait for more Cole!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You will love this! Cole is such a darling

      Delete
  11. I went on a Stiefvater buying binge a little while ago and picked up the Wolves of Mercy Falls books and this. I couldn't get into The Scorpio Races but love, love The Raven Cycle and was a little hesitant to go all in with this series, but now I feel a lot more confident about it.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I haven't read Scorpion Races and I will take your word for it. I hope you read this series soon, its really good!

      Delete
  12. I have been on the edge about this series, but I know now that I really need to get it on my rotation soon
    Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Do you like contemporary romances YA or NA? If yes then this should work out great for you

      Delete
  13. *sigh* I thought it was kinda funny that we were both spotlighting Cole St. Clair, Braine. I'm so glad you loved Sinner - it's up soon for me. I'm a huge Stiefvater fan, too. Her writing is just incredible. I went to the signing and I love getting the anecdotes behind her writing Sinner. Cole just wouldn't leave her alone. I can't wait...I can't wait!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes, Maggie is an amazing writer! I love her way with words, always so prettily strung

      Delete
  14. I need to read this series so bad, or in fact any book by Maggie!
    I tried the audio book for The Raven Boys but the reader was so monotone and really dragged down the story for me :(

    ReplyDelete

My reviews are subjective & does not reflect that of Talk Supe's followers.

Also I LOVE commenting back so if you're checking out a post, leave a line or two and I promise to visit your blog back. Let's feed each other's blogger soul!