Sinner – Maggie Stiefvater


Sinner is the fourth and final book in The Wolves of Mercy Falls series that I have been obsessed with over the past few months. Apparently though I was a little late to the party as this was a series that many people enjoyed years before and I have noticed a lot of people are ‘over’ the shapeshifting romances of our teenage years.

Sinner focuses primarily on Cole St Clair and Isabel Culpeper, as Cole travels to California to make money from his celebrity lifestyle as the lead singer in a band. Clean and sober after turning his life around he gambles with his previous addictions by staring in a reality TV show on remaking the band and writing an album. Isabel had moved to California previously with her mother after her parent’s separation and Cole is determined to try and patch their relationship and make things better again.

I found this book a little strange as it mentioned Sam and Grace the protagonist couple from the first three books on two occasions and all that entailed was a phone call. It seemed very odd that the third book ended suddenly in suspense, leaving the reader guessing at how the pack’s life had changed and their new surroundings, whether a medical cure was ever fully created and what caused it. Sinner seems to brush over the major questions and left me asking more rather than having my already burning questions answered.

Not only that but I felt this book moved a little slow compared to the others, Cole is a very exciting and unpredictable character and yet his actions in this book were almost expected of him. I enjoyed his relationship with Isabel and was happy at the start to see their usual love-hate drama play out but after half a book’s worth of the same yes, no and maybes I hate to admit I was getting a little bored.

In saying that, I completely contradict myself because I still did enjoy this book and the new characters introduced. Jeremy who had been mentioned in the previous books as Cole’s bassist was an interesting character who took life at his own pace. Isabel’s mother had a bigger part in the book and so did her extended family such as her cousin who was subdued and in pain from her parent’s separation. There were some eccentric and unpredictable characters in the book that added a little bit of spark to the plot but overall I wish there had have been a small part of the plot take part in Mercy Falls and wrap up the previous storyline.

I am glad I read the entire series because I really liked Cole and Isabel’s characters and their relationship. They were feistier and had more attitude than Sam and Grace giving the book a slight twist in the plot. Overall I gave Sinner a 3 out of 5 on Goodreads because there were some parts I felt not fully developed and that I would have liked to have seen more of. If I’m completely honest though, readers could stop after the first three books unless they want to continue the story of Isabel and Cole.


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