Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater
Publication Date: July 2014
Goodreads Rating: 4.09
After risking herself to save the werewolves, Isabel was carted back to California with her family. Time has passed and Isabel is going through the motions, work, school, a home falling apart. Then Cole shows up. Cole has come to California seeking one thing, Isabel. He is a hectic and difficult person, and Isabel is afraid to feel anything that may let her down in the end. But maybe, they can save each other.
Sinner was released three years after Forever and it is obvious to any reader that Maggie Stiefvater’s already impressive writing has improved by leaps and bounds. Sinner focuses are two of my favorite characters, Cole and Isabel, from the original trilogy, and wraps up their story so perfectly that I was loathe to finish it. While Sinner doesn’t focus on the werewolf aspect as much as the previous three books, it is an incredible story of character development and love.
Cole and Isabel make this novel. Their depth, their development, their love story, and their voices are incredibly well done and the story Stiefvater tells is incredible, touching, and even outright hilarious with its wit and charm. Seeing Isabel and Cole come into their own and have their full story come together was perfect and this is easily the best book of the Wolves of Mercy Falls series, despite being a spin-off.
Maggie Stiefvater’s writing has improved so much in three years and I look forward so much to picking up her other books from her older novels to the newer series such as The Raven Boys. I highly recommend the Wolves of Mercy Falls series and encourage any already fans to pick up my favorite of the series, Sinner.