Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater

Publication Date: July 2014

Pages: 357

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.

Rating: ★★★★★
5.00 stars

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I am giving away three Sinner advanced review copies to Tumblr people, and because I dislike complicated rules, all you have to do is reblog these two images with the following text or some version of it that doesn’t hurt your soul:

"Sinner, the standalone companion to the #1 NYT Bestselling Shiver series, coming July 1. Custom book wrapper if you pre-order from Fountain Bookstore.”

and you’re entered. International is fine. Only one reblog counts, so if you fall asleep on your keyboard and accidentally reblog it fourteen times, that is still one entry. “Likes” don’t count. It’s running from today until May 31st, when I’ll pick three random reblogs to win.

mylovelysummergirl’s summer reading list 2014

I really cannot wait to read them, every book promises so much. Have you read one of them? Which is your favourite? 

The Museum Of Intangible Things by Wendy Wunder

Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

Open Road Summer by Emery Lord

Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler

Anna And The French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith

Last Chance by Sarah Dessen

It’s Not Summer Without You by Jenny Han

We’ll Always Have Summer by Jenny Han

Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater (not in the picture)


Kirkus Reviews just reviewed SINNER and called it “A spectacularly messy, emotionally oh-so-human romance.” (full review here)

Publishers Weekly also reviewed it and said: “… Stiefvater’s talent for wordcraft and her powers of observation are as sharp as ever, and the L.A. setting gives her even more cause than usual to treat cars like characters.

I feel deeply understood.

And first three chapters here. The rest on July 1. Also, I just got the final proofs in for the custom book wrappers (that you can get at any of the tour stops or if you pre-order from Fountain Bookstore) and they are looking pretty great.

This weekend, I was toying around with Photoshop, sacrificed 20% of my eyesight to the gods Ghibli, and there was this GIF of my creation. And since in 55 short days, BEWARE THE WILD will arrive in the world, I figure this means it’s time for a GIFaway!

(I’m sorry).

(I’m not sorry). 

However, there’s a catch. I only have one remaining ARC, and I’m afraid to say it’s not in great shape as it’s been defaced by maggie-stiefvater and a silver sharpie.

In the interest of full disclosure, I’m including a picture so you can judge for yourself.

Want it? All you need to do is reblog this post or post the GIF above plus some version of….

"Southern Gothic gets a whole new twist in Natalie C. Parker’s debut novel. Beware the Wild is a riveting and atmospheric page-turner readers won’t want to miss! Pre-order your copy now!”

….sometime in the next 24 hours and you’re entered. US only, please. Only one re/blog counts and “likes” do not count. Use #Beware the Wild Contest.

BONUS, I have something else to throw into the pot. No, it’s not another GIF.

(I regret I have but one GIF to GIF!)

(……still not sorry).

To keep with this theme of beasts on wheels (which, oddly enough, refer to the doodles AND Maggie), I’m also including this doodled upon UK ARC of SINNER.   

I’ll post the winner on Tuesday, August 26th at 1pm CST

Good luck!

(GIF base photos via Flickr Creative Commons by Daniel Oines & David Talley)

My TBR pile that I need to get started on. I’ve had a slow past weeks but I’m ready to get back into things.

I have already read Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater and The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin will be a reread.