Sinner Review

by Maggie Stiefvater (Published July 1, 2014)



Cole St. Clair has come to California for one reason: to get Isabel Culpeper back. She fled from his damaged, drained life, and damaged and drained it even more. He doesn’t just want her. He needs her.

Isabel is trying to build herself a life in Los Angeles. It’s not really working. She can play the game as well as all the other fakes…but what’s the point? What is there to win?

Cole and Isabel share a past that never seemed to have a future. They have the power to save each other and the power to tear each other apart. The only thing for certain is that they cannot let go.


If you have not read the book yet, do not continue. Spoilers ahead.


What I Liked:

He is a beautiful and complex character that I was in love with the first time he was mentioned in Shiver. This half book helps us see more into his world and why being a werewolf is such a big asset to what he does. I also like the way he acts, he knows who he is and who he needs to be. He also knows what he wants (most of the time). He seems believable. We all know celebrities are not the exact same as they appear on camera, and this is basically an insight to those famous people.
Cisabel (Cole & Isabel).
Their relationship was usually goals. Can you say OTP? Although it could occasionally be problematic, no matter what, whether they knew it or not, they loved each other. They kept each other grounded as well, if one felt a little wonky, the other would simply be there and they’d feel better. They also cover and care, like when Isabel helped Cole out when he started the fire in her store.
Stiefvater’s writing style.
She puts us in the character’s brain. She writes like people think. When you think, you may rethink what you’re saying. Y’know, stop mid-sentence, and change what you’ve thought. She writes that. Being proper doesn’t seem to matter. What matters to her, is that we are able to be one with the character. This makes her character’s more believable. What person thinks perfectly. Not many!

What I Didn’t Like:

She’s so indecisive. At first I thought she was doing the thing, I wanted to be her, I thought she was great. But then she kept changing her mind. She didn’t know if she wanted to be with Cole. She didn’t know whether or not she wanted to sleep with her boss’ boyfriend. She always wanted something, and when that thing came around, she didn’t want it anymore. This caused her to be problematic.  Because then she’d go off crying or banging something up and that usually brought her back to Cole and then she’d have another problem being with him.

Overall Thoughts:

The Wolves of Mercy Falls is my favorite series. Maggie Stiefvater is one of my favorite authors. Cole is my favorite character of this series. Of course I’m going to like this novel. How could I not? Its a whole novel based on Cole St. Clair and his rebirth into the music industry. If only NARKOTIKA was an actual band…


5/5 stars. 10/10 stars.

Favorite Quote(s):

“‘I came here for you.'” (Cole) – pg. 353
“‘Then we kissed the perfect kiss.'” (Isabel) – pg. 354

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