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A breathtaking companion book to the Shiver trilogy by #1 New York Times bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater.


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 love each other and the power to tear each other apart. The only thing for certain is that they cannot let go.

Publisher: New York : Scholastic Press, c2014
ISBN: 9780545654579
Branch Call Number: YA STI
Characteristics: 357 p. ;,22 cm


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Mar 23, 2019

When I found out this book(after finishing the other ones) I literally screamed. I loved Shiver, Linger, and Forever. They were the best books I've read so far. My favorite characters where Grace and Sam, but it was nice to read about Cole and Isabel again.

Chapel_Hill_MarthaW Dec 06, 2018

While the Shiver trilogy isn't my favorite of Maggie Stiefvater's books (I think I perhaps need to accept, at this point in my life, that I just Don't Care About Werewolves?), I really enjoyed Sinner, the unexpected fourth volume -- a sort of epilogue to the series -- because it focuses on my two favorite characters from the original trilogy, Cole and Isabel. The change of setting -- from Minnesota to L.A. -- made for a nice change of pace, and while I can't say for certain that those who loved the original books will be over the moon about this, if you share my opinion -- that Cole & Isabel were hands-down the most interesting people in that trilogy -- then you'll likely enjoy this quite a bit.

Jan 05, 2017

I think these were the scraps that got cut from the previous two books. They should have been left on the floor.
This was a very poor second to the incredible wolf story of Sam & Grace of the previous books. These two secondary characters from the 1st books were not interesting enough to merit their own book.
I love Stiefvater's imagination and her books, but this one was not worth the effort - hers to write or mine to read.

new_art_form Aug 16, 2015

I hate this book and I wanted to stop reading it when I was only halfway through the second chapter. It's probably one of the worst novels I've ever read. I honestly think that Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater should be removed from every library.
It's basically about some once famous singer, who also just happens to be a werewolf (and only a few people know), and how he tries to rebuild his "damaged, drained life" and reconnect with his ex-girlfriend, Isabel.
That's it. Nothing exciting ever happens and there are no scenes that leave you thinking about the characters long after you've finished the book. In fact, I've already forgotten most of the events in this book and I only just read the last page.
Another thing I dislike about this book is that the author is horrible at creating convincing characters. She made all the teenagers talk and act like mature and sophisticated adults, and none of the characters were very three- dimensional.
I'm pretty sure there are a couple of books that came before this one, because the author kept mentioning things that never happened in this book and it was very confusing, so if you are going to read Sinner (and I strongly advise that you don't), I would read the ones that come before it first.
I'd recommend this book to whoever likes suffering through hundreds of pages of bad writing and poorly made characters.
In conclusion, in my opinion, do not, under any circumstance, purchase or check out Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater.

Aug 11, 2015

This follow up book piqued my interest unlike the last two books in the trilogy. The characters are deeply flawed and find themselves in odd situations, but overcome so much.

Mar 10, 2015

“Sinner” is a spin-off of Maggie Stiefvater’s other series, “Shiver”. “Sinner” follows Cole St Claire as he reforms his band, deals with being a werewolf, and tries to woo his former lover Isabel Culpepper. Along the way, Cole must deal with the expectations of others, as well as his own complex relationship with Isabel. Meanwhile, Isabel must not only try to decipher her feelings for Cole, but also must deal with her warring family and her past.

As per usual, Maggie Stiefvater has delivered an incredible, intricate novel. “Sinner” makes use of already-seen characters (both Cole and Isabel were main characters in Stiefvater’s “Shiver” series) but expands on their thoughts, actions, and feelings to give them even more character layers than they had before. The developments that the characters all go through not only makes for an enjoyable, beautiful novel, but also makes the characters seem like real-life people simply recounting their lives. The main setting is Los Angeles, and while used in a stereotypical way (characters head off to Los Angeles for “a brand new beginning!”), it does not feel like any other story involving Los Angeles. The perceivably glamorous, celebrity-filled city is promoted as being harsher and crueler in “Sinner”, which gives the novel a refreshingly dark vibe despite its sunny setting. The plot of the novel is unique and interesting, and is filled with enough twists to keep readers on the edges of their seats.

The author of this review highly recommends “Sinner”. It is a wonderful, elaborate novel that is sure to entertain readers. While it can be read on its own, there are a few times where the events of the “Shiver” series are referenced. There are no real deeper meanings or symbolism in this novel, and it would be better suited as a pleasure read than as an essay book or ‘book talk’ book. The author of this review believes “Sinner” to be suited for ages fourteen and up.

Feb 19, 2015

In the author’s own words Sinner is a “summer-hot, neon-pink, sand-blasted-kiss vacation” and that is just what it feels like. Tense, fraught and begging the question of what makes us human, Sinner is the final encounter with the wolves first met in Stiefvater’s Mercy Falls trilogy. Cole St. Clair, perpetual addict, has arrived in L.A. looking for Isabel Culpepper, perpetual survivor, and the collusion of their reunion sets L.A. on fire…literally. What could have felt incredibly trite – badboy werewolf musician falls for damaged beautiful ice queen – instead offers something sweet, volatile, sexy and raw. Rather than dwell on where Cole and Isabel have been before, Sinner begs the question of whether they have anywhere to go and whether two broken people can ease off the edge of just surviving and find a path back towards living. Here is a story that asks for forgiveness, that begs for acceptance and hopes for another chance. It is beautiful.

Oct 25, 2014

DNF at Chapter 16

I was struggling with Isabel and Cole even in 'Forever' and without Sam and Grace I dunno... There's no growth to these guys. Isabel continues to make me annoyed with all the self-hate she's got going on and Cole is...weird. I'm just getting tired of his antics.

Sep 16, 2014

Not Stiefvater's best writing. It was nice to read about Cole and Isabel again, but there was no character development.

Sep 14, 2014

I loved it. Looking forward to hearing more from these two.

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Jun 22, 2014

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tigerlilies Jun 10, 2015

“It's not about the landing.
It's about the flying.”
- Cole St. Clair


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