by Maggie Stiefvater Series: The Wolves of Mercy Falls #4 Published by Scholastic Press
on July 1st 2014 Genres: Young Adult
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found.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.
lost. 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?
sinner.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.
I’m such a sucker for Cole and Isabel. In all honesty, they’re probably my original OTP. So, imagine my surprise when I was scrolling through Instagram only to pass a fan art of the amazing pair. Naturally, the only way to handle that was to dig through my Kindle archive and reread Sinner. And, boy, am I glad I did.
I had forgotten how much I love Cole. I had forgotten how much I adored Isabel. And I had forgotten how much I reveled in Maggie Stiefvater’s writing.
Cole and Isabel are at their best in their book of the series. The journeys and bounds they made in the previous books prove to be only the beginning or their climb out of the rabbit hole. And really, if you’re like me, you’ll spend most of the book screaming, “The only way out is together!” The ebb and flow of their relationship keeps the pages flying. Are they together? Aren’t they? How are you going to explain this situation away, Cole? It’s a never-ending wheel of questions and face-palms and glorious shipping.
Then there’s Maggie’s writing. It’s always perfect. It’s always reflective of the characters and their personalities and reveals all you need and just quite not enough. I highlighted entire chapters of this book. The creative word weaving and storytelling still captivates me as if it were my first time reading the book.
All in all, I could probably read books about Cole and Isabel’s escapades for the rest of my life and still be left craving more. These two are dynamic and destined for one another, and Sinner is just the novel to tell their story in full.
The Sleeping Prince
by Melinda Salisbury Series: The Sin Eater's Daughter #2 Published by Scholastic Press
on May 31st 2016 Genres: Fantasy
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336 Goodreads Series Rating: Buy on Amazon
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Return to the darkly beautiful world of The Sin Eater's Daughter with a sequel that will leave you awed, terrified . . . and desperate for more.
Ever since her brother Lief disappeared, Errin's life has gone from bad to worse. Not only must she care for her sick mother, she has to scrape together rent money by selling illegal herbal cures. But none of that compares to the threat of the vengeful Sleeping Prince whom the Queen just awoke from his enchanted sleep.
When her village is evacuated as part of the war against the Sleeping Prince, Errin is left desperate and homeless. The only person she can turn to is the mysterious Silas, a young man who buys deadly poisons from Errin, but won't reveal why he needs them. Silas promises to help her, but when he vanishes, Errin must journey across a kingdom on the brink of war to seek another way to save her mother and herself. But what she finds shatters everything she believed about her world, and with the Sleeping Prince drawing nearer, Errin must make a heartbreaking choice that could affect the whole kingdom.
You know you’re desperate for a book when you pay for shipping just to get the UK version before the US edition is released. Which is exactly what I did for this book. And it was worth it. I loved The Sin Eater’s Daughter and devoured it in one day, but I never fully connected with Twylla. The tables turned in this novel. I adored Errin. She was relatable and hardworking. I loved her character. And don’t get me started on Silas. Mysterious and secretive love interests always manage to put me in a tizzy.
As with The Sin Eater’s Daughter, this book has so many plot twists and surprises that I was kept on my toes. Plus, the Sleeping Prince is super creepy and super twisted. He makes for the perfect villain, who will probably only get more terrifying in the next book.
There’s still so many questions to be answered in this series, and the ending of this book killed me. I’m chomping at the bit to find out what happens next. And, if I’m being honest, I’ll probably happily shell out the cash to ship myself the UK edition again. The Scarecrow Queen, get here soon please. I need you.