Series: The Wolves of Mercy Falls

Sinner [Review]

Posted November 23, 2016 by Emily in Review / 0 Comments

Sinner [Review]Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater
Series: The Wolves of Mercy Falls #4
Published by Scholastic Press on July 1st 2014
Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal
Pages: 357
Series Rating: four-stars
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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.

My Thoughts

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.



Shiver [Review]

Posted February 19, 2015 by Stephanie in Review / 0 Comments

Shiver [Review]Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
Series: The Wolves of Mercy Falls #1
Published by Scholastic Press on August 1st 2009
Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal, Romance
Pages: 390
Format: Paperback, Audiobook
Source: Purchased
Series Rating: four-stars
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For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf—her wolf—is a chilling presence she can't seem to live without.
Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human… until the cold makes him shift back again.
Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It's her wolf. It has to be. But as winter nears, Sam must fight to stay human—or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever.

Books are more real when you read them outside.

I fell for her in summer, my lovely summer girl // From summer she is made, my lovely summer girl // I’d love to spend a winter with my lovely summer girl // But I’m never warm enough for my lovely summer girl // It’s summer when she smiles, I’m laughing like a child // It’s the summer of our lives; we’ll contain it for a while // She holds the heat, the breeze of summer in the circle of her hand // I’d be happy with this summer if it’s all we ever had.

Hope hurt more than the cold.

The idea was immediately unbearable, only because I wanted it to be true so badly it hurt.

Hello, Grace’s parents. I’m Grace’s boyfriend. Please notice the chaste distance between us. I am very responsible and have never had my tongue in your daughter’s mouth.

I liked this book more than I thought I would. I haven’t ever been a really big werewolf kind of gal. I’m usually the bloodthirsty vampire kind of girl, but this book surprised me. I don’t know if it was the way Maggie Stiefvater writes or if it was the story itself. But I really enjoyed this one.

I liked it because it was different than the normal werewolf myths you hear about. And it was absolutely heartbreaking to see that these people lived from shifting for years and then ultimately one year they just don’t shift back into humans and they stay wolves.

I really liked Grace. She was independent. She was strong. She was likable. She was grounded. And then Sam was the complete opposite. Not that he wasn’t independent, but he depended on other people. As to where Grace depended on no one but herself. I even liked the secondary characters like Rachel, Olivia, and Isabel. I felt sorry for Isabel when she was trying to find out what happened to her brother.

I hated Grace’s parents. They’re just so not the kind of parents I would want or want to be. They weren’t there. They didn’t care about anything other than themselves. That’s just not okay with me. But I think Grace was better off without them!

I’m definitely going to be continuing this series and can’t wait to get my hands on the next 2 books! If you haven’t read this series yet and are in the mood for paranormal, you should definitely check this book out!

Let’s talk about it. Did you read Shiver? Or any other of Maggie’s books? What did you think of them? Leave your thoughts in the comments! 🙂