Posted October 5, 2017 by Allie Burke in Books

Book Preview: Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater

Maggie Stiefvater
YA Paranormal
1 July 2014
368 pages

I really wanted to read this book as soon as I heard about it. Stiefvater’s The Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy was definitely one of the first paranormal works in the YA genre that I absolutely loved. It was the first book I read set to alternate perceptions between characters in the first person. The surreal way the story was told pulled me into Stiefvater’s aura, and I have been one of her biggest fans ever since. After that, I wanted to read Sinner so much, in fact, that I nearly bought a signed copy.

But then it got me thinking about genre works and how authors sometimes hold onto their series and put out all these side books (at the publisher’s recommendation, I am sure) to make lots of money. Which is fine, but, from a reader’s standpoint, I like to be left with some untold room for my imagination to roam. I rather liked (loved) the idea of Cole and Isabel’s story coupled with the fact that I had no idea what happened or what would happen with them (much like Sam and Grace).

But then Kirkus went and said:

“A spectacularly messy, emotionally oh-so-human romance.”

And then I said, oh, man, because I have to read it now. Not that I listen to everything Kirkus says, but, well, yeah, I basically listen to everything Kirkus says.

They went on to say:

“Stiefvater is not overreliant on misunderstandings between the two narrators, as too many other romance writers are, instead opting for a believable, realistic portrayal of damaged people struggling to fit their quirks together in a relationship. The relationship between the richly drawn characters is the heart of the book—it is light on paranormal and wolf action. Cole and Isabel are both jerks, but they are jerks with hearts, and they keep up with each other’s witty banter.”

So it looks like I will, ultimately, be reading Sinner, albeit against my own will.

What about you? Will you be picking up Sinner in July?

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Allison “Allie” Burke is a published novelist and editor who enjoys Weird Things like reading six YA novels in a day, drinking coffee at all the wrong times, and rambling on about Things No One Has Ever Heard Of to people who are not really listening. She loves vampires – but only on TV, not in books (except that one time) – and expresses herself using the F-word more in a day than is acceptable in any human being’s lifetime. She often Capitalizes Things That Are Not Technically Supposed To Be Capitalized, like that one girl from that one book. Her favorite book is The Fault In Our Stars, and she is terrified of Good Books Being Turned Into Movies That Suck.