Perhaps not the most obvious or logical comparisons, but I ardently believe that Maggie Stiefvater is like sleep. After a while without it (sleep), one starts to believe that perhaps it is not necessary or beneficial. But then sleep comes, intoxicating and welcoming and all. And then you realize you were crazy for thinking you could go without it. That, in a nutshell, is my one-sided relationship with Maggie Stiefvater. Like sleep, I am crazy for thinking I could go without her books.
Yes, I just compared Maggie Stiefvater to sleep. But as for Sinner, it’s too phenomenal to be compared to mere worldly things. Sinner, unlike it’s title, is a perfect and flawless piece of literature. Just so you know, I wasn’t particularly an obsessed fan when it came to the Shiver trilogy. Yes, I’ll admit it was pretty good, but I never truly loved it. I always felt the trilogy was a little too soft. Sinner, on the other hand, is explosive and intoxicating and even more gorgeous than Shiver. How. Is. That. Even. Possible.
Maggie Stiefvater, what type of magic are you working on the world? I don’t even need to know. Just keep writing. Now.
What’s most remarkable about Maggie Stiefvater’s achievements is that fact that she can make the worst of characters likeable. I don’t know how she does it. All that I know is that in Sinner, both Cole and Isabel seemed surprisingly human. Considering the fact that I hated them both in the trilogy, that’s saying a lot. Honestly, Isabel and Cole both have these complex emotions that are beautifully depicted and described. Not only do I relate to both of them, but I figuratively become them both. That is the true sign of an author- being able to truly affect a reader without them completely realizing it.
The plot is definitely more like a chick-lit than an urban fantasy. I admit, there were times when I was all “WHERE ARE THE WOLVES,” but of course it was definitely overshadowed by my fangirling moments. This isn’t your typical sappy chick-lit. This is an “OMFG this is pro” type of chick-lit. It’s badass. And AKA (awesomely kickass haha). However, there are some wolf moments. And they’re all interwoven fantastically with the romance of the novel. Ugh, this book is too perfect. Sam and Grace are referenced too quite a bit. Stiefvater provides you with the right amount of closure on them while focusing on the real couple, Cole and Isabel.
While I haven’t completely reviewed all the elements of the book, such as writing style or all, I truly don’t think I need to. Some things are left to the reader, and let’s just say that every reader needs Maggie Stiefvater’s latest book. Definitely buy Sinner when it comes out on the first of July!
Rating: 10 out of 10. You read that right.
Publisher: Scholastic Press (July 1st, 2014)
ISBN #: 9780545654579
Length: 368 pages (Hardcover)