Maggie Stiefvater: Sinner (Viettelys in Finnish)
“I’m a werewolf in L.A.” You can’t beat that line, can you? If a novel starts like that, you know you’ve been taken to a ride, and a fast one.
This was the first book by Maggie Stiefvater I read. And it swept my feet under me. It’s a spin off of the Shiver/Mercy Falls trilogy, which I hadn’t read at the time, but it didn’t matter. Stiefvater has the ability to take the reader inside the minds of her characters, in a way you can actually feel their feelings and actions.
The blurb sets expectations that at least for me were not entirely positive, but already on the first page I had to re-check those expectations. This is in no way an ordinary werewolf rock star romance (can you really put together ordinary and werewolf rock star romance?)
Isabel and Cole are characters who have angst and issues overflowing. Their relationship is a continuous roller coaster ride and in Sinner it has moved from Mercy Falls to the L.A. With this change, the wolf part has been swept under a bit. Cole gets his wolf moments, but you could exchange them with any other unhealthy distraction. Which is just fine. In the L.A. setting there’s really no need for a wildlife other than Cole St. Clair himself.
The lives of the main characters are fascinating in their struggle to make sense in themselves and each other and get over their personal ghosts. This could easily end up pathetic and even gross, considering some of the events, but Stiefvater turns it out beautifully enthralling. And at the same time she gives a grand tour to the workings of the entertainment world.
Isabel and Cole stole my compassion and rode me along their story through anguish, pain and delirious happiness with such a force that when I turned the last page of the book, I wasn’t quite sure what had possessed me, but I sure longed for more. So much so, that after reading through the Mercy Falls trilogy (backstory for Sinner, if you will) I had to reread Sinner. It was just as good as the first time.
”Sinner follows Cole St. Clair, a pivotal character from the #1 New York Times bestselling Shiver Trilogy. Everybody thinks they know Cole’s story. Stardom. Addiction. Downfall. Disappearance. But only a few people know Cole’s darkest secret — his ability to shift into a wolf. One of these people is Isabel. At one point, they may have even loved each other. But that feels like a lifetime ago. Now Cole is back. Back in the spotlight. Back in the danger zone. Back in Isabel’s life. Can this sinner be saved? ”