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NetGalley Review: Sinner (The Wolves of Mercy Falls #3.5) by Maggie Stiefvater

Scholastic Press Published July 1, 2014 368 Pages
Scholastic Press
Published July 1, 2014
368 Pages

Cole St. Clair is back in L.A. If you read the first three Mercy Falls novel, you would know that Cole was a former rock star, drug addict who lost it all. 

But now he is back in L.A. with a purpose . . . to get his life back on track and for Isabel. But Isabel knows the real Cole, she knows his secrets. Can they make it together or or will their love be a one hit wonder (hahahaha)?

I love me some Maggie Stiefvater. She is a talented writer and I completely loved the Mercy Falls series (Shiver, Linger, Forever). However, with this read I felt some type of way.

This is a love story about redemption, trust and acceptance. This is about Cole getting his life together and Isabel trusting him and herself.

This book felt forced from the beginning. For a man that can change into a wolf, I thought it would cause a lot more drama in this book. Nope. I thought there would be more thrills and more emotion. But Cole, as in the series, was an emotionally detached man and if you didn’t really know him, you would believe that that is all he is.

I can’t say I really like Cole or Isabel. There was too much back and forth in their “relationship.” For most of the book, Cole wasn’t giving Isabel everything and then towards the end of the book Isabel was the one pushing away. I felt that this was written to prolong the book.

Isabel wanted Cole and Cole wanted Isabel but Cole had a lot more issues than Isabel and she wasn’t the greatest supporter or the most understanding either. She threw a lot of fits, which made her seem very immature and a bit ridiculous.  I understand being scared about love but she was just weird.

What I liked about the book was Ms. Maggie’s writing style. It was engaging, the story was told from both points of view and it had a focus. But the book was a bore, there was really no emotional connect between Cole and Isabel like in the series and I feel she wrote the book to give fans what they wanted; not because she felt the need to write it.

Overall: 2.5 Pickles

NetGalley Review: FanGirl_15 by Aimee Roseland

To Be Published July 8, 2014
To Be Published July 8, 2014

Chloe is in love with a fictional character. His name is Lucien and he is part of the Dark Riders series written by her favorite author.

But the problem (other than the love of her life isn’t in reality) is that the author died and there will no longer be a eight book. Completely devastated, Chloe has a mental breakdown at work and falls asleep in the lounge. 

When leaving the office and walking through the parking lot at midnight, Chloe gets hit with a supernatural force that transports her in a alternate reality in which the characters of her book are very much alive.

Determined to give the story a proper ending, Chloe has made it her mission to make things right and that includes not giving into her tempting Lucien.

This book was great. From the time I started it I couldn’t stop laughing at how serious Chloe felt towards her characters. Listen I have been emotional over characters and freak out a bit but Chloe was WOW!

But don’t take it as if I didn’t like her. I liked Chloe because she was true to the book. She was witty and sarcastic but other than that there was no real personality to her. She lived and breathed that series.  I felt that Chloe should have been more developed.

However, that didn’t deter me away from the book. What I liked about the story was the fact that it was just cute. There wasn’t a lot of back-story for the characters that Chloe loves and I understand why. But I didn’t feel anything for them at all. But the enthusiasm Chloe felt to get the story done in the “right” way was contagious. The energy in this story was very high which made for a quick fun read.

What I didn’t like about the story was the relationship between Chloe and Lucien. It was very childish. The I want you but can’t have you the I am going to throw a fit because I don’t she wants me; that right there made me believe that Chloe and Lucien were more teenagers than grown men and women. I felt that there wasn’t a developed romance between the two and there no steam or chemistry.  I didn’t see or even feel it until the end of the novel.

Overall, 3 Pickles.

Book Review: Wolves, Boys and Other Things That Might Kill Me by Kristen Chandler


KJ lives in a small town outside Yellowstone National Park. She is the only daughter to a wildlife/fishing guide and there doesn’t seem much to her other than that. However, she meets Virgil and all of a sudden she is interested in boys and wolves.

The small town she lives in has an issue with the wolves in the area, although they were placed back in the wild to balance out nature. KJ joins her school’s newspaper and with Virgil creates a column about wolves; the good and the bad.

Let’s just say I was disappointed in the book. The title is what instantly caught me; for some reason I love long titles. Secondly, I love the idea the author, Kristen Chandler, was trying to portray. You don’t have to become a wolf to like them or become obsessed. I liked the fact that she didn’t have supernatural beings in this book. However, with that being said there was no wow factor.

KJ herself was nothing special. She had a father, who always seems to be disappointed in her; she was always turning read about the littlest things and she seemed to not have much of a backbone; even when the climax of the story hit, there wasn’t much there.

I understand the books point to be realistic and relatable (the book really had nothing to do with wolves but KJ growing up) but I think that it was misleading. There is a scene in which KJ is stared down by a wolf and she goes on to say that feels different and all of a sudden she starts doing well in math class and becomes editor of the newspaper. This scene is not important at all because nothing is followed up on and it makes the reader believes okay maybe she will stop whining over nothing.

Doesn’t happen.

Although the book wasn’t supernatural I was expecting spark, action and something thrilling but it wasn’t. KJ falls for a boy who happens to take pictures of wolves; she becomes interested and its her against the wolf hating town.  There is no real growth, not even in her father.

This book gets 4 out of 10.