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Sinner – Maggie Stiefvater

SinnerTitle: Sinner
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Publisher: Scholastic
Format: Paperback
Pages: 385
My rating★★★★★

This is the 4th book of the Wolves of Mercy Fall series. When it came out, I wanted to read it as I loved these series about werewolves that shift when the temperature changes. It was good. This part is not about Grace and Sam, the main characters from the first three books. Instead it’s about Cole and Isabel.

What the book is about

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?

What I think about the book

First of all, I think it is necessary to read the whole series before reading Sinner. Even if the main characters aren’t the same, the story does continue and mentions lots of situations that have happened before. One needs the background story to be able to fully enjoy this one.

That being said, it was nice to get to know both Cole and Isabel a lot better than before. I think their ‘relationship’ is a good one for a story. The good girl, the bad boy, falling in love while trying to fight it. He wants her, she doesn’t know what she wants. That concept isn’t new, but it really works out in this book. I also love the writing style of Maggie Stiefvater. It makes me want to read more and the characters sort of come alive on the pages.

I will not say too much, as I don’t want to spoil these series for anyone who hasn’t read them yet. If you like the genre, then I would definitely recommend the whole series.

The Before Now and After Then – Peter Monn

The before nowTitle: The Before Now and After Then
Author: Peter Monn
Publisher: Pen Name Publishing
Format: Kindle
Pages: 304
My rating★★★★★

On Valentine’s Day I was able to ‘purchase’ a few new books for my kindle for free, thanks to my friend Suze. I kind of fell in love with the cover of The Before Now and After Then’. I love old cassettes and the way they remind me of my childhood.

What the book is about

Danny Goldstein has always lived in the shadow of his identical, twin brother Sam. But when a hurricane of events forces him into the spotlight, he starts to realize that the only thing he’s truly afraid of is himself.

With the help of his costume changing friend Cher, a famous gay uncle with a mysterious past of his own, two aging punk rocker parents and Rusty, the boy who will become his something to live for, Danny begins to realize that the music of the heart is truly the soundtrack for living.

What I think about the book

This is one of those cute young adult books that I just had to keep on reading. Danny is a teenager in search for himself. He has no idea of who he really is and losing his twin brother Sam has only made that feeling worse. When he and his mom move to another part of town and he starts a new school, things are changing for Danny.

I really loved all the music that was mentioned in this book. Even if most of the songs are from the 80’s they are certainly awesome classics. Music gives the characters in this story their personalities, it makes the story come alive. Some things are certainly really cute, like how Rusty makes mixed tapes for Danny (How cool is that!) I think that making a mixed tape for someone is very romantic.

Danny describes himself as a normal teenage boy who happens to be in love with another boy. I think that’s true. You could easily swap his character or Rusty’s for any other boy or girl. In love it doesn’t matter who you are and who you fall in love with. And this story makes it so normal that these two happen to be boys. I think that is a really good thing. So yeah, The Before Now and After Then is just a very cute love story of two normal people who both have been hurt before.

The Kindest Thing – Cath Staincliffe

The_kindest_thingTitle: The Kindest Thing
Author: Cath Staincliffe
Publisher: Robinson Publishing
Format: Paperback
Pages: 263
My rating★★★✫✫

I found this book on one of the book fairs I have been to in 2015. ‘What would you sacrifice for love?’ is the question on the cover. Well, I was wondering what the main character was going to do and what she had to sacrifice for love. The theme of this novel is pretty heavy, but I do love a bit of drama.

What the book is about

What would you do? When Deborah reluctantly helps her beloved husband, Neil, end his life and conceals the truth, she is charged with his murder. As the trial unfolds and her daughter Sophie testifies against her, Deborah, still reeling from grief, fights to defend her actions. Twelve jurors hold her fate in their hands – and if found guilty she will serve a life sentence. But is the assisted suicide of a person you love murder?

What I think about the book

This is not a very thick book and I thought I would finish it in just a couple of days. That wasn’t the case. For some reason it took me forever (or 11 days) to finish it. I didn’t really enjoy the way it was written. I just wanted to know what would happen, but the book was quite slow paced and it seemed to drag on.

The Kindest Things goes back and forth between things from the past and things that are happening right now. In the past we learn about Deborah’s family, how she lost both her mum and dad, how she has met Neil and what their relationship was like, but also about Neil’s illness and the troubles they get into with their son. Deborah has got a ton of drama to deal with in her life. It hardly seems fair. Here and now she is standing trial for helping Neil. Guilty or not guilty?

Though I knew that Deborah did help him (which would make her guilty), I tried to sympathize with her. What would I decide if I would be part of a jury? I had no idea. I mean, I would understand it if Neil would want to end his life before his suffering became too much. I just don’t think that I could do what Deborah did. Not like this. I would try to find another (more legal?) way to help Neil. Maybe that’s because we’ve got more options here in the Netherlands? I am not sure how this would work in other countries. So I could not entirely feel sorry for Deborah.

I finished the book and it wasn’t bad, but it also wasn’t as good or exciting as I thought it would be. Therefore I will just give it three stars.

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