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 Faerie Guardian – Rachel Morgan

Faerie GuardianTitle: The Faerie Guardian (Creepy Hollow #1)
Author: Rachel Morgan
Format: Kindle
Pages: 298
My rating: ★★★✫✫

I got a review copy of Creepy Hollow – Violet’s Story via Ebooks for Review for an honest review. This omnibus contains the first three parts of the Creepy Hollow series. Since I will join Paperback Summer I have decided to take a break from these series for now and read some paperbacks first and therefore I will review the first part of the series already.

What the book is about

Protecting humans from dangerous magical creatures is all in a day’s work for a faerie training to be a guardian. Seventeen-year-old Violet Fairdale knows this better than anyone—she’s about to become the best guardian the Guild has seen in years. That is, until a cute human boy who can somehow see through her faerie glamor follows her into the Fae realm. Now she’s broken Guild Law, a crime that could lead to her expulsion.

The last thing Vi wants to do is spend any more time with the boy who got her into this mess, but the Guild requires that she return Nate to his home and make him forget everything he’s discovered of the Fae realm. Easy, right? Not when you factor in evil faeries, long-lost family members, and inconvenient feelings of the romantic kind. Vi is about to find herself tangled up in a dangerous plot—and it’ll take all her training to get out alive.

What I think about the book

I really love fantasy stories, but I am not so sure about this one. There is nothing wrong with the female main character Violet. She is just your usual kick ass heroine. Still the book didn’t really get to me as those kind of series usually do.

I found the plot of this book quite chaotic. Events were happening rather quickly and sometimes it felt more like a list of what was happening in Violet’s life than an actual story. There was just too much going on and I was missing quite a few details. I think with all that was going on, Rachel Morgan could have written at least three books about Violet.

So even though the story has a certain potential and it is certainly not all bad, it didn’t become my favorite at all. I am wondering if I should go on to the second part of the series. Will it get better or worse? Since many people seem to love it so much, I think I am willing to give it a try.

Discern – Andrea Pearson

DiscernTitle: Discern (Katon University #1)
Author: Andrea Pearson
Pages: 294
My rating★★★★✫

I got this book as a review copy from eBooks for Review. It sounded quite interesting and I was definitely in the mood for a good young adult story. I mean, come on: Magic, spiders and other creepy creatures. So I started to read it as soon as I had time.

What the book is about

Nicole Williams is an Arete—a fourth child with magical abilities—yet no matter how hard she tries, she can’t Channel her power. In fact, she seems to be the only student at Katon University who fails at magic.

That doesn’t stop magic from finding her. It starts with possessed books and cursed spiders before moving quickly to freaky shadows and magical currents. Nicole turns to her best friend for help, along with fellow student Austin Young, who is considered by all a magical rarity. He also happens to be the hottest guy on campus and just might be interested in her.

Nicole soon finds herself competing to be included on a university-led expedition to Arches National Park. She is determined to show everyone, but mostly herself, that she does belong. Yet, to qualify for the trip, she must produce at least a speck of Wind magic, and that appears to be impossible.

As the competition progresses, Nicole wonders if she’s making the right choice—especially when she learns that the strange fossils they’ll be studying in Arches might not be as dead as everyone thinks.

What I thought about the book 

I really enjoyed this book. It was fast paced and I finished it in no time. I instantly liked the main character, Nicole, and her best friend Lizzie. She is a hard working student, who can do awesome stuff with her cello and she’s a sweet friend. If only she could use her magic her life would be even better. If she finds out that she can go on an expedition, she really wants to do it. The only problem is that she will have to be able to use her magic if she wants to be on the team. That might be a problem, but as she is the main character, she will find a way to deal with that. I mean, why mention the expedition if she can’t come?

But OMG the spiders in the apartment gave me the creeps. I was reading this book at night and I am not afraid of spiders, but there were so many of them and it was just creepy. I could nearly see them crawling in my own bedroom. If you are afraid of spiders you might want to think twice before reading this book. Some other moments were pretty scary as well. It does fit the genre, so I didn’t mind.

The end of this book is not the end of the story, as it is the first part of the Katon University series. There is a lot about this story that I still want to know, so I definitely want to read part two of this series. It won’t come out before 2015, so I have to wait a little on that one, but I will definitely put the second book on my wishlist.

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