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SinnerFrom Goodreads: A standalone companion book to the internationally bestselling Shiver Trilogy.

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?

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I am sorry to say that this novel just isn’t for me. I read the Shiver trilogy a long time ago, and I remember I liked it well enough, but this companion novel just didn’t do anything for me. I didn’t care for the characters, especially cryptic Cole St. Clair, and while I did enjoy the idea of a reality TV show, nothing much seemed to happen for the majority of the book aside from tension between Cole and Isabel. The pacing was just too slow for me, and while it is well written, it just isn’t my style. If you’ve thoroughly enjoyed Stiefvater’s Shiver trilogy, though, I’d say you’d probably really enjoy this one, as well.  Two stars for me, though.

2 stars

I received this novel from the publisher, via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.

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Yesterday, I went to a signing at The Children’s Bookstore in Baltimore to see the amazing Maggie Stiefvater. As she drives cross country on her Sinner Tour, complete with exclusive Sinner book wrappers drawn by Maggie herself, which Scholastic then printed up specifically for this tour, Maggie is stopping in 16 cities to speak and sign books.  I was lucky enough that she came close to me, and so I drove out to Baltimore with some friends specifically to purchase two copies of Sinner because I covet the book wrappers–I mean, who wouldn’t?  Look at it:

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Yeah, that is amazing!  And as it wraps around the hardcover, I knew I HAD to have it.  And of course, I knew I HAD to pick up one for a giveaway, too, because I love you guys and I wanted you to have the opportunity to have one as well.

But anyway, I digress.  The signing was full of strange fun, beginning when Maggie pulled up to The Children’s Bookstore just a few minutes prior to 4pm, where she, and we, witnessed the bookseller being run over by a woman in an SUV who REFUSED to park somewhere else and told the bookseller that The Children’s Bookstore couldn’t hold the spot for the author coming to sign.  Yeah… that woman wasn’t let into the store.  But again, I digress.  Maggie did eventually get a parking spot because a dedicated fan moved her own car for her, and Maggie was able to park her beautiful muscle car, Loki, and come inside for the signing–she got out of her car all rocker chick, carrying her skateboard, and it was just perfect.

Once Maggie was inside, we all crammed ourselves into the teeny tiny little shop with no air conditioning (I don’t think this store had any idea of the magnitude of people Maggie’s presences would bring), where Maggie had to stand on a table to be seen by everyone, and we listened to her speak for upwards of 45 minutes, regaling us with stories of her own band, her car, writing, and life in general. It was humorous, but hot.

Maggie Signing

And then, there was the signing.  As chaotic and hot as it was, I did get to meet two really awesome people while waiting in line: Ashley from Books by Migs and Sarah Whitsted (seriously, these two ladies are gems, check out their blogs and like them on social media), and we chatted about everything under the sun, but mainly books.  And of course, Maggie was a sweetheart when I finally got to her table, where she signed all my books, two book wrappers, and some bookmarks for me as well.

And now, I’m paying it forward.  I have a hardcover of Sinner up for grabs, as well as the signed book wrapper, a signed Sinner bookmark, and TONS of other awesome swag for giveaway.  But first, check out how awesome Sinner looks when it’s wrapped up…

Book Wrapper

What you see above is actually the physical copy of the novel I’m giving away, and what you see below is EVERYTHING the winner of this massive giveaway is going to win:

What You Win

And breathe…

Here’s a detailed list of everything you can win:

What you’ll win:

  • Signed Hardcover of Sinner by Maggie Stievfater
  • Signed Book Wrapper of Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater
  • Captivate Coaster signed by Amy Miles
  • UtopYA 2014 Pen from Amber Garr
  • Wildflower Seed Packet signed by Elizabeth Sharp
  • “Love” Bangle

PLUS:

Signed Bookmarks from:

  • Maggie Stiefvater—Sinner
  • Brenda Pandos—Everblue
  • Georgia Cates—Beauty From Pain
  • Jennifer L. Armentrout—White Hot Kiss
  • Bella Roccaforte—The Ink Series
  • Michelle N. Files—Soul Survivor
  • Katja Millay—The Sea of Tranquility
  • Dani Hart—A Firefighter’s Flame
  • Kristie Cook—Power
  • Kristie Cook—The Space Between
  • Jon Messenger—Water Shaper
  • Paulina Ulrich—Chosen
  • Casey Peeler—No Turning Back
  • C.L. Foster—Light and Shadows Collide
  • Becca Vincenza–Damaged

Bookmarks from:

  • Tiffany King—Jordyn: The Final Battle
  • Megan Curd—Steel Lily
  • Marata Eros

Magnets from:

  • Elizabeth Kirke—Snow Bound
  • Raine Thomas—Becoming
  • Michelle N. Files
  • Elizabeth Kirke—Carved in Cherry
  • Shana—A Book Vacation Reviews
  • Dancing with Deception Bottle Cap
  • Hollie Westring—Sage Springs Series
  • M.R. Merrick—The Protector Series
  • Miranda Kavi—Rue and Rive (signed)

Cards from:

  • Kelly Lynne—Celestina Silvenfare
  • Tiffany King—Forgotten Souls
  • Marata Eros

Temporary Tattoos:

  • Mustache
  • Alien
  • Alien Mermaid from Amber Garr
  • Girl’s Face
  • Heart (and a poker chip from Mindy Ruiz)

Buttons:

  • 5 from Casey L. Bond
  • Smiley face
  • Girl with red hair
  • “Observe my Brill Skills”
  • “Keep Calm and Read a Bethany Lopez Novel”

Stickers:

  • Jordyn by Tiffany King
  • Chosen by Paulina Ulrich (signed)

Free Ebook code:

  • Soul Survivor by Michelle N. Files

 Rubber Bracelets:

  • “I’ve Been Tijaned
  • Cambria Herbert—”Heaven and Hell Series
  • C.L. Foster—”Ninja in Training
  • Cynthia Shepp—”Save a Book. Get an Editor
  • “Save 2nd Base
  • Dani Hart—”The Life of Arie
  • Dani Hart—”A Firefighter’s Flame”

Signed Trading Cards:

  • Wishing for Someday Soon by Tiffany King
  • Creatura by Nelly Cab
  • The Sin Trilogy by Georgia Cates
  • Meant to Be by Tiffany King

Charms/Keychain:

  • Book charm—Orenda by Ruth Silver
  • Bottle cap charm—Dark Reflections by Elizabeth Sharp
  • Bottle Keychain from Dani Hart

Excited?

To enter you must:

-Be 18 years or older (or have parent/guardian permission)

-Fill in the mandatory questions on rafflecopter (extra entries optional)

Click here to go to the Rafflecopter Entry Form!

This contest is open internationally and will end at 12:01am EST on August 10th. The winner will receive email notification! Please read my giveaway policy and leave me a comment!

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And, check out the dates for the rest of the Sinner tour–Maggie may be coming to a city near you this July:

7/5: Pittsburgh, PA

7/7: Chicago/ Naperville, IL

7/8: Chicago, IL

7/8: Milwaukee, WI

7/9: Madison, WI

7/10: Iowa City, IA

7/11: Omaha, NE

7/14: Denver, CO

7/19: Salt Lake City, UT

7/21: Reno, NV

7/23: San Francisco, CA

7/24: San Francisco/ Menlo Park, CA

7/28: Los Angeles, CA

7/29: Los Angeles/ Montrose, CA

Full details here on her website.

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And don’t forget to enter my other epic giveaways:

Win a Signed Paperback of The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay plus tons of signed swag–ENDS August 17

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 Win a Signed Paperback of The Mechanic by Tim O’Rourke–ENDS August 20

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