I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater
on October 10, 2017
Also by this author: Linger, Forever, The Scorpio Races, The Raven Boys
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Reading Challenges: 2017 Diverse Reads Book Challenge, 2017 Flights of Fantasy Challenge
Here is a thing everyone wants:
Here is a thing everyone fears:
What it takes to get one.
Any visitor to Bicho Raro, Colorado is likely to find a landscape of dark saints, forbidden love, scientific dreams, miracle-mad owls, estranged affections, one or two orphans, and a sky full of watchful desert stars.
At the heart of this place you will find the Soria family, who all have the ability to perform unusual miracles. And at the heart of this family are three cousins longing to change its future: Beatriz, the girl without feelings, who wants only to be free to examine her thoughts; Daniel, the Saint of Bicho Raro, who performs miracles for everyone but himself; and Joaquin, who spends his nights running a renegade radio station under the name Diablo Diablo.
They are all looking for a miracle. But the miracles of Bicho Raro are never quite what you expect.
Maggie Stiefvater has been called “a master storyteller” by USA Today and “wildly imaginative” by Entertainment Weekly. Now, with All the Crooked Saints, she gives us the extraordinary story of an extraordinary family, a masterful tale of love, fear, darkness, and redemption.
I’ve read and loved most of Maggie Stiefvater’s books (I’m still behind on the Raven Cycle). So of course I was anxious to get my hands on All the Crooked Saints. If I’m being perfectly honest, this is an odd book. It was still filled with Maggie’s beautiful writing and I loved the way the story was told. It was almost whimsical, but it was still a very odd story.
All the Crooked Saints is about a family of miracle workers. Pilgrims come from all around to receive a miracle from the Soria family. The miracles aren’t like any miracle you’ve ever heard about. No, these are entirely different than anything you’ve ever imagined. The magical realism was so creative and well done. It was so unique and often dark. The miracles happen in two steps, after the first one the pilgrims are left with their darkness visible for all to see.
Maggie Stiefvater’s writing style is pure magic. She really is a superb storyteller. If this were written my any other author it is not a book I would’ve picked up. Her writing is charming and interesting. The plot doesn’t really pick up until about half way through the book, but Maggie’s writing captured me from the beginning. She just has a way with words!
There was a pretty large cast of characters in All the Crooked Saints. It does focus on the 3 cousins a bit more, but everyone has a backstory. I liked everyone. They were all so different. They had their own experiences and views that added to the overall story. They were all so fascinating. I loved getting a glimpse into everyone’s history.
This was another brilliant book from Maggie Stiefvater. It was strange and beautiful. I loved every gorgeous word. If you’re a fan of incredible storytelling and unique stories definitely give All the Crooked Saints a read!