Book Review: All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater

30025336.jpgTitle: All the Crooked Saints
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Pub Date: October 10, 2017
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 320
Source: Purchased
Genre(s): YA, Fantasy, Magical Realism
Rating: ★★★★
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Synopsis from Goodreads:

Here is a thing everyone wants: a miracle.
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.


My review:

“I was looking for a miracle, but I got a story instead, and sometimes those are the same thing.”

Strange, slow-paced, and atmospheric. 

What else do you expect from something written by Maggie Stiefvater? Whether you enjoy her books or not, you cannot say that she isn’t an impeccable storyteller. Every sentence looks like it should be whispered as a bedtime story or told around a campfire. That’s how I felt while reading this book.

I genuinely feel like you should go into this book with a clear mind, so I’m not going to say anything else. Prepare to be swept up in a world that is unlike our own in many ways but is true nonetheless.

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