All The Crooked Saints *Book Review*
Title: All The Crooked Saints
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Publish Date: October 10, 2017
Genre: Magical Realism/Fiction/Young Adult
Rating: 4/5 stars
Everyone wants a miracle, but not everyone wants to do the work, that they require. This is the story of the Soria family, and the miracles they perform. It’s also the story of the pilgrims that come to them for the miracles. But mostly it’s a story about how in order to receive a miracle you must be willing and able to face the darkness within you. Daniel, is the current saint and when he performs the miracle, the darkness inside you becomes real and then it’s up to you to figure out, how to perform the second miracle and free yourself. But lot’s of people can’t perform that second part so they get stuck, as whatever or however their darkness manifests. Such as the priest who end ups with a coyote’s head and Marisita who is stuck in a wedding dress covered in monarch butterflies who it rains on constantly. The thing is, the Soria’s are not able to give you advice or help you in anyway perform that second part, so they end up with a lot of pilgrims hanging around their Colorado Ranch, whom they can’t talk to or interact with in anyway. It’s said that if they do a darkness worse than any known will descend upon that Soria and not just them, but all their loved ones as well. This also the story of what happens, when a Soria, helps the pilgrims perform their miracle.
Set in 1962, the story Centers on 3 of the Soria cousins, who are running an illegal radio station out of a truck. Daniel, is the current saint, whom ends up trying to help one of the pilgrims and darkness descend upon him, sending him to hide in the desert. Everyone wants to help him, but how? Well I don’t do spoilers so you’ll have to read it yourself. We also, have a whole host of wonderful characters, not just within the Soria family, but the pilgrims and then there is Pete, a young fellow only coming to Bicho Raro, for the promise of working for a truck, works like a dog, but gets caught up in the Soria family and pilgrims dilemma, but does he have the answers?
Told from an omniscient point of view, you get to know all the thoughts and feelings of all the characters, and there is quite a few of them. But gosh the story just unfolds beautifully, the writing style is beautiful and magical. The plot or message of the story can be applied to just about anyone. A few things though, one is that it takes a while to really get into it, the first half of the book is kind of slow, mainly because you need the background information to understand the back half. This book really spoke to me, with it’s darkness and learning to accept yourself and the darkness within.
What I liked:
- the characters; well developed, realistic and likeable
- the whole finding out and facing the darkness within yourself
- all the owls
- the writing style
What I didn’t like:
- it took a while for the story to start moving
- I would of liked to know why the darkness is worse for the Soria’s
From The Back Cover:
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.
I received an advanced copy from the publisher. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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