All The Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater
Published October 10th, 2017 by Scholastic Press
Genres YA, Fantasy
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.
The synopsis of this book didn’t immediately catch my attention and to be honest, it’s a bit confusing. The story itself focuses on the Soria family living in Bicho Raro, Colorado in the 1960s and the homemade, illegally run radio station that one of the cousins runs. I found the story to be a bit confusing and I also found that the plot moved along at quite a slow pace. Although as a whole, I really enjoyed the Soria family, I never really became that interested or invested in specific characters. I have only read one book by the author before, The Raven Boys and I have yet to read the rest of the series. I did enjoy the book and the author’s writing, which is beautiful. The story itself includes many themes; love, hope, saints and demons.
I have read many other reviews and blog postings about the controversy surrounding this particular book and I fully understand where they are coming from and agree with certain things. My suggestion is to read the book and make a judgement on that yourself.
I really enjoy the author’s writing, it is beautiful and almost lyrical at times. I also enjoyed the Soria family and their dynamics, but overall I just didn’t really enjoy this book that much. I found the plot to be fairly slow, which was then followed by a very rushed epilogue. Overall, it just wasn’t a book I was really interested in, but because the author is such a good writer, I definitely encourage everyone to read the book and decided for themselves.
Thank you to the publisher, Scholastic Press, for sending me an ARC of this book.