All the Crooked Saints

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Well, I mean, OF COURSE I loved it. I'm an intensely wild fan of the way Stiefvater crafts and uses words and it makes writing reviews very very hard because HOW DO YOU WORD. However I will fully admit this is very different from her typical novels. I definitely didn't like it as much as The Raven Boys. (And The Scorpio Races is The Ultimate Honey Cake Of Them All) but I also enjoyed All The Crooked Saints just for being different. It's whimsical and reads more like a mythological fairy tale and it said some beautiful things and was full of interesting characters.

And I'm a freaking Stiefvater fan I mean just don't even bother with my review here I'M BIASED AND IN LOVE WITH HER WORDS.

+ It's magical realism, but more MAGIC than usual.
It reminded me a lot of When the Moon Was Ours, but this one had a plot. Thank God and at least four saints, maybe five. It's set in Colorado in a very dusty part of the desert where a family (the Sorias) run a ranch (not the salad dressing kind) where they offer miracles. The trick is: they give you the miralce, the miracle exposes your inner darkness, and then you have to deal with it. So it's taken for granted that people are magic and weird here. Like there's some girls entwined with snakes, a giant, someone who gets rained on all the time etc. etc. And everyone is chill with that.

+ I admit I got confused about the miracles at first
The Sorias can't help anyone cure their inner darkness AND I JUST WANT TO KNOW WHY. Then it sort of got explained like so:
"You barter with sadness or you fight with grief or you eat arrogance every morning with your coffee. There are saints in this valley who can heal you. You and every other pilgrim can canter to Bicho Raro to receive a miracle. A miracle, you say A miracle. This miracle makes the darkness inside you visible in amazing and peculiar ways. Now that you see what has been haunting you, you overthrow it, and then you leave this place easy and free."
OK man sounds great. And if the Soria saints help the pilgrims, they turn into Ultimate Darkness. Which seems unfair.

Welcome to a Stiefvater novel.

+ It's written in omnipresent which takes a bit to get used to.
I'm going to be honest (AND NOT BIASED FOR A SEC WHOOO LOOK AT ME GO) and admit I don't like this style very much. I wish the book had focused on Daniel, Joaquin and Beatriz. But we get dozens of other POVs and backstories and it can jump from one head to another ANY SECOND. #Not #My #Favourite However. Once I got into the swing of it, I really appreciated how interesting and melodic the flow was. It feels like a rambling story you tell your grandkids, with lots of detours, that made it feel juicy and deep.

+ Also loved LOVED the setting.
I could totally see the ranch and the desert and the box truck.

+ It's the kind of story that leaves you wanting MORE.
Which is great, because I swear I've seen a tumblr post from Maggie Stiefvater which says that's her #1 wish for people who finish her books. WANT MORE. But like I want so many spin-offs My TOP request is for a story on Daniel's childhood because he was a ratbag who turned into a saint and like PLEASE TELL ME MORE.

+ It's whimsical and steeped in bizarreness and altogether addictive.
It wasn't what I expected and I admit it's my least favourite Stiefvater novel. (And I've read all the others....a million times so.) I liked it but I wouldn't imprint it on my face with The Raven Boys let's just say. I wanted MORE, particularly more focus on the three Soria cousins and their illegal radio station and their darkness. And I wanted to know more about Pete who loved to work (what the heck is wrong with him) and was so earnest and pure.

This book is a bit like being told wild dusty folklore stories with black roses and owls with strange eyes and strange box trucks and girls who like boys' elbows. It's unusual and it's slow and it's pretty and there are SAINTS.

#stamp #of #approval


Here is a thing everyone wants: a miracle.
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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.

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