All the Crooked Saints ★★★☆☆

3 stars

I really thought I would like this book more. I don’t think I liked the writing style too much and the story was just a little off, to be honest. I think the whole thing is that I just don’t like Maggie Stiefvater’s writing style. Also, sorry for the late posting, everything’s been a mess with college applications and stuff. That’s also why this review isn’t the longest one.

Goodreads Summary:

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:

There wasn’t really a main character in this novel and that’s totally okay and it worked for this book. This was a book told in third person and if it hadn’t been, I think the book would have lost something. It wasn’t hard to follow and the writing style was actually really nice.

I did like the way the story progressed and the idea that it was trying to convey. The characters were kind of two-dimensional but they weren’t the worst people I’ve ever had to read about. I’d also like to mention that magical realism is a Latinx creation and some people aren’t the happiest that Steviagter decided to tell this story. I can see their point of view but I’m choosing not to voice my opinion on this platform. The only thing that I will say is that reading certain things did make me cringe a little because I know that she is a white woman writing this stuff.

This book just didn’t hold my attention. Like at all. This book was one that I considered DNFing because it just wasn’t that interesting. I really don’t think that this is an author for me so I’m going to stop buying her books. This makes me sad because I’ve heard so many great things about her but I guess she’s not just for everyone.

I can’t see myself recommending this book to any of my friends but if you like Maggie Stiefvater then you might like this book. I just think there are better books out there and this might end up being not worth your time.

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2 comments

  1. Thank you for sharing this review. I have not got along with her writing in the past but I have seen so many good reviews lately that I was considering picking it up! I feel like we have similar feelings about her writing style so I think I’m not going to fall for the hype and won’t be buying this one!

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