All the Crooked Saints

All the Crooked Saints

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Here is a thing everyone wants: a miracle. Here is a thing everone 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.
Publisher: New York, NY : Scholastic Press, [2017]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780545930802
Characteristics: 311 pages ; 22 cm


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Feb 24, 2018

The Soria family are known as Saints: not in the Catholic sense, but because they have the ability to perform unsettling miracles to vanquish the darkness inside people. It is to see them that pilgrims flock to the desert town of Bicho Raro. But the three cousins of the latest generation of Sorias want more than to see other people’s darkness exposed: Joaquim runs a underground radio station out of the family box truck; Daniel, with spider-eye tattoos on his hands, obeys family tradition as a Saint in all ways but one; and Beatriz is known as the girl without feelings, wanting to analyze her curious family and wondering if the Saints are doing something wrong.

This book is an amazing blend of deep, dark, and humorous. The humor is dry and sarcastic; the description of Soria miracles is magical but feels gritty and real; and even the side characters are able to have lives of their own. If you like character-driven magical realism (albeit by a non-Chican@ author), this book is for you.

If you love Maggie Stiefvater because of her Raven Cycle series (tetralogy) or stand-alone The Scorpio Races, you’ll find it matches the tone of this book. It’s very different from the modern Wolves of Mercy Falls series, though, so if you prefer that one you might not prefer this one? I also personally loved the tone of the humor in All the Crooked Saints, but if you don’t like your humor in the form of sarcastic one-liners and description, it might come across as disrupting the rhythm of the book for you.

DPLjosie Jan 19, 2018

What a beautiful, odd book.

Beatricksy Nov 18, 2017

It reads like a modern myth. I don't want to call it Gaiman-like because I don't think they actually read anything like each other. But it's the same sort of complicated merge of fantasy and reality that leaves the reader in a dreamlike state. It made me feel like I was wrapped up in something bigger and complicated, as big and as complicated as the desert. Also I'm always into an Owl Motif.

Nov 16, 2017

If you need a miracle, you would travel to Bicho Raro to see the Soria family who have the ability to help cast away your darkness. At the heart of the family are three cousins who are looking to help the pilgrims achieve their second part to their miracle and move on from Bicho Raro. But as Saints they are not allowed to interact with the pilgrims, until Daniel does and inflicts the darkness in himself. The family must work together to help Daniel before his darkness kills him.
This was a really enjoyable book to read about finding help in places you would have never thought to look for it, and how most of the time the answers are right in front of you. This book has really relatable characters and has a good story line which is what makes you want to keep reading it. Like any of her other books, you’ll want to keep reading until the last page and want more after it's finished. Rating 4 out of 5 stars.
- @Fallenangelhushhush of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Nov 08, 2017

Yes - If you're a romantic. Yes-If you are interested in owls (some interesting thots here). Yes-If you like the South American authors (but need of bit of lightness as well). Yes- If you've pondered miracles. Yes-If you have ever pondered faith/fear/intent. I love this book so much - I'm thinking of buying it, just to pet it once in a while. (That's it's YA - should be left out of consideration - it's perfect.)

Nov 02, 2017

The reviews aren't very helpful in describing this stand-alone novel by Stiefvater. At bottom, this is a fantasy about love, and I enjoyed it very much, finishing it in two nights.
The Sorias are a family of hereditary saints who grant miracles: making people's darkness physically manifest itself. But the second miracle is the responsibility of the pilgrim, who must understand what the first miracle is trying to tell him or her. However, the Sorias themselves are in need of miracles, and love is what brings about change at last. Beautifully and imaginatively written, this is a truly unique and satisfying story.


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