Disclaimer: I received a galley of this book for an honest review at BEA 2017.
Maggie Stiefvater’s ALL THE CROOKED SAINTS
Scholastic Press, 2017
Here is a thing everyone wants:
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’ll be honest. I haven’t read a Maggie Stiefvater book since SHIVER first released (way back in 2009. And it’s not because I don’t like her, it’s just that I got sidetracked, and SHIVER was so…depressing. And then I wasn’t really interested in any of her other titles. Until, CROOKED SAINTS.
I loved the premise of this book, and I was super excited to see that she was going to be signing at #BEA2017. However, Katie & I didn’t get to stand in line for her. LUCKILY, Scholastic was giving out galleys. So, of course we waited! And man, I’m glad I did. This book was…amazeballs.
Stiefvater is a master storyteller, really. I mean, that’s what it’s always been. She doesn’t just tell a story for 300 pages, but she creates the entire WORLD of the story. Her language is poetic. She really grabs you and pulls you into the story. And SAINTS was no exception.
What I Loved:
- The characters. They were real and authentic.
- The plotline. It was terribly unique (I think) for a YA novel, but also accessible for YAs.
- The ending. (Hopefully there won’t be a sequel. I think she tied things up nicely.)
I loved the relationships between characters and how complicated they were. I loved how the characters were all so different from each other, but still were connected by family. And I really loved that the ending is about finding a truth about yourself and being able to “deal” with it.
And honestly? There’s nothing I didn’t like about this book.
As a librarian, I’d be careful who I’d recommend this to. Not because of the book, but because of the reader. This isn’t for reluctant readers, and it’s not for those who prefer realistic fiction. This book definitely falls in the MAGICAL REALISM realm.