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
0545930804
Branch Call Number: YA FIC
Characteristics: 311 pages ; 22 cm

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Justices
Mar 21, 2019

Gorgeous little tale. It's sweet and strange, more of a fable than a novel, with several surprising layers. I highly recommend it to get a taste of Maggie Stiefvater's prose and multilayered storytelling--it's not the YA fantasy you'd expect.

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zoeythekat
Feb 11, 2019

All the Crooked Saints is full of beautiful language, lovable characters, and an engaging plot.

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DougRH
Oct 25, 2018

Excellent storytelling about the Shadow within us, drawing it out and then (finding out what it takes to) heal.
To my writer friends. The author used an interesting and effective literary device where shortly after they introduced a new character they wrote:
'Here was something they wanted: (eg) The truck.
Here was something they feared: (eg) That they wouldn't be understood.'
Sometimes they would have seem related, other times not at all. The meaning of these comes clear as the intertwining tales unfold.

ArapahoeLauraRose Apr 22, 2018

This is my first introduction to Maggie Stiefvater's work, and I am HOOKED! I picked up the book because of the title and immediately fell in love with Stiefvater's beautiful setting descriptions, metaphors, and overall clever and vibrant writing. She brings you into the very soul of the San Luis Valley, a place that I know and love, gradually introducing you to each member of the Soria family with whimsy, humor, and care.

JessicaGma Apr 05, 2018

So I went into this book not sure if I would like the read for no particular reason, and the book ended up sucking me in as it reminded me of books written for children from long ago. It's definitely the most literary style of teen book I have read in a long time, and it was an intriguing story with the Soria clan's magical abilities to help those who need miracles. The 1960s setting is also refreshing. Give this one a try if you're looking for something different.

YLPLAmber Mar 21, 2018

This book is very different from Stiefvater's other series. I found the language a lot more elegant and literary than her past works, or most YA for that matter. If you like magical realism, then you will love this book. The desert takes on a fantastical persona of its own. This book is a love letter to small towns, expansive deserts, and making amends. The unique style keeps the story fresh and captivating. Highly recommended!

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airyen
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.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
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

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PimaLib_RebeccaR May 11, 2019

Love in the high desert is a strange thing. There is something about the climate—the remoteness, the severity of the seasons, the dryness of the air, the extreme beauty—that makes people feel more deeply. Perhaps without trees or cities to dampen the enormity of the feelings, they spread out hugely. Perhaps the hard-packed dust of the San Luis Valley amplifies them, like a shout into a canyon.

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