All the Crooked Saints

All the Crooked Saints

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When Daniel Soria, the current saint of Bicho Raro, Colorado, violates the family's greatest taboo, Beatriz and Joaquin, along with the pilgrims, must drive off the darkness.
Publisher: New York, NY :, Scholastic Press,, 2017
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780545930802
0545930804
Characteristics: 311 pages ; 22 cm

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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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m0k1m3
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.)

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farbrite
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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