All the Crooked Saints – Maggie Stiefvater

all the crooked saints goodreads coverHere 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.

This book was perfect in so many ways. It was everything I expected and nothing at all like it at the same time. And that’s what I love about Stiefvater’s writing. She has such a gift with words, she knows exactly how to wield them to get exactly the feeling/atmosphere she wants and it is awe-inspiring. She is honestly my writing goals.

This book was so sad and happy at the same time. There were so many moments that I thought I was going to start crying over, which would have been so embarrassing considering the fact that I was reading this on the bus to and from school for the most part. Daniel was so beautiful and so was Marisita and their relationship. They would do anything for eachother and honestly that was so awe-inspiring. I think actually that is the word I would use to describe this book: awe-inspiring. The way everyone re-learned how to love or learned to accept themselves, it was truly beautiful. This book is 100% about love. There is no way it is not. Just as a warning. If you are ready to feel love emanating from the pages of a book this is the one to read.

I absolutely loved the pilgrims, and the miracles that Stiefvater gave to them were incredible. They made so much sense once their back story was given. And the fact that they were so important to the story was so nice, because whilst it was a story about a family becoming closer than ever, it was also about learning to accept outsiders and to see them for who they truly are rather than what you have been told they are. It was generally just a story of acceptance. Both self-acceptance and accepting others for who they are.

Joaquin was great. I actually loved him so much, and I don’t think I have connected to a character this much in a while. The way he was so dedicated to making his dreams happen and for being himself in every way he could be was just really great. It encouraged me to remember what I want and what I am working towards. I think that each character in this book represents how hard work and not being anyone but yourself can take you further than you may have believed otherwise.

The fact that the adults were imperfect is really good and important. In books and real life we are either given the impression the adults can do no wrong or they are entirely flawed and the fact that the adults in ATCS were a mixture of the two is really awesome and a nice change. They were all so wonderful and different and each their own person and I really love that.

Honestly I think that you should just go read this book. I think that there is a little something for everyone in it and it would be hard to not enjoy it.

Obviously it got 5/5 stars and went straight into my all time favourites. Please just do yourself a favour and read it the second you can.




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