All the Crooked Saints

All the Crooked Saints

by Maggie Stiefvater

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ISBN-13: 9780545930802
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 10/10/2017
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 188,149
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Maggie Stiefvater is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the novels Shiver, Linger, Forever, and Sinner. Her novel The Scorpio Races was named a Michael L. Printz Honor Book by the American Library Association. The first book in The Raven Cycle, The Raven Boys, was a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year and the second book, The Dream Thieves, was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. The third book, Blue Lily, Lily Blue, received five starred reviews. The final book, The Raven King, received four. Her latest book is All the Crooked Saints. She is also an artist and musician. She lives in Virginia with her husband and their two children. You can visit her online at maggiestiefvater.com.

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All the Crooked Saints 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What an interesting novel, full of hope and promise through the darkness that we all hold within ourselves.
Mel-Loves-Books More than 1 year ago
Maggie Stiefvater has a fantastic ability to create interesting characters and then slowly making you love them. This book is another amazing example of that. I loved the miracles, hope, love, owls and rooster of this story. It was set in a place that I don't relate too with beliefs that are not mine but by the end of the book I felt like they could be. It is so well written. I marked a large stack of quotes from this book, because I just love how Stiefvater words things. Here are a few of my favorites. "No one wanted to see their darkness made manifest, but the reality was it could not be fought until you saw its shape." "Pete put his voice right by Beatriz's ear so that his breath warmed her skin and he began to sing. It has nothing extravagant, just Patsy Cline sung in his low and uneven voice, and they began to dance. It was very quiet. No one else would have seen it if not for the desert. But when the desert heard Pete Wyatt singing a love song, it took notice. The desert loved him, after all, and wanted him happy." "He remained as calm as he possibly could, so calm the rooster would be able to feel this serenity and adopt it for itself, or at the very least, to prevent anger from turning to fear." "She found it depressing, how fast memories were replaced by rumors. Tragedy left behind such subtle artifacts." "Humans are drawn to hope as owls are drawn to miracles. It only takes the suggestion of it to stir them up and the eagerness lingers for a while even when all traces of it are gone."
KarenfromDothan More than 1 year ago
The Sorias family has an unusual ability, what some might call a gift and others a curse. Although located in the remote desert country of Colorado, troubled pilgrims still manage to find them at their Bicho Raro compound. The family has developed a strict set of rules for dealing with the troubled in order to ensure their own survival. Once the designated “Saint” has performed his miracle, then it’s up to the pilgrim to figure the rest out of his or her own. As a result, the Sorias family is living side by side with a growing number of half cured pilgrims. This latest novel from the very talented Maggie Stiefvater is unlike anything I’ve read before. She has a real gift for writing original and inventive tales. A love story, it’s about addressing our fears and working together to save one another. It has loads of quirky characters, a storyline that holds your interest, and sparkling prose. A strange and marvelous read which I highly recommend.
onemused More than 1 year ago
"All the Crooked Saints" is YA fiction with a heavy dose of magical realism. The Soria family lives in Bicho Raro, Colorado, where they are saints who perform miracles. The process of the miracle is perhaps not what you would expect. They pull a part of the person out (their demons which manifest as a challenge) and then the person must overcome them. These pilgrims stay in Bicho Raro while doing so, but the Sorias cannot speak to them during the process- if they interfere, they will also be cursed. The book follows some of the Sorias, the pilgrims, and others who are related to the town. The book almost reads like a bunch of related short stories, telling us about many of the people rather than focusing on a few main characters. The book was not what I expected. While it has the lyrical prose of the talented Stiefvater, it doesn't follow the same clear plot as the other series (which is not to say that it doesn't tell a story). It's beautiful in the way it is written, but as the characters' stories are only somewhat intertwined, you don't get the same overall focus to the novel as the past books did. I have some mixed feelings about it as a result. While it is beautifully written, it didn't capture my attention the way her past books did. However, I still enjoyed it as it tells some really unique and elegant stories focusing on many different characters (although a few do keep popping up). The prose felt very similar to the Raven Boys series in its beauty and musical quality. Fans of magical realism will really enjoy this new novel.
ruthsic More than 1 year ago
Stiefvater's latest novel was something I had been waiting for since it was announced. I have not been over the Raven Cycle series, of course, and a standalone book about miracles and owls written in her style was exciting. The story is pretty simplistic in that there is a town in New Mexico where a family of saints perform miracles for you to be able to see your darkness, but they cannot help you vanquish it directly. Beatriz's generation of the Sorias have been seeing an influx of these pilgrims but many of them haven't performed their second miracle (the one in which they banish their darkness) and left, making the three cousins wonder if this is the right way to go about their family business. The start of the book involves the introduction of two new characters to the town - Tony,a radio show host as a pilgrim, and Pete, a young man who is about a truck. The story is told in an omniscient third person narrative, so in the audiobook you get Thom Rivera narrating the story of the Sorias in a lightly amused tone, and which often feels like he is telling you to come by and listen to a bedtime story. Honestly, the best part of the book may have been the narration, because it brings out the whimsy of a modern fairytale, which is what the story is more like, rather than an urban fantasy. The characters are described as fallible humans, who, over the course of the book, undergo self-introspection and realize truths about themselves and the world. It is light-hearted, though, for the most part, with humor injected into most chapters. The story, overall, feels very simplistic, however. I don't know if it is because it was a standalone, or because most of the book goes into the characters, or because I expected more, but the story feels very rudimentary, in a way. It feels like a slice of a larger story. The writing is more atmospheric than any of her books earlier, and she often uses her style of repeating phrases to create emotion or significance in the text. It is a nice story to hear, but probably not as much fun as only reading, if you get my meaning. Eventually, I was hovering at a 3.5 stars by the end of the book, but I couldn't make myself round it up to 4 stars for Goodreads, so here is where we are. A well-written book, but if you have read The Scorpio Races or the Raven Cycle, it feels lacking. It behooves me to inform readers that this book has been controversial for the author's misappropriation of Mexican culture as well as magical realism. Since I am neither Mexican or Latinx, I will not comment on whether I found the rep to be respectful, but I do acknowledge that multiple people have spoken about it and that their concerns are valid. That being said, I have mostly read this as a work created by a white author in a genre that is inherently not hers, a white author writing about POC and so I would advise you to read it in that vein, rather than an exploration of Mexican culture.
HowUsefulItIs More than 1 year ago
About: All the Crooked Saints is a young adult fantasy written by Maggie Stiefvater. It was recently published on 10/10/17 by Scholastic Press, an imprint of Scholastic Publishing, hardcover, 320 pages. The genres are young adult, fantasy, paranormal, and fiction. This book is intended for readers ages 14 and up, grades 9 and up. My Experience: I started reading All the Crooked Saints on 10/13/17 and finished it on 10/25/17. This book is a miraculous read that deals with miracles. Reading this book is a nice surprise because the plot is very unique. This book also surprises me because of how much nonfiction is in a fiction book! I actually looked up tamarisk and Harry Harlow and they proved to be an actual fact! I have a belief that fiction books are all fake and only read as is and never look it up to verify. This time, from an unknown force, I look them up and find myself cringe at Harlow’s experiments and amaze at the tamarisk flowers. I guess those stories of the owls must be true? I do like that comparison to Pete’s feelings of the priest and Tony to Harlow’s experiment. Very interesting! There are so many interesting stories in this book that I try reading it as slowly as I can to absorb it all up! In this book, readers will follow many amazing characters, each have a certain want in life and a certain thing they are afraid of. There are people with darkness lurking inside them that they want to get rid of and the place they go to is Bicho Raro, a place of strange miracles. The Sorias are born to be saints and they perform miracles for those who come seeking. After a miracle was given, a person transformed. They have to figure out how to overcome that transformation and then the darkness inside them will be gone for good. The Soria’s family has housing for the miracle seekers also known as the pilgrims. They come, receive their miracle, and stay until they overcome and then they can leave. One of the Saints in the Soria’s family is Daniel Lupe Soria. He became a Saint after the whole ordeal of trying to steal a painting. His cousin Beatriz, a girl without feelings is the strategist in the group. Daniel’s other cousin, Jaoquin wanted to be a famous DJ, hosting a radio show as Diablo Diablo, where it eventually used as a tool to communicate because there are taboos that forbid the Sorias from speaking directly to the pilgrims. This book is very well written. I love the wild imagination the author have in this book! Beatriz’s impulse to press her thumb on the inside of Pete’s elbow is out of nowhere. I actually tested it as I read..haha.. I love the story of how the painting is light one moment and heavy the next. I like Jennie’s conversation trouble, definitely one of a kind idea. Marisita Lopez with her rain and butterfly is also really out there. I also like Pete’s father’s story when he was an infant in the womb. I like Antonia & Francisco’s story. I find each pilgrim’s story is fascinating to read, including Tony’s. I like Beatriz’s idea with the interview, another way to a banned communication. This book is most definitely unique and I highly recommend everyone to read it! Pro: cover, one of a kind characters, fast paced, page turner, interesting facts twist together with fiction, unique Con: none I rate it 5 stars! ***Disclaimer: Many thanks to Scholastic for the opportunity to read and review. Please be assured that my opinions are honest. xoxo, Jasmine
Morgan_S_M More than 1 year ago
It was a chore to finish this book- I was tempted to mark it DNF at a few points because it was so slow and difficult to stay engaged. The last quarter of the book was definitely more interesting at least. I only read this because Maggie Stiefvater wrote it; I have next to no interest in reading books set in the 1960s, or the desert, and I can’t say I care much about classic rock n’ roll beyond the normal amount. But I love Maggie’s writing style and that is on full display here, even if her penchant for repetition was too noticeable. I can’t speak to the rep at all (whether it’s good or bad) but I could barely muster the emotion to care for these characters which surprised me as I feel like characters are usually her strong suit. They were just so two dimensional even when they were trying to be three dimensional. I was interested in the mystery of the miracles but overall I don’t think the narrative style helped as it made me feel even more distant from the characters. I liked Pete even though he was bland as can be. I found Marisita interesting. That’s… about it. The romances are’t epic and I didn’t feel the bond between this large family either. Plus I’m not sure how well the magical realism worked for me as I was confused half the time. If you’re a fan of any of the things I mentioned, you might enjoy All The Crooked Saints but it didn’t work for me.
VHoffman More than 1 year ago
The Soria family is a family of saints who perform miracles. When pilgrims make their way to Bicho Raro, the saints will perform the first miracle to draw the darkness out, but it is up to the pilgrims to perform their own second miracles to release the manifestations of their inner demons. The family isn’t allowed to interfere in the process; to do so would bring darkness upon the saints themselves. But who can stand by and watch the pain of someone they love without trying to help? Maggie Stiefvater weaves a tale that is unlike my usual reading fare. It is a story steeped in magical realism which isn’t a genre that I particularly enjoy. I found the early part of the novel tough-going because of this, but I am glad that I stuck with it. The writing was rich and I was drawn into the plot by the three Soria cousins and their pirate radio station. As this piece of the narrative was interwoven with other plot elements, I became invested in the story and its characters. What unfolded as I continued reading made this a novel that I am happy to recommend because, at its heart, All the Crooked Saints is a touchingly beautiful story of love and redemption. Thanks to Edelweiss for providing an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just bad. I've read every other book she wrote so I didn't preview this one. My bad