A Review On All The Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater

Book: All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater
Series: Standalone
Publication Date: October 10, 2017
Links: Goodreads | Ebook | Paperback | Hardback | Audio
Read: June 11, 2020 to June 13, 2020

Here 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.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

This is my first Maggie Stiefvater book and I knew that I could not get my hopes up because she wrote a good series, the Raven Boys. All the Crooked Saints was something that I got because it was a standalone and I was looking to read more standalones and I knew that Maggie Stiefvater was a good author. I originally knew that it was a historical fiction with some fantasy/dystopian aspects so I got this as dystopian was a genre I usually never read.

I am rating this three stars because while there were a lot of good aspects to it, I found that it didn’t capture my attention as well as I hoped it would. For 311 pages, this book started off relatively slow and took 200 pages to really get to the point which was in my opinion somewhat irritating and could have either added more action or shortened it. I found that while I absolutely loved some of the details that were written into the story, that was one of the downfalls toward this book because there were too many details and really took the point away from what was actually happening.

Something I found while reading this was the multiple POVs and I didn’t enjoy that, I actually quite disliked it. While I knew why it was added, it was pointless and was too much when reading. I think there were only three truly necessary POVs that were Beatriz, Joaquin, and Daniel Soria that are three cousins but there were more that threw the plot off its course. The plot point really fixated with these three cousins which is basically the whole book, but the added POVs were characters that were side characters that I found didn’t need to have a POV.

I did enjoy the added details when it came to their surroundings. They live in Bicho Raro, Colorado and are surrounded by desert and I found that this desert took a huge part of the environment and world that they were in which added so much to the book. I loved the description of the world and the crazy environment that they lived in painted an insane image in my head and was something I did enjoy reading.

I do wish that I liked this book a lot more than I did and even though this is my first Maggie Stiefvater book, I will read the Raven Boys because I want to give her other books a try.

Did you guys read All the Crooked Saints and what were your thoughts on it?

I hope you guys have a great day, please like and comment down below if you enjoyed this book as well or if you plan on reading it!


Veronica Chen

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