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 (From Goodreads)
“Do you have darkness inside you?”
“Yes,” Tony said.
“And do you want to be rid of it?”
This is a harder question to answer than one might think at first blush. Almost no one would think it’s correct to answer this question with a no, but the truth is that we men and women often hate to be rid of the familiar, and sometimes our darkness is the thing we know the best. -Maggie Stiefvater
I rate this book at 3.5 out of 5 stars.
Thank you to Scholastic for providing me a free copy, in exchange of an honest review.
Something that could be said for Maggie Stiefvater, is that she writes such creative books, and totally thinks outside of the generalized YA box. Her characters are unique, fierce, strong, and so different from any other YA character that I’ve come across. The ones in this book, were unlike any I had ever read.
The only issue I have with Maggie’s writing is that sometimes, the characters are so out there, that I have a hard time envisioning them. Which is nothing bad really, maybe my brain just lacks the ability to imagine them. All The Crooked Saints, was lyrical, beautifully written, and so very sweet. I loved the idea of “The Saints” and I loved the children of “The Saints” even more. I also enjoyed reading about “The Pilgrims” they were the ones who had miracles preformed on them. Pete, and Beatriz being among my favorite characters.
I will admit, that while this book is very lyrical, and creative, I did have a very hard time through the first 100 pages. I struggled because it was so different, because there were a lot of characters to get familiarized with, and A LOT of back story. Once I had caught up, and got them all squared away, is when I truly started to enjoy the story. I flew through the last 200+ pages in a matter of a few hours. Would I recommend this book to other readers? Absolutely, Maggie Stiefvater is a brilliant writer, and I will read anything she puts out. Her books are always an amazing journey, and she writes such strong characters that I just fall in love with. I am so happy that I was chosen to be apart of the blog tour, and I will happily promote this book!
“Lightning and love are created in very similar ways. There is some debate over how both lightning and love form, but most experts agree that both require the presence of complementary opposites. A towering thundercloud is full of opposites: ice and positive charge at its uppermost point, water and negative change at its base. In electricity and in love, opposites attract, and so as these opposites begin to interact, an electrical field develops. In a cloud, this field eventually grows so powerful that it must burst from the cloud in the form of lightning, visible from miles away. It is essentially the same in a love affair.” -Maggie Stiefvater