All the Crooked Saints

All the Crooked Saints

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In Colorado in 1962 the three teenage Soria cousins run an unlicensed radio station from a beat-up box truck converted into a transmitter; Beatriz is the thinker and technician, Joaquin, the youngest, is the disc jockey, and Daniel is called the Saint of Bicho Raro because he can perform miracles (just not for himself)--then one night Pete Wyatt and Tony DiRisio drive into town in search of a miracle.
Publisher: New York, NY : Scholastic Press, 2017.
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ℗♭2017
ISBN: 9780545930802
Characteristics: 311 pages : 22 cm

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JoyERancatore
Jul 16, 2019

A Story Full of Reality Told in a Delightfully Fantastic Style

In ALL THE CROOKED SAINTS, Maggie Stiefvater weaves a tale of legend, fantasy, magic and belief with hints of a literary style that made me put it down with the greatest of reluctance.

Here's a thing I love about Maggie Stiefvater: she writes as only Maggie can. Here's a thing I fear: not having enough time to read all of her wonderful books! This is the fourth of her books I've read. I enjoy studying her style and noticing the artistry she shows in the way she turns her phrases.

This book reminded me of the best aspects of BIG FISH. Now, let me explain that statement. I've never read the book; I only saw the movie. I left the theatre feeling confused by what I saw, but permanently in a bit of awe at its unique characteristics. To this day, pieces still linger in my imagination; although I honestly couldn't tell you what on earth the story itself was about. Stiefvater's book left me with only positive reactions and an incredibly clear sense of the characters, their lessons learned, her themes and my own personal takeaways. Not only that, but I felt like my imagination grew as large as the giant character ... (*no spoilers here!*)

If you enjoy realistic characters who grow in the midst of a fantastical setting through unusual situations, this book is for you. Even if you're skeptical but you're looking for a book that may not fall in the category of your typical reads, I would encourage you to pick this one up.

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theythem
Jun 24, 2019

If you liked the style of writing Stiefvater used for the Raven Cycle, you'll love the writing in this book. Her writing just grows more and more bizarre and I continue to fall absolutely in love with it.

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Justices
Mar 21, 2019

Gorgeous little tale. It's sweet and strange, more of a fable than a novel, with several surprising layers. I highly recommend it to get a taste of Maggie Stiefvater's prose and multilayered storytelling--it's not the YA fantasy you'd expect.

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zoeythekat
Feb 11, 2019

All the Crooked Saints is full of beautiful language, lovable characters, and an engaging plot.

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DougRH
Oct 25, 2018

Excellent storytelling about the Shadow within us, drawing it out and then (finding out what it takes to) heal.
To my writer friends. The author used an interesting and effective literary device where shortly after they introduced a new character they wrote:
'Here was something they wanted: (eg) The truck.
Here was something they feared: (eg) That they wouldn't be understood.'
Sometimes they would have seem related, other times not at all. The meaning of these comes clear as the intertwining tales unfold.

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.

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theythem
Jun 24, 2019

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PimaLib_RebeccaR May 11, 2019

Love in the high desert is a strange thing. There is something about the climate—the remoteness, the severity of the seasons, the dryness of the air, the extreme beauty—that makes people feel more deeply. Perhaps without trees or cities to dampen the enormity of the feelings, they spread out hugely. Perhaps the hard-packed dust of the San Luis Valley amplifies them, like a shout into a canyon.

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