“All the Crooked Saints” will change the way you see things

Maggie Stiefvater’s novel makes you consider why you want things


Eleanor Ford

Maggie Stiefvater, the author of “All the Crooked Saints,” in an interview at a festival. “Maggie Stiefvater @ Hay Festival” by Eleanor Ford is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Elise Wood, Opinion and Clubs Editor

“All the Crooked Saints,” by Maggie Stiefvater, is a YA book set in a small town in 1960s Colorado. Bicho Raro is inhabited by the Sorias, a family of miracle-performing saints, and the pilgrims who have come seeking a miracle. I loved this book, and I would definitely give it five stars.

It focuses on the stories of three of the Soria cousins; Beatriz, Daniel, and Joaquin. Like the pilgrims the Sorias try to help, all three of them are looking for a miracle.

However, miracles don’t come easily. They require the receiver to conquer the physical form of their darkness. The Sorias all know that their darkness is far more powerful than that of the pilgrims who come to Bicho Raro, so no living Sorias have actually experienced the miracles they perform.

In the meantime, the family struggles to accommodate the many pilgrims who have stayed in Bicho Raro, as well as facing family conflicts.

It’s only when an unexpected disaster strikes that they are forced to start confronting their problems, learning how to help the pilgrims and themselves.

“All the Crooked Saints” definitely involves magic, but it’s more magical realism than true fantasy. It’s set in the past, but not so distant that it’s unrecognizable. I think anyone who enjoys fantasy, historical fiction, or even realistic fiction would love this book.

I expect books like this to present the characters really well. “All the Crooked Saints” had no two-dimensional characters, which I was pleased with. All the characters were unique and human, and it was easy to feel like you got to know them through the book.

I also loved the writing style Stiefvater used in the novel. He made you feel like you were part of the story without spending too long on description, and it was easy to keep reading. The writing was really well done without any awkward spots.

The premise of the book made me want to read it, and the plot lived up to that. The progression of events and development of the characters was well done and interesting. I never felt bored while I was reading this novel.

“All the Crooked Saints” can be bought at many bookstores or amazon.com. It could also be checked out from the library. I loved this book and would recommend spending the time reading it to anyone. It was unexpectedly good, and not too long to be worth it.