ALL THE CROOKED SAINTS: A Book Review

Most people won’t like this book. Luckily, I am not most people.
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Do you love magic in the every day? Do you love lush prose that you could fall into? Do love books where you can’t explain them to anyone else because “nothing happens” even if so much does? Do you love character pieces that bring life into the words on a page? Do you love omnipresent narration that makes it seem like the story is being told to you by your grandmother who knows all? Do you love the bizarre and the magical and the strangely beautiful? If so, then you are also not most people.

The thing about Maggie Stiefvater is that she gets better and better with each book she writes. All the Crooked Saints is not a perfect novel, nor does it pretend to be. Like the title suggests, it’s skewed: from the characters to the writing to the story itself, you can’t help but feel that there is something unbalanced, something not being said that needs to be. And that’s okay. It is this imperfect, this “well that doesn’t make any sense” that makes the book so charming.

Don’t read this book if you are looking for answers, because you won’t find anything. Read this book if you are searching for something you can’t articulate, something that exists in that place beyond your dreams.

I love this book. I love it with every inch of me. I can’t wait to reread and reread and reread, and discover that darkness inside me that I’m not sure if I want to name. If anything, All the Crooked Saints teaches you that that brokenness inside of you can define you, but it doesn’t have to. But beyond that, it teaches you that you don’t have to deal with it alone.

 5 owls out of 5.
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6 thoughts on “ALL THE CROOKED SAINTS: A Book Review

  1. You had me at line one. This is a great review. It 100% made me want to read the book. I mean what more can you ask for? Lush prose, magic everywhere, and no final answers? I *need* this.

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    • I *really* hope you like it because I loved it! I highly recommend The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater as well if you love lush prose and magic. The Raven Cycle is a bit easier to read because the plot is more intense, but both are highly enjoyable and beautiful in their own ways!

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