Other Sellers on Amazon
+ $3.99 shipping
+ $3.99 shipping
All the Crooked Saints Hardcover – October 10, 2017
|New from||Used from|
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Frequently bought together
What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?
From School Library Journal
2017 Fall Kids Indie Next List
Publishers Weekly's Most Anticipated YA Books of Fall 2017
Amazon Best Book of the Month (September YA)
* "Stiefvater's lyrical, sure-footed, and often humorous prose guides readers through . . . this atmospheric tale of magic and romance." -- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, starred review
"Stiefvater weaves a rich history for this mythical homestead." -- Kirkus Reviews
"The desert setting, intricate family dynamics, and the power of love and music resonate." -- School Library Journal
"An amazing character study told in a bursting, lyrical style that captures your sense of wonder and leaves practicality at the door. . . A novel that feels universal and intensely personal all at once." -- The Fandom
Praise for The Raven King:
* "Expect this truly one-of-a-kind series to come to a thundering close." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review
* "We have not yet finished loving these characters and exploring their world." -- The Bulletin, starred review
* "Stiefvater's razor-sharp characterizations, drily witty dialogue, and knack for unexpected metaphors and turns of phrase make for sumptuous, thrilling reading . . . . Readers will snap up the final installment the second it's available." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review
* "The prose is crisp and dazzling and the dialogue positively crackles." -- School Library Journal, starred review
Praise for The Dream Thieves:
* "Richly written and filled with figurative language . . . this story of secrets and dreams, of brothers and of all-too-real magic is an absolute marvel of imagination and an irresistible invitation to wonder." -- Booklist, starred review
* "Mind-blowingly spectacular . . . Stiefvater's careful exploration of class and wealth and their limitations and opportunities astounds with its sensitivity and sophistication. The pace is electric, the prose marvelously sure-footed and strong, but it's the complicated characters . . . that meld magic and reality into an engrossing, believable whole." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review
* "A paranormal thriller . . . this installment [is] more tense and foreboding than its predecessor -- and every bit as gripping." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review
* "A complex web of magical intrigue and heartstopping action." -- The Bulletin, starred review
* "Readers who want a moody chill and appreciate an atmospheric turn of phrase will want to spend more time in Henrietta." -- School Library Journal, starred review
Praise for The Raven Boys:
"Stiefvater is a master storyteller." -- USA Today
"A dizzying paranormal romance tinged with murder and Welsh mythology." -- The Los Angeles Times
* "Simultaneously complex and simple, compulsively readable, marvelously wrought." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review
* "A tour de force . . . such a memorable read." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review
* "One unexpected and wonderful surprise after another . . . a marvel of imagination." -- Booklist, starred review
* "The Raven Boys is an incredibly rich and unique tale, a supernatural thriller of a different flavor . . . . Fans have been salivating for Stiefvater's next release and The Raven Boys delivers." -- School Library Journal, starred review
"Equal parts thriller and mystery, with a measured dash of romance sprinkled on top . . . Maggie has woven such a unique, intriguing narrative that I struggled for comparisons." -- MTV.com
A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books 2012 Blue Ribbons list
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
The writing style was fun and flippant, but I felt that it didn't allow us to fall in love with the story or the characters. It didn't offer the same relationship with the characters that Stiefvater's other books have because they were written in a very two dimensional, distant way. The writing style made it difficult to sink into the story properly for the same reason. It spent a lot of time sketching barebones ideas of places and situations and the people in them, but it didn't offer enough meat. I found myself hurrying through it and I almost stopped reading it several times because it just wasn't pulling me in.
"I do need to applaud Stiefvater for her facility and love of language. Some of her sentences would just stop me in my tracks. "Pete was from Oklahoma and had only loneliness as his second language" just works for me on so many levels. It was the overall narrative that just lost me at times. It was too over the top and lacked a counterweight."
That sums it up perfectly for me. So many bits and pieces of her prose is mind grabbing. I love reading her for those nuggests but in "Saints" I, as many. just couldn't feel much for it. And this new term? Magical Realism? If I am saying it correctly... if this is what it's about, I will remember to pass it by. But all that said, I will always be checking for what she has written next. She is incredibly diverse and always worth checking out.
But! I stuck with it and I'm glad that I did, because the book has a wonderful atmosphere of tall tale or even Roald Dahl-style allegory. Although the book is relatively short, the character arcs spin beautifully and subtly into each other. Stiefvater is especially good at building compelling, atmospheric, fully-realized worlds and this one is no exception. It's lighter than the Raven series (which at its best was so engrossing that you could not put the books down to sleep or eat or converse with other humans) but I found that pretty refreshing, actually. Humorous, original, and fun.
This is the story of a Mexican American family with an unusual and devastating family gift (and curse,) and the younger generation’s pirate radio, of all things. Beatriz, who believes that she has no feelings; her cousin Joaquin, who has dreams much bigger than his family’s famous compound; outsider Pete, who is just there for the truck, the rest of the Soria family and the pilgrims who came to them in the Colorado desert in the 1960s, eventually come to confront individual issues large and small with the help of a little music.
It took me, I discovered at the end, three years to read this book. Shortly after I bought it, I set it aside to do other things, and then there came a lot of controversy surrounding the specific culture in which the story is set. I cannot comment on that because I am also an outsider. I will say that it made it tough to love this story as much as the Raven Boys, and that is a shame.
In the end, I will say this was a good read. It is unfortunate that it also feels like it could have been more. There are ways that the story may have been enriched. Instead it is left feeling slightly divorced of the community that made it possible.
Top international reviews
The book’s synopsis says that this is the story of the three cousins Beatriz, Joaquin and Daniel Soria, who live in an incredibly small village in rural Colorado, providing a certain kind of pilgrims with their miracles. But that wouldn’t be the whole of it. It’s also the story of other members of the Soria family and most of all, it’s the pilgrims’ stories, too. What the pilgrims expecting their miracle in the Colorado desert don’t know, is that the Soria Saint will only provide each of them with their first miracle: he will make the darkness within make visible, make it manifest. And then it’s the prilgrim’s job, to grow and make his own second miracle that will free him from the darkness. Since there are people unable to do that, a small flock of yet „unfreed“ pilgrims still remains near the Sorias. And they aren’t allowed to help the pilgrims, because that will call forth their own darkness and a Soria’s darkness is far more dangerous than an ordinary pilgrim’s.
So the Sorias and the pilgrims never ever communicate, for fear of some unwittingly given help. But some things can’t be helped, one of the cousins does the unthinkable and has of pay the price. But this is also the beginning of a whole lot of changes and it’s fascinating to see them unfold slowly and, yes, miracously. And it’s not only the pilgrims who have to learn and accept things about themselves, shown in the deftly way the classical fairytales tend to do. When there are miracles, they are huge. And when there is darkness, it is dark! All in all, this story is a kind of fairytale, with the most deliciously poetic writing (really: sentences like poetry) and character growth that is a revelation for the reader, too.
I enjoyed " All the Crooked Saints " too, but I had the feeling that something is missing. Even when I can't describe what it could be...
But I would recommend this book nonetheless to everybody, who like Maggie Stiefvaters kind of writing.
This story is so strange yet so beautiful. All the miracles and how it menifests is planned and executed so nicely.
All the characters are so well written and all the family relationships are what I live for .
Highly recommended to those who love Maggie's writing style .
but it should be 3 stars if I'm talking just about the book.
Don't get me wrong, it is actually a good read, simple and well structured, it is enjoyable but nothing deep.
I got the hard cover one and is simply gorgeous.