Gosh, this is a hard one to review. All The Crooked Saints was my first book by Maggie Stiefvater, and yes, I like it, but it is a weird read. I kinda feel like there are two ways to review this book. Like, you could see it as another YA-book, but then I think I’d give it 2-3 stars since I really missed some emotion and I wasn’t necessarily moved by the happenings. Also, I did not have any connection to the characters whatsoever – I mean I liked them, I just couldn’t be bothered with what they do or what happens to them.
Therefore, I decided to see All The Crooked saints more like a “modern tale” and as such it gets 4 stars from me. I mean the language Stiefvater used is absolutely incredible. I haven’t come across a book that creates such vivid images solely by language and without having a very, let’s say deep plot.
What’s more, I constantly felt as if the book wanted to give me some advice, which for me is another sign for a tale.
I still try to figure out what this piece of advice may be, but I reckon it has something to do with people not having to fight their darkness on their own, which again reminds me on my own speech-therapy sessions.
My therapist would guide me through my darkness by asking questions and somehow putting a mirror in front of me so that I was able to see myself and the needs I had at the time. At the end of the day, it was obviously still my job to push through, but having someone by my side to rely on has helped me a lot and I don’t think I could have made it without him.
So, I guess Stiefvater wanted to show that it’s not a bad thing to help somebody else, that accepting advice from another person is sometimes crucial for you to be able to move on and that overcoming your darkness may enlighten you in a way you’d never have suspected.
All in all, All the crooked saints is a nice read, as long as you are okay with the “missing” plot to say it that way, and the very spiritual way the Latin American culture is displayed (this topic seems to be too sensitive for me to discuss, so I better leave it at that).