All the Crooked Saints
by Maggie Stiefvater
* * * * Stars (Great!)
The Soria family of Bicho Raro, Colorado, is known for its ability to perform miracles on the pilgrims (lost souls) who seek them out. Members of the family are able to release the darkness inside of those who request their help, but the pilgrims are responsible for achieving the second miracle themselves. If a Soria attempts to interfere in any way, their own darkness overtakes them and this particular darkness is much, much more serious than what the average person has to endure.
A series of events unfolds that causes the Sorias to question their miracles and their methodology – starting with the arrival of yet another pilgrim and a young man seeking work in exchange for a truck that he reckons will change his life.
This story is a little hard to classify, but everything in its wee, oddball heart is strangely charming. The structure of its introductions to the characters (listing one thing each person wants and fears), the weird manifestations of people’s darkness. It’s unusual and surprising – keep with it. (Audio edition is amazing!)
Reviewed by YA Librarian