All the Crooked Saints review

All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater

Star rating: ★★☆☆ ☆ 2/5 stars

Format: library eaudiobook

Summary: The Soria family specializes in miracles, and they hand them out to whoever seeks them out in need. The Sorias have to stick some very strict rules otherwise they become at risk of being cursed.

Review: It’s hard for me to reconcile that the same author that wrote the Raven Cycle wrote…. This. I’m having a real hard time reconciling the two. I guess sometimes you just don’t love everything an author writes.

My biggest issue was the writing style. The narrative was so meandering, I was always losing track of the actual plot and what was some side story told in the middle of action. I swear the story couldn’t just happen, it was a whole lot of telling instead of showing. Just a million tangent like stories.

I couldn’t connect with any of the characters, they all felt flat to me. There was growth but I didn’t feel like it changed how flat everyone felt. Anytime I felt like I might connect with a character, there was a long tangent and I felt any connect that was developing disappear entirely.

Another thing that made this story difficult was the magical realism, I don’t normally have an issue with magical realism but with the meandering narrative it made it even harder to follow. Like sorry, who is what now or is that even happening in the present of the story? It was just so frustrating and I got so annoyed with never being able to follow what the hell was going on.

There wasn’t really anything in this book that I liked. It just didn’t do anything for me, everything I’ve read before of Maggie Stiefvater’s has been really good but this completely missed the mark for me.

Recommendation: I just didn’t care for this book, a lot of my friends seemed to like it so maybe it’s a me thing but I don’t really recommend this book.

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