All The Crooked Saints : Performing Miracles

“Do you have darkness inside you?” 

I believe I was struck by a YA darkness these past few days.  I just can’t seem to enjoy them somehow. I need some light here. Please show me the way.




This book has a great concept, it has SO MUCH POTENTIAL. It’s about the Soria family who have the capacities to perform miracles. What that means you asking? It’s mostly helping the pilgrims to accept their darkness. There’s one Saint who performs the miracle by revealing the darkness upon the pilgrim. It can take a particular form depending on the person. You can have a girl with a never-ending cloud raining upon her and can’t stop crying, a man turned to giant, a pair of twins stuck with serpents coiling around them, a man growing moss on his body.


 The trick is, the Soria family member CAN’T help the pilgrims in any single way. That means they can’t talk to them but only pass by and it’s the role of the pilgrim to find a way to heal themselves. Why? Because by helping them, it will trigger a Soria darkness.

«[…]Our own darkness will come down to us, and that is a terrible thing that no one would like to see, worse than any of their darkness.»

So the whole story is around this bunch of Soria kids. Daniel, The Saint of Bicho Raro who fell in love with one of the pilgrim and HELPED HER. His own darkness started to swallow him and he decided to leave in the desert so no one would be hurt. Beatriz, his cousin, a smart girl with no feelings with the help of Joaquin (another of his cousin) aka DJ DIABLO DIABLO (Wtf is that name) and their radio station truck, they will try to find ways to reach Daniel in the desert. 

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TUN TUN TUN.  I was so intrigued by this, I wanted to see what a Soria darkness looks like! And omgad.. it was so.. disappointing. They told a story about a Soria darkness and their darkness was so great they turned into… wood. THAT’S IT MAN. WOOD IS DARKNESS PEOPLE. From the moment I knew this, I was like … wtf Daniel’s darkness going to be right? Transform himself into plastic or wut. I already lost interest at that moment.


The characters were so robotic. I couldn’t get attached. I know they are supposed to be in love or wtv but I didn’t feel any romance going on. It maybe because of the systematic writing like we are reading high sociopath profiling from a computer. She introduced us to the characters in this way :

Here was a thing Tony wanted : to  stop having dreams of being laughed at by tiny birds with very long legs

Here was a thing Tony feared : people watching him while he ate.

They didn’t go into details about the act of performing miracles either and it’s such a waste because that concept is soo cool! I love reading about magic and what’s the mechanism under it. The author TRIED to give an explanation by comparing it to radio waves but it was so try- hard.


I will repeat this as I stated in Origin by Dan Brown and Artemis by Andy Weir: if you want an attempt to do a science explanation, please do it right at least.

She tried to insert some science notions here and there and it bothers me  because it was explained so prejudicially and inaccurately. My neuroscience ass couldn’t take it.

«Here are the things that happen when rage overtakes you: First, your blood pressure begins to tick upward, every escalating beat of your heart punching angrily against the walls that contain it. Your muscles tense, fisting in preparation for action. »


For God’s sake, there’s a reason why there are steps and orders to this mechanism. The logic behind it is important. Science 101: 

  1. When rage takeover is the fight response which means the first step that triggers it is A SIGNAL FROM THE ENVIRONMENT
  2. Then, the brain processes the stimuli via the agmydala and hypothalamus will trigger the ACTH (the pituitary gland who secreted the Adrenocorticotropic hormone responsible of adrenalin release in our system
  3. The adrenalin is then responsible to influence our physiological changes such as : high blood pressure, in creasing heart race, etc. done

I might have to start a new series of discussion post : Everything Wrong with YA in terms of science representation or something LOL 


(c) Bookidote – The Cover is so sexy tho T_T

Here’s a little recap for those who are way too lazy to read the whole post : 


Thank you to Scholastic for giving me a free hardcover copy in exchange for a review!

P.S: We also had our first snow in Montreal this morning!! 😀 



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  • I finally got this from the library and read one chapter and didn’t feel really interested in it (to be fair, I have been SUPER moody lately with my reading). To be honest this book never sounded that interesting to me, but I do like Maggie Stiefvater’s writing most of the time, so I wanted to read it. I’ll probably still give it another try someday, but I don’t really have great hopes for it anymore. Great review!


    • I shoudlve DNF-ed to be honest.. but I feel like I can never review totally a book if I don’t know how it ends LOL Yeah especially if I was moody the book just sounds 10000x times worse HAHA so take your time with this one 😉

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    • HAHA thank you! OMGAD youre the first one appreciating this HAH everybody is like.. wtf is wrong with that rating.. but like WE NEED PRECISE MEASURES FOR REVIEWS OK LOL


  • Wood is darkness.. Now I’m tempted to read this book, just so I can share something with you. But, reading your review sort of made me lost my appetite. Lol


  • Haha: really funny review: seriously had to laugh at TUN TUN TUN. I could almost hear the tune in my head. Real shame about this one though. It always is really disappointing when a great premise is completely wasted like this. Well, you did make a terrific review for this one, so I guess there is that 😀


  • Fantastic Review Trang!!!🤗😗📚💖 What’s up with your luck lately!?😰 I really was looking forward to this book because of this premise and read your awesome review and now like ugh… Your review was awesome and made me smile but I am so dissapointed😭!!! You always know how to make my day sweetheart and make me laugh out loud!!!💖💖💖😂😂😂 You are the BEST Trang!!!!💖💛💚💙 Perfect images as well!📸💖 Just love your posts!🙌🙌🙌


  • 😓😓 NOO ! I wanted to buy this 😐 😐 Surprised that Maggie failed 😭 🌟 The good thing is YOUR REVIEW IS AWESOME 💞💞 Always put a smile on my face 😁 Wish I can be this funny 🤣You look like someone really fun to hangout with 🌼 🌸🌼 🌸


  • PLEASE TRANG, DO the discussion post about science and everything being wrong in YA books. I’m seriously intrigued and I want to know more now ahahah.
    I LOVED reading your review – but I’m a bit sad you’re having trouble with all the YA books you’ve been reading lately. Fingers crossed the next one will be GREAT! 😀 ❤


    • MARIEE 💞 HAHA I’ll try omg… and then little did I know I start ranting about every YA novel out there 🤣 Loved when you pass by love 😀 ❤ !! What’s the latest YA novel you enjoyed so far ? :O

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      • Hm, the three latest books I loved were John Green’s Turtles (which I know you didn’t enjoy ahah), This Is How It Happened by Paula Stokes, and Girl Out of Water by Laura Silverman ❤ (all the contemporaries, ahah)


  • I’m sorry this book turns out to be a disappoint for you! Maggie’s Raven Boys series didn’t worked out for me but I wanted to give her new book a shot because it sounds so intriguing and now I”m not sure I would enjoy it. Great review, though! 🙂


  • Oh great review for this book Trang, but it’s a shame you didn’t enjoy the story. I have All the Crooked Saints on my to-read list still and I want to try and get around to it soon, but I haven’t heard many amazing reviews for this book so my expectations are low. I’ve found Maggie Stiefvater’s books to be a little hit or miss for me, I loved The Raven Cycle series but it seems like this one may possibly be a miss based on the reviews for it so far. 🙂


    • Hi Beth!! 😀 Thank you so much for your kind words, and I hope you can find some enjoyment! I think it has so much potential!! T_T It started out great. The Raven Boys series are the next ones I intend to read soon!

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  • Too bad that this ended up being a disappointment. I wanted to read this book (lets be real, the cover drew me in), but I keep hearing negative things about this book and I have just lost all motivation to pick it up. 😂 Also, I died when I read DJ Diablo Diablo! What kind of name is that!? 😂 😂


  • 2.8? ouch! I love this book and the story a lot! Their wants and fears are so original and unique. The miracles are so interesting to me. Too bad you didn’t enjoy it.. perhaps read it a second time? 🙂


    • Like I mentioned in my review there, it has potential but went so downhill.. she didn’t really go into details with the miracles . The fears and how they overcome seem wayy too predictable and hyper-self-aware for me (borderline childish) 🤪. I couldn’t feel their struggles nor the darkness she tries so hard to sell 🤣 Happy to see you liked it though ! 😃 We need some more optimistic views in this world 🌸❤️


  • This review os gold, Trang! hahaha, wood… hilarious… I have actually been expecting this book but now? Mmmh… not so much. I’ll probably still read it at some point but… I will remember your review, that is for sure! Well done!


  • Well.. wood.. honestly! I can’t even.. What do I say to that haha? I can see why this unraveled quickly, which is a shame. It was high on my tbr but now those dirty second thoughts are creeping in. But on the plus side, I seriously enjoyed this review! I keep scrolling back up to the Dumbledore gif and laughing ❤ You took something negative and turned it into a positive 😉


  • Hope you read a YA book you enjoy soon!

    Sometimes I get drawn out of books because of small inaccuracies too, though I suspect I have less scientific background than you do, so I likely don’t pick-up on quite as much. Still, completely understandable. 🙂

    I think the most ridiculous in accuracy I’ve heard of in a book was in a book I’ve only heard about, but haven’t actually read in which the two love interests climb a banana tree. I have banana trees in my yard. They’re tiny. I can reach the top without a ladder or anything. You can’t climb a banana tree. They’re far too small, not to mention terribly unstable. 🙂


  • It’s too bad you didn’t like it! I looove Maggie Stiefvater, and I have heard a lot of mixed reviews for this newest one, it makes me a little hesitant to actually read it. And I also know she’s like the queen of well-written characters, I’m so disappointed you thought the characters here were underdeveloped 😦

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    • AYUNDAA ❤ If you loved the author you should definitely try it out and let me know what do you think 😀 Yeah I heard that about her too so I was disappointed when it didn't meet my expectations T_T

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      • I definitely will, sooner or later! Will definitely let you know what I think about the book once I actually have money on my wallet to buy it :’)


  • TRANG THIS REVIEW!! THIS REVIEW!! ❤ Hahahahaha I LOVED it … there is something about a ragey review that I love… Orangutan does them the best to me… well until I read THIS review… because it is a tad longer and I LOVED the science bit… it always gets me going when they don’t even try to research… I SO WANT “a new series of discussion post : Everything Wrong with YA in terms of science representation” PLEASE DO THIS! ❤


  • That Dumbledore gif!! Omg!! XD
    It’s so disappointing that the plot despite having so much potential crash landed. Anyway, I don’t think this is my cup of tea and after reading your review, this book doesn’t sound exciting either.
    Great review!


  • Dang I was so looking forward to this, but I’m hearing a lot that it’s hit and miss. Wtf- wood is darkness??!? And characters make or break a book… so this doesn’t sound great :/ Okay, I have to be honest, I’m really not a scientist, but that was very interesting- hehe I’d love to read that series lol 😉 Awesome review! (even if the book was disappointing 😉 )


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