* Book Beginnings is a meme hosted by Rose City Reader, where every Friday, bloggers post the first sentence (or few sentences) of their current read, as well as their first impressions of the book! *
This week, I’ll be highlighting one of my current reads, All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater.
You can hear a miracle a long way after dark.
Miracles are very like radio waves in this way. Not many people realize that the ordinary radio wave and the extraordinary miracle have much in common. Left to their own devices, radio waves would not be audible for much more than forty or fifty miles. They travel on perfectly straight paths from their broadcast source, and because the Earth is round, it does not take the long to part ways with the ground and head out to the stars. Wouldn’t we all, if we had the chance? What a shame that both miracles and radio waves are invisible, because it would be quite a sight: ribbons of marvel and sound stretching out straight and true from all over the world.
All the Crooked Saints is Maggie’s upcoming novel, set to release on October 10, 2017. Despite having had her books on my TBR for many years, I only read my first book of Maggie’s earlier this year (The Raven Boys review). I immediately fell in love with her writing style, but honestly, the synopsis landed this one on my “most anticipated releases of 2017” list before I had even started TRB.
As many of my fellow bloggers know by now, unless you were able to make it to BookCon earlier this year, ARCs of this title have been almost impossible to come by! Luckily for me, an amazing friend and one of my mods over at Life & Lit sent me a beautiful copy of this book. I squealed a little and did a happy dance, and then almost tore right into it, because I decided that I kind of want to savor this one! I think sometimes, we tend to get caught up in the idea that every good book has to be devoured in as few sittings as possible, so lately I’ve been trying to take the time to really soak in the magic. I digress.
The opening of this book basically told me two things: Maggie’s writing style is weird in all of her books, not just The Raven Boys, and I’m going to love this.
Here is a thing everyone wants:
Here is a thing everyone fears:
What it takes to get one.
Any visitor to Bicho Raro, Colorado is likely to find a landscape of dark saints, forbidden love, scientific dreams, miracle-mad owls, estranged affections, one or two orphans, and a sky full of watchful desert stars.
At the heart of this place you will find the Soria family, who all have the ability to perform unusual miracles. And at the heart of this family are three cousins longing to change its future: Beatriz, the girl without feelings, who wants only to be free to examine her thoughts; Daniel, the Saint of Bicho Raro, who performs miracles for everyone but himself; and Joaquin, who spends his nights running a renegade radio station under the name Diablo Diablo.
They are all looking for a miracle. But the miracles of Bicho Raro are never quite what you expect.