Release date: October 10th 2017
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.
I loved Maggie Stiefvater’s books that I’ve read so far so I was very excited for this one. It’s so easy to get lost in Maggie’s writing and the worlds and characters that she builds. This was no exception. The book was slow, but not in a way that dragged. Instead it worked perfectly with the world she was creating to completely draw me in and fall in love with her characters.
The plot centered around the Sorias family, in particular three teens, Daniel, Beatriz, Joaquin. Daniel was the Saint of Bicho Raro who granted miracles. Joaquin dreamed of being a radio DJ. Beatriz was the one who tied everything together, the engineer, the builder. The three of them started an illegal radio show and right from the beginning, their bond was evident. I really liked all three of these characters and they each had their own journey. The supporting cast were all great as well and I liked seeing all the little insights into them all that tied back into the overall mythology of the story.
I really liked the mythology of the Saint of Bicho Raro, the granting of miracles, and having to face a fear before that miracle is granted. The Sorias family was forbidden from helping the ‘Pilgrims’ face these fears under threat of being confronted by their own darkness. The imagery Maggie Stiefvater used to decribe the darkness of the ‘Pilgrims’ was fantastic. It was so easy to picture what was happening and so easy to get lost in her story.
The book was very character driven, which I didn’t mind because I loved these characters. It made the pacing slow but again, it didn’t mater because I was so lost in the story. As long as Maggie keeps putting out books like this and The Raven Boys, she remains on my auto-buy list.
*I received a copy of this book from Indigo Books & Music in exchange for an honest review.