Here is a thing everyone wants: a miracle.
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.
I loved The Raven Boys, and hated Shiver (I DNF’ed that after a couple of chapters) so I was always on edge about whether or not I would like this one, as it’s been so hit and miss for me with Stiefvater’s writing.
MISS. A VERY FIRM MISS.
My friend Emer also summed up what she thought of this book in her review, and I 100% agree with her.
You could take any chapter of this book and make it the beginning. That’s all this felt like. A bunch of half-d0ne beginning chapters. No development at all, the ‘plot’ building was non-existent until the last few chapters, and even then it was painfully slow and tedious. The ending felt rushed (although it felt like it took FOREVER to get there) and I’m not really sure what the hell happened.
The prose didn’t make sense. Often I sat debating over the meaning of sentences, to realise THERE WASN’T ANY. Just what was written DIDN’T MAKE SENSE and had NO RELEVANCE. UGH. It was just a throw up of words on a page arranged to trick the reader into thinking they’re reading something good and intelligent. GUESS WHAT? WE AIN’T ALL STUPID.
So yeah…to say I didn’t like this is a bit of an understatement. I didn’t like the writing, the plot, the characters (they were all so dull and felt the same, and I was forgetting who half the characters were / merging them all into one), the story. Nothing.
So I’m sorry Maggie…this one wasn’t for me…hopefully the Ronan Novel will be better