Here is a thing everyone wants: A miracle. Here is a thing everyone fears: What it takes to get one.
Fun fact: I bought this book almost two years ago and only now finished it. It was one of those I started and just couldn’t get into, so I put it aside and finally wanted to read it again.
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 think the best way to sum up this book is: you have to be in the right mood to read it. It’s very well-written with so much to it that at times, it felt like too much. When it wasn’t focused on the main three characters, other characters took over, which is fine, but there are a lot of people to remember, each with their own story, which is told.
The beginning took a while for me to get through, just because the writing style is different and I wasn’t sure where it was going.
However, when the story picked up, I wanted to keep reading. When I start to see the characters change, I found myself caring for them more and wanted to see them succeed.
There are long paragraphs and I’ll be honest, I dazed in and out a few times. If it was a story that wasn’t connected to the main one, I wasn’t all that interested but some did catch my attention and if you take the time to look, there are messages in them.
I can’t believe it took me this long to pick this book back up. Maybe I wasn’t in the right mindset to get into the story at the time, but now, it flew by. It’s a much different read and I can’t see it being for everyone.
Or maybe wait a few years and then it’ll be the right time.
This is a story about not only finding and bringing out your darkness but confronting it. That even if you admit your darkness, you still have to work on getting rid of it, and that may take time.
I’m glad I picked this book back up. It’s a strong, well-written story that has a lot to say. The main characters may not always be the main focal point, but it’s enjoyable nonetheless.
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I believe that one of rhe criteria of a good book is that it should not be difficult to read.
Having said that, sometimes one is not in tje right frame of mind for a particular kimd if book which I think was the case in your initial attempt to read this book.
Thanks for the good review.
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I saw a few reviews where people said “your reading level should be high to read this” and although I don’t think that’s the case, I do agree being in the right frame of mind has a big impact.
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