I stated before that I had reservations going in to this book. I need not to have worried. It is an incredibly beautiful book. Not just the cover art, but all of it.
Words that can be used to describe this book best are soft, warm, cosy, whimsical and nostalgic.
This is twice that Stiefvater has made me feel homesick for a place I’ve never been. This time it’s the fictional Bicho Raro in the arid Colorado Desert.
It’s like sitting around a campfire and having a grandparent tell you a story. She mixes the mythical with the mundane so naturally. Every character is an epic legend, but also a normal person (or animal as the case may be).
It reminded me of the Welcome to Night Vale podcast. Strange things happen in a desert town and people carry on like it’s a normal day. There is also a radio station.
The imagery is vivid and iconic. I would love to see this book made into a TV series.
As for the controversy about a white author writing about Mexican culture. I can’t speak to that. I am someone from a different country that only knows about the culture from how the entertainment industry has portrayed it. To me it was a wonderful fantasy story about people, but if something was particularly offensive to you, please let me know in the comments. (Remember to caption with Spoiler beforehand.)
I’m not going to say more about this book, besides that everyone should read it to understand.