Tuesday, November 8, 2011

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater [Review]

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The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Release: October 18, 2011
Hardcover: 416 pages
Publisher: Scholastic Press
My Copy: BEA 2011
Reviewer: Rex
Buy this Book: Amazon

Book Summary:
It happens at the start of every November: the Scorpio Races. Riders attempt to keep hold of their water horses long enough to make it to the finish line. Some riders live. Others die.

At age nineteen, Sean Kendrick is the returning champion. He is a young man of few words, and if he has any fears, he keeps them buried deep, where no one else can see them.

Puck Connolly is different. She never meant to ride in the Scorpio Races. But fate hasn’t given her much of a chance. So she enters the competition — the first girl ever to do so. She is in no way prepared for what is going to happen.

My Thoughts:
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater is absolute magic. It is dangerous, beautifully written and I can't wait to read it again- an absolute must buy for those that love Stiefvater's work. I haven't read her Mercy Falls series, but after reading The Scorpio Races, I plan to. I have heard from other readers that this is much different than her other work, though. Stiefvater threw me into her story, I felt like I was standing on the beach watching the water horses huff and puff and try to escape back into the ocean.

We follow two storylines - that of Sean Kendrick and Puck. Over time their stories begin to mesh, and it is wonderful watching their relationship develop naturally. My favorite part of the novel though is how comfortable and cautious Sean is with the water horses- also known as capall uisce. His love for the capall uisce, Corr, is absolutely adorable and fascinating. Sean is extremely intelligent and wise beyond his years. He is mysterious and his character is flawless. I'm obviously smitten. But Puck is also extremely likeable and brave- the first girl to ever ride in the dangerous Scorpio Races. The race, even the practices for the race, made my heart pound.

There aren't many things I could say to do justice for this book- it is magnificent, magical, intense. It pulled at my heartstrings. I can honestly say I've never read anything like this before, and I'm so glad that I have. This is one that I will be reading more than once and recommending to many friends. Any fantasy junkie should give this one a try. Love it!

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1 comment :

  1. I just got a copy of this in the mail today! Can't wait to be able to start it. :)



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