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The Scorpio Races

4.07  ·  Rating Details  ·  68,261 Ratings  ·  9,247 Reviews
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 d
Hardcover, 409 pages
Published October 18th 2011 by Scholastic Press
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Elise Nicole The story isn't about the race, not really. That's what you think it will be but it DEFINITELY isn't. It's a much deeper and more fascinating look at…moreThe story isn't about the race, not really. That's what you think it will be but it DEFINITELY isn't. It's a much deeper and more fascinating look at human emotion and motive. Just cause it's called The Scorpio Races doesn't mean that's the only thing it's about!(less)
Carly Shiver was agonizing. I could not get through the trilogy, and I could not bear to read one more line about how much the characters were infatuated…moreShiver was agonizing. I could not get through the trilogy, and I could not bear to read one more line about how much the characters were infatuated with each other, entirely dependent on the love of the other. The Scorpio Races is my favorite book, and it was nothing like the Shiver trilogy. Stiefvater was able to compose a plot independent of a love story, and the romance that she did include was appropriately limited. I personally felt connected to all of the characters in the book as well as the setting, which certainly did not happen in Shiver.

That being said, this is not a piece of literature that will be remembered throughout time. Her writing is simplistic because it is aimed at younger readers. Everything is stated, not much left to interpretation. Her language is beautiful, but it cannot compare to that of the classics. If you are looking for good writing, this is it. If you are looking for great writing, search elsewhere. (less)
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Maggie Stiefvater
Aug 16, 2011 Maggie Stiefvater rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: recommended
You know I had to. It IS my favorite of all my books, after all.
Also posted on STRANGEMORE.COM.

This is basically the paranormal version of Misty of Chincatigue with (gasp!) romance!

Like Hidalgo, on the beach instead of the desert with (gasp!) kissing! Between two riders! NOT between the horse and it's rider though. Well... sometimes between the horse and it's rider. Just a little.

When this book started, it felt like a breath of fresh sea air, not rife with the smell of YA cliche. That was mainly because I thought this book was told from the alternating persp
Catriona (LittleBookOwl)
3.5/5 stars!

I really liked The Scorpio Races, and I'm glad I listened to it on audiobook. Since there were two voice actors it was very easy to separate Puck and Sean, which was lucky since I've heard that some readers found it very difficult to distinguish between them when reading the book. The narrators also had very different ways of speaking as the characters, which made it impossible to mix the two up while listening.

The writing was beautiful. There is such a rich atmosphere, and the descr
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
They came in with the tide. The moon illuminated long lines of froth as the waves gathered and gathered and gathered offshore, and when they finally broke on the sand, the capaill uisce tumbled onto the shore with them. The horses pulled their heads up with effort, trying to break free from the salt water.

I had to restrain the squealing, fangirly Maja and shove her in the closet so that the adult, critical Maja can sit and write this review. Believe me, it’s better this way.

With The Scorpio Rac
Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘ (of badger and SNAKE)

I reckon the reasons for which The Scorpio Races weaved itself throughout my beloved favorites could cause an opposite reaction to other readers. Do I care, though? No, because every slow-paced page, every heartfelt and beautiful sentence, every haunting and atmospheric landscape, every inch of Sean's bloody-stained jacket and killer horse reminds me that if nothing else, The Scorpio Races has a soul, and I'm consumed by it.

"I am here on firm ground, but part of me is already down on the beach
Wendy Darling
Killer water horses + Maggie Stiefvater. What could go wrong?

As it turns out, quite a lot. I feel just terrible writing this, and if you want to know just how much, it actually took me 4 months to make myself finish the book--partly because I wasn't engaged in the story, but also because I could sense that this wasn't going to be good reading experience. After the bruising my heart took with Forever, I really didn't want to write a second negative review for this author. But I'm afraid my disapp
Cait (Paper Fury)
This is a re-read!

I CANNOT EVEN POSSIBLY REMEMBER HOW TO WORD RIGHT NOW PEOPLE. This book means so very much to me. You know those books that are just yours for some reason? This one = mine. It started me on YA. I read it after The Hunger Games and there was noooo going back afterwards. YA OBSESSION HERE WE COME. Not to mention my deep eternally wildly fangirling permanent adoration of all things Stiefvater. She is my most favourite author of the universe. Why? THIS IS WHY. Flawless books of utt
Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘ (of badger and SNAKE)
VERDICT : Amazing audiobook. That is all.

My original review : Why Sean Kendrick is Amazing and Other Tales

Screwing my audiobook V-card with this one. As a NA heroine would, I fully expect it to be spechul and wonderful and perfect and awe-inspiring. Of course. Duh.

Seriously, though. Too much driving to do, too tired and pretty curious to see if Sean is as amazing as he was when I read his parts
Dec 04, 2013 Lora marked it as to-read
I am seriously excited for this. As excited as this kitten, in fact.

Dec 31, 2015 Carol. rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: horse-fans, fans of complex YA

Tarot card reading for this book: inverted Tower. The Tower is leaning into the sea, crumbling, with thrashing waves and stormy skies, and while it can be a card of destruction, it can also be a card of fundamental change--which describes The Scorpio Races down to the letter.
A fierce and hungry book. Even the wind is hungry here, "a live, starving thing." The tomboyish Kate, otherwise known as 'Puck,' and her brothers have been orphaned ever since the carnivorous water horses killed their parent
Oct 04, 2011 Arlene rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: YA Fantasy Fans
Recommended to Arlene by: Street Corner Booker Tour - ARC Flannery
Shelves: read-2011, arc, ya-fantasy
Absolutely fantasical! More please...

First off, a huge thanks to Flannery from thereadventurer who is touring this book with the Street Corner Bookers and allowed me to experience this crazy sauce of a book! Thank you!

Wow! Just wow!! Maggie Stiefvater has definitely cemented her status in the YA genre and Scorpio Races is her full access ticket to the game. I've enjoyed her Mercy Falls trilogy for over a couple of years, but this book has definitely pulled her away from the pack and shown she ha
Robin (Bridge Four)
Buddy Read starting Feb 15, 2015 with Brandi, Nicholas, Tandie, Sophie, D G, Athena Shardbearer, Kerry, Mich, AshleyR, Jessica and Michelle at Buddies Books and Baubles

Steve West has one of the sexiest voices ever. What a great time I had listening to this story all over again. Thanks buddy readers for a really fun reread of a story I enjoy.

Original Review:

4.5 Stars

“I didn't know," I start truthfully, "that it was the hard way when I started on it.”

I’ve have never given a recommendation to sp
Apr 15, 2016 Heather rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016-favorites
This book! Maggie Stiefvater wraps you in this world of Thisby & water horses and deadly races and does not let you go!
If you want me to film a review video, please let me know!
Destini Mia~ ♕ Sassy Lassie
Apr 12, 2016 Destini Mia~ ♕ Sassy Lassie rated it really liked it
It is the first day of November and so, today, someone will die.

I think that, coming into The Scorpio Races right after I finished rereading The Raven Cycle, solidified my belief that Maggie Stiefvater is a versatile author.


Inevitably, I was comparing the two, which in hindsight I shouldn't have because I think it's almost an insult to say something like, "____ book is just like _____ book". However, these two stories are like apples and oranges.

The Raven Cycle ran on characterization an
May 24, 2016 Renata rated it it was amazing
Shelves: stand-alone
Este libro es una maravilla, si tenéis la oportunidad de leerlo, lo tenéis que hacer.

Hoy es primero de noviembre, y alguien va a morir. El libro empieza con esta frase y no puedes decir que no te atrapa. Yo lo empecé a leer y desde la primera frase me enganchó. Las Carreras de Escorpio es una novela original ya que los caballos, los capaill uisce que aparecen, son caballos que surgen del mar en una isla y cada año, en noviembre, hay las carreras entre estos caballos especiales. Maggie tiene est
This was a book I was ready to hate. Actually, if I'm being honest, this was a book I wanted to hate. What? German foosball players aren't the only ones capable of schadenfreude.

Plus, this was a story about horses, those vicious, four-legged beasts that naive children are tricked into riding at summer camp before they're brutally thrown off. Hypothetically speaking, of course. Yet I found myself drawn into this story, this mythic tale of savage water horses in a barbaric race created by all too
Jun 15, 2016 Nina rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Nina by: Chantal
Shelves: fantasy, 2016-favs
The Scorpio Races is a beautifully written novel inspired by Celtic mythology. The book will pull you in with a luscious setting, engaging characters, and a touching storyline about homeland, family bonds, and (equine) friendship.

The Scorpio Races’s storyline follows two contenders in the famous but dangerous Scorpio races which take place every November on a little Irish-inspired island called Thisby. The races have a unique twist, inspired by Celtic mythology, as the races are run on the infa
Edit: I feel it worth nothing that this is my 250th Goodreads review. Yay milestones!

This is the first time I've felt even a little guilty about not liking a galley. I didn't really enjoy this book, but I didn't hate it enough not to care, and so here I am stuck in limbo, not really sure what to do with it.

The idea is absolutely fabulous. A race run on killer water horses? Yes, please. And there's the element of romance between two competitors, both with a reason they need to win, which just amp
The Scorpio Races is one of those books that you can read as much as you want about and raise your expectations to seemingly unreachable levels, but nothing can prepare you for the story within its pages. It’s beautiful – from the writing, to the descriptions, to the characters and their relationships – everything about this novel is a beauty. Yet, what truly moved me as I read this novel was the sheer amount of passion it contained. I have never read a Maggie Stiefvater novel before, but if ...more
Taylor Knight
I'll never look at horses the same again.

This book is amazing. I really have nothing negative to say. From page one I was so interested in this book. I loved it right from the start.
The writing is incredible and mesmerizing. The characters are beautiful and complex. The plot is interesting and the concept is mind blowing.
There's only a handful of books that I've read that have made me feel how I felt while reading The Scorpio Races. I laughed, I cried, I did everything. I never wanted to put t
Tamora Pierce
Nov 30, 2011 Tamora Pierce rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy-ya-yr
On a small island in the Scorpio Sea, men and boys strive to capture the deadly, killer water horses that come onto the land from the ocean. If they can master these mounts, they can ride in the yearly races for honor, glory, and big cash bets. Sean Kendrick races for his father, killed by the same water horse he rides now, and for the horse farm he works for as chief hostler. He has won the Scorpio Races four times and understands the water horses like no one else. Puck Connolly, on the other h ...more
Mar 26, 2012 Limonessa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Limonessa by: Birthday present from Maja
In the Scorpio sea, somewhere in the Atlantic, lies the island of Thisby. It's a small island mainly inhabited by fishermen but it's also popular for its capaill uisce and its Scorpio Races. Capaill uisce are fearsome water horses. They feed on meat and blood and they are predators, killers.
The Scorpio Races are held each year in November and they're a tradition in Thisby. They're also dangerous, brutal and the cause of several casualties each year; because of course riders, in these races, com
Pam Gonçalves

A autora Maggie Stiefvater tem um estilo de escrita bastante peculiar. Lembre-se, toda vez que você ler algo dela vai ser totalmente diferente do que você está acostumado. Ela procura sempre sair do lugar comum ao criar suas histórias fantásticas, escolhe mitologias pouco exploradas e escreve uma aventura maravilhosa.

A corrida de escorpião conta a história de uma ilha especial, que uma vez por ano recebe a visita de cavalos mágicos que
Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*
Alrighty then. I've been terrible at doing reviews lately, and I finished this book, like, a month ago. So now I'm going to review it. Because I have like two other books that I really, really want to review. Not that I don't want to review this book, because I do. But yeah. I guess I just don't have anything very entertaining to say about it.

So, to briefly explain what The Scorpio Races is about, I made this illustration:

Uh yeah. So it's basically about an island where horses eat people. Awesom
Jillian (bookishandnerdy)
Dec 01, 2015 Jillian (bookishandnerdy) rated it it was amazing
*4.5 stars*

I love this so much. It's not a perfect 5 stars because the first half is paced slow, but amazingly written still. Maggie Stiefvater made me emotionally attached to horses. WUT. Beautifully written. Sean and Corr man, SEAN AND CORR. My favorite part about this is how Maggie describes Thisby. It felt as if Thisby itself was another character. Every time I read this book I felt like I was magically transported there to bask in the Scorpio Races. The ending gave me so many feels. SO MANY
Emer (ALittleHaze)
Apr 06, 2016 Emer (ALittleHaze) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Emer (ALittleHaze) by: Sarah (thegirltheycalljones)
Shelves: 4stars
“What’s there to miss? This was never mine to miss.”

If you asked me what this book was about I think I’d probably say a horse race but it is so much more than that too... and then get all tongue tied as I tried to further explain… because I’m asking myself that very same question now and I am unsure quite how to answer it.
So please excuse this review if it turns into a rambling stream of feelings and emotions and other nonsensical utterings!

This is my first ever book by Maggie Stiefvater and c
Jan 02, 2016 ♥Rachel♥ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to ♥Rachel♥ by: Ksenia
This is a re-read.

I loved The Scorpio Races ages ago (is it really 5 years since it released?!!) and I've always wanted to do a re-read. A friend raved about the audio version and so I had to pick it up. Having a male and female narrator for the voices of Sean and Puck/Kate was a real treat especially with the proper accents. Steve West and Fiona Hardingham's wonderful performances enhanced this epic story!
Feb 18, 2015 Nick rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Nick by: Brandi
Review #2: So, even though I just read this in December, it's time for a re-read with the fine people of Buddy Books and Baubles.

Not going to lie: I really missed Fiona Hardingham and I'm quite excited to have her serenade me for another 12 hours/2.

And I'm finished. Again, I'm left with this feeling of wanting more. I dream of what happens next and mentally fanfic the shit out of this story. This was even better the second time. Didn't think that was possible. People easily criticize, but it's
Aug 08, 2012 Jo rated it really liked it
Recommended to Jo by: Maggie
I didn’t think I’d get on with Ms Stiefvater. Partly because it just took me about five minutes to spell her name right, but also because I’ve heard things about her other series that kind of made me think that her writing wouldn’t be for me.

Not negative reviews, not at all. You know Maja, right? Of course you do, she’s brilliant and she’s the biggest Ms S fan that I know of and her reviews (here, here and here) for these books are absolutely wonderful. You’d think if anyone could persuade me to
Helen Stavraki
May 27, 2016 Helen Stavraki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ένα μικρό νησί άγονο,αραιοκατοικημενο,πνιγμένο στην αλμυρα και τους καταστροφικούς ανέμους με απόκρημνες και επικίνδυνες παραλίες και αγανακτισμένους ή ονειροπόλους νησιώτες,ειναι το νησί που διεξάγονται οι αγώνες του σκορπιού.
Κάθε χρόνο στις αρχές του Νοέμβρη ένα έθιμο που αποτελεί ιεροτελεστία για τους κατοίκους αλλά και το μοναδικό τουριστικό θέλγητρο. Εκτός βέβαια από το μυθικό χάρισμα αυτού του νησιού.
Στις παραλίες του ξεβράζονται κάθε χρόνο το φθινόπωρο τεράστια μυθικά τέρατα με τη μορφή
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New York Times bestselling author of The Shiver Trilogy, The Raven Cycle, and The Scorpio Races. Artist. Driver of things with wheels. Avid reader.

All of Maggie Stiefvater's life decisions have been based around her inability to be gainfully employed. Talking to yourself, staring into space, and coming to work in your pajamas are frowned upon when you're a waitress, calligraphy instructor, or tech
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