The Scorpio Races
With her trademark lyricism, Maggie Stiefvater turns to a new world, where a pair are swept up in a daring, dangerous race across a cliff--with more than just their lives at stake should they lose.
It happens at the start of every November: the Scorpio Races. Riders att...more
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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...more
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...more
My Dearest Maggie,
Sometimes I can be a total prick, but I'm not above apologizing for it. About a year ago, I eviscerated your novel Shiver. Then I took another jab at you when I reviewed Franny Billingsley's Chime. I will not take those statements back. Shiver is an incredibly shitty book, Maggie.
But I will apologize for saying you're a worse writer than Stephenie Meyer. She's way shittier than you. You've sorta redeemed yourself with The Scorpio Races. Sorta. I am not...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater is a difficult novel to describe: it is one-part race novel, one-part horse appreci...more
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...more
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...more
I enjoyed reading Maggie Stiefvater's books in the past but it wasn't until I saw glowing reviews from blogging buddies and Goodreads friends that I became really curious about The Scorpio Races. It sounds different from anything else that she's written and Maggie herself said that this is her favorite out of all of her books. How's that for encouragement? I couldn't pass up reading this one and I like that it's a standalone novel.
Sigh, what a lovely, lovely book this turn...more
As a big fan of Maggie Stiefvater's 'Wolves of Mercy Falls' series I was really excited about reading "The Scorpio Races". Although the books couldn't be more different in terms of the worlds Maggie has created they both have her beautifully descriptive style and you are fully pulled into the story. I did find that "The Scorpio Races" was a bit slow to get started, I struggled a little to get into the story and found the mythology of...more
THE SCORPIO RACES by Maggie Stiefvater is very different sort of book from her Shiver or Ballad series. It still has the same lovely writing and emotional layers, but the romance is much more like the classical definition of that word and less like the modern understanding. There are several love stories, but they aren’t just the sort where a boy falls in love with a girl (although I did particularly love that sort here). This is a thrilling and heroic...more
I've read all of Maggie Stiefvater's books and really enjoyed every one, but I think that The Scorpio Races might be my favorite. I love everything about it: the characters, the atmosphere, the plot, the writing. I was particularly taken with the setting, Thisby. It reminded me of one of those old sleepy New England coast towns that is full and buzzing in the summer but empty of everything except the quirky, tight-knit locals durin...more
What I liked:
-Maggie writes pretty. Has hit the nail on the head in this regard. Not tediously overwritten like Shiver, just beautiful and evocative. Two stars for that.
What I didn't like quite so much:
-NOTHING HAPPENS. N-o-t-h-i-n-g. A third of the way through, bored to TEARS, I had to check a review or two...and that is when I found out that the Scorpio Races don't actually begin until the last 12 pages of the book. All the re...more
All cards on the table: I have always been on the fence when it comes to Maggie Stiefvater’s books. I read Lament and tried to read Shiver but didn’t like either book. I was irritated by the characters, by their lack of logical development and above all by the no-holds barred, insta-love/obsessive – type of romance story that drove those stories. However, I have always been able to appreciate this author’s beautiful prose (despite a certain tendency...more
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...more
Actual Rating: 3.5 Stars
My AP U.S. History teacher used to joke that he'd given us fun projects for the final couple months of the year because they always erased the bad memories we had of the grueling tests and homework packets we had to do for the majority of the year.
And that's what the last fifty pages of The Scorpio Races have done. They were so intense, they basically obliterated the mind-numbing monotony of the other 350 pages. I would've...more
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater was a book I was really excited to read. I've heard almost nothing but good things about Maggie's Shiver series, and the early talk I'd heard about this book was also quite positive. And, it was a book about hard-core, killer water horses... Sounds fascinating! But alas. I was seriously disappointed in this book, mostly because I didn't actually feel like anything really happened. I read...more
There's something magical about Maggie Stiefvater's writing. She has this ability to capture my attention with her beautiful lyrical writing, relatable characters and creative story telling. Much like her fey and wolf series, Maggie has a talent for taking a well known lore and making it her own. She does this by taking a mythology that's been around for ages and gives it a fresh, unique, engaging re-telling that's all her own.
The Scorpio Races rich mythology is based on water horses,...more
a. This story is beautifully told.
b. It is NOT however what I thought it was advertised to be.
c. What I thought it would be was a swashbuckling adventure of a tale about racing and that maybe there be some scorpions involved.
d. What I got was an Irish ditty about two young love birds, an island filled with mythical creatures, and a smattering of delightfully colorful secondary characters.
Stiefvater is an excellent scene setter. Her thick description is vivid and lyrical (though reading this after Francesca Lia Block dims her light...more
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I had no idea what to expect when I picked up The Scorpio Races, and I was completely blown away by it all! The characters, the vicious cappal uisce and the mystery surrounding both them and the race.
On an island called Thisby water horses rise from the sea hungry and confused at the onset of wi...more
|The YA Book Club: * The Scorpio Races- May 2013||8||38||May 21, 2013 09:37pm|
|In case you didn't know...||14||78||May 08, 2013 01:01pm|
|YA e dintorni: Gruppo di lettura di aprile: The scorpio races||46||31||Apr 24, 2013 06:19am|
|Does Puck and Sean end up together? Did you like the ending?||45||362||Apr 21, 2013 09:07pm|
|Would it make a good movie||33||74||Apr 04, 2013 10:08am|
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Now he looks at me. He says, very softly, 'It's late for that, Puck.”