The Scorpio Races
Every year, the Scorpio Races are run on the beaches of Skarmouth. Every year, the sea washes blood from the sand. To race the savage water horses can mean death, but the danger is irresistible.
When Puck enters the races to save her family, she is drawn to the mysterious Sean, the only person on the island capable of taming the beasts.
Even if they stay together, can the...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
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
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
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...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
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
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
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
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
Ohhh this is gonna be a hard review to do.
Like...”Are you Smarter than a 5th Grader” hard.
(That show got me a few times, just saying...)
I really can’t recall what was happening in The Scorpio Races. There was a lot, but there was also nothing at all. I’m not trying to make a paradox to confuse other readers, honest, but stuff happened but it never related to what was going on in the said ‘plot’ of this story.
...Lemme start this again. The Scorpio Races trailer was the very first thin...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
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater is a difficult novel to describe: it is one-part race novel, one-part horse appreci...more
This atmospheric story reached out to me on a personal level, surprising me with the level of appeal that it held. Thisby, the isolated home of Puck Connolly and Sean Kendrick, reminded me of the Shetland or Orkney Islands – quite a contrast to my bustling home of a city. Never before have the clifftops or the sea, or the thought of hors...more
Even under the brightest sun, the frigid autumn sea is all the colors of the night: dark blue and black and brown. I watch the ever-changing patterns in the sand as it's pummeled by countless horses.
They run the horses on the beach, a pale road between the black water and the chalk cliffs. It is never safe, but it's never so dangerous as today, race day."
Reviewing The Scorpio Races, for me, is like reviewing my best friend. Maggie...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.
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
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
So it was with some trepidation that I picked up Scorpio Races; a trepidation tempered slightly by the knowledge that the plot involved MAN-EATING KILLER WATER HORSES YOMFGGGGGG!!!!
Because if there’s one thing this girl loves more than ponies, it is ponies that want to eat your face.
But awesome plot ideas have failed me in the past, No Safety In Numbers, and so I was still a little nervous.
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
I didn't like BALLAD: A GATHERING OF FAERIE.
I loved THE SCORPIO RACES.
I'd like to praise Ms. Stiefvater for her writing. It's absolutely gorgeous; I've never seen anything like it. It didn't show as much as it did in SHIVER, but it was beautiful nonetheless.
Kudos for coming up with such an interesting plot. If you know me, I love horses and paranormal. So, water horses + romance + Maggie = greatness. I loved the Scorpio Races, and the water horses, of course. Especially Cor...more
I'll be honest and say I wasn't really a fan of the "Shiver" Trilogy, I just found them incredibly hard to get into and I'm just tired of vampires and werewolves of late, although I love the "Nightshade" series. However the premise for "The Scorpio Races" pulled me in and made me want to read...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
*First read in Nov. 2011.*
Mindlessly wandering around my house one day, I saw this beautiful book lying around and, unsurprisingly, picked it up. I read the flap. I stared at the cover. I thought, "Mmmmm. This is my sister's book," furtively looking around with shifty eyes. And proceeded to gleefully tear through 90 pages till I heard my sister coming, regretfully dropped it, and ran away. I was still thinking about "that pretty awesome if slightly boring but so addicting book...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
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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...more
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Now he looks at me. He says, very softly, 'It's late for that, Puck.”