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
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
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
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
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
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...more
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater is a difficult novel to describe: it is one-part race novel, one-part horse appreci...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
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
On an island called Thisby water horses rise from the sea hungry and confused at the onset of wi...more
"“It is the first day of November and so, today, someone will die.”
Just like Stefvater's "Wolves of Mercy Falls" series, this was a wholly original take on an old folk tale...there is an interesting afterward told by the author on this audiobook that was really cool to listen to, so I suggest that if you can get ahold of it. Just like her other books, The Scorpio Races was provocative enough from chapter one to suck me in almost immediately...this world is still somewhat dreary and lonely, but...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
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
This story is told from the alternating POV of Sean Kendrick and Puck Connolly, hero and heroine. I *love alternating POV stories!
Kate Connolly (Puck) lives on a small island, with her brothers Gabe and Finn. Her parents were killed by deadly, flesh-hungry, magical water horses, capaill uisce, that are native to the island. So the Connolly child...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
I love a good surprise. And Maggie Stiefvater pulled off an excellent one this year by surprising her readers with not one, but two books. The one we'd been expecting for a year, the other we had no clue was even in the works really. And so when the cover of THE SCORPIO RACES was released, my mind went in a hundred different directions at once trying to parse out the possibilities behind such an interesting title and such an absolutely lovely cover. The truth is, I didn...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
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I almost feel bad giving THE SCORPIO RACES two stars, because the writing is Gorgeous with a capital G. I really do. I feel like any book with beautiful writing deserves at least three stars. The writing is the only thing saving this drea...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
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
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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.”