"It's for personal reasons," I say stiffly. Which is what my mother always told me to say about things that had to do with fighting wit...moreFavorite line:
"It's for personal reasons," I say stiffly. Which is what my mother always told me to say about things that had to do with fighting with your brothers, getting any sort of illness that had intestinal ramifications, starting your period, and money. And this decision covered two out of four, so I thought the statement was well earned.
I had to gobble this book up in a day. I'll admit I wasn't excited to read the book. I enjoyed Stiefvater's Shiver, but was unimpressed with Linger and could not even convince myself that if I checked out Forever from the library I'd actually read it. But, The Scorpio Races kept showing up on so many blogs that I knew there must be something worth all the gossip. I have renewed faith in Stiefvater and her story crafting abilities (with so many books about wolves out there my loyalties are quickly lost, shame on me I guess). I'll be on the lookout for whatever she dishes out next.
Would I recommend this book? Recommend it? I threaten you. (Okay, not really, but you get the idea.)
P.S. If by chance the thought of meat-lusting horses makes you think of Diana Peterfreund's Rampant I would be incline to tell you that it is good, but, there is a thick layer of bemoaning teens to wade through. You're safe with the The Scorpio Races. Thank you Stiefvater.
P.S.S. I realize that I never said why I liked the book. Sigh... that's what happens with a brain that moves faster than I can keep up with. I'll give my top two reasons why I love this book. When I studied geography, I remember reading about how locations have a 'placeness' that the people who live there can feel. It's in the land, the way the water flows, the way light plays across the Earth's surface, along with a smell that is synonymous with home. Stiefvater does an amazing job of create that 'placeness'. This brought many good questions to the forefront of my mind. The second reason is, about every 6th page I would laugh, out loud, startling anyone nearby. Many sentences I read over again just to enjoy the humor a second and third time.(Hence my favorite line above.)
Some dreams are scary every time. There is nothing you can do - except wake up. p.74 A fun graphic novel for older elementary and even middle school. I...moreSome dreams are scary every time. There is nothing you can do - except wake up. p.74 A fun graphic novel for older elementary and even middle school. I found some of the wording difficult to understand, but that could be due to the translation. I love the idea of heroes that will help you battle your nightmares if you write them a letter and leave it under your pillow. (less)