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The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
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Aug 06, 11

bookshelves: arc, ya-lit, 2011, 2011-summer-bookaday, sequoyah-mg-2014, favorites
Recommended to Amanda by: Received as ARC at ALA
Recommended for: YA
Read in August, 2011 — I own a copy, read count: 1

This book gave me fits, I was prepared to fall in love with it from the beginning because I follow Stiefvater's blog and enjoyed her Mercy Falls trilogy. I think she writes beautifully and creates strong characters. That being said, the first 200 pages of this book were a struggle. Like her other books, the story is told in alternating POV's between the male and female main characters. I liked the slow build for the romance but I really needed more to happen in the first half of the book than building the setting. By the end of the book the island and the water horses were vivid and leapt off the page, you just have to stick with it. The last 200 pages are as fast paced and addicting as the first 200 are slow. In the end I ended up really enjoying the book and most of the characters. I did realize at the end I was much more invested in the relationship between Sean and his horse than the relationship between Sean/Kate. I wish there had been a pronunciation of the capaill uisce before page 80. I stumbled over the words for most of the book and finally ended up flagging the one instance in the book where how to pronounce it was located so I could flip back to remind myself.
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07/27/2011 page 53
13.0%
08/02/2011 page 200
48.0% "struggling with this one, I want to Love it so bad but it is slow. I need something to happen, now !"
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