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The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
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Nov 10, 11

bookshelves: dnf, did-not-finish, just-couldn-t-take-it-anymore, sssslllloooooowwwwww
Read on November 09, 2011


It's like reading a rrrreeeeaaaallllllllyyyy iiiinnnntttteeeerrrrrrrreeeessssttttiiiinnnngggg ppppooosssstttt lllliiiikkkkeeee tttthhhhiiiissss. Iiiitttt jjjjuuuusssstttt ddddooooeeeessssnnnn'tttt wwwwoooorrrrkkkk wwwweeeellllllll.

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 dreadful thing from the ocean-floor depth of one star.

You see, Stiefvater likes to describe things. And, yeah, at first, because her writing is so pretty, it seems like it would be really interesting to read. But, sadly, that's not the case, because after the first few thousand instances when the over-describing occurs, you get bored, and when you're bored, it's like the writing becomes transparent, and you can see everything that's lurking underneath: shoddily constructed characters, little to no plot, and black Adobe Garamond font. Underneath the gorgeous writing is a mess, and that's all THE SCORPIO RACES is. A mess.

Stiefvater overdescribes, but she also cuts her chapters off after each instance, so you're left wondering what the heck happened while you're immersed once again in top-notch writing with no plot. THE SCORPIO races is like one of those roller coasters that goes round and round while it goes up and down, so your stomach is going up and down and all around, but it's unpleasant. Then you throw up all over everything.

THE SCORPIO RACES is another overhyped piece of crap that's come from the bowels of YA. Except this time, it's really messy.

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Reading Progress

11/09/2011 page 7
2.0% "Maggie's writing is so pretty. :)"
11/09/2011 page 20
5.0% "I can tell I'm definitely not going to get the characters confused!"

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Princess Kayla That sucks, it could have been good but you can't cure slow unless it's super good, and even then.

Dawn-Renée Maybe y'all have short attention spans. Just sayin'. :)

Hayden Ha! Or too many other books to read and not enough time to waste on one that isn't captivating :)

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