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The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
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Oct 28, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: reviewed, young-adult
Read in December, 2011

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“The Scorpio Races” is one of those books that come as a surprise, even when you have some idea of what it’s about. Author Maggie Stiefvater introduces readers to a world that is so realistic, so honest, that one can’t help but believe these water horses not only exist, but that they thrive.

Maggie’s characters have a weight to them, as if they’ve lived out their lives long before Maggie put pen to paper. Sean appears strong and silent, bold and fearless. But his true self, and his true story are hidden within that silence, and it’s only as the story develops that readers gain a clear appreciation for him. Puck is determined and daring. She’s set in her ways, yet is willing to look, learn and see when given the opportunity. Her spunk is infectious and it drives the story forward.

There is some violence in “The Scorpio Races” that warrants an ages 14 and up label but that should not scare teens or adults away. The scenes are intense, but not inappropriate or overdone. In fact, without them, “The Scorpio Races” wouldn’t have the same pull. It’s the sum total of the parts that make this novel whole.

“The Scorpio Races” is beautifully dark in its complexities. Maggie’s vivid prose is lyrically intricate, yet her pacing is marvelously sporadic. It’s quite simply a book like any other.

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