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 t...more
That being said, this is not a piece of literature that will be remembered throughout time. Her writing is simplistic because it is aimed at younger readers. Everything is stated, not much left to interpretation. Her language is beautiful, but it cannot compare to that of the classics. If you are looking for good writing, this is it. If you are looking for great writing, search elsewhere. (less)
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With these haunting words laid out like a feast of uncertainty and doom, Maggie Stiefvater launches a new telling of an old tale inspired by elements of Celtic mythology, legends of the water horses, and her own imagination.
And nothing had ever been more beautiful, or fearsome, or bizarre.
So, what's this book about?
Each October, dread settles over the island of Thisby, as The Scorpio sea throws capaill uisce—commonly known as ...more
I missed this book so much 😭 I actually teared up while listening to the audio again, and I sit here in awe of the craft and skill that went into making a book feel so ancient and beautiful, reckless and solid, wild and aching. It's phenomenal, one of the best books I've ever read. I just want to fold into the pages never leave.
[read 3 | november 2017]
So I purely reread this for the aesthetic of NOVEMBER 1st. Go me. I am shallow and great. And also I love this book so bloody ...more
I really don’t know where I should start with this review because just like any of Maggie’s other books this one wasn’t only magical but also so damn atmospheric that it’s more than just hard to put my feelings into proper words. There is something in the way she writes that always captures the emotio ...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 found myself comforted by a story that showed, in a very special way, that sometimes life is not about what you want, but what you need. with lush and poetic prose (which is so on brand for stiefvater), this story weaves together a foundation of desire, love, and strength in a way that tugs at your heartstrings.
"I wonder how long it will take for me to feel as adult on the inside as I look on the outside." - Puck Connolly
Sometimes you read a book and it becomes your whole world while you are reading it. For me, The Scorpio Races is one of those books.
I am just forever in debt to Maggie Stiefvater because this b ...more
I really liked The Scorpio Races, and I'm glad I listened to it on audiobook. Since there were two voice actors it was very easy to separate Puck and Sean, which was lucky since I've heard that some readers found it very difficult to distinguish between them when reading the book. The narrators also had very different ways of speaking as the characters, which made it impossible to mix the two up while listening.
The writing was beautiful. There is such a rich atmosphere, and the descr ...more
Puck has a horse, two brothers and soon no house to call a home. Sean's heart beats for something that he doesn't own. Both have no choice and only one chance to get what they desperately need. It's either win or die.
Why did I not pick this up sooner?
This totally deserves the 5 star rating. My heart goes out to every single tiny detail of this book. But most of all for ...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
► I reckon the reasons for which The Scorpio Races weaved itself throughout my beloved favorites could cause an opposite reaction to other readers. Do I care, though? No, because every slow-paced page, every heartfelt and beautiful sentence, every haunting and atmospheric landscape, every inch of Sean's bloody-stained jacket and killer horse reminds me that if nothing else, The Scorpio Races has a soul, and I'm consumed by it.
"I am here on firm ground, but part of me is already down on the be...more
It feels like he's confessed that he's dying of a disease I've never heard of, with symptoms I can't see. The utter wrongness of it, the way it won't fit in my head, keeps coming back to me again and again, as if I've only just learned about it.
The Scorpio Races is about man-eating horses, but it's more about finding where you belong. Here, two very different people try to hold onto the things they love most, even as their world spins around them.
Maggie Stiefvater's writing style i ...more
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Maggie Stiefvater has built a world that I want to live in forever.
The Scorpio Races is a slightly mystical, slightly historic, all-around awesome tale narrated by our two main characters, Sean Kendrick and “Puck” Kate Connolly. Every November the Scorpio Races take place which is a race where riders must hold their water horses away from the siren waters long en ...more
I really enjoyed venturing into one of Maggie's earlier books. I loved The Raven Cycle, and although this book is very different from that series, I found it just as fun.
Puck Connelly has lived on Thisby her entire live, she knows the way things are - the harshness of the landscape, and sometimes also the harshness of its inhabitants. When her oldest brother Gabe announces ...more
Tarot card reading for this book: inverted Tower. The Tower is leaning into the sea, crumbling, with thrashing waves and stormy skies, and while it can be a card of destruction, it can also be a card of fundamental change--which describes The Scorpio Races down to the letter.
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 paren ...more
“There are moments that you'll remember for the rest of your life and there are moments that you think you'll remember for the rest of your life, and it's not often they turn out to be the same moment.”
Look, no one is more upset about this rating than me. I wanted to love this so much. I recently finished The Raven Cycle, and it became one of my favorite series. I’d heard so many great things about this, I was sure I’d love it.
...But I just feel really underwhelmed?
I s ...more
when looked at through the frame of society.”
Another remarkable story delivered by Maggie Stiefvater, there is a surprise!
I have a strange relationship with Maggie's characters. I don't just love Ronan Lynch. I love everything that comes with him. I love Chainsaw like it's my pet. I'm protective of his BMW like it's my adopted child. Hell, i even love his boyfriend like i'm his mother. Same goes here: I don't just like Kate and Sean, it's just everything! I'm not sure ...more
Buddy Read starting Feb 15, 2015 with Brandi, Nicholas, Tandie, Sophie, D G, Athena Shardbearer, Kerry, Mich, AshleyR, Jessica and Michelle at Buddies Books and Baubles
Steve West has one of the sexiest voices ever. What a great time I had listening to this story all over again. Thanks buddy readers for a really fun reread of a story I enjoy.
“I didn't know," I start truthfully, "that it was the hard way when I started on it.”
I’ve h ...more
A Buddy Read with the MacHalo Freaks, because mythical blood-thirsty Water Horses are awesome!!!
Let me start by saying that very few authors are capable of affecting me emotionally the way Maggie Stiefvater does. Her prose is magic! I am not just spouting words here. Her writing hits somewhere in the vicinity of my soul and I can't get away unscathed. She wounds with her beautiful prose, enchants with her lyrical cadence of melody made of letters, and heals with the hope for salvatio ...more
"He is slow, and the sea sings to us both, but he returns to me."
My first Maggie Stiefvater book and I was not disappointed.
That last line especially, really got me.🥺❤️
Never thought I could love the capaill uisce given how bloody monstrous they are—I mean, they do love snacking on humans.
Reading about Sean & Corr and Puck & Dove makes me really wish I had that kind of relationship with a horse or better yet actually have a horse .
I've only ridden a horse a few times, but it sound ...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 ...more
“It is the first day of November and so, today, someone will die.”
★ It has been a couple of years since I read a novel by Maggie, I love Maggie’s writing and although it felt a bit different from TRC. I am not an expert when it comes to horses, my experience with these creatures is riding on the back of one when I was young and that’s it. This does not mean I did not enjoy it because I did.
★ I shamefully confess that it took me a couple of ...more
Scorpio Races is such a beautifully written tale, I swear I could cry. In retrospect, I did cry while reading the book. In fact, I’ve experienced a dozen different emotions while reading. The entire story was exciting, intriguing, terrifying, hilarious, romantic, inspiring, fantastical and heartwarming. I adored it.
It’s funny because I was never a fan of Ms. Maggie Stiefvater. I tried reading Shiver but got so bored I didn’t even finish it. I gave her a second chance in Raven Boys and even thou ...more
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All of Maggie Stiefvater's life decisions have been formed by a desire to leave a mark, resulting in spray-painted cars, sharpie-covered computer printers, ink-splattered walls, and stories told in books, in magazines, and on stages. Maggie Stiefvater l ...more
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Now he looks at me. He says, very softly, 'It's late for that, Puck.”