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Published September 18th 2011 by Scholastic, Inc.
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Kim Falconer
Nov 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The Scorpio Races still haunts me, even a month after I finished it. Darkly poetic, this story pulled me in a world almost like ours, but not quite. The world building is subtle. It sits in the background where it belongs until the energy of the island builds to a point it becomes a character in itself. Brilliant.

And, the water horses . . . what rich creatures Stiefvater has created. They are beautiful, majestic, deadly, as much a part of the island and the wild sea as the people who try to ride
Nov 29, 2011 rated it liked it
“I hear laughter and someone asks if I need help, not in a nice way. I snarl, “What I need is for your mother to have thought a little harder nine months before your birthday.”

Kate Connolly, also known as Puck, lives on the island of Thisby where once a year the fall tides cause the water horses come out of the ocean onto land. Fierce, untamed, dangerous horses that can kill a man in its jaws, these horses are legend. The locals of Thisby try to catch these horses, train them and tame them for r
Dec 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Have you ever read the lyrics to a song that was 404 pages long? Thats what reading this book is like. Maggie takes the passion of being driven by devotion to your family, the compassion a person could have for an animal they consider their family and the bravery it takes to put your own life on the line for them. She turns it into a beautifuly dark story you will remember for the rest of your life. Full of anger, love and adrenaline. You step on to this island and you dont come back the same. Y ...more
J.C. Phillipps
Nov 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I love it when I'm such a fan of an author that I don't even need to know the plot of their book - I buy it because I love the way that individual thinks and writes. I wouldn't say that I'm a "Fan" of many authors in this way - but that is exactly how I feel about Maggie Steifvater. She writes with (what I feel) is the perfect balance between description/plot/dialog. I love the way she puts things. She sounds Irish - is she Irish? I know she lives in US now, but I'm pretty darn sure she's Irish. ...more
Dec 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
In this book, at first I didn't like it. I thought in the beginning of it when I first started reading it that it was boring. As I started to finish the book it got more entertaining and I ended up liking it. I really like the part of Puck and Sean when they are together. Also when Corr stays with Sean.
Sep 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Maggie Stiefvater has become one of my all time favorite authors - I hope she continues writing for years to come.
Jul 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing


5th grade and up

Puck Connelly is a girl who lives on an island where dangerous horses that come from the sea are raced in a terrifying race on the cliffs of the town once a year. With her parents dead and her older brother leaving the island, Puck is faced with having to make enough money to pay for her house so she and her younger bro
Melanie Conklin
Jun 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One of the best books I have ever read. Period. After reading this one, I will read everything Maggie Stiefvater writes. Although I still do not like goats. Sorry Maggie.
Julia M
One Wild Ride Scholastic Press, 2011,
416 pp, $17.99, 9780545224901

The Scorpio Races is the thrilling tale of the capaill uisce, the savage horses that appear from the water every November. Despite the danger, it is the people of a small island called Thisby’s quest to capture and restrain these vicious creatures long enough to race along the beach. It is told from the perspective of two different characters, using the first person voice in alternating point of views. The first, Sean Kendric
Dec 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
So here’s the lowdown. The totally awesome, talented writer I work for gave me a Kindle after we finished work on her second novel. My sweet, sweet girlfriends gave me an Amazon gift card for my birthday. I was scheduled for a c-section with my second kid, and I wanted to check into the hospital armed with some light, not-too-realistic reading to take my mind off of things. (“Things” being nervousness, pain, general freaked-out-ness.) I read all three of Maggie Stiefvater’s Wolves of Mercy Falls ...more
I have read this via the audible book, and I think I probably would have enjoyed it better as a book, I intend to buy it ( a signed version as I LOVE Maggies books) and re-read it myself.

The book is full of the harsh realities of being raised in a poor household and when Puck Connolly realised that the only way she can keep her home is to risk her life in the Scorpio Races.

Both Puck and Sean are two characters that have endured enough in their lives, Sean is such a noble but quietly reserved sou
Dec 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Grades 6 and up
Recommended to Linden by: McKenna Morris and Nancy Lane

Maggie Stiefvater's The Scorpio Races is based on the Irish legend of kelpies, or water horses, who are also shape-shifters. Each November, the island of Thisby somehow attracts these capaill uisge who swim ashore in search of meat--for they are carnivores--meat such as dogs, cats, livestock or even people.

The races are for people who have captured water horses and are able to ride these fierce, dangerous, and ultimately, dizzyingly fast creatures. But Puck (actually Kate) Connolly and her two b
Nov 27, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: teen
From the author of Shiver, this teen fantasy deals with the mythical water horse. Every year the island has the Scorpio Races, an event where many will die and the winner will win a lot of money. The book follows two characters with their own reasons for wanting to win the races. Sean is a young man who has a gift with horses and works for the richest man on the island. He is the winner of the last four years and is racing for ownership of the water horse that is his by right. Puck is a young gi ...more
Estrella Perotti
May 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
what can I said, I LOVE IT!I've never read a Stiefvater's book before. I picked the Scorpio Races up for a friend's recomendation and really, I'm not disappointed at all.
First of all, I love horses and races (my family has a lot of history with these magnificent animals, we have raised horses all our life) so Sean's (and Puck too)love for horses brings to me a lot of memories about my granddad and his love for them, and when a book reminds you the things you love, the things you miss (beyond th
Feb 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Spoiler Alert. (Sort of)
Horses, sand, romance, life or death situations, and racing. To me, this is the ideal YA book; then again, I think that after reading any of Maggie Stiefvater's books (her last name is awesome too!). This book is most definitely in the top ten of my list of best books ever-it might even be #1. Puck and Sean are some of the best characters in all YA fiction and their interactions are breathtaking. Maggie Stiefvater has the ability to craft the most realistic yet heartbreak
Aug 27, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
It was okay. Why they'd race mysterious horses that come from the ocean to eat them is beyond me. World building wasn't done very well. Couldn't tell if they were in the past (found out they weren't when cars were mentioned later on), present, or future. Couldn't tell what island they were on because it was never mentioned. If Thisby is a made up island, it would be nice to know the history behind it, like how it became an island, and distance wise from it to the mainland. Character development ...more
Kaden Karcich
Oct 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
I found this book interesting and it caught my attention because it started out with the family and the main character in the very beginning so it kind of catches your attention when you first start to read and later on in the book it gets more interesting and more complicated as the character struggles to support for whats left of her family and save their house and she still has to figure out her realationship with Sean. the book was really detailed and and brought in a new species of angry an ...more
Jun 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Oh man. Sometimes you trip upon a stone and turn it over in the kick and there's a beautiful geode staring back at you. That's what happened with this book. I wanted to read a horse story akin to Black Stallion and must have googled "Popular Horse Stories" or something and this title popped up. I bought it used on Amazon and fell into the haunting fantasy. (I don't even like haunting stories). Definitely recommend if you're in the mood for a good work of fiction that doesn't take weeks to read.
Dec 16, 2011 rated it liked it
I really like the way Stiefvater writes - some of her sentences really jump off the page as nuggets to hold on to. This was a very emotional book. At times the book is somewhat depressing and sad, but very real. I teared up twice while reading the story. The way the author interprets the myth of water horses is interesting and engaging. I am looking forward to reading other books by this author.
Jan 20, 2016 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed this book. I have read most of Maggie Stiefvater's books and while I think she is an amazing writer a lot of the times, her stories start off at sort of a slow pace. However, once the plot begins the characters are all very relatable and I always feel a connection to them. I think that this book is a great book to read as a cure to a "book hangover",that I know I always get, because it is a good filler if you are in between series or just not sure what to check out next!
Feb 24, 2014 rated it liked it
Probably 3.5 stars. I listened to it on audiobook and the alternating narrators were excellent. Honestly I was surprised that I liked it. The premise of the story was a bit strange; predatory water horses? But I think the author pulled it off really well. She provided adequate background so the reader could follow the story, without making it seem like a lesson in Celtic folklore.
Jul 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is one of those books that makes you truly think. Possibly the most original story I've read, it appealed to my mind and my sentimental heart. As a lover of horses, romance and an amazing story, this took my breath away. I read the last page over 3 times, mesmerized by the beauty of this tale. A definite A+ for the author. A stunning novel.
Akshi Tandon
May 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Story is excellent no doubt, but at times it had became too discriptive. I had to download audiobook and continue reading it as it was hard to imagine the scenes as I was getting confused. Lastly the time period the story belonged was bit hazzy. In last soft romance between Puck and Sean was too cute :)
I loved it! Napaka-unique nung plot. Yung characters, grabe Sean Kendrick at Kate Connolly. Hanga ako sa pagka independent-minded nila. Medyo may pagka bayolente pero maganda yung writing style.
The romance is more focused on kindred spirits than physical attraction.
Narecommend ito ni Raegan (Peruseproject).
And the feels...

Finished: 1:39 am
Jun 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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**If you didn't already know, I am Maggie Stiefvater's self-proclaimed biggest fan. I may gush more than needed.**
Nov 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What an amazing story! I love Stiefvaters strong female characters, Puck is fighting to save her family and her family farm! Sean is fighting for his freedom, and to get off the forsaken island!How their worlds collide is beautifully woven by Stiefvater! One of my all time favorite books!
Nov 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
An amazing author! I loved the descriptions and the content. She has a great style and makes her ideas come alive. It was slow getting into it, but picked up very, very nicely. I'm planning to read her Shiver series to see if she'll stay true to her skill.
May 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
So amazing! You get to see the main two characters relationship evolve and it's so sweet. I loved this book, loved it so much. I heard it was in the works in becoming a movie! Awesome! everyone should read this amazing book!!
Israa Alansari
May 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A book like no other! The entire concept is different and unique, and a whole new species are introduced so it was really great. The book drags ALOT at the beginning, but that's only to prepare you for the amazing ending... A definitely worthwhile and recommended book <3
Bobbi Laboy
Nov 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book! Great characters and story - almost sad to have finished it. Hopefully this will be a series? A little mythology/sci-fi/fantasy interwoven with real world stuff, which I love. But the characters, they were so well done. Totally recommend it. Just a fun read!
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New York Times bestselling author of The Shiver Trilogy, The Raven Cycle, and The Scorpio Races. Artist. Driver of things with wheels. Avid reader.

All of Maggie Stiefvater's life decisions have been based around her inability to be gainfully employed. Talking to yourself, staring into space, and coming to work in your pajamas are frowned upon when you're a waitress, calligraphy instructor, or tech
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