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Ever since the Titans first appeared in her Detroit neighborhood, Astrid Sullivan’s world has revolved around the mechanical horses. She and her best friend have spent countless hours watching them and their jockeys practice on the track. It’s not just the thrill of the race. It’s the engineering of the horses and the way they’re programmed to seem so lifelike. The Titans ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published February 23rd 2016 by Scholastic Press
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Victoria Scott
May 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
With this story, I wanted to cast a spotlight on a girl named Astrid and her best friend, Magnolia. I've always been moved by female friendships, and how loyal two girls can be when facing uncertainty. In my own life, when tragedy struck, it was my girlfriends who stormed to my side, or brought over pints of ice cream, or threatened to shank a dishonest boyfriend. And when I didn't have a friend like this, I yearned for one.

So in TITANS, you'll find a story wrapped tightly around two girls who
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Alyssa
Jan 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-releases
3.5 stars.


***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

Titans by Victoria Scott
Publisher: Scholastic
Publication Date: February 23, 2016
Rating: 4 stars
Source: ARC sent by the publisher

Summary (from Goodreads):

Ever since the Titans first appeared in her Detroit neighborhood, Astrid Sullivan’s world has revolved around the mechanical horses. She and her best friend have spent countless hours watching them and their jockeys practice on the track. It’s not just the thrill of the race. It’s the engi
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Natalie Monroe
"I'm thirteen years old the day I first witness the Titans run."


*sigh* I absolutely loathe writing reviews for three-star books. They're not awful, they're not good, they straddle that irritating line of indifference.

That's mostly what I felt about Titans: indifference. The concept itself is quite good. Steampunk (?) horse races and a promise of focus on female friendships.

Astrid and Magnolia's relationship is never as fleshed out and complex as I wanted it to be. Magnolia is the stereotypica
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Wendy Higgins
May 23, 2015 marked it as to-read
GIRL POWER!!! So excited to read this one. :-D
Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
This review was originally posted on It Starts at Midnight
4.5

adore Victoria Scott's books. Titans is no exception! There are some key elements that just made this book stand out for me and made it quite refreshing.
Family and Friends 
Oh, how I adore books with strong family ties and great friendships. And guess what? The entire premise of this book is built on just that. It's family (and maybe a bit of stubbornness and pride) that leads Astrid to enter the Titans race to begin with. It's f
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Taylor Knight
I absolutely loved this book! I loved the characters, the concept, and the writing so much. This was my first Victoria Scott book and I can't wait to dive into her other books.
Titans is similar to The Scorpio Races, which is one of my favorite books of all time, but I didn't feel like it was coping it (I have seen a review that compares the two books and they do have a lot in common but I didn't really notice how similar they are while I was reading it.)
I love how Astrid continued so race even a
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Taschima
May 24, 2015 marked it as to-read
Doesn't this sound like The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater?
Amber
Dec 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
First off...that cover! I'm loving the electric blue and black. And let me start off by saying that Titans would be a perfect Scholastic Book Fair book. You remember the days when your Scholastic book order forms came home with you from school, right? You milled through the selection hoping one book spoke to you and you begged your parents to let you get it. You promised you'd read it, unlike some of the others you'd ordered and ended up collecting dust or were sold in a garage sale. This is th ...more
alex
This review was originally posted on Fiery Reads.

When I first heard about this book, my first thought was a comparision between Titans and The Scorpio Races. It's a dangerous thing, to compare your one of favorite books to another, and I'm afraid I fell victim to that. I thought Titans would be similar to The Scorpio Races, and in a way, it was very similar, but it was also very different, and not necessarily in a good way.

The general concept of the story isn't very original, hence why it gave i
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Glory
Sep 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
А вы читали когда-нибудь монохромные книги? Вот чтоб с атмосферой старого кино, со всеми этими крапинками и волосками на экране. Может, даже с текстовыми вставками, как в немом кино. Когда важен именно этот текст. Музыка. И лица.

"Титаны" - это черно-белый роман.
Не потому что не хватает красок, нет, просто... такая вот создана атмосфера. Несмотря на всю современность, тебя словно отшвыривает в прошлое, куда-нибудь в начало 20 века, и никакие мобильники и механические скакуны этому не помеха.
А
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Jessica (Step Into Fiction)
May 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, 4-stars
I had one issue with it. Zero romance. I need something in my books. If there had been romance, this would've easily been a five star book. While I really, really enjoyed the BFF relationship between Magnolia and Astrid - I needed that romance.

Take away that detail - this book was fantastic, thrilling and extremely enjoyable. Devoured it in a day and I'm not even sorry.

Full review to come...

Review posted at Step Into Fiction

Listen, if I would've done my research before reading this book I would'
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As Hot As Jack Frost
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Now imagine that this horse is made out of steel...

OMIGOD THIS WAS SOOOO GOOD! It was so exciting and I was always surprised by what came next. Plus, horses! I love horses! I love the relationship that Astrid and her Titan had! (Is it a spoiler if I say his name? Not sure.)

Slightly more articulate review to come later (if I have some time). But definitely read it, guys! It's a fantastic book that you won't want to miss, especially if you love horses.
Nicole Hewitt
Nov 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This review and many more can be found on my blog: Feed Your Fiction Addiction

I didn't know what to expect with this book, and I think that was actually a fantastic thing because I ended up constantly wondering where Scott was going to head with the story ... and I was never disappointed. Titans is less fantasy and more urban fantasy. It takes place in a near future version of Detroit when the economy there has pretty much collapsed. Her family is struggling to keep afloat after her father loses
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Krista
May 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016-reads
The wind tears through my hair the way I always imagined, whispering for me to close my eyes, but I won't. I don't want to miss a single second of this. I've never felt so free. So fast. So bold. So beautiful.

Titans isn't my usual fare - there's no kissing, no great romance, no relationship angst. But there IS love - the love a girl has for her family, her friends, and for her horse. Victoria Scott is absolutely at her best when she's writing about the very special bonds that humans have with
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Kristin
Sep 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Mechanical horses... with feelings??  You betcha!  Best friends together forever?  Yup.  Detroit front and center?  So awesome...  Do I really need to write a review?  Oh, alright...

The Titans are mechanical horses that race on custom tracks in an area of suburban Detroit that is positively depressed.   Most without jobs, the last thing some of these fans need is an incentive to gamble their life savings away.  But the excitement is too much of a draw, even for thirteen year old best friends Ast
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Vivian
Jul 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Het begin was wat traag en ingewikkeld, maar Scott heeft me daarna absoluut voor zich weten te winnen met dit Hunger Games-achtige verhaal! Erg mooi hoe de band tussen hoofdpersoon Astrid en haar Titaan is neergezet, maar ik vond het ook heel sterk hoe de personagedynamiek en Astrids struggles met haar thuissituatie en backstory naar voren komen. Oh, en yay voor het ontbreken van een liefdesverhaallijn! Uitgebreide recensie: http://thebookreview.nl/recensies/sci...
Allie Penn
This book gave me all the feels, and I had small tears brimming my eyes toward the end. It has everything I love in stories: friendship, family, heart, HORSES.

I loved all the characters. I loved the plot. I loved the action. I loved the Titans. I LOVED THIS BOOK!!

The beginning is kind of slow and stumbles a bit to find its footing, but once Astrid's Titan is introduced, the story really took off. I also have a few nitpicky things about some of the horse stuff, but I'm giving this five stars an
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Kate Tilton
Dec 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
I'm not a sports fan. Hockey, baseball, soccer, football...I couldn't care less. But give me a race with an interesting track (no NASCAR circles please), a cool racing vehicle (mechs are a plus), and a twist (add in some super awesome danger!) and you've hit on K8's favorite things. For some reason, race stories like Skid by Doug Solter and the TV show IGPX completely fascinate me. I can feel the adrenaline of each race as I cheer on our main character as they scrape tooth and nail to get to the ...more
Teresa Mary Rose
Dec 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Titans delivers an engaging read with a great concept. It also delivers fantastic, yet quirky, characters that you cannot help but fall in love with. This is a quick read that is very easy to get lost in. It has a very addictive quality to it and I loved that.

Our main character Astrid is great and I really loved her. She is incredibly strong and determined and I admired her in so many ways. I cannot imagine being 17 and in her position. Her family
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Beth  (YA Books Central)

"Tonight,
the Titans will run...."


Titans is an young adult book that has science fiction, action, and a fascinationg story-line. Titans revolves around a young girl named Astrid who is fascinated with the titan races that uses mechanical, scientifically designed horses to race against each other. The closest Astrid gets to the actual races is watching them from behind a fence from afar..until.....by a chance meeting with an mysterious old man she actually gets the opportunity to compete in the
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Martina Boone
Sep 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Oh, the sheer and utter brilliance of this book! Those who know me know my insane love of THE SCORPIO RACES, which is--to me who remains a sappy, horse-mad and romantic teen in love with all things Celtic mythology--the perfect book. I have always been dumfounded by the people who don't get that book. Well, for those people, and for those who did love THE SCORPIO RACES, let me shove TITANS in your hands. Paddock is a Detroit-built mechanical horse with an emotion chip that reads well enough that ...more
John Clark
Jan 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Three words (full review later): Terrific! Buy it.
Regina
May 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-or-galley
Five friggin stars times ten billionty. Review to come closer to release date!
Brandi Kosiner (Brandi Breathes Books)

I wanted to read Titans because I loved Victoria Scott's first series and wanted more of her writing, characters and world building.

Astrid is the main character and she is smart and driven and very interested in the Titan races. it's something she loves because of the horses which are a blend of animal and machine from what I understand that about 10% through. she loves The mechanics, the how and why to things so the build and the computer coding to get the animals to race and be good at what
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Dark Faerie Tales
Jan 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: Action-packed story with a very unique setting. I enjoyed this book, I just wish there had been more romance in it!

Opening Sentence: Tonight, the Titans will run.

The Review:

Imagine all the speed and engineering of a race car and combine it with the love and luck that come with horse racing, wouldn’t that be magic? In the city of Detroit magic is happening in the form of Titans! Titans are special designed mechanical horses that are built to
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Amber (The Book Bratz)
The full review + more can be found at The Book Bratz

Why does Victoria Scott books always hit me really hard in the feels? I haven't cried over a book in a long time, and during the last chapter of this book I had tears pouring down my face. This book is a MUST READ of 2016. Despite the fantasy aspect of the Titans (Mechanical horses!), Victoria's novel is full of real world problems, a strong female friendship, and tons of girl power.

I liked Astrid from page one. She is determined and fierce.
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Alexandra
May 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Review can be found on *Milky Way of Books*.

Horses, Horses and even more horses! After reading "Riders" by Veronica Rossi I knew that the next book which was going to win me was this one. I can admit in all seriousness that Victoria Scott is the only author capable of writing amazing animal characters in YA. If you have read her other series "Fire & Blood" you'll understand my statement.

In TITANS, Astrid lives with her family in Detroit, where the games of the metal horses are held. Riders p
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Tati
Feb 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dystopia-sci-fi
This was a much better read than I was expecting.

I loved how the characters had a background that contributed to make them who they were at the time of the story. I didn't like her dad, though. His pride was hurtful to his family, and that her mother would stand by and let that happen was also annoying. (view spoiler)

The ending was pretty sad, and
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Christy
Mar 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
This review was originally posted on Novel Ink

TITANS was so much more than I was expecting.  This story of a girl named Astrid grabbed me from the very beginning and the Titans sealed the deal.  This book was so amazing.

Every since Astrid was little she loved going to the Cyclone Track and watching the Titan races.  She never imagined that she would get any closer to the magical machines.  But when she gets the chance to actually race a Titan in the annual races?  It's literally a dream come tru

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Jessica (Jessabella Reads)
Jan 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: ANY FAN OF YA FICTION
Shelves: arcs-i-have, 5-stars
This book is soo awesome!! This is my favorite Victoria Scott book thus far! Her story is unique, perfectly paced, and her characters are so well developed that I literally think of them as real people. I felt as though I was there with Astrid every step of the way. Scott is a brilliant storyteller, and I loved every moment in this book! TITANS has so much heart and I love the emphasis she puts on the importance of female friendship. Not to mention that it's a thrilling, page-turner with a kick- ...more
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