Publish Date: October 18th, 2011 by Scholastic Press
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It happens at the start of every November: the Scorpio Races. Riders attempt to keep hold of their water horses long enough to make it to the finish line. Some riders live. Others die.
At age nineteen, Sean Kendrick is the returning champion. He is a young man of few words, and if he has any fears, he keeps them buried deep, where no one else can see them.
Puck Connolly is different. She never meant to ride in the Scorpio Races. But fate hasn’t given her much of a chance. So she enters the competition — the first girl ever to do so. She is in no way prepared for what is going to happen.
I got this book a few weeks ago from a very awesome friend who sent it to me =) I have no idea why it took me so long to finish it, but even when I finished, I had to take a few days to mull it over since I had no idea how I felt about this book o_o
There's no doubt that The Scorpio Races is extremely different from the Mercy Falls trilogy. That took me awhile to get used to - I love the Mercy Falls books, and I wasn't expecting something this different. But once I got into it, I have to admit that I think it's awesome Maggie Stiefvater can write two stories so vastly different and yet have them both be ridiculously awesome.
The Scorpio Races is told from the dueling point of views - both Puck and Sean. I liked how easy it was to distinguish the two of them - if I picked up the book after not having read it for awhile and I was in the middle of the chapter, there was no confusion as to who was narrating. And, y'know, that was awesome, considering Puck is a girl and Sean is a guy. I have a feeling things might have been awkward if they sounded similar >_>
Something completely random - I totally loved the relationships Sean and Puck had with their horses, especially Sean. There was something so real about it. Even though this is a fantasy novel, there were still so many ways to connect to it.
I can't think of anything to say about the plot without giving away spoilers. I honestly can't -_- But it was something so different, like nothing I've ever read. And I know how much most of us love originality :P
The writing style was amazing, as always. The emotions were always so clear, easy to understand, but Stiefvater's writing is anything by simple. She never forgets the details or the imagery like so many other authors. And in a book like this, I feel like the little details and pictures are really important.
And another thing: I am a romance fan. I can barely handle reading books without some aspect of romance in them. And in this book, the romance wasn't a huge part. It was there, but it wasn't like most books. AND I STILL LOVED IT.
Honestly, I think the only problem I had was that at times the pacing was a little too slow for me and I would have liked to see more action. But seriously. THAT'S ALL I HAVE TO COMPLAIN ABOUT.
Overall: Regardless of the fact that it took me forever to read, this book is something original and different. Stiefvater's writing never fails to disappoint. 5 stars.
(I apologize for the vagueness of this review, but I was trying extremely hard to keep it spoiler-free because I think you all need to read this book the second it comes out)