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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

The Scorpio Races
by Maggie Stiefvater
Scholastic Press
ISBN: 978-0-545-38827-6
Suggested Ages: 12+
Buy from Indigo

Release Date: October 18, 2011

Description: 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.

The Good Stuff
  • Stiefvater has a true gift for setting the mood and landscape. Every-time I read something by her I feel like I can see the landscape so distinctly & when she describes the cold, I actually shiver
  • Beautifully written, almost poetic (but in that good poetic way LOL)
  • Strong opening chapter, really hooks you in (see comment below about after the opening chapter)
  • You can see her love and appreciation of horses
  • Very realistic relationship between the Connolly siblings
  • Some nice light humor
  • Love the scene between Sean and Holly about religion. Beautifully and sensitively done (And I agree with many of the sentiments)
  • Once again want to mention how bloody talented this women is at setting the mood and landscape of the story - so very real sounding
  • Unique idea for a story, loved the description of the Capaill uisce's
  • Ending really does pick up and you fly through the last few chapters - with a fab ending - yup there were tears at Midnight when I finished it
The Not so Good Stuff
  • After a very strong beginning, it slows down and is a wee bit dull, until about a half way through where it picks up
  • Week secondary characters -- other than Finn and Holly
  • Would have liked some more of Holly, he was an intriguing character
Favorite Quotes/Passages

"Thisby is an island well populated by sons disappointing their fathers."


"I'd been very annoyed, because she'd promised me one of Palsson's cinnamon twists, which sold out very quickly. I'm a bit ashamed to recall that I told Brian that if he died and kept me from my cinnamon twist, I'd spit on his grave.  I don't know if he remembers it at all, since he'd seemed very focused on breathing through a cup made of his hands. I hope he doesn't, because my character's improved a lot since then. Nowadays, I would've only thought the spitting part instead of saying it to his face."

"I believe in the same thing they believe in," I say, with a jerk of my chin toward town and St. Columba's. " I just don't believe you can find it in a building."

Who should/shouldn't read
  • Fans of Stiefvater's previous efforts will enjoy
  • Obviously fans of horses will enjoy and appreciate
  • Not for the sensitive - a wee bit violent at times
4 Dewey's

I received this from Scholastic in Exchange for an honest review

Spoiler Alert - Don't worry the CAT doesn't get killed

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