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Lush, Fierce and Romantic: The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

Well hey there!

I don’t know how to even review The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater. I loved it that much!

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 The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvaterhas 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.

Seriously, my feelings for this book are so much that I am feeling a little stumped at what to say about it.  How do I describe my feelings on a book I loved so much?!

What I can say is that while I also liked Stiefvater’s Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy, The Scorpio Races is miles above those books. Stiefvater’s writing is hypnotic and mesmerizing. The rhythm of her words hold the reader captive from the very start. There were times where The Scorpio Races felt more like a story told around a campfire than a written novel. The audiobook, which had two narrators (one for Puck and one for Sean) was so well done that it added to this story-telling feel.

The fictional island of Thisby is lush, fierce, and romantic. The perfect setting for the romance that stirs between Puck and Sean and the terror of the capaill uisce (which are terrifying and heartbreaking all at once). I automatically fell in love with both Sean and Puck. Their emotions, and personalities feel so real. Puck is wildly stubborn and incredibly vulnerable, and she struggles between being a child and an adult. She wears her insecurities and strengths on her sleeve and is by far the most interesting character I’ve read all year! It’s almost as if the internal conflicts Puck and Sean deal with are mirrored in the capaill uisces’  dangerous, yet beautiful natures.

And Sean Kendrick?  Wow.  The strong silent, sexy type.  Yeah. That’s right.

If you haven’t read Maggie Stiefvater’s The Scorpio Races, you most definitely should. It was by far one of my favorite books read in 2012! It listed as YA, but I think middle grades readers will fall in love with it as well.

Author: Maggie Stiefvater

Publisher: Scholastic Audio (October 18, 2011)

Format: Audiobook

Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins

Narrator(s): Steve West, Fiona Hardingham

Series: Standalone

YA/MG: YA/MG

Buy the Book: The Scorpio Races

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Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books in My To Read Stack

Welcome back everyone!

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly event held by the fine folks over at The Broke and Bookish. The meme is intended to provide a way for bloggers (specifically book bloggers) to get to know each other better.

They always have a set theme to base our weekly post on, but sometimes the official theme and I don’t click. It seems its been a lot like that recently, and this week I am also choosing my own theme because I just don’t click with the one the chose. Although, I will say that if I had to pick YA authors to compete on a Reality Show I’d go with Maureen Johnson on Survivor, because I feel like she has just the right amount of crazy to dominate everyone. :P

So, this week’s Book Tasty Top Ten is Books in my To Read Stack! Some have taken up residence in this stack for a few months now, while others just recently found themselves there. They all look soooo good, and they will all get read at some point, but for now, here they are!

Out of Sight Out of Time, Born Wicked, GoneOut of Sight Out of Time by Ally Carter

Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood

Gone by Michael Grant

Ahhh I can’t wait to get into these!

Such a Rush, Lola and the Boy Next Door, Scorpio RacesSuch a Rush by Jennifer Echols

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Steifvater

These have been in the stack for a few months now, but not because of a lack of interest!

Bitterblue by Kristin CashoreBitterblue by Kristin Cashore

I won this one from Jen at A Book and a Latte. Thanks so much!

The Vespertine, RevolutionThe Vespertine by Saundra Mitchell

Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly

I bought these at my school Book Fair this past week!

Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCaffertySloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty

Found this one in my school’s teacher book swap a while ago!

I mean, they’re so pretty I just can’t wait to dive into them as soon as I can! What is in your To Read Stack!?