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 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.
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.