Book Review: The Scorpio Races

Posted January 17, 2015 by @Angelized_1st in 2015 Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge, 2015 TBR Pile Reading Challenge, Books, Entertainment, Reading Challenges / 0 Comments

Book Review: The Scorpio RacesThe Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
Published by Scholastic on April 1st 2013
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fantasy & Magic, General, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 435
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
ISBN: 0545224918
Buy on: AmazonBarnes & NobleiBooks

“There are moments that you'll remember for the rest of your life and there are moments that you think you'll remember for the rest of your life, and it's not often they turn out to be the same moment.” 

- Maggie Stiefvater, The Scorpio Races

A spellbinding novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Maggie StiefvaterSome race to win. Others race to survive.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 choice. So she enters the competition -- the first girl ever to do so. She is in no way prepared for what is going to happen.

As she did in her bestselling Shiver trilogy, author Maggie Stiefvater takes us to the breaking point, where both love and life meet their greatest obstacles, and only the strong of heart can survive. The Scorpio Races is an unforgettable reading experience.

The Good…:

Author Maggie Stiefvater excels at setting the scene for the titular Scorpio Races. The story is told from dueling viewpoints of race champion Sean Kendrick and newbie Puck Connolly. Each of them have a reason they need to win the race, yet develop a relationship that is at odds with their goal. Puck and Sean are great characters that make it hard to root for only one of them. Puck is a fierce, smart, strong heroine, while Sean is the strong silent type. At first it seems they have nothing in common, but as the book progresses we learn they are more alike than either of them (and us) could have guessed. Their relationship builds slowly over the course of the story, and while they are taken with each other from the onset, their story doesn’t feel forced.

Another thing I loved about this book were the other characters that we meet on Thisby. They’re fun, a tad strange, and a few I really hated. Thisby is a made up place, and the fact we never know what time period the story takes place, or the location of this mysterious island adds to the fantasy of the story. In my mind the story took place off the coast of Scotland in the early 1900’s, but in truth, it could have happened in any place or time.

The Bad…:

I wish the races occurred earlier in the books, and that we were treated to more of what happened after the races. The final scene was truly touching, but I was left wanting a bit more. I also wished a few of the loose ends, like what became of Mr. Holly’s liaison with Annie, were tied up better. I have other questions as well, but to reveal them will spoil the book, so if you’re interested in hearing them, hit me up on Goodreads!

Do I Recommend?

Yes! The Scorpio Races is told beautifully, and makes quite the page-turner. Both of the main characters are incredibly likable, and I found myself highly invested in if either would win the race as I was invested in who would win the other’s heart. The book is being adapted into a feature film, but is now in development. No news yet on when it will hit theaters, as casting has yet to begin.

Rating Report
Overall: 4.4

About Maggie Stiefvater

New York Times bestselling author of The Shiver Trilogy, The Raven Cycle, and The Scorpio Races. Artist. Driver of things with wheels. Avid reader.

All of Maggie Stiefvater’s life decisions have been based around her inability to be gainfully employed. Talking to yourself, staring into space, and coming to work in your pajamas are frowned upon when you’re a waitress, calligraphy instructor, or technical editor (all of which she’s tried), but are highly prized traits in novelists and artists. She’s made her living as one or the other since she was 22. She now lives an eccentric life in the middle of nowhere, Virginia with her charmingly straight-laced husband, two kids, two neurotic dogs, and a 1973 Camaro named Loki.


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