Sunday, April 01, 2012

Review of The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

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’m just going to start this review by stating a fact that I am pretty darn sure that The Scorpio Races isn’t a dystopian novel. I know that a lot of people who think that The Scorpio Races is a dystopian, mainly because everything about the synopsis makes it sound like The Hunger Games but with horses. So while the novel is far from being a Hunger-Games-wannabe (because lately there have been tons of those and it drives me insane!), it is one thing that will light everybody’s spirit:

It’s fantastic.

This was one of the most creative, original and best novels I have read so far! Maggie Stiefvater has literally outdone herself this time. After reading Wolves of Mercy Falls I didn’t think that she could get any better, but after finishing this novel *la pulls at hair* everything about it was just perfect! I laughed, I cried and I even felt butterflies (that sort of rhymes), but enough of my praise—because I can most likely go on for hours typing about everything I loved.

For those of you who don’t really know what The Scorpio Races is about, it’s about a scraggly island that hosts a horse race every year at the start of November (“It Is the first day of November and so, today, someone will die.” I can’t get enough of that). That’s only the start of our story because I know some of you are thinking; It’s just horse racing, how dangerous can that be? Well, I have something to say to you Smarty Pants *waggles finger*, it’s very dangerous when you are racing near the ocean on the backs of Kelpies (though in the novel they were called capall uisce. Since I struggled with pronunciation up until I read the authors note where I learned that it is pronounced as: “CAPple ISHka”.) who want nothing more than to kill you and end up back in the ocean. And don’t forget the part where our main character Puck is the first girl to be in the races and our other main character Sean is the returning champion who just wants to have ownership over his capall uisce, Corr.

Throughout the novel I was constantly at a loss for words, not only was I kept guessing, but I was surprised by the traditions of the island people and by the lengths that came with the races itself. Not to mention the fact that my heart would melt at the length that Puck ends up going to to keep her family house and keep her family together in general. There was always the question of who will win the races? As the stakes grew higher. After every single outburst from a capall uisce would have me freaking out and gasping. Those horses are pure evil…and that is why I ended up loving them so much. The cutest part of the novel was the growing relationship between a somewhat guarded Sean Kendrick and a constantly “cross” Puck Connolly. I can assume that everybody knew that the closer the pair grew—there would be a greater effect on the outcome of the races.

All in all, a great novel that is definitely worth a read. I would recommend this to somebody in search of the next Twilight and Hunger Games or just wants something that will slowly blow their mind bit by bit. Let the Scorpio races reading begin!


Tiffany Mahaffy said... Best Blogger Tips

I was really on the fence about this book but love your review!! I didn't realize the riders were on Kelpies which is totally AWESOME!! I did enjoy Maggie's Wolves of Mercy Falls series and now I think I may be able to enjoy this one as well!!

Jessica said... Best Blogger Tips

I absolutely love this book. One of my favourite books of 2011, easy. I am so excited at the prospect that it may be made into a movie, I just hope that they do it justice.

Megan said... Best Blogger Tips

I've been wondering about this book. After your review, I think I'll give it a try!

Hollie Georgiana said... Best Blogger Tips

This book made it onto my favourites list, glad you enjoyed it as much as me!

Chapter by Chapter said... Best Blogger Tips

I hope they do a good job on the movie too! We all know what happens to good books when they are made into movies...

Chapter by Chapter said... Best Blogger Tips

@Tiffany Mahaffy
Wolves of Mercy Falls series is one of my favs :D

Chapter by Chapter said... Best Blogger Tips

Totally give it a try. Was leery at first too :)

Chapter by Chapter said... Best Blogger Tips

@Hollie Georgiana
This one easily made it onto our fav. list too!

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