Review + Giveaway: The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

November 14, 2013 Book Club, Book Review, Giveaway, Young Adult 22 ★★★★★

The Scorpio RacesThe Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
Published by Scholastic Press on October 18th 2011
Genres: Fantasy, Mythology, Young Adult
Format: Paperback
Source: Bought
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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.

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those? That was the first thought going through my head when I first heard of this book years ago. I honestly had no desire or intentions of reading this, in fact. It just didn’t seem like something I would read and enjoy. Reviews started to trickle in and it seemed to be a mix of “meh” and “LOVE”. I was pretty sure I’d be on the “meh” side of things. I enjoyed the author’s series, The Wolves of Mercy Falls, but I wasn’t blown away by it. But then The Raven Boys was released last year and I loved that book! So unique and beautifully written so once again I found that I was asking myself whether or not to give The Scorpio Races a chance, and that chance came up with our YA Book Club in September!

The Scorpio Races tells the story of an island notoriously known for the magic of the water horses. Each year these horses emerge from the sea onto the land and the island holds a race, one that ends with lives lost. But these are not your typical horses, nope. They are severely deadly and terrifying. I honestly still have a hard time wrapping my head around what these creatures look like. Not all that different from the horses we already know and love, but larger and faster and capable of horrible things. This is not at all what I was expecting of water horses. I admittedly didn’t even connect it with the mythology you may have heard of about these creatures before I started. But once I did, I was so very intrigued about these animals. There are moments of excitement and fear that completely left me on the edge of my seat. But within all of that was a wonderful story of a girl fighting for her home and her family, and of a boy fighting for his beloved water horse.

I admired so much about one of our main characters, Puck. She doesn’t let the people of her town hold her down with their thoughts of her racing as a girl. She stands up for herself and holds her own. She also sets her mind on the task and does not give up, despite the mounds of problems that were building up around her. And then there was Sean. He had such a quiet demure but so strong and determined. He had such a way with those beasts that no one else had. These two strike such a unique friendship and so much more. Even though both were determined to win the race, they were rooting for each other as well.

I wish I could express my love for this book in better terms, but honestly, I don’t know how. It’s always a wonderful experience to enjoy something as much as I loved this book, but even more so when it comes as a surprise. Even through a few lulls, I knew something was coming just around the corner and the ending was just perfection. It is remarkable as a standalone and something I hope more people will give a chance. I’m so glad I did.

I say, “I will not be your weakness, Sean Kendrick.”
Now he looks at me. He says, very softly, “It’s late for that, Puck.”

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Since I adored this book so much, I’m going to offer up an ebook from Amazon or Barnes & Noble to one lucky International winner!

Giveaway Rules:

1. Giveaway is INTERNATIONAL.
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About Maggie Stiefvater

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.

Sara @ Forever 17 Books

22 Responses to “Review + Giveaway: The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater”

  1. Lauren @ Love is not a triangle

    I love this book so much it’s sometimes painful to think about it. I agree, that it’s hard to describe that to other, but I get so giddy when a friend of my reads this and has the same reaction as I did. The world building is strong, the water horses are strange and captivating and Puck and Sean are each brilliant in their own ways but amazing together. THis type of slow slow burn romance is my most favorite of all. It is achy and based more on action – what these characters are willing to do and change for each other – than it is big words. I love what you said about admiring Puck. I agree, that girl is amazing. SO SO HAPPY That you loved this as much as you did. xo
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  2. Tammy

    Yes, Independent Study. I heard it was a rip-off of The Hunger Games but I found it to be unique enough and I quite enjoyed it.

  3. Aman

    The first paragraph is so me! I kind of liked the Shiver series but not enough to try other work by the author, and when I read the premises for Scorpion Races, I didn’t think it was for me, but now I’m really doubting my decision. Thanks for sharing this, Sara! I’m definitely gonna buy this one next! Great review :)
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  4. Kimberly

    I have read this book and I loved it. This was one of those books I wasn’t planning on enjoying as much as I did. It left me wanting more like most of Maggie Stievfaters books usually do. Totally different from most books i have read in a great way.

  5. Ashfa

    I’ve not read one single book of Maggie’s yet… :( Love the sound of this and the cover is a killer!!

  6. Krista

    I really want to read Scorpio Races because I think the water horse plot sounds really interesting. Thanks for the giveaway!

  7. Cait D

    I adore this book!!! I love everything Maggie Stiefvater writes, but this is my top favourite. Puck is so spunky, and Sean’s voice is so raw. It’s definitely one of my top-favourite books. Thanks for the giveaway! :)

  8. Kelley

    I read Shiver and it was okay, but I didn’t like it enough to continue on with the series. However, I am ALWAYS up for giving an author another try, especially with their other series. The synopsis sounds like something I’d like and reviews for it are always so good!

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