Book: The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
Goodreads Summary: 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.
The Scorpio Races is an absolutely breathtaking book. Puck and Sean are both incredibly alive; I never felt like they were just characters on a page. Every background character had that sense of life.
I’m pretty sure we’re all familiar with the magic of Maggie Stiefvater’s writing; The Scorpio Races is no exception. Every part of this book, especially Thisby, the island Puck and Sean live on, breathes with every page turn.
I LOVED The Scorpio Races. Much like The Raven Cycle, it really feels like the book is coming from Maggie’s heart. One ting I love, specifically, is the way she uses words, some repeating for an effect and having a phrase repeated from different characters. Every sentence is art. Her voice is enchanting; it wasn’t hard to disappear into The Scorpio Races for hours. I willingly sacrificed sleep for this book and have NO REGRETS.
I’m not a huge fan of horses (which is problematic, as I live in a city with the BIGGEST horse race of the year) which made me hesitant to start The Scorpio Races. But somehow, Maggie had my heart racing along with Puck and Dove, her horse. It was so much fun to read; I’m pretty sure I stopped breathing for a chapter. The romance didn’t come and bludgeon me over the head with feels, either; it was the kind that grew slowly, in starts and stops. The growing attraction between Puck and Sean never overtook the main plot points but was never shoved to the deepest, darkest recesses of the background.
THE PLOT THOUGH. A girl enters the deadliest horse race on the island, which has claimed many, many lives, and it’s win or die. There are so many layers to this book; besides the race, Puck has to deal with what’s left of her family, the sexist racers on their uber fast horses, the sudden increase of Sean Kendrick’s involvement in her life, and so, so much more.
Overall, I adore everything about this book. It’s definitely one of my new favorites.
Rating: 5 stars