Saturday, July 28, 2012

The Scorpio Races

The Scorpio Races
by Maggie Stiefvater

Some 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. (description from

Wow. I apologize to anyone who previously told me that I needed to read this book...
I picked it up at BEA *last year* because the premise just sounded soooo cool.  Then I remembered how much I, uh, did not really enjoy Shiver and I put off reading it forever...
Now. Now I am kicking myself.  Whatever it was that did not work about Stiefvater's writing style for me in her earlier books, it totally clicked here.

I LOVED The Scorpio Races.  It was lyrical. It was gritty. It was the perfect mix of folktale and old-style cautionary fairy tale that I just can't seem to read enough. There was romance in a very realistic way. There were killer water horses that were beautiful and enticing and thoroughly deadly. There were word choices that just sang in my ears. Stiefvater really knocked this one out of the park!

I also want to mention that I listened to this book as an audiobook and I think it was phenomenally done.  The actors chosen perfectly suited their characters and the tone of the book was great on audio. My only problem was that when it came to nearing the end, I couldn't sit in the car long enough to finish it!! I finally broke down and read the last fifty pages or so.

I loved this book enough to give it a coveted GOLD STAR. is me echoing the words of those before me...
If you haven't read this one, yet, WELL WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? Read it. Really. 

Full disclosure: ARC received at BEA 2011


  1. Hi Jess! It's Andrea from Windsor. I couldn't resist commenting; I DIE for The Scorpio Races. I did the same thing - put it off after snagging it at BEA. I actually gave it away as a summer reading prize thinking it just wasn't my kind of book. But I read it a few months ago and sometimes I still can't get over how much I loved it. The sky and the sand and the sea and Corr... Damn. Just happy to share the love.

  2. I know. The concept and the language just blended so beautifully. This is a book I know I will read again...and if you get the chance, listen to the audiobook. It's REALLY well done!!

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