The Scorpio Races
By Maggie Stiefvater
Oct. 18, 2011
Scholastic Press, 416 pages
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.
— Amazon.com description
There’s something about Maggie’s writing that’s always left me with my heart thumping and my hand over my mouth, alternately gasping and holding my breath. The Scorpio Races was no different.
I was immediately drawn into this mysterious and dangerous world when Maggie reveals in the prologue that people are going to die. How can you not want to read on after an introduction like that? Oh lord, the tension surrounding these races was ridiculous.
What I think I liked most is that her main characters are strong, brave and independent, and this is what draws them together in romance. She’s a master at romance, too, with every moment of silence and every look perfectly calculated and full of meaning. Just even writing about it now I’m just like “MY HEART IS HURTING IT IS SO DAMN GOOD.”
This isn’t even doing it justice. I don’t know what else to say because just thinking about this book is turning me into a blubbery mess. So how about I just say this: Maggie Stiefvater may be my favorite author, and the second I finished this book, I wanted to turn back to page one and start over, as I couldn’t imagine being done with these beautiful, beautiful characters.
It’s by far one of my favorite books not just this year, but ever. EVER!