Monday, November 7, 2011

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater Review

The Scorpio Races
By Maggie Stiefvater

Oct. 18, 2011
Scholastic Press, 416 pages
Source: Publisher

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.

— description

Holy. Cow.

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!

Anna Reads young adult book blog


  1. I LOVE YOUR REVIEW! I agree with you about everything, this book was ridiculous it was so amazing. Just reading this has made me sad all over again that I've finished the story.

  2. I feel like I was one of the only people who wasn't in love with this book. I need to read the second book, to love it.

  3. HOLLA!!

    Maggie Stiefvater is *definitely* one of my most favorite authors. The way she writes is amazing. It is totally emotional in the best possible way. I'm so glad you enjoyed this one it was fantastical!

  4. So glad you loved it! I LOVE Maggie's writing. Loved your review and I totally agree.

  5. WOW. Lovely. and I whole heartedly agree. Maggie is magical with words.

  6. I absolutely adore Maggie Stiefvater. I can't wait to read The Scorpio Races!

  7. Ahhh, I can't wait to read this bad boy. Every review I've read so far has been positive.

  8. YAY! totally agree with everything you wrote. I loved the characters and the setting....I could completely picture myself walking down the streets of Thisby. It was just so lush and descriptive! LOVED IT!

  9. You know, I was totally judging the book by its cover and title, but you convinced me to add this to my tbr list. Hope I like it as much as you did.

  10. see, i've always been really turned off by this cover (i know, i know) but this makes me want to read it. i love heart-hurting romance. you know this.

  11. Eep! We weren't sure about this book, but you and another reviewer we trust have both raved about it. Guess we'll have to get in line. Thanks!

  12. EVARRRR?

    Oh goodness this just got bumped up way higher on my TBR list.

  13. My copy is on its way to me at the moment and I'm super excited to read it! Your review makes me even more excited even though I thought that was impossible.

  14. like Jen, the cover just does not do it for me. but the intense emotions? YES PLEASE.

  15. omg! don't even get me started on how much of a fan girl i am of maggies - because you of all people know how crazy i can get. LOVED this review! srsly cannot wait to read this! I am saving it to read over christmas break - hopefully if i'm sober that is!


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