The Scorpio Races

The Scorpio Races

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By (author) Maggie Stiefvater

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  • Publisher: Scholastic US
  • Format: Hardback | 409 pages
  • Dimensions: 142mm x 220mm x 36mm | 476g
  • Publication date: 1 November 2011
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 054522490X
  • ISBN 13: 9780545224901
  • Sales rank: 28,958

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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Shiver and Linger comes a brand new, heartstopping novel. 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. As she did in her bestselling Shiver trilogy, author Maggie Stiefvater takes us to the breaking point, where both love and life meet their greatest obstacles, and only the strong of heart can survive. The Scorpio Races is an unforgettable reading experience.

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Maggie Stiefvater is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the novels Shiver, Linger, Forever, and The Scorpio Races. She is also the author of Lament: The Faerie Queen's Deception and Ballad: A Gathering of Faerie. She lives in Virginia with her husband and their two children. You can visit her online at www.maggiestiefvater.com.

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By Pragya 29 Apr 2012 3

3.5 stars


I had heard many good things about this book before I picked it up from my library. And am I glad I did? Absolutely!

This is a beautiful story, not just about horse races; there is so much more to it.

First off, I have never heard of water horses, yes they are a mythical creature but still...

This book is so much about little things that matter, relationships between siblings, friends. Albeit it's a slow, long read, something which my fast-pace loving brain had to adjust to, but the wait was worth it, every bit of it.

I loved Puck and yes, I was surprised after reading a few pages when I got to know something. If you don't read the book blurb like me, you too will be hopefully surprised. It's a good one. Made me turn back the pages and reread.

The way Maggie (the author) depicts relationships is very beautiful, so fragile yet so strong. Her writing style is very simple yet powerful.

I loved the plot and the way it has been dealt with. This is the first of its kind story I have read. And I liked it. Hopefully I will be reading the 'Shiver' series by Maggie next.

By theEPICrat 04 Feb 2012 4

One of these days I will pick up the Mercy Falls series, but for now they sit patiently in my TBR pile. I wasn't aware that Ms. Stiefvater had moved onto greener pastures until I spotted The Scorpio Races on the shelves. The cover was inspirational, and I dreamed of magnificent horse races with a grandiose historical backdrop and a female lead that will do me proud.

Let me just say that The Scorpio Races may not be what my dreams were made of - but holy epic of epics, this book packed so much MORE that I forgave it for my tiny disappointment!

THE GOOD BITS
{Delicious toe-curling romantic tension} The story unfolds with two different narrators, and each have their burdens to bear as they find themselves drawn to each other. Sean knows all too well the allure of the capaill uisce, but he also has had firsthand experience with the vicious and unpredictable deaths these water horses take part in. He does not attend the training sessions for training's sake, but to make sure the foolhardy participants remain in one piece. Especially this year's unexpected participant Puck, who signs up for the sake of saving her family from bankruptcy. Both tend to keep to themselves, but they somehow drift together with their intense determination to win the Scorpio Races. What is a little unusual about this romance is that Sean and Puck never really acknowledge that they liked each other - or went about the usual cycle of "does s/he like me? do I like him/her?" They just drifted together, and on the rare occasion that they touched, it was electric.

{A win-win ending} Not that the story is TOO perfect and everyone gets to eat and have their cake, but I could not imagine a better conclusion than the one delivered. By the end of it, readers will find themselves torn between Puck and Sean - and while it would be amazing to have them both come out on top of the pack, the story ends better with the one winner. What I appreciated is the aftermath of that brutal race. Puck and Sean may have thought the Scorpio Races was the end-all of their training efforts, but truthfully the Races gave them a better sense of what they wanted and deserved from life.

{Capaill uisce} I loved how Maggie Stiefvater imagined these mythological horses into something that works for her. They definitely work for me! They were beautifully ferocious - and, even though they might bite me into little pieces at any given moment, I would so trade up to them from a My Little Pony!

THE BAD BITS
{Slow canter toward the Scorpio Races} The prologue seems a little misleading. It starts off in the midst of the Races, drenched in adrenaline, breath held to see what would happen - and when something tragic struck, a certain pace had been set and I expected it to cannonball into Chapter 1. However, the story slows down considerably - and with it the immediate excitement for the Races. The Scorpio Races works as is and builds the momentum up to the inevitable climax, but if you are expecting a fast-paced read, this is not one of those books.

THE OVERALL
The Scorpio Races is made of EPIC - full of awesome and fearsome - and marks Maggie Stiefvater as one to watch because, if this is the direction she wants to take us after werewolves and faeries, then I will gladly follow!

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Praise for The Scorpio Races: * "Masterful. Like nothing else out there now." - Kirkus Reviews, starred review * "Stiefvater's novel begins rivetingly and gets better and better...all the way, in fact, to best." - The Horn Book, starred review * "A book appealing to lovers of fantasy, horse stories, romance, and action-adventure alike, this seems to have a shot at being a YA blockbuster." - Booklist, starred review * "An utterly compelling read." - Publishers Weekly, starred review Praise for Shiver: #1 New York Times Bestseller USA Today Bestseller * "A lyrical tale of alienated werewolves and first love....Stiefvater skillfully increases the tension throughout; her take on werewolves is interesting and original while her characters are refreshingly willing to use their brains to deal with the challenges they face." - Publishers Weekly, starred review "This is the most romantic werewolf book you will ever read." - Justine magazine "This novel is perfect for Twilight fans or a Romeo and Juliet list. It is sensuous, intense, riveting, and so very satisfying." - VOYA "Readers will be able to enjoy Stiefvater's fast-paced storytelling and dedication to the old-fashioned art of creating a believable and enduring romance. Shiver is beautifully written, even poetic at times, and a perfect indulgence for readers of all ages." - Bookpage.com Praise for Linger: #1 New York Times Bestseller USA Today Bestseller "This sequel's poetic prose skillfully captures the four teens' longings for love, forgetting, remembering, righting wrongs and life itself. The riveting ending will leave readers panting for the next sequel." - Kirkus Reviews "This riveting narrative, impossible to put down, is not only an excellent addition to the current fangs and fur craze, but is also a beautifully written romance that, along with Shiver, will have teens clamoring for the third and final entry