THE SCORPIO RACES BY MAGGIE STIEFVATER
“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.”
Synopsis is from Goodreads! Yay.
Okay, so I was at the Library for the first time in forever because I had just payed off my HUGE fine, when I spotted this on the shelves: The Scorpio Races. I had heard about the novel before, but I had never read it. Anyway, I checked it out because why not? I did not, however, expect myself to fall so deeply in love with The Scorpio Races.
There are several reasons why this novel is so good and the first would have to be pacing. True. It was a little but slow, but I feel that if the story was paced any faster it would have lost some of its magic. With the slower style of the book, you really get to know Puck and Dove, Sean and Corr. You can almost believe they’re real…
The characters are also super fantastic. Puck is hilarious and totally relatable. She got herself into so many dang predicaments but she can stand up for herself as well as for others, which I really appreciate (also Finn, her brother, is hilarious). Sean is awesome…he seems little bit cold on the outside, but its really just because he’s a quiet person. He’s actually really sweet.
Okay, now I also have to mention the horses here, because they’re really like characters themselves. Dove was my favourite. As a horse lover myself, I’ve always been a sucker for the backyard pony (excuse me: horse) types. Dove was perfect! And the relationship between Dove and Puck was stupendous and so realistic! Corr and Sean are great, too. Sean’s love for Corr was so beautiful. I loved it.
But what I really fell in love with was the writing itself. Stiefvater has an astounding way with words. I found myself giddy as I soaked them up. Take this as an example:
“Yes,” I say, and then, though it pains me to add it, because the kitchen looks like faeries have been using it for black magic all night, “Would you like some tea?”
I cannot read this phrase enough. The author’s use of words is right on point.
Here is one more example because it’s just perfect:
There may have been a person who I would turn the pockets of heart out for them to see, but there was never a time when Benjamin Malvern was that person.
Again, awesome. Her use of metaphors had me adoring this book!
There were two things I was leery about before reading The Scorpio Races: POV and narration. However as soon as I got into the novel those apprehensions where swept away and I was ready to go where ever Stiefvater took me. All in all, this was a fantastic book and I can’t wait to reread it!
Until next time,