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The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

Posted by Caitie F on October 11, 2011

Title: The Scorpio Races
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Hardcover:  416 pages
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Publication Date: October 18, 2011
Rating: ++++

Summary from goodreads:

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.


While I wasn’t a fan of The Wolves of Mercy Falls, it was not because of the writing, so when I saw this book at BEA. I wanted to read it very soon!

The book was exciting and dangerous. It mattered so much because the stakes were so high. Puck had three possible endings to her race: 1. She could win and pay off her families debt so they would not have to leave the island she and her brother love. 2. She could lose and be in the same spot she is in, poverty and hopelessness 3. She could (and people think she probably will) die.

But Puck isn’t going to let this or the impossible odds against her stop her from doing anything she wants. Luckily, she finds some help in other women on the island and specifically help from the mysterious and veteran racer, Sean Kendrick.

Her journey is beautiful to read. The relationships in the book are real, I understand why Sean is intrigued by Puck. Their romance is fun to read, especially since it develops naturally and gradually. However, the most interesting relationship is between Sean and his water horse. They are deadly creatures who feel the call of the water. Yet this horse is different. They have a connection and watching Sean calm these deadly horses is exciting and breath taking. He is truly a horse whisperer.

This book was amazing. I really hope she continues writing books that are more like this. I hope you get a chance to read it!

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