Monday, December 3, 2012

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.
I have many good things to say about this book... but it made me want a horse. I live in (basically) a city. So it's not good for your mental health if you read books about animals that make you want animals (i.e. Watchers by Dean Koontz).

So aside from my general weirdness, this was a wonderful story about the lengths Puck will go to to try to keep her family together. In typical YA fashion she also learns about herself along the way. And then there's Sean Kendrick... whom I weirdly developed a strong attachment to.

There is some violent scenes, as the Water Horses that are being raced are huge and will attack people at any time. The island the story is set at has some magic as far as the Water Horses are concerned. Mostly it seems like a place where people are doing what they can to scrape by and the race is what people look forward to every year.

Overall a wonderful story. But I still want Puck's horse. And it upsets me. Also, I have no idea how to pronounce the author's last name.

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