Tuesday, May 15, 2012

The Scorpio Races ~ Maggie Stiefvater
This is a young adult fiction (Rated PG)
5 out of 5 stars

Book Summary

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.

My Review

This book is like a slow-cooked stew. There is no rushing the pace. It moves slow and steady, but that is what the story requires. Some books can be annoying when they move slow because you are anticipating something to happen. Here, never once did I wish for the story to leap on. I enjoyed the pace and the wonderful writing that went along with it.

Maggie has done an amazing job of world building. You feel right at home in fictional Thisby. You can taste the salt from the sea as you stand on the beach. More importantly, you feel for the characters and what they are going through.

Puck and Sean have entered the Scorpio Races each for their own reasons. This is the plot for the story. It’s not the race as much as it is the reason why they are going to race and the build up to it. So don’t look for a lot of action, but this story has moments of thrills and chills, but not so much for the action reader. Is there a love story? There is a hint of one. However, not enough for a romance lover. The story is more than romance.

I was really upset with Puck’s brother. I couldn’t understand why he would leave without telling them they would be homeless. Did he not care if his teenage brother and sister would live or how they would survive? It was quite selfish. I understood his burdens, but I did see how he was just going to leave them blissfully ignorant. I’m not blaming the author because this was an intrical part of the story. It doesn’t mean I can’t be pissed about it.
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Overall, I really enjoyed this story a lot. And as long as you enjoy thoughtful tales of life with little action and a little romance, go for it. Even if you don't, you still might like this one.

Audio Review

What adds to this amazing story is the audio book. The book is told in two POV and they have two narrators for the book. Steve West and Fiona Hardingham do a wonderful job with this story. The authentic accents presented enhanced the feeling for the setting of the story. If I could have requested one thing, it would have been no matter what POV chapter than during the dialogue Steve would have remained doing at least Sean’s dialogue and Fiona, Pucks. But still as it stands, I enjoyed this

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