Friday, July 6, 2012
Review: The Scorpio Races
By Maggie Stiefvater
Genre YA fantasy
Recommended by Angie and Steph
First sentence It is the first day of November and so, today, someone will die.
On an island where racing wild, man eating horses that come from the sea is the norm, Puck is about as abnormal as can be. To keep her brother from leaving the island she enters the race. Not only do girls never run in the race, but she doesn't won't even be riding one of the sea horses.
What it has going for it
The only Stiefvater book I've ever read in Shiver and, well, to put it mildly, it wasn't my favorite book. So, you can imagine my hesitancy to read this one, even if it did sound awesome. I saw so many people raving about it and even had a dream about it at some point so, finally, I decided to read it. And I LOVED it! Wow, seriously, guys, this was the most unique story I've read in a long time! The beautiful, poetic, writing meshes so well with the careful build up to the crescendo of the story. I was so invested in the characters. With both Sean and Puck having a reason to win, very good reasons, I was trying to figure out how it would all work out. And, oh, how desperately I wanted it to just work out. The romance was so beautiful. No insta-love, no bossy, overprotective guy, no lust in the guise of love. No, this was a realistic and beautifully developed relationship. The setting and the plot were so vivid. Just pages into the book and you feel like you're there. Argh! I just can't describe to you how much I loved this book. In a word. Breathtaking.
I seriously never imagine movie stars as characters in books. I don't know why it just doesn't happen, but I could not get this guy...
The only thing that bothered me about this book was how young Puck acted. I get that the death of her parents might have left her a little wild but one would think that all her responsibilities would make her act older not younger. She seriously came off sounding like 13-14 tops. SHE didn't bug me, I just kept forgetting she wasn't a really young kid.
Oh, good heavens! How am I supposed to choose just one?...Nope, I don't think I can.
Yea or Nay?
Yes, oh my goodness, yes! Read this one.