Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Review of The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

Read for: Mount TBR - Print
Synopsis: "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: I was a little nervous about this book because I DNFed the Mercy Falls series by the same author, but anything with horses I really feel the need to read. I kept putting this one off and while I am kind of kicking myself for putting it off, late October when the weather was stormy really lent to the perfect atmosphere. It takes a little bit to get into the story, especially with jumping from Puck to Sean POV but it doesn't take long until you are invested in the story and characters. I really enjoyed how it is both thrilling, hopeful, horrifying and beautiful all at the same time. There is a bit of romance but I am very happy that it didn't take over the story, it was more of a slow burn in the background. It had my heart pounding and jumping at every noise at times and then at others had tears coming to my eyes. I am happy to see that the author has improved greatly from her previous books (and maybe got a better editor) and I will give her others a try in the future.
My Rating: I was so pleasantly surprised at this book, I wanted it to be good but after DNFing Shiver I didn't have high hopes. I am so glad I read this book it was intriguing, terrifying, and made me think. I give it a rating of Four Paws!
If you have read it can we please talk about the scene in the lean-to shed with Puck, her brother & Dove?! My heart was racing!!


  1. Yay! I'm glad you liked it. While her other books are only so so for me, this one is a favorite.

    1. Thanks for pushing me to read it! That was a perfect book to be read this time of the year and much better than I expected from her.

  2. I really liked this one as well, and I've struggled with Maggie's books. I couldn't finish the Raven Boys series.

    1. I struggled so much with Shiver (I had purchased the trilogy but couldn't even make it through the first book), now you are making me nervous for the Raven Boys. All I hear are great things and I thought after this one maybe, but now I am thinking maybe not.