Convince Me To Read (6): The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

Posted March 19, 2016 by Jamie in Convince Me To Read, Features, Reviews // 0 Comments

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Convince Me To Read (6): The Scorpio Races by Maggie StiefvaterThe Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
Published by Scholastic Press on October 18th 2011
ISBN: 054522490X
Pages: 409

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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.


Jamie’s review

“Shhhhhh, shhhhhh, says the sea, but I don’t believe her.”

I was a literal puddle of tears after I finished THE SCORPIO RACES by Maggie Stiefvater. I went in expecting it to be good (because Stiefvater is bae) but I didn’t realize HOW good until I actually started it. I listened to this as an audiobook, ps. and I do recommend you do that. The narration was really good and I didn’t think it took away from the story at all. The narrators didn’t try to really mimic other voices, but made them different enough that you knew who was talking. Anyway, this is a story about people who love horses and the horses that love them back.

This one just had so much goodness to it. If you like Stiefvater’s writing style in THE RAVEN BOYS, then you will enjoy her writing in this one as well. I find her writing to be very unique to her character’s voices and I think that Puck and Sean were just beautifully constructed. They were two halves of the same whole while still being their own individual selves. I think I really liked that neither of them wanted to leave the island because I don’t like stories where someone gives up what they want for the other person. They both had end goals that were complimentary, which is nice (and rare in real life, but shhhh).

I loved the world building in this. It had enough fantasy elements to keep me interested, but also grounded enough in reality that I could picture it all very easily. I liked that everyone was aware of the “magic” surrounding the island and came all over to see it, but didn’t necessarily try to take it away from the island. I also liked that it felt like the sea itself was a character in this story because I think too often people forget that you have to treat the elements with respect or they will come back to haunt you for the rest of your days.

“You leave nothing to assumption,” Dory Maud says. “You swallow her with your eyes. I’m surprised there’s any of her left for the rest of us to see.”

THE CHARACTERS WERE JUST SO GOOD. Even the side characters served a purpose in this and weren’t just sounding boards for Puck and Sean. I also liked that Puck and Sean had some overlapping story arcs but that they also had their own direction and path to take. I think what I liked most is that Puck wasn’t doing this just to say she could do it and it didn’t become an “issue” book even though other characters tried to make it that way. She was just trying to do the best she could under the circumstances to keep her way of life. As I said in my status updates: Puck is bae. Sean is bae. They were both just GREAT characters. I hope you all get to know them soon.

“I didn’t know,” I start truthfully, “that it was the hard way when I started on it.”

Best Stiefvater book? Best Stiefvater book! This one has the delicacy and intrinsic nature of The Raven Cycle but with more romance and horses. And Puck. And Sean. So there’s that too. PS I CRIED AT THE END. Does that surprise you? It doesn’t surprise me.

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Dani and Iris are going to love THE SCORPIO RACES. I think I may just buy it for both of them so I essentially force them to read it. We should have called this week’s feature FORCE ME TO READ tbh. Dani is going to love Sean and Puck’s relationship; I mean, if I ship them, there is no way Hopeless Romantic Dani won’t. Iris is going to love the description of the way the horses move and run and how athletic this story is. She is also going to be on the edge of her seat during the last couple of chapters. And if both of them don’t cry at the last lines of THE SCORPIO RACES, I will assume they both have blackened hearts.



About Maggie Stiefvater

New York Times bestselling author of The Shiver Trilogy, The Raven Cycle, and The Scorpio Races. Artist. Driver of things with wheels. Avid reader.

All of Maggie Stiefvater’s life decisions have been based around her inability to be gainfully employed. Talking to yourself, staring into space, and coming to work in your pajamas are frowned upon when you’re a waitress, calligraphy instructor, or technical editor (all of which she’s tried), but are highly prized traits in novelists and artists. She’s made her living as one or the other since she was 22. She now lives an eccentric life in the middle of nowhere, Virginia with her charmingly straight-laced husband, two kids, two neurotic dogs, and a 1973 Camaro named Loki.

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