Monday, February 15, 2016

Review: The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

This review isn't going to be very long (...I say as I start it; I might be lying) because I feel like that would be a waste of words.  This book is....everything.  So much of it is me.  The same way so much of TRC is me.  I feel like I have a certain soul connection with everything Maggie writes, in a way that breaks me into tiny little pieces.

THE SCORPIO RACES is melancholy.  It is slow-moving and tense.  (Like the Trojan War happening in a pool of molasses, okay?)  It's beautiful, in an aching, desperate sort of way.  In a way that shouts into the void, "I exist."  It reminds me of running in the rain, and daydreaming, and feeling like the world's going to end unless I do something right this second.

It is a weird book, too.  Horses that come out of the water and eat people -- yeah, basically unheard of.  Thanks, Welsh mythology, the thing I never knew I needed until Maggie's books existed.  It was right up my alley with its weird, making me so very happy that it exists.

It had the most delightful slow-burn romance that sat on the back-burner for almost the whole book (AND YET STILL MANAGED TO BE SO INTENSE AND EMOTIONAL???) and the characters were delightful. Sean was moody and passionate, and Puck was wild and passionate.  That passion, growing between them for the things they both loved, drew me in instantly and made me love them.  Good or bad characters make or break a book for me, and these made the book.  100%.

So, do I think you should read THE SCORPIO RACES?  I'm not entirely sure, actually.  It is weird, like I said.  And I don't think it's for everyone (whereas I would actually throw all of Maggie's other books at literally everyone).  But if for one second you think, based on the descriptions above, that you would enjoy this book in the it.  Do it right now.  Buy it this instant.  Go to your library and rent it.  Get an ebook.  DO THE THING.  Because it is a mighty book, and it deserves to be read by those who will love and appreciate it.  It's a soul-book, you know?  I hope it impacts you as powerfully as it impacted me.

So what about you?  Have you read THE SCORPIO RACES?  I can't wait to hear all your thoughts in the comments!

(And much for a short review. HA!)

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.


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