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Review: The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater (a.k.a. Am I Smelling Hay in My Room or Was the Writing Just That Good?)

15827344Title: The Scorpio Races

Author: Maggie Stiefvater

Publisher: Scholastic Inc.

Publication Date: October 2011

Format: Paperback

Number of Pages: 435

Standalone / Series: Standalone


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 choice. So she enters the competition — the first girl ever to do so. She is in no way prepared for what is going to happen.

*sobs* Why did it have to end???

I just gonna jump straight to the point. I loved this book. A lot. Like more than a lot. Lot isn’t a strong enough word. I have an abundance of love for this book. (Now abundance is a fancier word….)

The world in this book (if you want to get literal… the island) was written in a way that made it so vivid and real. Like, not only can I imagine it but I feel as though I can actually see it. Like, just wake up tomorrow buy a ticket and be on my way to Thisby. I really want to go to Thisby……

The Capaill Uisce are literally terrifying (specifically the one that appears when Puck, Finn and Dove are in the lean-to) but so beautiful sounding and I want them to be my friends but they’ll probably eat me soooooo.. I’ll just admire from afar while they jump around in the the sea and eat everything they see.

Imagine having an army of bloodthirsty water horses…. That would be one epic battle scene…

I have never wanted to ride a horse more than I did while I was reading this book.

I also really want to eat these November Cakes?? There is a recipe in the back of my book (I think it depends on which edition you have??) sooooo, I wanna try to make them and then probably EAT THEM ALLLLLLL!!!!

Yet again another dual POV book that has both surprised me and punched me right in the feels. (I’m having a pretty good year in regard to dual POVs, I usually can’t follow them very long because I get confused).

I love that Puck and Sean have completely different problems, as appose to both main characters fighting for the same thing. But watching them power through these problems with so much determination and then watching them help each other (teamwork = WIN!!!) fills me with such joy. I also feel proud?? They are now my children.

I mean…. I look 19 but am I?? Anyone wanna hazard a guess as to which century I’m from??? How many precious children do I have???? HAHAHA MORE THAN YOU THINK! HECK! MORE THAN I THINK!!! THERE ARE STILL MORE I HAVE YET TO DISCOVER!!

Sean and Puck were cute together but I think everyone is over looking the real ship here. Corr and Dove…. I ship it.

Overall, I’d rate this book 5 out of 5 stars!!

I loooooved the story I will treasure it forever. But I think the real gem for me was the writing. It flowed so easily and suited the story so well. I’m so glad I picked this up, and I am really looking forward to reading more of Stiefvater’s books.

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Have you read this book? What did you think?? What’s your favourite Stiefvater book, if any?

9 thoughts on “Review: The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater (a.k.a. Am I Smelling Hay in My Room or Was the Writing Just That Good?)”

    1. The Raven Cycle is really high up on my TBR too!! I can’t recommend any of Stiefvater’s books as a starting point (considering I’ve only read one) but The Scorpio Races was Amazing!!!! (<<– Capital A, Amazing…. it was friggin' beautiful) I can't stop thinking about it! 😀

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  1. I’m so glad you loved this book! You’re making me want to reread it already! I think the most magical part was how I LOVED both Puck and Sean which I think is hard to accomplish with first person dual POV. And you’re right they weren’t direct opponents so it was beautiful how their stories were intertwined. I didn’t know we were shipping Dove and Corr, but sure why not I’m in lol 😂

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    1. I adored this book so muuuuuuuch!!!! I loved the dual pov in this book though? It was so well done and I looked forward to both different Pov’s. When usually you pick a fave and then just power through the rest.
      Corr was acting like a doof in front of Dove and Sean more or less said Corr was trying to impress. I ship it. One big happy family 😀

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