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The Scorpio Races

Stiefvater, Maggie (Book - 2011 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Scorpio Races
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Nineteen-year-old returning champion Sean Kendrick competes against Puck Connolly, the first girl ever to ride in the annual Scorpio Races, both trying to keep hold of their dangerous water horses long enough to make it to the finish line.
Authors: Stiefvater, Maggie, 1981-
Title: The Scorpio Races
Publisher: New York : Scholastic Press, 2011.
Edition: 1st ed.
Characteristics: 409 p. ;,22 cm.
Summary: Nineteen-year-old returning champion Sean Kendrick competes against Puck Connolly, the first girl ever to ride in the annual Scorpio Races, both trying to keep hold of their dangerous water horses long enough to make it to the finish line.
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ISBN: 9780545224901
054522490X
Statement of Responsibility: Maggie Stiefvater
Subject Headings: Racing Juvenile fiction. Orphans Juvenile fiction. Horses Juvenile fiction. Love stories Fantasy.
Topical Term: Racing
Orphans
Horses
Love stories
Fantasy.
LCCN: 2011015775
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Aug 17, 2014
  • Monikan21 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I enjoyed this book but it was hard to get into at the very beginning. The premise of the race and the horses involved is very interesting and scary at the same time. I liked how the romance bloomed between the characters, but it wasn't overpowering. Good book, but at times a bit too much description.

Jul 11, 2014
  • Malkash rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Amazing book!

Jul 09, 2014
  • tmb83 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Wonderful mixture of fantasy and a commentary on the exploitation of wild animals by humans.

i love maggie stiefvaters books so much! i have read all of them but this one is probably my favorite. it is such a good book and the end made me cry. i cant believe he came back!!! i would suggest you read this book if you dont want a boatload of romance but a very emotional journey. even if she saved the race for the end, just building up to it was a journey. i love her descriptions and...wow...just everything. READ IT!!!

I loved this book so much! The romance in it was very subtle and the ending was totally unexpected!

Jan 14, 2014
  • JennaLatifiMalo13 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Good book. Very unnecessary swearing though... :(

Sep 27, 2013
  • mvkramer rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

At first, when I heard about this book I was like, "Another teen paranormal romance. Yay..." But, although there are "paranormal" elements and "romance" elements, this book is not a paranormal romance. It's not even really a fantasy novel -- everything about this book is extremely realistic except the carnivorous aquatic horses. Most of the story comes from the characters' relationships to each other and the small island setting -- their emotions and motivations are protrayed with amazing clarity, realism and beauty by Stiefvater. This book is very, very good, and it's not like any YA novel I've read in the past five years at least.

Aug 16, 2013
  • aboyter rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I read Stiefvater's "Linger" and was a little disappointed but "The Scorpio Races" was a happy redemption. I found the book was a little hard to get into but once the two sides of the story melded she had my attention. Stiefvater has a beautiful style of writing and her descriptions are vivid. LOTR descriptions were annoyingly vivid but Stiefvater's are just enough. The characters were far from flat--even the minor ones. There was growth and purpose in the main characters. It was a well woven plot. If someone recommends a newer publication of Stiefvater's, I will give it a go.

Aug 15, 2013
  • RockHeron rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I enjoyed this book, but I'm afraid I can't give it a higher rating than I did. The premise of the story is good, and it was interesting to read about the capaill uisce, a.k.a. kelpies, which don't turn up very often in books. The descriptions of horses, characters, events, etc. were very vivid, and the distinction between the capaill uisce and regular horses made tangible. I also appreciated the alternate-world Irish setting in the past, versus a dystopian future. The romance between the main characters was not overdone, either. However, the book, like the characters, seems pulled in different directions. At times it loses itself in the traditions and daily life of a small (imaginary) Irish island, but it keeps being hauled back to Hunger Games-type violence, which it could have done without. The unpredictable danger of the races themselves could have been enough, without constantly hyping the fact that they are basically fated to be deadly for some of the contestants. All in all, the Scorpio Races was good read, but it could have been better.

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Jan 14, 2014
  • JennaLatifiMalo13 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

JennaLatifiMalo13 thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

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Sep 27, 2013
  • mvkramer rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

On the island of Thisby, autumn brings with it the capall uisce -- fey "water horses" that long to drown or eat men. Since people can remember, the brave and foolish have tried to tame the horses in order to ride them in the Scorpio Races each November. Puck is an orphan who takes care of her three brothers. When she finds out her house will be taken from her if she doesn't pay for it, she enters herself in the Races -- the first girl ever to ride. Sean Kendrick is also an orphan, his father taken from him by the Races he loves. For him, winning the Race would mean getting everything he loves, his red water horse Corr and freedom. Even though Puck and Sean are competing, they are drawn to each other, two stubborn, determined and passionate souls. But will the Race tear them apart?

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Jan 14, 2014
  • JennaLatifiMalo13 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: A little bit of language

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Aug 16, 2013
  • aboyter rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

She bites!

Apr 27, 2012
  • chippy7 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

if you love something, set it free, if it was yours, it will come back.

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Dec 23, 2011
  • valerieannw rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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