Monday, December 26, 2011

Review: The Scorpio Races

 The Scorpio Races

Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Pages: 409 (Hardcover)
Date of Publishment: October 18th, 2012
Days to Read: ...too many :c
Rating: 4

Description: Goodreads
It is the first day of November and so, today, someone will die. 

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 

My Review:
I am literally so infuriated with myself for not giving this book five stars, and for not liking it to the full extent that is should have been. The book was literally magical, so amazing. This was the first book I've read by Stiefvater and I fell in love; with her writing, her style, how she portrayed her characters...I honestly loved her! Which is why I'm so baffled as to why I can't give this five stars! 

The writing in this book was so magical. When I started the book, it was a lot different then a lot of the books that I'd read. Stiefvater's writing was definitely different, and at first I had a hard time getting used to how different it was, but as the story grew and progressed I really found myself loving her style of writing and how she was playing out her characters. One thing I noticed is that her writing changes in ways when she deals with the two main characters. The chapters alternate between both main characters, Sean and Puck (Kate), and what I seemed to notice was how Tiefvater's writing would sculpt around her character's personality. Kate was a very free-will, strong, and fierce character; and Stiefvater's writing really reflected off of that. Sean was just like that as well but there something more to him, his love for the island, his hoarse, and riding and I feel like the more lyrical style that Stiefvater showed off on his parts really showed that off. Overall I thought the writing was superb and just...breath taking.

As you could probably tell above, I really loved the characters. In the beginning I really really hated Puck's brother Gale. Right away I just thought he was this ass, and I hated reading about him and seeing the struggles that were happening because of him and then some how Stiefvater managed to make me love him. It might have taken a while, but I really fell in love with each one of her characters. Puck and Sean were easy to love; right off the bat their fierceness and loyalty to what they love touches your heart. Puck's other brother, Finn was such a quirky person, definitely liked him right off the bat! The characters were just great...end of story.

And yet after all those great things I still give it only four stars. It seems though...after looking at it and thinking it over, it was just because this really wasn't' my type of book. I was never like other little girls who loved everything horse so I didn't warm up to that aspect of the story until close to the end; plus because I also don't know anything about horses, I barely knew what I reading about. I guess I should have realized early on in the book that the Scorpio Races weren't going to be very long in the book. When I'd first scene this I thought maybe the races took a few days...nope...a good twenty minutes, give or take. So the races didn't take place until almost the end of the book; we're talking the last thirty pages or so, and that's why it it took me so long to get into the book. I was waiting over and over for Stiefvater to run out of thing to fill those 409 pages with, and that sort of ruined it for me. But through all that expecting, it never happened. She kept her story at a steady and very well chosen pace; and I have to say that I did enjoy that. 

The Scorpio Races were riveting, powerful, and at times...romantic. I loved the story, loved the characters, and loved the style, but I missed the epicness that really could have taken place in this book. Stiefvater knew her facts and knew how to make a novel; enough said.

1 comment:

  1. I've heard so many good things about this book but I have yet to read it! Your review is just making me want to read it even more! I'm a new follower :) Annmarie@World of Books