Monday, September 12, 2011

Review: The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

, 416 pages
Expected publication: October 18th 2011 by Scholastic Press
My copy: ARC

Book Description:

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

My Review:

Just so you know, I had attempted to read Maggies' Shiver I the only one who thought it was Twilight but with Jacob/Sam getting Bella/Maggie? Well I'm not the one to judge an author by one book so I was excited to receive The Scorpio Races.

Yes. The "Scorpio" "Races"

Where was the excitement in this book? I didn't expect much in the beginning but based on the cover, the book description and the title...I had hoped for a little more than failed attempts at intense moments by yawn-worthy characters.

I wasn't into the writing either. It was too detailed and unfashionably organized.

Towards the end it got better and exciting but by then I was finished and left unsatisfied. I really hate that I didn't like this but if you like Maggies' work, go for it and give this a try, or you might like it either way. But it wasn't my kind of read.



  1. I wasn't really a fan of the Shiver series, either, it was too slow for me. I've been interested in this one, but I didn't really know much about it. Thanks for the review, because if it's also slow I'll probably pass on it for now.

    Sarah @ The Book Life

  2. I agree Shiver = Twilight haha. I was wondering about this one too. I did like Shiver regardless though - not 5 star worthy but still ok. I might give it a try someday.

    Giselle at Xpresso Reads

  3. Ha! Yes, I totally felt that way about Shiver! :P I wasn't sure if I wanted to read The Scorpio Races because on one hand, eh I DNF-ed Shiver...but on the other hand, killer horses and a deathly race! How can that NOT be exciting? Gah, too bad the book didn't deliver on the premise.

  4. I'm glad to read your perspective on this one. I've heard good things about it elsewhere, but since I was underwhelmed my the Shiver series, I've had my doubts. I might still give it a go, but I probably won't be rushing out to buy it. Thanks for the review!