Friday, November 4, 2011

The Scorpio Races

The Scorpio Races
By: Maggie Stiefvater

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.

-Summary from Goodreads

It is the fourth day of November and so, today, I have finally found a book that (in my humble opinion) surpasses The Hunger Games.

Here's the thing: The Hunger Games was my ultimate favorite book. 

And then a little something called The Scorpio Races came along and I drowned in it. I drowned in it and I loved it. Loved it more than my favorite book.

That's right. The Scorpio Races is now  my favorite book of all time.

I can't tell you exactly what it is that made me fall in love with this story, because it's not just one thing, but so many things that together they started to blend and blend until the only coherent thought I had was that I am in love. This book is unlike anything you'll ever read--it was certainly the most original thing I have ever read. There is not just character development, but plot, twists, surprises, heartbreaks, hope. They are each a mountain and you journey with the characters to the top, where the skies swarm below you and the world lies beneath your feet and all you feel is this feeling of greatness that nothing else can fulfill. 

In fact, it seems to me that the more I think about this book, the more this feeling of... this feeling I've only felt with my most favorite books of all time (The Hunger Games, Harry Potter, etc.) bubbles up. And the thing is that I finished this book four days ago, on November 1st (also happens to be a very significant day in the book!), I sat on it for four days and I still love it beyond words. In fact, to ask me why I love this story is like asking wings why they fly. Because they do. Because I do. Because there is just no other way around it.

I'm trying to keep this review short and succinct, so you can go ahead and get this book already. But I feel like it's important that you know I have not previously read any of Maggie's books. I've heard of the Shiver trilogy and they've been on my TBR list for a long time, but I'm so overwhelmed with paranormal (vampires, werewolves, zombies, etc.) nowadays that I just never really felt compelled to pick it up.

I will now. Right now. I need more Maggie.

If there is one book you can get, get this one. There's just nothing else I can say except this: the sunset is an explosion of colors, and this book is an explosion of beauty. Pure magical. 

Phenomenal. And I never say this, truly, I never do, because I didn't believe in it. But I will say it now, because it is finally true:



  1. Hi, Julianna. Yours is the most enthusiastic and encouraging review yet I've come across for this book! I've stayed away from it because I wasn't drawn to any of Stiefvater's previous novels. Now I feel like kicking myself. Fantastic review!

    New follower~

    Stephanie ~Misfit Salon~

  2. @Stephanie Thank you so much! :) I hope you really like this book. I'm on the tip of the enthusiasm scale for this book and I feel like this book really deserves it.

  3. I recently finished this book and . . . wow. It was utterly amazing. Great review.

  4. @Little_Dhampir91 Right? Right? So glad you enjoyed it! I'm in love with Sean, haha!

    Also--thank you! :)

  5. Great review. Maggie is wonderful!


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