I recently read the Scorpio Races (on my super tiny but amazing ereader) and basically I loved it.
Title: The Scorpio Races
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Genre: YA Fantasy/Contemporary?
Themes: friendship, family, horses, island life, orphans falling in love
You might remember that I hated Shiver. However, I was browsing through my library, and decided to get this out, mainly because Shanti
forced me recommended it. I’m sad to admit that she was right, because I loved this book sosososo much.
Short Summary: On an island called Thisby, The Scorpio Races are held every year. It’s a vicious race on Capaill Uiske (I think I spelt that right), or water horses. Puck Connolly signs up, but she has reasons for wanting to win other than money and glory. And Sean’s won them four times, but winning has never been what he’s wanted. This year, the races are going to be different.
The first thing I loved about this book is the characters. They were expertly moulded, round, with incredible, distinct voices (there were, like 2 times where I forgot to read the part where it said who was narrating and was very confused for a few pages). I shipped the ship SO HARD and I just loved the characters so much. Puck loved her family, but she also got frustrated with them. I got a really good sense of both how hard she worked, and also that she wasn’t a perfect sister or friend. I understood her orphanhood (is that a word?) even though I’m not one, and she was just lovely. As for Sean, can I adopt him? He was so thoughtful, and lonely and THAT BOY JUST NEEDS A HUG. I loved how much he loved the horses, especially *his* horse Corr and just he was so so cute, okay? The secondary characters were also wonderful- they were plentiful but still well described and round. I LOVED Finn, was interested in George Holly, liked Dory Maud, and the butcher’s wife, Peg, was just something else.
The setting, Thisby, was also amazing. I liked how it could have been any time in the last 50 years, making it feel timeless but easy to connect to. Without being info dumped, I got what the island was like and what living on it was like, from the town to the beach to the Connolly house. The descriptions were lush and beautiful and so, so easy to picture. I also liked how it had a kind of Scottish/British feel to it and PLEASE SOMEONE MAKE ME NOVEMBER CAKES IMMEDIATELY.
The plot was perfect. I really really liked the beginning, which gave me a good sense of the characters and setting. Then there were lots of exciting/scary things that happened, and then the race. I had no idea who would win until somebody did, and the moment when I realised that only one person could win was rather scary. And the ending=Sean is a cinnamon bun and I love Corr so much. Also I love Dove. Can I have a horse?
But my favourite part of the book was the language, which was beautiful and rich but not pretentious at all. Here are some quotes:
“I trust Corr more than any of them. I should not trust him at all.”
“I say, ‘I will not be your weakness, Sean Kendrick.’
Now he looks at me. He says, very softly, ‘It’s late for that, Puck.”
“It is the first day of November and so, today, someone will die.”
“Does anyone ask you why you stay, Sean Kendrick?”
“And why do you?”
“The sky and the sand and the sea and Corr.”
“And I told you before, I’ll sell you any of the thoroughbreds.”
“I didn’t make any of those thoroughbreds. I didn’t make them what they are.”
“You made all of them what they are.”
I don’t look at him. “None of them made me who I am.”
So, to summarise:
I MIGHT HAVE FOUND A NEW FAVOURITE.
Was this review comprehensible? Have you read The Scorpio Races (if not, why are you still here? embark on an epic search for this book instead.)? Do you think it’s worth giving an author a second chance? What is one horse/island/really shippable book you read recently?