Friday, September 16, 2011
There are no werewolves, faeries, or shape-shifters in this novel. Instead, Maggie Stiefvater introduces the capaill uisce, wild water horses which are as vicious and strong as they are beautiful. These large beasts emerge from the sea onto the shores of Thisby once a year, when the islanders attempt to tame these wild horses to run in the Scorpio Races.
The Races are not for the weak or faint of heart - many people have been killed by the capaill uisce. No one knows this more than Kate Connelly, also known as Puck. Her parents were killed by a water horse, but she may have to run her own mare, Dove, in the races in order to avoid losing her home and her two brothers. The favorite to win the Races is island horse whisperer-type, Sean Kendrick. Sean has his own cross to bear, also known as the Malvern family, who also happens to be his employer. The bond between Sean and Corr, his water horse, will pull at your heartstrings.
I read this book while on vacation. Among the bag full of books I brought with me, I picked up THE SCORPIO RACES to read the first few pages to see if it was the one I would bring to the beach...and I don't think I put it down until it was finished.
The story drew me in and wouldn't let go. Interesting, exciting, and frightening all at the same time. Pair this with Maggie's beautiful writing, and you have one of my new favorite YA books!
I highly recommend THE SCORPIO RACES!
Note: This book will be loved by boys and girls alike!
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About the Book:
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
Hardcover: 416 pages
Publisher: Scholastic Press (October 18, 2011)
Maggie Stiefvater is the bestselling author of The Wolves of Mercy Falls Trilogy, which includes Shiver, Linger and Forever. She also has a Faerie collection of novels entitled Ballad and Lament. October 2011 will see the release of her new book, The Scorpio Races. 2012 will see her collaboration in The Merry Sisters of Fate Anthology, her second collaboration (Kiss Me Deadly). Maggie is a nomad, loves her red camaro, has an addiction to drawing on musical instruments with a sharpie and isn't afraid to run with scissors.
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*Disclosure: A review copy of this book was provided by the publisher at BEA.