BOOK REVIEW: THE SCORPIO RACES

I'd rather not make an entire vlog for this book XD




I do not like Maggie Stiefvater's writing style.

At. All.

(Her writing is even worse in The Raven Boys books).

I can't...put it into words.

She unnecessarily describes things, and it throws me off...the way she uses metaphors and similes. I am jarred out of the book's world 99% of the time.

The Scorpio Races was SLOW.

It was 404 pages, and the first 300 pages were the same thing repeated OVER and OVER and OVER.

It's like she saved the originality and good stuff and climax for the last 100 pages.

The ending was actually very good, but the first 300 pages or so was just...repetitive and tedious.

I love horses, so this book had me smiling at the horse scenes, but besides that, I did not like the two main characters.

The book is told from the POV's (point of views) of Puck Connolly and Sean Kendrick.

The book's description from Goodreads:

"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."


It sounds interesting, but the plot and setting are extremely dry and dreary.

Puck (her real name is Kate) is extremely whiny and annoying and her brothers are practically useless and are uncaring.

Sean is depressing and doesn't stick up for himself.

The island they live on is disgustingly drab and this story has no real point.

The water horses, or capaill uisce, aren't given any magic. They are depicted as bloodthirsty, murderous beasts that are more mutant than beautiful.

It was like reading just a bunch of descriptions and dialogue jammed together for 300 pages.

THEN we get a taste of action.

Then more depression.

But the ending was good.

I gave this book 1.5 stars just for the horses and ending.

I don't see why this book is rated so high on Goodreads.

~Amanda

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