Review: The Scorpio Races


So this will be my first book review on my blog. I have reviewed many books on my Goodreads page, which is here:

But never on this page. So I thought I would explore my thoughts in more detail on here.

The last book I read was The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater. This book is about a girl and a guy who both live on this small island called Thisby. Every November, a dangerous horse race takes place. But these aren’t normal horses. These are horses which the sea has created and spat out onto the beach. These horses are dangerous and don’t eat grass like normal horses. They eat meat. When Puck Connolly, the main female protagonist, sees her future turning in a direction she never imagined, she enters the race which she never wanted to race in. Sean Kendrick *swoons* is the male protagonist of this story. With the story split into two perspectives, one per paragraph, we get to see the different sides of the story at personal levels. Maggie Stiefvater effectively captures the two perspectives without causing for them both to sound like the same person.

I loved this book. When I first picked it up, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I had read a few of Maggie Stiefvater’s books before – only her Shiver series –  and they had been… all right. Look at that, sort of two book reviews in one. Anyways, I hadn’t been the biggest fan of them. I mean, I liked them, but I didn’t love them.

The Scorpio Races though…. Wow!

This book was definitely not something that I had read before, and is something that I can never imagine myself reading again. It was a really unique idea and the first sentence: ‘It is the first day of November, and so, today, someone will die,” = instantly captured.

I wish there was more to the story, even though I know with the way it ended there probably isn’t a whole lot more that you could do. But you only got to see the beginning of Sean and Puck’s relationship and never really got to see where it went afterwards. And what happens with Corr? And with Sean’s job at the Malvern yard? What about Mr Holly? Does he end up staying in Thisby, or does he go back to America? It honestly wouldn’t surprise me if he did remain in Thisby. There are still so many questions that I want to be answered.

The characters are great. Puck was all right, she wasn’t too much of a whiny protagonist, which was good, and Sean… well, Sean was Sean and I liked Sean. I liked him a lot. Mr Holly became one of my favourite characters along with Sean. Mr Holly just had this fatherly quality to him and was just genuinely nice. As always with most stories, you get the bad people – bad as in villains, not necessarily bad as in just annoying characters – like Mutt and Mr Malvern.

Overall, I think I would give this book a 4.5/5 stars out of 5. I loved this book, I loved the characters, and I loved the originality of it.

If you haven’t read it yet, then I highly recommend you go seek it out from a library or a book store and get your hands on it.

~Maddie xx


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