The Scorpio Races

Title: The Scorpio Races
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Publication Date: October 18, 2011
paperback(arc), 407 pages
ISBN: 978-0-545-22490-1
Genre: YA

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.

My thoughts:
Maggie Stiefvater is a brilliant wordsmith. She had delighted me with some of her past novels such as, Shiver and Ballad.  I stayed up all night to finish Shiver, it was that good. So when I found out she was writing a new book about water horses, I was all for it. 

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater is a book about endurance, trust, magic  and love. The story centers around two main characters, Puck or Kate and Sean Kendrick.  Sean Kendrick is a horse whisper of sorts. He has the ability to understand horses, capiall uisce, in a way that no one else has. His opinion is sought after especially since he's won the Scorpio Race in the past.  He's a celebrity of sorts on this island. However he tends to keep to himself. Puck Connolly marches to the beat of her own drum. She registers in the Scorpio Races and it shakes everything up. She's the first girl to ever enter the races and that's met with adversity. Although Puck and Sean are the main characters of this novel, the water horses play a very significant part. The capiall uisce are beautiful, intelligent, and also deadly. Both Puck and Sean have been on the receiving end of the damage these horses can cause and they both have their own reasons for wanting to win this race.
The story line took me a few chapters to get into but once I did I was hooked. There is an excitement surrounding the races and the days leading up to it that really pulls you into the story. The Scorpio Races  has a different vibe than some of Maggie Stiefvaters past novels but don't let that scare you away.
This  book is an adventure that you're not going to want to miss. It's a heartbreaking, heartwarming, edge of your seat kinda book. The ending of the book blew me away also. If this book is not in your To Be Read pile, it should be. 
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*I received this book from the publisher in exchange for a review. This in no way influenced my opinion.