Flashback Friday: THE SCORPIO RACES by Maggie Stiefvater
Feb 13th, 2015 by Liza Wiemer

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by Maggie Stiefvater

Hardcover, 409 pages

Published: October 18, 2011

Scholastic Press

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Literary Awards: Mythopoeic Fantasy Award Nominee for Children’s Literature (2012)Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobook Production Honor (2012)Los Angeles Times Book Prize Nominee for Young Adult Literature (2011)Michael L. Printz Honor (2012)YALSA Teens’ Top Ten Nominee (2012)

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.

My Review:

The Scorpio RacesThe Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I LOVED The Scorpio Races. It definitely joins my list of favorite YA novels. I was drawn into the storyline from page one and found myself falling in love with the main characters/narrators Puck and Sean. Puck is a strong and determined character, fighting to save her home. Sean is the strong, silent type who has this incredible ability to speak to horses. But these aren’t regular horses, they’re dangerous, deadly horses of the sea – the capaill uisce(pronounced copple ooshka.) Sean has won four Scorpio Races, which takes place the first day of November around the time the capaill uisce are the most dangerous because they’re called out of and into the sea – and man nor beast is safe. There’s big money to be made and Puck needs it, so she too enters the race. The relationship between Puck and Sean is absolutely beautiful, special. A treasure to read. Some books feel like a privilege to savor, The Scorpio Races felt that way for me. Put this on your must-read list.
I received an ARC of The Scorpio Races at the BEA.


Heidi from YA Bibliophile said she absolutely loved the audio CDs of The Scorpio Races. So, trusting her opinion, I had to get my hands on it. OMGosh! Melt, melt, swoon, cry, gulp, fall in love ALL OVER AGAIN! I just adored every single word of this novel and often sat in my car in the driveway, motor off, player on, to continue listening to the CD. Instead of taking a direct path to run an errand, I deliberately took side streets and avoided the highway just to be able to listen longer. Ahhhhhhhhhhh! I so did not want it to end. Steve West did a phenomenal job in his reading role of Sean & Fiona Hardingham performed a lovely, likable perfect Puck. My heart ached horribly after the last word. The Scorpio Races is among my most favorite novels EVER! Read it, listen to it – both are exquisite!

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