Today’s post is another book review. And since I have nothing else to share with you, let’s get to it. I hope you like it!
I’d had this book in my Goodreads TBR for years so I thought it was time to finally read it. I wasn’t expecting much from the book since I didn’t know much about it, other than what the synopsis said. I must say it is truly an interesting story and I would have loved another book because of the open ending, but also because there were some characters I would have enjoyed to know more about.
The Scorpio Races is about a race that happens every year at the beginning of November, in which riders try their best to hold on to their horse long enough to get to the finish line. Some live, and others die. Sean Kendrick is a nineteen year old rider who has won before, he is very quiet and rarely shows any emotion. Meanwhile, it wasn’t on Puck Connolly’s plan to participate in The Scorpio Races, but she didn’t have much of a choice. She is the first girl to ever compete and she is not prepared for what’s to come.
This book is told in Puck’s and Sean’s POV. You know what that means, right? I love books that are told in different point of views because we get a better understanding of the story and I fall more deeply in love with the characters. I loved reading Puck’s and Sean’s feelings and thoughts.
Both had suffered a lot in the past and they make their best to keep going forward. Puck is a such a strong and determined girl. She stood her ground for what she believed in and she didn’t give up even when the odds weren’t looking favorable for her. Then we have Sean, who I loved a lot. I think he is a complex character, which I don’t want to talk much about, but he fights for what he wants and, as well as Puck, doesn’t give up. I really think they make kind of a weird couple, but they are also cute together.
Now, I know this is not a romance novel, but oh I wanted the romance there! Once Puck and Sean start interacting more with the other, I was a ball of feelings because they are so cute! And it was also painful to read because both are reserved people so they didn’t show their affection that well but when they did, oh my god, I screamed! Lol.
Even though I enjoyed this story about horses from the sea, I found it boring at times. It felt to me like nothing really was happening and I wanted some more action… or romance lol. However, the second half of the book is so good! I was on the edge of my seat reading while biting my nails and moving my legs desperately because the race, oh my!
Like I said in the beginning, I wish there was a sequel because after the ending I feel so robbed. I need to know more about Puck and Sean and Finn and Gabe and Holly and everyone in the island!
In conclusion, I liked the book, but I was bored a lot of times in the first half of it. For me, the second part is what saves the book. I still recommend The Scorpio Races to anyone that wants to read it, it’s a very interesting and unique story. If you haven’t read any of Stiefvater’s books, I think this might be a good option for you to get to know her writing style and how different her stories are from anything else you’ve read before.
Here are some of my favorite quotes from this book:
She is my mare and my best friend, and I keep waiting for something bad to happen to her, because I love her too much.
Nothing is completely harmless.
I remember being very shocked at my brother saying something so crass and unfair, because what say does a girl have in how big her chest gets?
When you traffic in monsters, that’s the risk you run, that you’ll find one too monstrous to stomach.
“I have my reasons for riding,” I snap. “Just like every man who climbed onto this rock. Just because I’m a girl doesn’t make those reasons any less.”
Until the next post!
Happy reading 💙