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“Great book! I had to make myself slow down my reading so it wouldn't end so soon. I listened to the audio version as well...great addition to get a feel of characters...I especially liked Sean's readings.”see full review » see other reviews »
“I love Maggie's novels so I decided to try out this one. Boy am I glad I did.”Ashley M. wrote this review Monday, July 22, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Perfect. No other word for it. This is not a book to be taken lightly, for once you take it in , it will never leave you. ”Relena White wrote this review Wednesday, May 8, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The Scorpio Races is a fantastic tale of horses from the sea inspired by Irish and Scottish legends. It is a book about horses more predator than horse.
The capaill uisce -
Creeping up during late autumn storms they prowl through dreams and countryside.
Blending with the sea-foam they take hold of the imagination.
Oh, those beautiful but deadly fairy horses that emerge from the sea.
Stiefvater has written a story that evokes that heart-clenching excitement you get in wild and lonely places.
She opens the book with the line, "It is the first day of November and so, today, someone will die."
While the story starts a bit slow but builds well, and does not disappoint. Stiefvater's storyline is very creative and she kept it moving throughout the book. I can't say enough good things about this book. I particularly liked Dove, the island pony who braved the teeth of the capaill uisce. Without giving too much away, I don't think it could've ended any more perfectly.
The legend the water horses is very interesting and I think Maggie Stiefvater did an excellent job of making it real; the water horses were both fascinating and dangerous. she has the ability to actually make you buy into the fable whole cloth, as if she's telling a truth forgotten.
A great kelpie story - definitely a worthy read. I am going to add this one to my library.”
“I just kind of consumed this book. It was amazing.”Katsa wrote this review Sunday, April 28, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A gloomy slog that would have made for a fantastic short story.”Bri wrote this review Thursday, March 28, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“It was a unique story line but it would have been neat to know more about the water horses. ”Veronica wrote this review Monday, March 25, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Another YA novel that I would probably never have read if not for my YA book club. I really do enjoy a lot of YA literature and this book is one that I enjoyed very much! The story all takes place on the small island of Thisby and is told from two voices. The first voice belongs to Sean (Kendrick) who is a young man who has a wonderful hand with managing and training horses, especially the "capaill uisce" or water horses. These horses--taken from Manx, Irish and Scottish legend--are captured from the sea. They make remarkable mounts, are associated with the month of November and eat meat. If they ever touch salt water again, they will return to the sea, often taking their rider with them. The second voice is Puck (Kate Connolly). She and her 2 brothers live on their own since their parents were killed in an accident and money and food are scarce. Her oldest brother Gabe has decided to move to the mainland where he will be able to find a job and send money home to help and Puck doesn't want him to go. She decides to enter the Scorpio Races so that she can win the grand prize and then pay off their house and keep Gabe on the island. She is the first young woman in the history of the races to enter and most of the island's population is against it. She meets Sean and he is taken with her and decides to help her with her training. The majority of the book was a very pleasant read but when I got to the last few chapters and the running of the race, my heart was going a mile a minute and I couldn't turn the pages quickly enough. Great book and highly recommended, especially if your a horse lover.”Beverly R. wrote this review Saturday, March 23, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“While this book started out slow at first, I came to love it. The interactions of the characters were simply magical and the concept was truly original. I know I've said that I love anything Maggie Stiefvater writes, and I mean it! I want more, but I'm happy with what there is. After reading this book, I feel like I've known these characters all my life and that I've lived on Thisby my entire life, riding horses on the cliffs. And that, in itself, is the most wonderful thing of all.”~Bethany F~ "Remember who the enemy is." wrote this review Friday, March 22, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“My favorite book of 2011! One of the best first lines " It was the first day of November, and so, today, someone will die." ”Ms. W wrote this review Monday, March 18, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The Scorpio Races is far from your average horse book. For those thinking that it may be something akin to reading Walter Farley or Marguerite Henry they will be surprised to find out how different this book truly is. While it will appeal to those who love horse related stories this book is also good for those who enjoy Young Adult novels or those types of books that are far from anything you’ve ever read.
Originally I started reading this book on my Kindle. While I found it to start off just a bit slow after the initial introduction of Sean and his past with the races and loss of his father I liked what it was building up to. A lot happened before the actual races and that’s where the first half or so of the books, slow as it was, really shines. It sets up this small island whose major source of income and activity come from the Scorpio Races. This is where the reason behind Puck entering the races comes to be and shows both main characters in great detail as they not only prepare for the races but also continue their daily lives as best the can.
Around the half way mark I switched the the audio book version. The reason being is that I’m not a fan of books written in first person and this book is written from both Puck and Sean’s perspective, switching whose perspective it is every chapter or so but also within a chapter. This was really what slowed down my reading.
The audio book was fantastic. I started it from the beginning wanting to refresh myself on what had happened so far and so that I could listen to the full narration. The two narrators, Steve West and Fiona Hardingham, did an amazing job of bringing this story to life. I though that Fiona Hardingham was the perfect voice for Puck. When reading the book that is what I imagined her sounding like. One thing that slightly lacked in her portions of the book was a good distinction between character voices. When Fiona spoke you could really feel the emotions that Puck was feeling at that times and it truly added to the story.
As far as Steve West performing Sean’s parts of the book I thought his voice didn’t quite match what I had in mind for Sean, he sounded a bit too old, more like he was thirty instead of a nineteen year old. However Steve did a fantastic job of giving all the other characters in the story their own distinct voices. One thing I loved about Sean’s character was how much he cared not only for Corr but the other water horses and the regular ones on Malvern’s farm.
My hands down favorite parts of the books were the race itself and the ending. I won’t go into details of these parts since I don’t want to spoil them for anyone who hasn’t read the book yet. But I will say for those who are going to read it in the future that even if you do find the beginning to be slow see this book to the end because it is truly worth it. Another advantage of the audio book version is that I learned the proper pronunciation of capaill uisce and let me tell you I was way off from what I thought it would sound like when I had been reading this on my Kindle.
I do have one small complaint about the audio book version. Right at the end, during the last two minutes of the book, there’s music that plays in the background. Now it’s purely instrumental and not overly loud but I found it did distract from the ending and was just loud enough to force me to listen to that portion twice in order to hear everything properly. I realize it was for dramatic effect but I certainly could have done without it, the ending was amazing enough to not need that music.
I highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone. You don’t need to be a horse lover to appreciate this book. The story, the characters, the writing all blend together to create a fantastic read. I would love to see another book about the Scorpio Races in the future, the ending had me craving for more.
On a small side note, I would love to see this book turned into a movie even if it means a lot of CG for the capaill uisce parts. This is a book that would just translate well onto the big screen.”