Friday, December 18, 2015

Book Review: The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater


Media Type: Audiobook
Title: The Scorpio Races
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Narrator(s): Steve West; Fiona Hardingham
Publisher: Scholastic Audio
Run Time: 12 hours 6 minutes
Release Date: October 18, 2011
Source: Audible
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Content Screening: Violence

HDB Rating: 5 Keys to My Heart

Recommended to: Readers who enjoy being swept up in a brilliant setting, with wonderfully brilliant characters.

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With her trademark lyricism, Maggie Stiefvater turns to a new world, where a pair are swept up in a daring, dangerous race across a cliff-with more than just their lives at stake should they lose.

Once upon a time, I fell in love with Maggie Stiefvater and her writing. I was given a copy of Shiver when I first started blogging, and completely fell in love with it. Then, for some reason, I never picked up another of her books. Time went by, books came and went, until finally Audible said "You might like The Scorpio Races!" and I obliged. Thank goodness I did. This story is absolutely gorgeous. It not only reminded me of why I missed Steifvater's writing, but also made me fall in love with it all over again.

The isle of Thisby is a curious place. One where the sea runs through the blood of its inhabitants, and the terrible beauty that is the capaill uisce makes that same blood race through their veins. I instantly fell in love with Sean Kendrick and Kate Connolly, our two main characters. Their fire, their loyalty, the simple fact that they weren't afraid to face their fears head on, all added up to characters that I had a fierce love for. I didn't even mind that there was a romance brewing. These two were perfect for one another, and I was all for it.

Now, if the setting and the characters weren't perfect enough, it was truly the writing that brought this story to life. Each page swirled with emotion and atmosphere. I felt myself pulled into Thisby, and straight into the scorpio races. I smelled the brine of the sea, mixed with blood spilled on the sand. I felt the enchantment of Thisby, and the sway that held Sean and Kate. This whole story wrapped me up in its pages, and I didn't want it to end. I listened to this on audio, which I highly recommend! It's the perfect way to experience this.


Suffice it to say, this book gets a solid 5 stars from me. I'm hooked, and I'm not the least bit upset about it.



FTC Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion.

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