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The Scorpio Races av Maggie Stiefvater
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The Scorpio Races (utgåvan 2011)

av Maggie Stiefvater

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Nineteen-year-old returning champion Sean Kendrick competes against Puck Connolly, the first girl ever to ride in the annual Scorpio Races, both trying to keep hold of their dangerous water horses long enough to make it to the finish line.
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Titel:The Scorpio Races
Författare:Maggie Stiefvater
Info:Scholastic Press (2011), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 416 pages
Samlingar:YA Fiction
Betyg:*****
Taggar:legend, myth, horses, racing, romance, adventure

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Dödsritten av Maggie Stiefvater

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Outstanding and beautiful. I have so many thoughts about this novel but for right now I can only tell you to read it. ( )
  jobinsonlis | May 11, 2021 |
I distinctly remember being unimpressed by Stiefvater's popular werewolf novels, the first of whichI reviewed during my initial "twenty-five books for a young adult literature class" splurge. So I was pretty skeptical coming to this new novel of hers, despite the high praise and acclaim that I had heard. The premise is interesting enough -- wild, dangerous water horses come out of the sea a la Kelpies, and races are held in a deadly competition to see who can stay mounted and alive to the finish. I sped through the book in a two hour flurry of reading, and at the end, I have to admit that this is a captivating adventure novel. The pace does drag in the middle, and the romance is a bit contrived, but the book reads well and there is plenty of action. I imagine that this will have a larger female audience than male, given the emphasis on Puck's being the first woman to ride in the races; and the popularity of horse books, and of Stiefvater's previous works amongst girls. Stiefvater's writing has improved greatly, and I would not hesitate to recommend this one, though it might not personally be a first choice. ( )
  resoundingjoy | Jan 1, 2021 |
I LOVE BOOKS ABOUT HORSES!!!!


also, this was great. ( )
  kickthebeat | Nov 1, 2020 |
At it's core this is a horse book, just as the Mercy Falls story is truly a love story and the Books of Faerie are coming of age stories. The great thing about Maggie is that she can take a great archetypal story, throw in a supernatural element and make it even better. Now, I'm admittedly a horse girl myself, and water horses have been a favorite of mine for years, but the way this topic is handled is impressive.

Puck Connoly is an orphan living on the island of Thisby. Thisby is unique, because when the capall uisce climb out of the sea it's Thisby's rocky cliffs they climb. These are no ordinary horses, rather, these are killer horses that want to drag you back into the sea and eat you. If caught and charmed these horses can be forced to carry a rider, but they don't like it and the sea calls to them constantly. The November sea sings the loudest to the horses, and for that reason blood thirsty humans stage a race in November, in which the goal is to gallop the horses along the sea without letting them escape or getting killed. The folklore surrounding the horses and the race is amazing. There's ritual and magic woven into it all. Thisby might be a land settled by Christianity but it still remembers its pagan roots.

The build up throughout the story centers around Pucks attempt to win the race. Puck shares her home with her two brothers, but brother Gabe has threatened to leave for the main land leaving the tiny family torn. Puck originally enters to be sure her brother will stay around for another 2 weeks until the race is over, but then she enters to win. The prize money will go a long way toward reversing the Conolly family fortunes. Better still though is Sean Kendrick. Sean is an island legend. He's won the race four out of six years on the powerful horse Corr and he has an almost magical ability to control and tame the capall uisca. He has own reasons for needing to win the race, just as deep and important. Puck and he connect over their shared love of Thisby, Puck for the land, Sean for the horses. Sean is described as having one foot in the sea and one on the land, just like Thisby and her beloved (and hated) capall uisce. A perfect fit for Puck. So this story is a bit of a love story too, although it's so much more than that.

The characters are deep. The plot is that winding path that Maggie manages so well. The climax is coming, but there's a lot of build up so some people will find it slow, but I enjoy the character building and I fell in love with both Thisby and capall uisca. The mortal mare Dove and the capall uisce Corr are just as much characters here and as a horse person I'm overall pleased with the horse talk. I only have one place of dicontent with the "horse" part, but it fits the story, so I can't fight it. The ending is reminiscent of that most archetypal of horse stories, Black Beauty, and I actually cried. Yes, that attached to this story! ( )
  lclclauren | Sep 12, 2020 |
I love the idea of ocean horses, as well as the island the characters lived on. Still, this book was slow, and I didn't really get into it until the last half. The ending wasn't good enough either. I saw it coming, but having read Stiefvater's books before, I expected there to be some kind of twist or suprise. So that was a let-down, along with the mysterious Sean Kendrick who seemed rather dull except for his love for the horses. Puck (and Finn) was the only characters I really liked, but only after procrastinating reading this book for two days. On the bright side, I got so much stuff done, but I feel like this book still misses something. It doesn't seem completely done to me, but at the same time that feels wrong to say, because this isn't really a real review, only me ranting away.

It could be that this story is so natural for me that bits of it seems so expected, so normal because they live inside of me. I think the island was here even before I read this book, somewhere in the back of my mind. Both me and Puck has that place we love, where we would be comfy looking out at the landscape and living a quiet, but fulfilled life. That is what I will bring with me from this book, and I think that's enough. ( )
  aquapages | Jul 8, 2020 |
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To Marian, who sees horses in her dreams
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It is the first day of November and so, today, someone will die. (Prologue: Nine Years Earlier: Sean)
People say my brothers would be lost without me, but really, I'd be lost without them. (Chapter One: Puck)
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You only have to be the fastest of those who are left.
It's easy to convince men to love you, Puck. All you have to do is be a mountain they have to climb or a poem they don't understand. Something that makes them feel strong or clever. It's why they love the ocean.
My mother always said that I was born out of a bottle of vinegar instead of born from a womb and that she and my father bathed me in sugar for three days to wash it off. I try to behave, but I always go back to the vinegar.
The evening sun loves her throat and her cheekbones. (p. 359)
I feel the island underneath me and Sean's mouth on my lips, and I wonder if luck will be on our side today. (p. 373)
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