I loved this book. The writing was beautiful, the characters and the setting were perfectly realized and the story was compelling. There is a romance aspect to the story - but it is more subtle than in many other YA titles and I didn't find it overbearing.
The dual narrators do excellent jobs. I loved the ending sentences of this book, partly because of the writing but also in large part due to the narration.
This is the first book by this author that I have tried, and I am now going to go back and go through her back catalogue. Highly recommended.
I enjoyed the use of a male and female narrator as well as the skill of the actor's ability to make distinctive character voices.
I am undecided between Puck or her little brother, Finn. Maybe I just like how Stiefvater developed their relationship. Itwas enchanting and so very real.
This is so much more than a book with supernatural leanings. It is well written, funny, heart wrenching and overall, a pleasure to read or listen to. It was one of those books where I found myself wishing I could keep listening, and hoping it would not end.
I love books.
I'm sure I'll listen to The Scorpio Races again. I loved it when I read it, and I loved it again when I heard it told to me via audiobook.
I love all the relationships and characters in this story. The island of Thisby is a character all its own and has very different relationships with all who live on it. Sean Kendrick and Puck Connolly are wonderful protagonists who I came to care deeply about along with the other Connolly children, George Holley, and of course, Dove and Corr.
I thought both narrators were perfectly cast. Since I read the book before I listened to it, I already had an idea of what the characters sounded like. I felt that the voices in my head were just more realistically expressed when I listed to the book.
There were several lines in this story that made me tear up as I read them and again as I listened to them. Some just because they were beautiful expressions of a concept. Stiefvater's exquisite use of language expresses the character's emotions so well, that I would find it impossible not to feel along with them.
Another enjoyable book by Maggie Stiefvater. She paints a detailed picture of life on the fantasy island of Thisby where men race unpredictable, and often deadly, capaill uisce ( waterhorses) at the annual Scorpio Races. The book has elements of fantasy without going too far, so you can still relate to the characters in the story. Overall, a fun "read", well narrated, a good love story, and a well written, strong, female lead character.
This book is beautifully written. There seems to be a lot of reviews that are comparing this to the author's previous work. This is the first book I've read from Maggie Stiefvater so I guess I had no expectations. It seems people either love it or hate it. Add me to the 'loved it' side.
The world building is exquisite. The island seems to be a main character in itself. The story is told from two points of view and both protagonists are strong and likeable in their own ways. I am usually annoyed about the cliched 'boy and girl compete and fall in love' but I found it didn't bother me as much in this story because it wasn't the main focus. While told from these viewpoints, the real story is about the horses. I found myself engrossed even though I wouldn't consider myself a "horse person" at all.
There are major complaints because there is a lot of build up and not a lot of action. The actual race doesn't take place until the end of the book. I had no problem with this. I loved the story and character building. It really is an enjoyable book.
I found the two readers, Steve West and Fiona Hardingham, added so much to the book.They really bring this story to life.
The story is interesting, mysterious and compelling. I also thought the narration approach was very clever (alternating between the male and female protagonists in the novel and in the audio). The narrators were spot-on and I enjoyed this audio book immensely.
deep. romantic. wonderfully terrible.
Loved the development of the relationship between Shawn and Puck. Their inability to recognize it in themselves made it even that more endearing.
First time, but look forward to more!
Totally cried at the end, not gonna lie.
I wasn't a huge fan of Stiefvater's Shiver trilogy. I liked that she took a different route w/ the mythology but some of the behaviors of the heroine got old after three books. There was none of that in this book. Both characters, heck, all characters have their strengths and their flaws but they're real, and true to themselves. No room for wishy-washy. I'm glad this was a single title, not sure I could have waited for a conclusion. I wouldn't mind revising these characters and the Island in the future though. Keeping my fingers crossed.
Coffee and a Book Chick
Fantasy and/or dystopian novels are just *that* much better on audio. With the right narrators, the tension is fantastic, and this story is no different. The adaptation of Irish mythology into this YA book was absolutely fantastic. Me hit the "stop" button? Nah, I don't think so. The Scorpio Races was one of those audio books I would made excuses to run errands so I could be in the car. I needed to know what happened next!
The remote (fictional) island of Thisby, off the coast of Ireland, has an annual event unlike any other. Each year in November, the elusive and dangerous water-horses, known as the capaill uisce (pronounced capell-ishka), are ridden in fierce horse races sometimes resulting in death, either for the rider or for the horse. There is a magic to these incredible beasts, who easily hypnotize a rider before bringing them back to their beloved sea and drowning them. Capaill uisce are flesh-eating horses: they will fight, attack, bite, and devour a human, but to many it can be worth the risk since the winner of The Scorpio Races collects an extraordinary amount of money.
Told from two perspectives, Puck (Kate) Connolly and Sean Kendrick are riding the races this year. It's the first for Puck, but Sean, a four-time winner of the races, has a bigger win on his hands. Nineteen-years-old with no family or friends, Sean Kendrick is the water horse expert, and can easily calm a beast down with his quiet and calm manner. His veteran winning status, combined with a mysterious and brooding personality, assures him to be the likely winner, but the win for him is even greater this year. His one love is the water horse he'll ride again, Corr. Majestic, tough, and most definitely still wild, Corr is only calmed by Sean Kendrick and their bond is easily felt throughout the story. Corr is owned by Sean's boss, Benjamin Malvern, and Benjamin's son, Mutt, maintains a deep jealousy that eventually corrupts everything around him.
Not only has Puck decided to not ride a water horse, but instead ride her own personal horse, she is also the first female to ever ride the races. She consistently presents the island residents with more reasons to attempt to bar her in any way they can, but a win for her could save her home for both her older brother Gabe, who has decided to fend for himself and move to the mainland, and younger brother, Finn. Losing their parents to a capaill uisce has made the races even more frightening but this is Puck's chance to keep her remaining family together.
Both stories for Puck and Sean are so compelling and the ending tugged at my heartstrings considerably. I ask myself, why have I not read/listened to any other Maggie Stiefvater story before? That'll have to change, and quickly.
This is an exceptionally well-told YA tale of despair, hope, adventure, and first love. Sean Kendrick was sexy and brooding, and Puck was petulant and feisty. At odds initially, Puck's horse causes chaos on the beach and it's up to Sean to calm all the beasts down, but it initially sets the stage of yet another obstacle to overcome for both Puck and Sean to become friends and ultimately much more. The setting of this tiny Irish island was brilliantly described, and in audio form, it was beautifully magical. It wasn't difficult to smell, feel, and breathe the sea air. Thinking back on the story now, I honestly cannot imagine reading the printed word since the setting and narrators were so mesmerizing. I fell in love with Sean Kendrick and found myself conflicted with whom to root for. My only complaint was I expected much more to be shared in the evolution of Puck's actual training, but it ended up being a bit quiet on that subject. Let's be honest, though. That's a minor quibble compared to the meat of this story, which was thoroughly fantastic.
An entrancing tale of adventure, family, hope, and love, Maggie Stiefvater creates magic once again in The Scorpio Races. This was my first Maggie Stiefvater story, and I'm pretty sure I'll be selecting more of her works, especially in audio.
As a fairly new listener of audio books, I couldn't have been happier with both of the narrators cast to voice Sean Kendrick and Puck Connolly. They were equally masterful in the emotions, the characters, and each event that transcended standard tension and crafted an experience that was extremely absorbing.
Additionally, Maggie Stiefvater plays the instruments throughout the audio which was wonderful, and her Afterword was a delight to listen to, particularly as she trails off with laughter in the end...
I am a book junkie...I read and enjoy a variety of stories, so please don't "define me" by one book or review! :)
This is a wonderful story that really represents Ms. Siefvater at her very best. The narrative is very vivid and picturesque, accomplishing the author's goal of making you feel like you are there. It is very artful and lyrical, reading almost like poetry. There are some more dramatic scenes that stand out as they are meant to, but the overall style of this story is very, very subtle, and is all the more powerful and compelling for it. The characters say very little out loud but their actions tell us volumes about them, and the relationship(s) developing between the characters are understated but certainly not to be under-rated as the story conveys the growing strength of those bonds. The narration is excellent, portraying both the reticence of the characters and the emotion and excitement of the more dramatic scenes. The accents and narration overall seemed pretty much perfect for the characters. I'm not even a horse-enthusiast, and if I fell in love with this story in which horses play such a large part, you know it must be great!
I absolutely loved this story! The narrators, Steve West and Fiona Hardingham, did a fantastic job drawing you into the story. I'll definitely be listen this story again soon.