The Scorpio Races Book Review and Boot Giveaway

***Contest Closed: Congrats to Kira for winning***

 

How would you like to kick off the holiday season with a copy of the Scorpio Races AND a pair of cowboy boots? You would like that right? Well check out the review and then read the entry rules below to see how you can enter this awesome giveaway!

The Scorpio Races is a very unique book. It tells the story of legendary races that happen on the Irish island of Thisby, in November. Men and boys ride the capaill uisce, Celtic water-horses, in a race that ultimately claims many lives. It alternates between the perspectives of 2 riders: Sean Kendrick and Kate “Puck” Connelly. Sean is a race champion, but comes from a modest background and works as a stable hand for a rich breeder. Puck comes from a sadder place: her parents were killed by the water horses and, when her and her brother’s house is to be taken away, she decides to race her horse, Dove, to earn money. Sean and Puck begin developing a relationship, but it is always tainted by the fact that only one of them can win the race.

Stiefvater’s writing in The Scorpio Races is superb. I previously read her book Shiver and while it was good, it was also slightly juvenile. The Scorpio Races feels a lot more mature and appropriate for readers who don’t quite fall into the “teen” category anymore. At first, I wasn’t a fan of the water horses or use of Irish folklore, but it proved really interesting. I give her props for completely inventing a new supernatural creature and not going along with the crowd (although her Shiver trilogy did revolve around werewolves).

What I didn’t like about this book was the slow-moving pace. It takes over 150 pages to really get into the grit of the story, which I think is just too darn long. I usually give a book 50 pages before I toss it, but since I was reviewing this one, I stuck it out. The story definitely improves, but you have to persevere. I also found the water horses to be a bit confusing at the beginning; they required more description that the author probably didn’t see fit since she was so familiar with the story.

Overall, this is definitely a good and unique read. It may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but if you enjoy supernatural novels, then you should give The Scorpio Races a shot!

Book sounds good right!? We know. And we know you also those riding boots.

1. To enter, just leave us a comment telling us where you would wear your new riding boots. Make sure to use your real email address so we can contact you if you win.

2. Contest ends Dec. 15th at 11:59 PM.

3. Please note this giveaway is only open to US residents. For official rules and more legal mumbo-jumbo, click here.

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