Friday, October 14, 2011

Review & Contest: THE SCORPIO RACES by Maggie Stiefvater


If you think of seahorses as cute little half-horse, half fish thingies with curved tails, you’re in for a great shock. Maggie Stiefvater's seahorses, or water horses, are big and powerful and hungry for blood. Today, we’re looking at a new standalone title from Stiefvater, best known for her lyrical YA Wolves of Mercy Falls and Fae series.

Want to win an ARC of The Scorpio Races? Read on!

Lydia Dare's paranormal historical romances feature the hottest theme in paranormal combined with the most popular time period in historical romance. This is the third in a trilogy of vampire Regency romances, where the glittering world of English high society is a playground for the rich, titled, and undead. Vampire Alec McQuarrie's heart was broken long before it stopped
THE OFFICIAL BLURB: It happens at the start of every November: the Scorpio Races. Riders attempt to keep hold of their water horses long enough to make it to the finish line. Some riders live. Others die.  At age nineteen, Sean Kendrick is the returning champion. He is a young man of few words, and if he has any fears, he keeps them buried deep, where no one else can see them.  Puck Connolly is different. She never meant to ride in the Scorpio Races. But fate hasn’t given her much of a chance. So she enters the competition — the first girl ever to do so. She is in no way prepared for what is going to happen.

MY THOUGHTS: I’ve always had kind of a love-like relationship with Stiefvater’s series books, where the writing is absolutely lovely and lyrical but the urgency of the read never quite set in for me so that I could forget I was reading YA and just enjoy the experience. So The Scorpio Races took me a bit by surprise—it’s beautifully written, hauntingly imagined, and builds at a steady pace until I ended up staying up half the night to finish it just because I had to know. Technically, it’s YA, but mostly it’s just a good paranormal story.
            Puck and Sean—who don’t actually meet until about halfway into the book—are both orphans, not only literally but in terms of their future. They don’t know quite how to imagine their lives will look outside their current, difficult circumstances.
            And winding in and out of their lives on a tiny island in a Celtic-like world, likely off the coast of Ireland but we're never really told, are the water horses, who come out of the sea onto the island once a year and race in an event that has become a money-making tourist attraction. Much is expected of Sean as a four-time winning race rider; nothing is expected of Puck, the first girl to ever sign up. Yet like most races, the winning of the contest pales beside the journey in getting there.
            This isn’t a fast read, but it’s compelling and different and oh-so-satisfying.

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38 comments:

  1. I would very much like to win a copy of The Scorio Races. Like you, I love Maggie's writing. I've just not had chance (or the funds) to pick this up yet!

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  2. I am a huge fan of Maggie's Shiver/Linger/Forever series. And I am absolutely dying to read this new book!

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  3. I love, love Maggie's writing. Can't wait to dig into this one! Thanks!
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  4. Fun! I have her trilogy in my tbr and have been seeing Scorpio Races pop up all over the blogsphere. I'll throw my hat in the ring for a copy!

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  5. I've been waiting for Scorpio Races to come out. Please enter me.

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  6. I really like Maggie's books.And this one sounds interesting.Thanks for the giveaway.

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  7. Would love to read this, thanks for the giveaway!

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  9. I keep hearing good stuff about Maggie book the Scorpio Races!!!! I would like to read it!!!

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  10. The cover caught my eye right away and I've never read about seashorses so I am doubly fascinated.

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  11. I have not been in love with all of Maggies stories, but I am enamored with her writing. It is poetic. Scorpio Races is a wish list book for me and I would love to win it. Thanks for the giveaway. :)

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  12. I loved Maggie's Wolves of Mercy Falls series and I'm sure this one would be great too! Thanks for the giveaway! :)

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  13. I would absolutely LOVE to win Scorpio Races!!Thanks for the giveaway!!

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  14. I love Maggie Stiefvater! Would be absolutely delighted to win The Scorpio Races!
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  15. I would love to win this, thanks for the chance

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  16. Yes yes yes yes yes I would love to win an ARC of The Scorpio Races! :D Thank you so much for the chance. <3

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  17. I've been seeing this book at all the blogs. I would love to read the book myself and see what everyone is talking about. Thanks for the chance!
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  18. This sounds great, I would love to read it! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  19. Thanks for the contest!
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  20. The Scorpio Races looks really good! I loved Shiver, but I haven't gotten around to reading the rest of the series.

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  21. I have entered a number of blog giveaways for this book but didn't get lucky.

    Perhaps I will this time.

    Thanks for the giveaway.

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  22. I'm looking forward to this one.

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  23. Sounds like a great book!

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  24. I want to read it badly!

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  25. Aww I love Maggie's Books!

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  26. Awesome! I love Maggie Stiefvater and her books so thanks for the chance!!

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  27. thank you so much for all these great giveaways!!!!
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  29. Thanks for the giveaway

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  30. thank you for the giveaway. this book is on my wishlist for some time now.

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  31. Sounds good, count me in! tWarner419@aol.com

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  32. I would really like to read this

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  33. I'm really looking forward to reading this book! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  34. This one sounds great.

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  35. I'm dying to read this book! Love Maggie!

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  36. The Scorpio Races sounds like an awesome book and different from her other series! I loved how her writing is beautiful and lyrical!

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  37. Thanks for the giveaway! I've been seeing a lot about this novel, and I'm definitely looking forward to it.

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  38. Thanks for the chance!

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