Sunday, March 3, 2013

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater (CBR-V #11)

Cannonball Read V: Book #11/52
Published: 2011
Pages: 409
Genre: Young Adult

2 stars: Meh. Struggled to get through it/wasn't for me.

This books follows two main characters: Puck Connolly and Sean Kendrick. They are both teens from a small island somewhere near Great Britain that is home to the water horses. The water horses rise from the ocean and are blood-thirsty and dangerous. Every year, the island holds the Scorpio Races where the water horses are caught and raced for a cash prize. Puck signs up to try and save her house from being taken away and Sean has won the race for four years due to his close relationship with his slightly-more-tame water horse. 

This book was so disappointing for me. I really thought I would like it, but was pretty let down. The book was pretty long, but the water horses were never really explained that well. Why do they only come to the island? Why do they kill? Who came up with the Scorpio Races and why? There were just way too many questions that weren't explained. 

Puck and Sean were good characters though. The chapters were pretty short and sometimes it was confusing switching between the two characters so often. I also guessed the ending from a mile away, even though I was hoping they would go in another direction because it seemed pretty far fetched to me. 

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