Saturday, March 31, 2012

The Scorpio Races

The Scorpio Races                     
by Maggie Stiefvater

My Rating:  5/5 Stars

It's difficult to describe this book without giving so much away about the plot, so I'll just offer my thoughts on the book without a summary. You can find a information about the book and a summary of this book at the author's website here. 

I listened to this book on audio CD. 

What I liked: 

  • The wildness and danger of the Capall Uisce water horses, 
  • The unique world of the island, which Puck and Sean are unable to turn their backs on, 
  • Compelling characters with compelling motives, 
  • Beautifully written descriptions that described, but didn't go on and on with irrelevant information, 
  • The relationship between Puck and her younger brother Finn, 
  • The voice of Steve West as Sean, such depth I almost fell into it 
  • The alternating perspectives which offered extra dimensions to the story, 
  • The romance that eventually developed between Puck and Sean was interesting, unusual, and based on mutual respect rather than superficial lust, 
  • Corr is one cool horse and I absolutely fell in love with Dove, a horse with a heart of gold and a love for Puck. 

What I didn't like: 
  • The voice of Fiona Hardingham as Puck was a bit shrill at times and pulled me out of the story, 
  • The nasty men of the island who didn't want a girl to race,  
  • That smackable Mutt Melvern.  (Note: These last two are an example of great characterization, not a flaw in the plot!)
I highly recommend this book!