Review – The Scorpio races

Title: the scorpio races

Author: Maggie Stiefvater

Format: Audiobook

Publisher: Scholastic Press

Publisher audiobook: Scholastic audio

Narrators: Steve West & Fiona Hardingham

Page count: 409 (12 hours)

Release day: 18th October 2011

Series: Standalone

Rating: 3 stars


What is it about?

Each beginning of November the scorpio races take place. Riders try to stay on their water horses as long as it takes to reach the finish line. A lot of riders die during these races.

19-year-old Sean Kendrick has already won this race more than once. This year he participates again. Sean is a silent boy who keeps his fears hidden.

Puck Connoly is a totally different girl. She never wanted to participates in the races, but this year she has no other option. She is the first girl ever to ride in the race, and she has no idea what she has signed up to.


What I thought:

I had already read the raven cycle, which I loved and All the crooked saints, which I did not like at all by Maggie Stiefvater before I listened to this book. And now I do not really know what to think about Stiefvater, since in my opinion The scorpio races was just okay. Probably when she releases another book I will just read it but go into it with low expectations.

First of all I was kind of surprised how much this book really is about horses, I should not be surprised about it since it is being sold as a book about horses..

The beginning of this book was really interesting, I really enjoyed this world, I’m not sure which genre this book is, is it fantasy? But it is based or takes place in our world, so dystopian? Or is it romance? Nevertheless it was interesting!

I also really liked Puck’s sarcasm! I just really enjoy sarcasm in books.

Another thing I really enjoyed was how Puck and Sean meet, and how their friendship develops into romance.

Since I did not give this a 5/5 rating, there were also some things enjoyed less.

There were some parts were I just could not keep my focus on the audiobook. And this made the book a bit difficult at times. This also happened at the ending, so I really had a hard time understanding how the book ended.

BUT what I understood from it was really f*cking cute!

I think I will reread this book somewhere in the future, but not too soon, and then I will read the physical copy. I think I will enjoy that more! I will then definitely be able to keep my focus longer.



I will recommend this book for horse lovers 😉 (not like me..)

People who like a well developed romance will definitely enjoy this book! Also for people who like more slow books.


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