What I'm Reading: Get Even by Gretchen McNeil

Friday, April 13, 2012

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

I read the first two books of Miz Stiefvater's Wolves of Mercy Falls series. I wasn't a big fan. I figured maybe I just didn't click with those books, so when The Scorpio Races came out, I thought I'd give it another shot.
Here's the summary from Goodreads: 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.

What I Liked: 1) I liked the story of the water horses. That was something that was completely new to me. I hadn't ever read anything about this legend, and so I thought that aspect was unique.

What I Didn't Like: 1) I rarely come across a book where I just have to force myself to keep reading. Unfortunately, this was the case with this book. I just didn't find it that engaging. It was a chore to get to the end. (I've yet to come across something that was a did not finish - I'm too type A to leave something unfinished). It was just boring. I hate that I have to say that, but it was. 2) Alternating POV. I flip-flop on this literary tool. Sometimes I like it, but most of the time, I don't. When characters don't have a clear, definitive voice, then I really don't like it. I get confused and often can't tell which character is speaking. Nothing interrupts the flow of a book than having to flip back a few pages to see what character's POV you're reading in. 3) Confusion. Now, I can blame this on my own disinterest than the writing. But I was confused about the antagonist. There were several, but which one was going to be the true antagonist, the one who stays through the whole series. 4) Probably my biggest pet peeve was the lack of character development. Miz Stiefvater is a best-selling author for a reason. People like her books. I fully expect to be in the minority in my opinion of this book. But I thought that the characters were lacking depth. The supporting characters were for sure, but that's something I can forgive. In a book like this, where there are intricate story lines that weave throughout the book, the characters need to have some depth. Otherwise, how can you tell which issues are important?

 Overall Thoughts: I hate writing a review like this. I went over it and over it in my head trying to figure out why this book didn't click with me. But when it comes down to it, The Scorpio Races just wasn't for me. I missed complex characters and an interesting plotline. It just didn't work for me. I'm sure a lot of people out there will appreciate and love the story, and I sincerely hope they do. But I was just bored.

My Rating: One shot


  1. I appreciate your honest review, and I've had to struggle through books that everyone else has liked too. As for The Scorpio Races, I'm halfway through and I are finding it to be a little slow: they're only getting into the races now.

  2. I have this book sitting on my shelf, along with the Shiver Trilogy. Everyone raved about Shiver and so I read it, only to be completely bored with it. I haven't even picked up the other two books. I'm afraid that this will happen to me as well if I pick up The Scorpio Races.

    Jenny at Books to the Sky

  3. aw, too bad you didn't like this one. I loved it, but like you said, some books just aren't for you.

    Book Light Graveyard

  4. I had no desire to read her Wolves of Mercy Falls series because wolves just...aren't my thing. However, after seeing her at TeenBookCon in Houston, I'm going to give them a shot. She was just so funny!

    I have The Scorpio Races on my TBR pile due to a Printz challenge. It will be a while before I get to that one, but that doesn't sound a like a bad thing with your review!

  5. I'm glad that I'm not the only one who wasn't wowed by Shiver, etc. After reading so many rave reviews, I was surprised that I just couldn't get into them. Not every book is the perfect fit for every person, and I've loved books that others didn't like. One of the greatest things about reading, I suppose ;-) Great review!

  6. i know what you mean, i kinda had to force myself to keep on going when i would have rather done other things. Good review though!

  7. Just stopping by to follow....love your blog!

  8. I've had this sitting on my shelf forever and can't bring myself to read it. After seeing your review I doubt I will lol

  9. This book has it all! Action, angst, & romance. As a horse person, I was fascinated and horrified by the carnivorous horses from the sea. Kept my attention from beginning to end. One of the best first chapters I have ever read!
    Highly recommended site for Day Trip Alaska Bear Viewing

  10. While recognizable in its poetic prose and haunting tone, "The Scorpio Races" is unlike any other book Stiefvater -- or other paranormal-romance writers -- have ever created. Slow but sublime.


*I'm sorry I've had to turn Captcha back on, but I get soooo many spam comments that it's just become a necessary evil.* I love comments, and read and cherish every one of them! I try to respond to everything! Thanks for taking the time to visit me here at Fuzzy.Coffee.Books!