Review: ‘The Scorpio Races’ by Maggie Stiefvater

10626594It 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.

[From Goodreads]

Book details

Genre: YA

Publisher: Scholastic Press

ISBN: 9780545224901



I’ve always been a little wary of Maggie Stiefvater’s novels. Not because I don’t like her writing (because I do. I love her writing so very much), but because I am so absolutely terrified of the simple fact that she could break my heart with a single sentence.

After reading The Scorpio Races, I don’t fear Stiefvater’s death grip on my heart any more. Because I’m now convinced that she has done everything in her power to break me apart.

This book took the last of my emotional stability and threw it under the hooves of a hundred horses. It broke down all the walls I’d built so carefully to stop myself from becoming more attached to characters than I am to my own family. It threw me into the ocean and left me to drown there.

And while it took its time destroying every single aspect of my miserable little life, I sat there begging it for more.

Seriously, I couldn’t put it down. Thank goodness I was listening to the Audible version, because at times I wouldn’t have been able to see the page, let alone read the words on it, thanks to the tears streaming down my face. At this point, I’m even debating buying a physical copy as well so that I can keep it next to my bed and read it over and over again.

The Scorpio Races is very much like the water horses it contains: effortlessly beautiful, powerful, fast-paced, and oh so dangerous. (Dangerous in the sense that every chapter brings you closer to a mental breakdown.) The plot is flawless. The writing is exceptional. The characters are exquisite. The only complaint I have is that there isn’t a sequel.

5 stars

Rating: 5/5

Recommended to: Everybody, everybody, everybody.


The Last Word

Just read it, okay?

I promise it’s worth all the tears and heartbreak.

(I say this, but I’m still dehydrated from crying so much. Thanks, Stiefvater.)


  1. Claire Wells says:

    What a great review! I was hesitant to read The Scorpio Races at first, I’m not really inkt horse books…but so many people urged me to read it. And wow, it was pretty fantastic. I loved this review, legit the way you talked about this book was beautiful.

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    1. amybouwer says:

      Thanks so much, Claire! I’m also not really into horse books, but somehow Maggie Stiefvater captured my heart. She’s just amazing. I can’t wait to read more of her books.

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  2. Rachana says:

    I actually started this book a few years ago and dnf’d because I got bored or something.. I had this bad habit of quitting books if I didn’t finish them within a month of starting them (but I was also reading multiple books at once)… Anyway, I’ve been toying with the idea of just reading all of Maggie Stiefvater’s books this year but tears and heartbreak sounds very scary lol. I guess I’ll be moving it up my tbr pile 😛

    – Rachana @ Addicted to YA

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    1. amybouwer says:

      Lol I know the feeling of not wanting to read a book because of the feels (especially when someone else says they cried – sometimes you just don’t need that stress in your life!). I was very emotionally attached to this book… But if you’re wanting to read Maggie Stiefvater, ‘The Raven Boys’ is an awesome place to start! It’s alternative and fun and kinda dark and mysterious. (I actually have to read the next books in the series, so I might do a Maggie marathon with you.) I hope you get around to reading some of her stuff, because she’s such a great writer, and her stories are magnificent.

      Thanks for your comment ❤

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  3. Blissful Bookworm says:

    I have heard so much about Maggie Steifvater. I have not read any of her books yet. What should I start with?

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    1. amybouwer says:

      Definitely start with ‘The Raven Boys’! It has such a unique storyline, and the writing is marvellous. (Although ‘The Scorpio Races’ is also wonderful. Stiefvater says it’s her favourite of all her own novels…)

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  4. Maggie Stiefvater is so amazing! I love her writing in almost every one of her books, and her ideas are always great. The Scorpio Races is probably my favorite book from her, though The Raven Boys books are outstanding as a series. Glad you liked this one, and great review!

    Also, I love the way you used your blog theme! 😀

    – Eli @ The Silver Words


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