Published by Scholastic on October 18th 2011
Genres: Young Adult, Mythology, Romance
Reading Challenges: #RockMyTBR Challenge Source: Purchased
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 choice. So she enters the competition — the first girl ever to do so. She is in no way prepared for what is going to happen.
OH. MY. GOD.
This book is all kinds of fabulous, and I don’t care what anyone else says, I love love this book. Fabulous. Unique. Heartwrenching. Magical. All the stars should be awarded to this book. Now I understand why it received the Printz Honor award. TOTALLY DESERVING OF THAT AWARD.
The whole book was about mythical water horses, which was my kind of thing. I love mythology and anything pertaining to it, so you can imagine my excitement knowing that Maggie Stiefvater wrote a story about them. I grew up learning that out of all the mythical creatures, water horses were the most dangerous, because they were vicious and beautiful. So, imagine humans having a race riding atop them every year. YUP. DEATHS.
For the past four years, Sean Kendrick has always won each race, and with each victory, it made him into an anomaly on the island. Everyone did not love him, but they did not hate him either. And for a young adult, Sean Kendrick seemed like he aged 20 years ahead of his time. I was definitely taken in by him since the first page. Love at first page, I guess you could call it. His thoughts were much more matured and quiet, but each and every sentence that comes out of his mouth has a great impact on those around him. That’s what unique about this book. It has that air of silent power, thanks to Sean Kendrick. SEAN KENDRICK IS BAE. AND HE IS MINE.
And then there was Puck Connolly. She was one of the best female main character that I’ve ever had the pleasure of getting to know. She has the type of anger that was always disguised under politeness, which makes it a hundred times better. Puck entering the Scorpio Race was one of the many things that shocked the island, because she’s literally the first girl ever to take part in that race. Obviously, this threw Sean Kendrick off his course, and seeing Sean in love is one of the little pleasures in life. SIGH.
I SHIPPPPP this whole freaking Sean and Puck ship, and even though the romance barely scratched the surface, it’s still one of the cutest romance EVER. Dang. Now I feel like rereading this book all over again. That’s how AMAZING this book is.