Book: The Scorpio Races
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Rating: three stars (out of four)
Release date: Oct. 18, 2011
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Source: ALA 2011
You know those moments right after you wake from a vivid dream and reality is slowly shifting back into focus, like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle slowly arranging themselves into a picture? That’s what it felt like coming out of this story and back into reality.
It was eerily haunting and fae-esque. There’s really not other way to describe it except: it felt like magic. The writing, the prose, the descriptions, and setting. Everything permeated this sort of hidden fantastical magical feel that left you missing something you couldn’t quite put your finger on. Like I said, haunting. It was this crazy feeling I couldn't shake, even days after reading. The novel was also interesting because while it didn’t feel like very much was happening, there was so much description and pages in-between the action that I never noticed the lull.
When I started reading, I felt this subtle shift of change, it was unlike anything I’d ever read before. It’s still haunting my mind. I couldn’t quite figure out whether I liked it or not the whole time I was reading. (Side note: I hadn’t been a big fan of the Shiver/Linger/Forever books by Stiefvater, so I was really surprised with how much I ended up liking this novel.) It had such a way of capturing my attention and making me believe there was no other world but the one inside these pages and I was surprised by how much I missed it after I was finished.
The last couple of pages were what did it for me. As soon as I realized how it was going to end, I was in love. I think I even teared up a little, right there, because it was beautiful. The Scorpio Races is an evocative, haunting story featuring wild creatures, lilting prose, and magical elements that will not disappoint.