The Scorpio Races

Final Thoughts: The Scorpio Races

So obviously this time my posts were much less…. varied I would say. I was especially proud of my posts for Gone Girl because I felt like I wrote some good posts. This time around… I don’t know. It went kind of quickly. I just blinked and five posts were finished. But I’d say that these are all way way better than the very first one I did on The Monstromologist. That one was a monstrosity (pun not intended). (more…)

The Scorpio Races: Character Appreciation

While I know that I talked about the somewhat off characterization of Puck and Sean (and how almost every other minor character was difficult to remember), I still have to say that I really liked their personalities. So this is a post to commemorate my appreciation for the great qualities of some of my favorite characters. (more…)

The Scorpio Races: Romance Fangirling

I admit that I didn’t really ship this. I didn’t. I mentioned earlier in my review that I didn’t really believe all of their romantic interactions. Their chemistry wasn’t as fierce as a lot of couples at all (I actually thought they lacked it). I thought they were a little awkward.

But that doesn’t mean that I didn’t think they were cute. I fangirled so much over some of the sentences in the book that it’s embarrassing. (more…)

The Scorpio Races: The End – Cliche or Not?

When I was reading this book, I was hoping and praying that it wouldn’t end with Puck and Sean both winning in some twist of luck. That’s not realistic because there really isn’t any fathomable way that both would be able to win. There aren’t two first place prizes in a race.

*This will have spoilers! (more…)

The Scorpio Races: Character Foils

There are a lot of contrasting characters in this book. Off the top of my head I can already think of two. There’s Gabe and Finn as one pair and Mutt Malvern and Sean as the other. I’m pretty sure it was done on purpose because their personalities were the complete opposites of each other. (more…)

The Scorpio Races: Girl Power

Peg Gratton (Stiefvater 252)

Although the book flap makes it sound like Puck got into the Scorpio Races really easily, it actually wasn’t the case. She had so many obstacles facing her throughout the book. Not only did she struggle economically to pay for high-quality feed for her horse and for the mortgage on her house, but she also had to deal with how her brother was leaving. She doesn’t exactly deal with her problems in the smartest ways though. I mean, she decided on a whim to enter the Scorpio Races! She didn’t really think through it at all! She’s kinda reckless but she’s also stubborn. In a good way though. She didn’t let any of the sexist men on the island get to her, and for that, I am definitely proud of her. (more…)

The Scorpio Races: It’s a Standalone Novel?

When I finished this, I seriously wasn’t ready to let go. I liked it a lot even with all of it’s issues and the only thing I could think of when I finished it was that I could not wait to read the sequel.

(Come to me nooooow)

So the next afternoon when I got back from school, I went on Goodreads to mark this book as read and hopefully find the sequel. It was all dandy before I learned that there was no sequel.

Hold up

Um what?

When I had started this book, I had already knew that it was loved by a lot of people. And of course, since I kind of grouped Stiefvater into the same group as Armentrout (which is one where they simultaneously write the books for like five different series) I was under the assumption that The Scorpio Races was a series. I’d rarely even found a standalone fantasy novel in YA so it was kind of mind-boggling when I learned that there wasn’t a sequel.

At this point, I wasn’t willing to give up. Nope. I was going on a journey to figure out the truth.

And this journey ended pretty quickly once I went on her site.

No. That’s the short answer. The long answer is maybe when I’m 60 and feeling very nostalgic, I will write something called RETURN TO THISBY that won’t be as good as the original, but will please both me and lovers of Scorpio. But like I said. It’ll be in 30 years. I wouldn’t hold my breath. I’d very much like to return to the world, but wouldn’t unless I had a very definite story to tell.

Which then triggered my disappointed tears.

I respect her decision though. Nobody should be forced to write another novel if they don’t think it’s write. I know that a lot of authors have been to pushed to make their series longer just so publishers can profit more. So the fact that Stiefvater gets the right to make this decision is really good.

So after this, I began to think about it. In retrospect, The Scorpio Races had much better closure than a lot of other standalone novels. There’s a sense of finality at the end that doesn’t exactly make me cry for a sequel as much as other novels. Of course that doesn’t mean I don’t want one (that would totally defeat the purpose of this post) but if Stiefvater never writes one, I think I’d react much better than I would if, for example, the final Harry Potter book never got published.

But that made me want to wonder. A lot of times people will lament over the lack of sequel. Finishing the book doesn’t completely tie up all the loose ends. So what makes a book a good standalone? Is there any point in a series where it becomes unnecessary to continue writing more?

Obviously the short answer would be whenever the story ceases to need it. When a story is done and there is no more to it. Of course that threshold is a hold other discussion for a different day.

But what would you define as the perfect standalone novel?

[Review] The Scorpio Races – Maggie Stiefvater

The Scorpio Races

Author: Maggie Stiefvater

Series: None

Publication Date: October 18th, 2011

Publisher: Scholastic Press

Number of Pages: 409

Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, YA, Romance

Source: Public Library

Links: Goodreads | Amazon | The Book Depository


Summary

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. (more…)

Time For Another Book Project!

It’s been a little under two months since my last book project was finished. It was over Gone Girl and took up about a week to fully post. I hope it wasn’t too annoying for my readers because it’s time for another one! This one is due in it’s entirety by May 8th. So between now and that day, I’ll be pumping out posts about a specific book, one after another. I realize that this completely ends the “hiatus” I had going on (let’s be real, that hiatus is only a half hiatus) but I’m getting a grade for this and actually kind of enjoy writing these.

This time, the book I was reading a book was for the #ReadingMyLibrary event (which I’ve been so so bad with updating). If you’ve read my sign-up post, you could probably make a good guess on what I’m probably doing this project on.

And it is……….. *drumroll*

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater!

The posts are going to be in a slightly different format this time around. Since I’ve already finished the book, it’s going to be more of a series of various thoughts I have about it.

This post is kind of a introduction/warning for any followers. I apologize that all of the posts are going to be about one book and I’m really sorry that it’s going to be like spam. I just wanted to say that I will be discussing spoilers so read them at your own discretion.

Now overall I did not have very many expectations for this book. I was unimpressed by Stiefvater’s book Shiver and was on the fence about whether or not this book would be any better.


Kelly’s Thoughts About The Scorpio Races Prior to Reading

  1. “I hope I like this more than Shiver.”
  2. “I have no clue what this book is about.”
  3. “I like the cover. It’s maroon and that is my favorite color.”
  4. “I really hope I like this more than Shiver.”
  5. “Is there romance? I bet there’s romance.”
  6. “I wanted to borrow that Raven Cycle series instead but the library only had this. I guess this works too.”
  7. “Is this like the Kentucky Derby goes fantasy?”
  8. “Please, please, please be better than Shiver.”
  9. “I’ve had this book for a month now. I should probably start reading it.”
  10. “This looks like ancient cave drawings. Is this historical fiction?”

So yeah. I didn’t have very high expectations for the book, especially after I tried to read Stiefvater’s other book, Shiver. I didn’t really like the plot or mood of the book at the time. I heard that her other books were way better but having not read anything and knowing that I’m a picky reader….. well I wasn’t expecting much at all. I wasn’t even sure what I was supposed to expect from the book. I went in completely blind. I didn’t know anything besides the fact that it was something horse-related.

I’m not going to talk about what I did end up thinking of the book (in this post at least), but if you haven’t read The Scorpio Races yet, what do you think of the book, basing it solely on the cover?