The Scorpio Races- Maggie Stiefvater
I waited a long time to pick up this book, but I am SO SO SO glad I did. I have always loved Maggie’s writing and her stunning prose continues in The Scorpio Races. She has a talent for stringing words together in a musical way. I actually listened to this book as an audiobook which is harder for me to like generally. However, the writing was so lovely and the narrators’ voices so perfect for the characters, I refused to get out of my car because I needed to keep listening. Seriously, I sat there for an hour just to hear more. Steve West should make a recording of him reading the dictionary because I’d buy that just to listen to the soothing timbre of his voice. I don’t think I’ve been that relaxed in ages. Fiona Hardingham is amazing too.
But I digress, the story of The Scorpio Races is unique. The capaill uisce are dangerous sea horses who who run on blood lust and the siren call of the sea, and they are as lethal as they are beautiful. Sean and “Puck” are beyond endearing protagonists. They are both loyal, protective, fierce, passionate and stubborn. It’s a perfect match. I am head over heels for this story, for the Thisby island, for Kate Connolly and Sean Kendrick, and for the deadly Scorpio race that rules them all. I only wish I had entered their world sooner.
This book is out now from Scholastic. The audiobook is from Scholastic Audio. You can get your copy here.
Linger- Maggie Stiefvater
I wondered where Sam and Grace’s story could go after Shiver which was such a brilliant read, but Stiefvater did an excellent job of continuing their story in a clever way. I appreciated the alterating narrative voices between Sam, Grace and Cole. Nothing could have prepared me for how sad and heart-breaking the ending is, but because there is a book 3, I will cling to hope. BTW: the parents are morons.
Lament- This fae based love story is enchanging. The dialogue is musical, and I found myself reading all of Luke’s lyrical lines over again becaues they/he was so charming. My personal favorite: “You wanted saving didn’t you?” The plot is cute; the ending unexpected. There was a perfect pace to the unfolding of the story, a rare accomplishment in my opinion. Soundtrack Songs: Desiree “Kissing You”; Nicola Conte, “Heaven (remix)”. Overall: A+
Shiver-Where do I begin with this book. I didn’t think I would be into the plot, but it made me a quick convert. The protagonists, Sam and Grace, were just the right degree of weird that it was believable but lovable nontheless. It’s hard not to root for them and to let them take you on the emotional rollercoaster of ups and downs as the plot progresses. The writing was superb; frankly, some of the best prose I’ve read in a long while. The ending was confusing and unexplained, but I guess thats why they need a sequel! Soundtrack Songs: Bryan Fenkart “I Miss You” and Colbie Caillat “Battle” for a particular occurrence in the plot, not where the novel ends up. Overall: A+
Check out Ballad, the sequel to Lament out now! Look for the Shiver sequel, Linger, this spring!