The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater- 4.5/5 stars
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I don't even know how to begin. The story was beautifully written and all the characters were easy to love.
The main female character, Puck, was phenomenal! The way she describes her own temperament - sugar and vinegar - had me laughing out loud and loving her all the more for it. She was fierce and loving all the while still a little bit of child. It was so refreshing reading a book where a 17 year old sounded like a 17 year should!
Sean Kendrick was also easy to love. His quietness did it for me. I just wanted to be in the same room as him myself. Enjoying the silence, the beauty of it. He says one word, gives one nod, while everyone says 6 to his 1. He is so kind and so lonely. I just want to hug him!
Maggie Stiefvater has an amazing talent to write awesome families as well. Even if broken or for some reason incomplete. I was reminded of that while reading on Puck and her brothers. Her relationship with both of them is rather heart warming (even if one of them is tested during some of the book). Finn is special. It is impossible not to love Finn. And his ocd is written so beautifully and so discretely all at once. Masterpiece.
But you know what?! forget all about these amazing characters. Because the book really isn't about them, but about the water horses. These wonderful and scary creatures that come out of the sea in this one little island.
There is romance, but it is on the background. It never takes center stage. It sweet and will warm your heart. But it will at no point take over the story.
As for everything Maggie Stiefvater writers, the prose, style, magic and imagery are beautifully done. But not at a fast pace... If you have read anything of hers before you know she does not write fast paced stories, so take your time. I have little patience for books like that, so although I love EVERYTHING she writers, I rarely give it a 5/5.