Goodreads 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.
My Views: I had heard many good things about this book before I picked it up from my library. And am I glad I did? Absolutely!
This is a beautiful story, not just about horse races; there is so much more to it.
First off, I have never heard of water horses, yes they are a mythical creature but still…
This book is so much about little things that matter, relationships between siblings, friends. Albeit it’s a slow, long read, something which my fast-pace loving brain had to adjust to, but the wait was worth it, every bit of it.
I finished reading this book in 4 days during my travel time to work. And one day, an elderly man wanted to know what I was reading. I showed him the cover. He nodded. I resumed reading. After a few seconds, he asked what it is about. I didn’t know how much to elaborate, so I said it’s about race horses. He nodded, I resumed reading again. After a few minutes, he said, it must be about how to prepare horses to race. I was a bit surprised. ‘Yes’, I said. What an accurate guess. That’s what the major content of the book is about. Great guessing on his part. I was apprehensive if to go back to reading. I hate being interrupted while reading and this is an interesting read. But the gentleman didn’t say anything after that and I continued reading.
Ok, I just told you that because I remembered it.
I loved Puck and yes, I was surprised after reading a few pages when I got to know something. If you don’t read the book blurb like me, you too will be hopefully surprised. It’s a good one. Made me turn back the pages and reread.
The way Maggie (the author) depicts relationships is very beautiful, so fragile yet so strong. Her writing style is very simple yet powerful.
I loved the plot and the way it has been dealt with. This is the first of its kind story I have read. And I liked it. Hopefully I will be reading the ‘Shiver’ series by Maggie next.