The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
I could give you some lines about how my “eyes ate up the page” or how it was “a real page-turner” but those don’t really explain how much fun The Scorpio Races was to read. From the moment I downloaded my copy, I was hooked. I read on my phone as I walked into work, on my kindle as I brushed my teeth and on the kindle cloud reader whenever I had a spare moment.
The Scorpio Races is like a strange cross between The Watery Part of the World, War Horse and a traditional YA adventure story. It has the same sense of place as The Watery Part of the World, with the main characters serving as a representation of the island. The bond between the main characters and their horses is very reminiscent of War Horse, and as a reader you feel the same attachments.
This book is perfect for reluctant male readers because it grips you from the first page. There aren’t really any “down moments,” nor is there too much fluff. It will appeal to female teens as well because of the strong female lead…she’s a lot like Katniss but less abrasive!
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