Monday, July 25, 2016

Man Eating Horses and a Roguish Sean Kendrick

Goodreads Review:
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 Feelings:

I must say that I wasn't quite sure what I was getting myself into picking up a book that was about water horses.  I was a little apprehensive to say the least.  However, after reading Stiefvater's Raven Boys, I knew that I had to give this standalone a shot because I pretty much was consumed by her writing style.  

Stiefvater is not afraid to be blunt and edgy with words.  I find it very refreshing from your normal girlie fantasy read, to pick up a book written by a YA female author and for some reason I feel like I'm reading a story by a dude.  Let's be honest, men tend to be more crude and willing to talk about blood and guts in their books.  Well Stiefvater isn't hesitant to talk about blood and her water horses crave just that.  Blood.

I wasn't a huge fan of Puck Connolly.  I did like that she cared about her brothers.  Her attitude on somethings was a bit annoying, but I will admit that she was a humorous character. As I listened to this on audiobook at work, my boss can attest to that.  I found this read to be pretty comical actually and I wasn't expecting that at all.

The Character I did love, was Sean Kendrick.  The boy who has nothing and needs nothing but the love of his horse.  I wanted to throw myself into the book at him a couple of times. Sean is keep his mouth shut and do what needs to be done, kind of guy.  But when he's crossed he's learns that there is a time to stay quiet and a time to raise hell.

This funny drama left me wanting more, that's for sure.  I really hope Stiefvater considers writing a spinoff/duology to this read. 

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