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The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater April 16, 2012

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I was so excited to read this book.  It was a new release and there is already talk of a movie in the works.  Cool!

I am not a fan of really dark books and this is a really dark book.  The premise is pretty cool.  It’s based on a Celtic myth of water horses coming out of the sea (and living in the sea) that eat humans, other horses, and pretty much will attack anything that moves.

This book is about an island off Scotland (so read it with accents for full effect) where the water-horses come out of the sea beginning mid October each year.  Racers snare the horses and try to train them without dying.  Literally.  One racer in particular has quite a way with his water horse.  He’s had him for several years and they have a true bond.

I don’t want to give the book away, so I’m not even going to mention character names.  You’re on your own there.  The book starts off pretty slow for me.  I didn’t really connect with the characters until about 1/3-1/2 of the way through.  Once I did though, the book was much more interesting and it finished strong.

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