Puck Connolly’s life isn’t easy. Her parents were both killed by water horses, ferocious and beautiful creatures that can only be found around the island where Puck lives, but at least she still has her two brothers. Right?
Sean Kendrick has also had his share of hardships. Orphaned as well, he works with the water horses. As Scorpio Race champion, he is ready to win again and maybe if he does he’ll finally be able to buy the only thing he’s ever wanted.
This book has a very, very slow start. Based on the back of the book and the title, you’d assume that the book would be all about, well, the race, but it isn’t. Not really. The race takes up only a handful of pages of the over four hundred page book. The rest is build up and character development, which is fine, but it would have been nice to know going into the book.
That complaint aside, this book is the definition of beautiful.
The description is real and fits with the setting. The voices of the characters are strong and original. And the ending…oh goodness the ending. It made me FEEL. It left me wanting so much more, but also left me feeling a great sense of conclusion. It was bittersweet in the same way Mockingjay almost was. Except better.
Then, there’s Sean Kendrick. Sean totally stole my heart and there is one scene, I won’t tell you which, that had my heart pounding like the time the boys’ swim team decided to jog around the volley-ball court I was playing on. In speedos. Which brings me to my new section I’m thinking about including in my reviews:
Dear Sean Kendrick,
Your quiet presence is hypnotising. You kind of remind me of Mr. Darcy except we actually get to hear how you feel. I like that.
I want to go horseback riding with you. Bare back, if you know what I mean.
Coffee & Wizards
Besides Sean, Puck is kind of amazing. As the first girl to enter into the Scorpio Races she has to deal with mega sexism, but she totally stands her ground. Her strength of character brought tears to my eyes. Puck is the kind of girl you want as your best friend. Even if I don’t really agree with her original reasons for entering the Scorpio Races, I totally respect her as a character.
recommended for fans of Irish mythology and great stories, description, and characters
not recommended for those who need lots of action RIGHT AWAY or can’t handle death/gore of humans and/or animals