The Scorpio Races, Maggie Shiefvater. 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.
Loved it!!! Stiefvater really brought the characters to life in my mind, writing a book that's both character and plot driven. I loved Puck, the first girl to enter the races alongside these nasty, flesh loving water horses; and Sean, the young, brooding, moody favorite. I felt everything they went through - and was excited with the build-up to the Scorpio Races, and later, with the intensity of the actual race itself. I was trying not to rush through the ending because I wanted to make sure to read every detail, but at the same time, I was on the edge of my seat wondering what would happen. The romance part of the story was not over-done - something I find with most young adult novels. Instead, it was cute, simple and slow developing. Excellent book and highly recommended!
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, Michelle Hodkin.Mara Dyer doesn't think life can get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there. It can. She believes there must be more to the accident she can't remember that killed her friends and left her mysteriously unharmed. There is. She doesn't believe that after everything she's been through, she can fall in love. She's wrong.
This was a much hyped book that I liked ... but not loved. I thought Mara was a well developed character and the first half of the book was well done. But the "love interest" (Noah) left me with a few issues - I had problems with the believability of what/ who Noah turned out to be ... I don't think it got enough buildup or attention in the book - and his character could have been fleshed out more. He also seemed really obsessed with Mara - not just in love - and I get the explanation, but he just seemed a bit over the top to me. I'm also NOT a fan of "to be continued" type endings for books! Even if a book is meant to be part of a series, it should stand on it's own. It bothers me so much that I will NOT read sequels of books that do this. There are exceptions of course, butThe Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is not one ... it just didn't peak my interest enough to see what happens next.
Thanks again for sharing, Tanya. Let me know when you have more reviews to share from February!
Until next time, keep curling up with a good book....