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The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
The Raven Boys

fireflykid, January 19, 2013

Basically this: THE RAVEN BOYS is a very good book. Yes, it's the first in a quartet, and no, the second book isn't out yet, but Maggie Stiefvater is an author worth trusting. (Heck, any author who can completely convince me of the existence of monster faery horses - THE SCORPIO RACES - is an author worth trusting.) And, for all this book's title suggests that it's about a group of boys, the story contains a really beautiful community of women, the kind that left me wanting to share this book with my women friends for that reason alone. I wouldn't let the somewhat improbable-seeming premise deter you (King Arthur? In Virginia??) - for me, anyway, Stiefvater made it work so well I want to tromp around in the woods myself and find some ley-lines. I look forward to Book 2.
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The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
The Scorpio Races

fireflykid, August 7, 2012

The Scorpio Races is broadly about life on an island somewhere maybe north of Ireland. The island is famous for the faery horses that come ashore every year, and which, if you're clever enough to catch one, make for some of the fastest racehorses in the world. Unfortunately these creatures resemble horses in looks more than temperament: they're bloodthirsty, and will kill you if they can. The book's title, then, refers to the dangerous race the island hosts every November, a race in which the winner is not always the jockey on the fastest horse, but the horse and rider who are alive enough, by the end, to cross the finish line.

But this story is about a lot more than killer sea horses on a remote island. It's about fighting for what you love, even when everyone says that's a pretty stupid thing to do. It's about having a home where you belong, even when that home changes irrevocably. It's about family, and friendship, and what it means to be brave. It's about the dozens of losses and sadnesses we suffer every day, and trying to do the right thing in spite of all that. The Scorpio Races has its funny moments, and moments that made me smile happily, but it's not a happy book. For me, though, that's another reason why it feels so real. Stiefvater has created an island where monsters disguised as horses wash up on the beach, and with it, she tells me a story about life.
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