Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Release Date: October 18, 2011
So, since The Raven Boys and The Scorpio Races are both by Maggie Stiefvater, I thought I'd combine the reviews. In fact, these books are quite similar in terms of narration...
Before I start reviewing the books, I wanted to talk a bit about Maggie Stiefvater. Shiver and Lament were her first books to get published and they were flipping' fantastic. They were geared more towards teenagers because of the slightly more adult subjects. In other words, pre-teens are too young to read them. Which is awesome because I seriously don't want to read a book that sounds like it was meant for a 10 year-old! But with the more books that Stiefvater has written, they have started to lack a sense of maturity in the narration. T.S.R. and T.R.B. all sound like they were meant for younger children, which tick-tocks me off because you can't be a young adult writer and write books for, like, 11 year-olds. I just wish she would make her books more mature and more geared towards older teenagers.
The Scorpio Races.... hmm, well, this book was pretty darn boring. The gist of it is this girl (Puck) loves riding horses and she enters this race where if she wins, she gets a ton of money (which she could really use because her brother is a total screw-up). She meets another equestrian (Sean) and he's cute and she falls in love with him, you get my drift.
The problem with this book is that it is completely and totally nod-off boring. Nothing really meaningful seems to transpire between the two main characters, it's just "Let's ride them horses!" The narration. Goshie wow.... Puck (the main character) sounds like she's 11. Totally. Not. Acceptable.
The book is supposed to be somewhat violent, but I started laughing when it got to the "violent" scene. Terrible. I feel so bad saying that because I absolutely adored Shiver and Lament. I'm giving T.S.R. a 2/5 (sorry!).
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Release Date: September 18, 2012
The Raven Boys. This book was not bad, but not jump-out-of-your-seat-heart-attack good. The subject was really hard to understand throughout the entire book. I only understood the not-fuzzy parts, which was basically nothing. Apparently, there's some old Irish legend that states that some guy is buried in a tree and he controls electricity. Sorry if that's incorrect, but that's what I got. This book was a tiny bit more adult because of all the swearing and the brawls and the fact that they are teenagers.
I'm giving T.R.B. a 3/5 because it was pretty boring in some parts, but it actually was not that bad.
Would I recommend these books to anyone? Nope.