Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Scorpio races

This is a world where seahorses are large, sinewy, hungry, dangerous creatures, called Capaill uisce, that stumble ashore a small island in the middle of the Atlantic every October and wreak havoc on the townspeople. Where the townspeople have made a tradition out of this event and every year in the month of October go out and catch themselves a Capall uisce to race in the dangerous Scorpio Races where at least one man dies every year.

Puck, stuck between a rock and a hard spot in her life, decides to race in the Scorpio Races in hopes to win and use the money to wipe away all her troubles. But Puck barely has any experience with the races and really doesn't even know exactly what happens in this dangerous race. But times are tough for her and the only answer for her is to win the race. On the other end of the spectrum, Sean Kendrick has won the races 4 times all ready and knows everything you need to know about the races and the dangerous creatures, the Capaill uisce. But he is racing for other reasons, and one of those reasons is his Capall uisce Corr.

This is a great book. Tons of emotion and adventure. You really get to know the characters. Even the horses have such depth to them that you feel for them as well. You really get to know Puck, Sean, Dove and Corr. Also, the villain of the book Mutt Malvern really strikes a nerve with you and you instantly hate him like the other characters in the book.

I think this book might be based maybe in the late 20s early 30s. It has that old fashion vibe to it, but it doesn't really give you any hints to when it takes place. But that doesn't really matter because the plot really takes you and there is so much more that is going on that you really don't even need to know what era it is.

Even after the books ends, you want to continue on with the characters, but alas, I believe this book is a one trick pony, as in there is no books after it. But if I am wrong please correct me!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Crossed by Ally Condie

4 out of 5 stars second book in the Matched Trilogy

I fell in love with the book Matched as soon as I started to read it and I couldn't wait for the new book to come out to read. After reading Crossed I am not sure exactly which one I like more. Crossed in a very different, new, environment than Matched was. It is also narrated by not only Cassia but also, Ky. There is a lot answers in Crossed, but it also brings up a bunch of new questions. And at the end of the book it leaves me asking Who?!?

In my opinion the 1st half of the book, is very exciting and an easy read. But as soon as the book reached the halfway point it kinda went into a stand still. Parts were confusing to me as to who was narrating and it just felt so much more slow. The last half has a lot of Ky focusing on parts of his past and it help with the storyline it's just not as exciting.

The book ends with a little bit of a cliff hanger instantly making you want to know what happens next. So, there is definitely going to be another book, the only sad part is, probably have to wait a year before it comes out.

If you liked the series Hunger Games, Forest of Hands and Teeth, Uglies or even Inside Out you will probably like this book. I think it is more closely related to Forest of Hands and Teeth and Uglies then Hunger Games but it does have some aspects of all those series in this book.