The Scorpio Races - Maggie Stiefvater This is told from alternating view points. Sean Kendrick, the four-time winner of the Scorpio Races, whose father was killed years ago by one of the wild water horses. He's a loner and looked down upon by the bosses son Mutt. And Kate "Puck" Connolly, an orphan whose parents were both killed by a water horse. The family (her two brothers and herself) is in dire straits and in an effort to survive, she reluctantly enters the race. She's a horse-woman but has never ridden a water horse.

The book has an incredibly slow start and takes almost 100 pages for anything exciting to happen. The build up is both interesting at times and yet annoying as well. I wanted to smack the crap out of her oldest brother. WTH was up with him? I liked the twist on the water horse mythology. The fact that they were able to harness the horses and keep them on land for a few weeks was neat. It's too bad actually that this is a stand-alone as it's one book that could really use a sequel to tie up some loose ends.