It took me some time to actually start reading this book, and I'm not sure why. I think it's because I was reading late at night and felt the first two chapters were slow and dry. But then I tried reading it again. And my entire view changed.
I absolutely love Stiefvater's writing. She writes prose like I've never seen it written before. Her language is beautiful and mesmerizing, and the imagery she portrays on the island of Thisby is so vivid I can picture everything. I felt like I was on the island with Puck and Sean. I felt as though I could feel the ocean waves and the storms, and see the water horses as they were on the shore. Steifvater writes distinct characters, each with personalities you can see through amazing characterization.
And oh, how I love Sean Kendrick. He's the definition of Lonely Boy, with the longing to be free with nothing but the shirt on his back, his water horse Corr and the sea. And then he realizes he's lonely when he meets Puck. And he becomes Swoon Worthy Boy. And Puck, well, her real name is Kate and she's pretty much Kick Ass. She lives with two brothers, and doesn't take crap from any guy. And when Sean Kendrick comes along, she becomes "Awww how cute" girl and "SERIOUSLY JUST TELL HIM YOUR IN LOVE WITH HIM" girl. But you're cheering for her to win the race the entire time.
The story moves quickly after Puck and Sean meet the first time. It builds and it builds and it builds and you just keep flipping page after page because you want to know what happens next. But the race falls short. I was hoping for more, more on the race, but it was only a few pages. There was all this build up and only a little action in the race. But maybe that was the author's point.
No matter, it was still an invigorating read, and I highly recommend it. Also, it'd be good to know that it is a standalone novel!