MORGAN’S BOOK RECS: The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater.
“It is the first day of November and so, today, someone will die.”
At the start of November every year, beasts known only in legends in other regions of the world crawl out of the sea. Huge, carnivorous horses with the intent to kill. Every year, a race takes place where riders will have to capture and ride these horses. Whoever wins and survives wins fame and fortune, and those who fall are lost to the sea. Puck Connolly must ride in order to save her house and family, fighting tradition and being the only girl to participate in these races. With the population against her, however, winning the Scorpio Races will be a fight to the death.