Books About Competition – Top 5 Saturday!

Happy Saturday! This was another week where I really struggled to find books for the prompt, apparantly I just don’t have enough books about competition on my TBR *cough* hit me up with some recommendations *cough*. So I’ve had to use a mixture of books off my TBR and books I have read. I do love a good competition in books, especially when we get viewpoints from all the competitors and ESPECIALLY if it ends up with women kicking ass! The two books I’ve read out the below were brilliant reads and I have high expectations for the ones on my TBR too. What’s your favourite book featuring a competition? Let me know in the comments.

Top 5 Series was started by Amanda over at Devouring Reads and you can check her blog out here.


  • Share your top 5 books of the current topic– these can be books that you want to read, have read and loved, have read and hated, you can do it any way you want.
  • Tag the original post (This one!)
  • Tag 5 people — So that more people can join us!!

Lore – Alexandra Bracken

Every seven years, the Agon begins. As punishment for a past rebellion, nine Greek gods are forced to walk the earth as mortals, hunted by the descendants of ancient bloodlines, all eager to kill a god and seize their divine power and immortality. Long ago, Lore Perseous fled that brutal world in the wake of her family’s sadistic murder by a rival line, turning her back on the hunt’s promises of eternal glory. For years she’s pushed away any thought of revenge against the man–now a god–responsible for their deaths.

Yet as the next hunt dawns over New York City, two participants seek out her help: Castor, a childhood friend of Lore believed long dead, and a gravely wounded Athena, among the last of the original gods.

The goddess offers an alliance against their mutual enemy and, at last, a way for Lore to leave the Agon behind forever. But Lore’s decision to bind her fate to Athena’s and rejoin the hunt will come at a deadly cost–and still may not be enough to stop the rise of a new god with the power to bring humanity to its knees.

Blazewrath Games – Amparo Ortiz

Lana Torres has always preferred dragons to people. In a few weeks, sixteen countries will compete in the Blazewrath World Cup, a tournament where dragons and their riders fight for glory in a dangerous relay. Lana longs to represent her native Puerto Rico in their first ever World Cup appearance, and when Puerto Rico’s Runner—the only player without a dragon steed—is kicked off the team, she’s given the chance.

But when she discovers that a former Blazewrath superstar has teamed up with the Sire—a legendary dragon who’s cursed into human form—the safety of the Cup is jeopardized. The pair are burning down dragon sanctuaries around the world and refuse to stop unless the Cup gets cancelled. All Lana wanted was to represent her country. Now, to do that, she’ll have to navigate an international conspiracy that’s deadlier than her beloved sport.

Race the Sands – Sarah Beth Durst

Life, death, and rebirth – in Becar, who you are in this life will determine your next life. Yet there is hope – you can change your destiny with the choices you make. But for the darkest individuals, there is no redemption: you come back as a kehok, a monster, and are doomed to be a kehok for the rest of time.

Unless you can win the Races.

After a celebrated career as an elite kehok rider, Tamra became a professional trainer. Then a tragic accident shattered her confidence, damaged her reputation, and left her nearly broke. Now, she needs the prize money to prevent the local temple from taking her daughter away from her, and that means she must once again find a winning kehok…and a rider willing to trust her.

Raia is desperate to get away from her domineering family and cruel fiancé. As a kehok rider, she could earn enough to buy her freedom. But she needs a first-rate trainer.

Impressed by the inexperienced young woman’s determination, Tamra hires Raia and pairs her with a strange new kehok with the potential to win – if he can be tamed.

But in this sport, if you forget you’re riding on the back of a monster, you die. Tamra and Raia will work harder than they ever thought possible to win the deadly Becaran Races – and in the process, discover what makes this particular kehok so special.

To Best the Boys – Mary Weber

Every year for the past fifty-four years, the residents of Pinsbury Port have received a mysterious letter inviting all eligible-aged boys to compete for an esteemed scholarship to the all-male Stemwick University. The poorer residents look to see if their names are on the list. The wealthier look to see how likely their sons are to survive. And Rhen Tellur opens it to see if she can derive which substances the ink and parchment are created from, using her father’s microscope.

In the province of Caldon, where women train in wifely duties and men pursue collegiate education, sixteen-year-old Rhen Tellur wants nothing more than to become a scientist. As the poor of her seaside town fall prey to a deadly disease, she and her father work desperately to find a cure. But when her mum succumbs to it as well? Rhen decides to take the future into her own hands—through the annual all-male scholarship competition.

With her cousin, Seleni, by her side, the girls don disguises and enter Mr. Holm’s labyrinth, to best the boys and claim the scholarship prize. Except not everyone is ready for a girl who doesn’t know her place. And not everyone survives the deadly maze.

House of Dragons – Jessica Cluess

When the Emperor dies, the five royal houses of Etrusia attend the Call, where one of their own will be selected to compete for the throne. It is always the oldest child, the one who has been preparing for years to compete in the Trial. But this year is different. This year, these five outcasts will answer the call….

THE LIAR: Emilia must hide her dark magic or be put to death.

THE SOLDIER: Lucian is a warrior who has sworn to never lift a sword again.

THE SERVANT: Vespir is a dragon trainer whose skills alone will keep her in the game.

THE THIEF: Ajax knows that nothing is free–he must take what he wants.

THE MURDERER: Hyperia was born to rule and will stop at nothing to take her throne.

15 replies »

  1. Interesting choices and completely different to the ones I put on my list! I’ve had to look up a couple of them because I’ve not heard of them but how can I not with those covers?! (Blazewrath Games and Lore) ♥

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  2. I found SO many books with competitions in them when looking for books for this post. I’ve read several you listed here and can highly recommend House of Dragons and Race the Sands. I gave them both 5 stars! I also really enjoyed To Best the Boys. I wound up making a goodreads shelf for competition books because there were so many good ones I’d like to read and also mentioned a bunch I loved in my post. If you wanna check out the goodreads shelf it’s here – https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/28146201-amanda?ref=nav_mybooks&shelf=competition

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    • House of Dragons & To best the boys are the two I’ve read, but good to hear you enjoyed Race the Sands, I’ve been meaning to pick that one up for a while! That GR shelf is amazing, thank so much for the link, I’m going to go through and add them all how 😂


      • Omg I didnt expect to like Race the Sands at all really because I’d read Fire and Heist by the same author and felt it was mediocre. I recently read Sarah Beth Durst’s upcoming book The Bone Maker and it blew me away. I cried, I laughed.. I loved it so much. So now I want to read all of her books. Race the Sands was really way better than I expected it to be!

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      • Oh The Bone Maker sounds brilliant & I love the cover, so glad to hear It caused that many emotions 😂. I’ll definitely have to add it to my Amazon list for when it’s released.


      • I wasnt sure if I’d enjoy it because the characters are in their 40s but oh my god! I was an emotional wreck. If you’ve ever lost anyone the book will tug at your heart. Seriously it’s probably one of my favorite reads recently. I cant say enough good things about it!!


  3. I recently learned about the existance of Blazewrath Games and now I’m really excited to read it! I mean dragons and a competition?! two things I love!


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  4. I ended up not posting last night because I was too absorbed in my book but I might come back to this prompt in the future. Great list, though! I’m a little leery of Cluess’ books after what happened on Twitter and it’s a shame cos I’ve heard good things about her series. I totally forgot that I had To Best the Boys on my TBR (lol) and I can’t wait to give that a try! The first book that came to mind for this prompt was The Kinder Poison that has a sibling rivalry / competition for the throne type of quest across the desert and it was so good! Can’t wait for the sequel this year 😃

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    • Oooh what book was it? Also what happened on Twitter with Cluess? I am so useless when it comes to twitter drama 😂. I still need to read the Kinder Poison. I remember reading your review and instantly adding to to my tbr!


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