Thursday 30 April 2020

Audio: Race the sands by Sarah Beth Durst

Narrated by: Emily Ellet
Length: 15 hrs and 45 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
Release date: 04-21-20
Language: English
Publisher: HarperAudio
YA Fantasy
For review

This one was a tough one, the first half was very boring and I felt like giving up a bunch of times.

It starts with a girl running away, meets a trainer, starts riding a monster, and will race that monster. Is super good at riding that monster. And well it never really picks up. Oh and her parents are asshats too.

Then not a lot happens. They race, but the races are like a sentence long.

The kingdom is in turmoil cos for the new emperor to be crowned, they need to find the soul of the old one.

I mean the world was interesting, the narrator was good. But the first, no the 70% of the story was lacking. It did get interesting at the end, but then again it just dragged. I am torn

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.


  1. Kudos to you to keep listening when that much was meh :)

  2. Sorry to hear it wasn't better.

  3. This one sounds like a pass for me. Interesting world, but just not enough happening.

  4. I would have wanted something more exciting to happen in the first half of the book. Good for you for sticking with this one!

  5. Mmmm. IDK about this one.

    1. It was like good, and boring at the same time

  6. I am so sorry this didn't work for you...I just finished and I loved it, probably going to be one of my favorites of the year!

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    1. I really do not know what it was, it was just so dragged out

  7. I doubt I'd have the patience to make it that far because this isn't even my preferred genre.

    Karen @ For What It's Worth

  8. Huh. I can't believe you finished it all the way to the end and didn't DNF! But sometimes you just have to find out where it is going.

    1. I jsut wanted to know what would happen! And I do think it could have been good with some edits



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