MANTIVORE DREAMS by S.J. Higbee: A Review

Mantivore Dreams by blogging friend S.J. Higbee is an exciting novel aimed at YA target readers. This far from YA reader, LOL, enjoyed it immensely.

If the cover is intriguing, wait until you begin to read!

After having read the Sunblind trilogy by this friend, my appetite was whetted for more, and this new series, The Arcadian Chronicles really delivers.

Kyrilla, a teenage heroine lives in a Cinderella world, a slave to her hateful mother and her disabled uncle. Her inner Mantivore, Vrox, often directs her thoughts and actions as she lives out her miserable live on a strange planet.

The book is full of young love and young like, as well as family secrets and mysteries that affect Kyrilla and the entire planet. Higbee’s writing style is engaging, and her word choices are original and spot-on. Reading this book was a pleasure, even though sci fi, specifically space operas and life on other planets is a tad distant from my standard reading tastes. This book, however, is extremely readable as any good novel, full of plot twists and turns and strong on character development, things I specifically enjoy.

I fully intend to read the other books in the series and know I will enjoy what I have come to expect from this author–a darned good read!

Author: Rae Longest

This year (2019) finds me with 50 years of teaching "under my belt." I have taught all levels from pre-K "(library lady" or "book lady"--volunteer) to juniors, seniors, and graduate students enrolled in my Advanced Writing class at the university where I have just completed 30 years. My first paying teaching job was junior high, and I spent 13 years with ages 12-13, the "difficult years." I had some of the "funnest" experiences with this age group. When I was no longer the "young, fun teacher," I taught in an elementary school setting before sixth graders went on to junior high, teaching language arts blocs, an assignment that was a "dream-fit" for me. After completing graduate school in my 40s, I went on to community college, then university teaching. Just as teaching is "in my blood," so is a passion for reading, writing, libraries, and everything bookish. This blog will be open to anyone who loves books, promotes literacy and wants to "come out and play."

8 thoughts on “MANTIVORE DREAMS by S.J. Higbee: A Review”

  1. Thank you so much for the lovely review, Rae. I’m delighted that you enjoyed the book so much – and very pleased you’ve taken the time and trouble to write your thoughts about it:)).

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  2. So, having read the Sunblinded Trilogy and this first book in The Arcadian Chronicles, would you suggest I read Sunblinded first or can I jump in with this one? I want to start one for Science Fiction month and have both on my kindle already.

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    1. They are totally unrelated. Start either series; they both are good. The Sunblind series is more life on a spaceship and becoming the leader of the fleet eventually, where Arcadian Chronicles is life on another planet. Both have strong female protagonists. But the two series are distant cousins…no characters that appear in both or anything like that. Each has three books–a nice number for a series.

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