Book Review: Beyond Acacia Ridge

Mamma Bear Book Review

*A bear trundles in with a book under one, fuzzy arm*

Beyond Acacia Ridge is the story of two female hyenas, one an outcast low-ranker and the other the daughter of the clan matriarch. Both seek something their rigid clan structure cannot provide, and as they journey together to find "where the sun goes when it sets," they discover more than either expected. 

This story is part love story and part fable, and it reads very much like both. Filled with the author's expertise on the various animal species featured, it is a lovely, super sweet, touching tale about freedom, independence, love, and acceptance. 

Though the prose is a little rough in places, particularly in reference to repeated words and unnecessary repetition of the characters' names, the book is a pleasure to read, a delightful, fun, and adorable love story between two female hyenas who represent the rebellious adventurer in us all. 

I give Beyond Acacia Ridge a happy four paws up and highly recommend it. 

The two hyena characters are distinct, and though they read a bit child-like in their naivety, are very easy to root for. The detailed species information and animal facts woven into the story are a lovely bonus. 

World Building:
Touched with an intimate knowledge of the area and species involved, the clan structures and behaviors of hyenas, and the sweeping feel of the African continent, the world building is delightful. 

Beyond Acacia Ridge moves quickly and is full of action. It's a short read that packs a lot in to it's pages. 

The message here is what really stood out to me. There is so much heart in this story that it spills right over and leaves the reader with a blissful, satisfied purr. 


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