Before She Ignites by Jodi Meadows

Title: Before She Ignites

Author: Jodi Meadows

Publisher:  Katherine Tegen Books

Format: eBook

Publication Date: September 12, 2017 

Overall: 4.5 out of 5 stars 

Source: Edelweiss

Before

Mira Minkoba is the Hopebearer. Since the day she was born, she’s been told she’s special. Important. Perfect. She’s known across the Fallen Isles not just for her beauty, but for the Mira Treaty named after her, a peace agreement which united the seven islands against their enemies on the mainland.

But Mira has never felt as perfect as everyone says. She counts compulsively. She struggles with crippling anxiety. And she’s far too interested in dragons for a girl of her station.

After

Then Mira discovers an explosive secret that challenges everything she and the Treaty stand for. Betrayed by the very people she spent her life serving, Mira is sentenced to the Pit–the deadliest prison in the Fallen Isles. There, a cruel guard would do anything to discover the secret she would die to protect.

No longer beholden to those who betrayed her, Mira must learn to survive on her own and unearth the dark truths about the Fallen Isles–and herself–before her very world begins to collapse.

Jodi Meadows writing continues to get better and better. I’m hopelessly intrigued by the world she’s created in The Fallen Isles. The people of various islanders are constantly at odds with each other, and there is a definite strain of magic running through everything, even though it is only very lightly touched upon. Mira is such a fun character, because she’s kind of useless. The biggest detraction for me was the amount of whining that she did in the beginning of the book. It serves it’s purpose but I was over it fairly quickly. Mira doesn’t have any special gifts or powers, and I wouldn’t say that she’s a terribly strong person. She takes most of her strength from the people around her, and her dragons.

She allows her mother to rule over her constantly, and there are very few things that Mira would ever care to fight for. The interesting part is to see over the course of the story how much Mira finds her inner strength. She starts to realize that she is more than Mira Minkoba the face of The Treaty. She realizes that she does have power, even if she never saw it before. I really really enjoyed this book, and am very excited to see the next installment. I would give this book 4.5 out of 5 stars.

**Please Note: This review is my honest opinion and I did not receive monetary compensation from it.**

4.5/5 – Fabulous Read, Recommended

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“There is strength,” he said slowly, “in knowing when to speak, and when to listen.” His hands stayed on his chest, motionless. “And when to say nothing at all.”
― Jodi MeadowsBefore She Ignites