Before She Ignites (Fallen Isles Trilogy #1)
by: Jodi Meadows
Publication: September 12th, 2017
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Synopsis: 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.
this book I knew three things: there were dragons, the main character was black,
and the main character had anxiety. All three of these things made me say YES!
I NEED TO READ THIS!. How often is it that you find a book with dragons AND
anxiety? (I don't know if I ever have!) Plus Jodi is a favourite author of mine
so I was very excited!
definitely a unique character. As I mentioned above, I've never read a fantasy
book where a character very openly has anxiety- she even takes medicine for it!
At times she could be so frustrating, she had such low self-esteem and put such
an emphasis on her appearance. Obviously when she was in prison she wasn't
looking too great and so sometimes that was her biggest focus. Considering she
was IN PRISON and being treated horribly I felt like she had bigger things to
worry about. Then again, she is a young girl and for her entire life as a
figurehead her parents have told her she needs to be beautiful. Years of being
told such a message must have made it hard for her to shake!
that the characters around Mira were just as well-developed as she was. Sweet,
quiet but intensely grounded Aaru; tough, athletic Gerel who has a soft spot
for the girl beside her. I just love them all. The thing that impressed me most
was that this book did not have a toxic romance! It seems like there have been
many books lately where prisoners have fallen in love with their guards who
*aren't that bad* (yuck). Luckily that did not happen here!
of this book had that perfect amount of push and pull where the reader was
given information but enough was withheld that you needed to keep reading. As the book went on though I found the plot
was a bit slow. There isn't anything wrong with slow plots but I think there is
some expectation that fantasy is fast paced so I just had to readjust my
thinking. That being said, I found that the other aspects of the novel, like
the world-building and characters were engaging enough to push me to keep
I LOVED how
Jodi created a world where a nation didn't have a singular culture/language. A
lot of times in fantasy we end up with vast lands where everyone is the same
but not so with Before She Ignites and the Fallen Isles. I enjoyed getting a
taste of the nations mythology and religions and a bit of general history (I'm
a nerd for world-building!). In a way the Fallen Isles remind me of Japan in a
sense- just because of the nation of isles and the differences between the
islands etc. This wasn't intentionally done by Jodi but it's still neat that
she created a history that is actually realistic (in a sense)
despite some slow spots I would give this book 5/5 starts. It's such a fun,
compelling but also important story. I can't wait to share its beautiful cover
with some kids who will see themselves reflected!
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About the Author:Jodi Meadows wants to be a ferret when she grows up and she has no self-control when it comes to yarn, ink, or outer space. Still, she manages to write books. She is the author of the INCARNATE Trilogy, the ORPHAN QUEEN Duology, and the FALLEN ISLES Trilogy (HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen), and a coauthor of MY LADY JANE (HarperTeen). Visit her at Website: www.jodimeadows.com Twitter - Goodreads - Website