Before She Ignites (Fallen Isles, #1) by Jodi Meadows

Before She Ignites (Fallen Isles, #1)

BeforeMira 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 in...

Details Before She Ignites (Fallen Isles, #1)

TitleBefore She Ignites (Fallen Isles, #1)
Release DateSep 12th, 2017
PublisherKatherine Tegen Books
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Dragons

Reviews Before She Ignites (Fallen Isles, #1)

  • Cait • A Page with a View
    This was a well-rounded story that delivered some great character growth & action while creating a strong plot for the sequels to build on! But it's definitely an intense read with a lot of trigger warnings for abuse, anxiety, and... it was just kind of stressful in general to read, ok. Most of the story takes place in a prison. But it still felt like a lot of familiar fantasy worlds where an almost-defeated main character has to battle through h...
  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    I'm not really sure how I feel about this book. I loved some parts and others I'm not too sure about so I'm going to go with 3 stars for now. I will do a re-read before the next book comes out and maybe that will be better =) Mira is friends to dragons but the dragons are being hurt in this book. Mira also goes to prison because of reasons. She meets some cool peeps there. Then she gets out for a bit and gets back to her best friends only to be s...
  • Melody
    I want black teens to know exactly what you're getting into with Before She Ignites. I'm concerned that a black girl will see this gorgeous cover in a library or bookstore and pick it up thinking it will empower and entertain her. This is 300-something pages of a black girl being abused - physically and emotionally - by almost everyone in her life. Does that sound like a fun YA fantasy story to you? It's not to me.The plot: BSI is about Mira Mink...
  • Cesar
    3.5 stars“Thre 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.”Dragons in literature have always interested me in how they are presented. You got the massive ones that can literally set fire to an entire village and you got the small ones that can be on your shoulder.Before She Ignites combines two of my favorite things: Fantasy and drago...
  • Francina Simone
    There is a review on my channel where I discuss the book and the little bit of controversy around it:
  • Ben Alderson
    Be prepared that this book has a slow start... it took till about half way through for me to work out what was going on...BUT ONCE I DID IT WAS GOOD.I think this is a well thought out book. Loved the magic system, although i feel like it still needs explaining. But thats the point of the story I believe, I dont think we are supposed to understand it till the next book. Looking forward to more Dragons I hope! AND LESS PRISIONS
  • Korrina (OwlCrate)
    Love love love!
  • Laura
    3.5 stars Alone. Abandoned. Apart from everyone I loved. All because of one act of trust. One truth. One horrible mistake. I didn't know much about this one before picking the book up other than dragons. Let me repeat that: DRAGONS. And I am more than pleased with how it turned out. I didn't expect a story filled with politics and imprisonment stemming from a treaty made between islands the day Mira was born. This moment. Right here. I had my two...
  • Sh3lly (
    On Sale: $1.99 on August 14, 20184.5 stars! Dragons!This book impressed me. Let me first say that it isn't often you see a main character portrayed with crippling panic/anxiety disorder that manifests in OCD-like counting. As someone who suffers from anxiety, it was refreshing to read about a character who has it as well. Kudos to the author!Mira is a girl who has been raised in privilege. She is a pretty face, not very smart, doesn't think much,...
  • Kimberly Kosydor-Blotevogel
    This book was everything I wanted, but even more so, it was what I needed. I loved this world and all the characters! And of course I loved the dragons! Now I will be impatiently waiting for the sequel!
  • Fables&Wren
    WrensReads Review:This book is about dragons and not going with the flow. So basically, this book is something I will be gushing over for a while.Mira is basically the face of a treaty of peace between the isles. The treaty states that everyone is equal and no one can own a dragon and so on and so forth. But just like we have seen in our own world today, just because a piece of paper says everyone is equal, doesn’t mean that everyone sees every...
  • Beatrice in Bookland
    *I received an arc from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review*DNF @ 40%I'm giving it two stars just because the anxiety/ocd rep was good and the little dragon was so cute!so let me introduce you to Mira, our female lead:· she complains because the prison's water isn't sanitary· she worries because she has ONE pimple on her chin ("Even the slightest pressure sent ripples of pain across my face." are you fucking serious???)· she's sad becau...
  • Alexa
    All I really needed to know about BEFORE SHE IGNITES before I read it can be summed up in two statements:1) It's by Jodi Meadows, who is an author I absolutely adore.2) It has dragons in it.Suffice to say that I have been extremely excited about this novel since it was first announced, and I have eagerly anticipated being able to read it as soon as possible. And now that I've read it, I can confidently tell you that it's another really great stor...
  • Crazy4Books
    I really enjoyed the bigger plot with the dragon trafficking, the corrupt government, gods and mythology, but when I first requested an ARC of this I was expecting something totally different. I wanted a kick butt female character going on adventure with some awesome dragons at her side, but after reading a few reviews saying the main character Mira spends most of her time in prison, I was a little wary. I tend to avoid novels that are primarly ...
  • ambsreads
    DNF @ 41%I received an eARC, this in no way impacts my opinionFULL REVIEW ON MY BLOG HEREI tried. I wanted to like this but I just can't. I'm getting so many Shatter Me vibes from this that it kind of hurts. I wanted heaps of dragons because I stared Game of Thrones and am currently obsessed with Khalessi (spelling is probably wrong). There are other reasons I didn't enjoy this. In the first chapter we reference both Idris and Silent Brothers, li...
  • Annabel
    this book is awesome!!!
  • Martina Boone
    This is an utterly dazzling and beautiful book with a richly imagines world, fresh wonderful characters, and a story that didn't let me go from the first page to the last. And can I just say that I desperately want a dragon? Remarkable!
  • mith
    lmao i give up. it's so boring and i'm so tired of the before and after nonsense.
  • Sarah K
    Do you want free bookish mail? Get your As She Ascends postcard right here: StarsAll I knew going in was something about a prison and dragons but that sounded very exciting, PLUS when I first saw the cover I was blown away and so grateful to see a beautiful black woman on the cover of a fantasy book! As someone who has 3 black children and a black tween daughter who is obsessed with reading (and DRAGONS...
  • Farren
    It was exhilarating, really.Exploding.Being shred asunder.Burning like a thousand galaxies. I've been such a moody reader the last few months so it took me forever to finish this book, but I really enjoyed the story. The writing flows well and is incredibly engaging, the characters were all fantastic (including the bad ones), and the settings were described so well I could imagine myself there, even though this took place in an entirely different...
  • Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
    “I had knowledge. I had power. I had a voice.And it was my duty to use them all.” Dragons and mental health rep in a fantasy is the recipe for a good book. Mira Minkoba is told she’s special, so when she uncovers a dangerous secret that threatens the Treaty that keeps peace between the Fallen Isles, she thinks the council will listen. Betrayed and alone, Mira is imprisoned and must battle her own demons to discover the truths that will sav...
  • Christy
    LAST DAY! Pre-order info for As She Ascends is up! Check out all the cool goodies you can get! More info here.----I think Jodi Meadows has turned me into a fantasy reader.And I am totally cool with that.Before She Ignites is a diverse and accessible fantasy…with dragons. DRAGONS. Ok, but back to the rest of the story. Mira is a political figurehead in name only, so named for a treaty meant to provide structure for independence while unifying un...