[ARC Review] Before She Ignites by Jodie Meadows ⭐️⭐️⭐️



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.


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.


I am on the fence on how to rate this one. Some aspects of this novel I would give 5 bright stars, yet other elements left me disappointed and almost made me stop reading. However, what I loved most was how unique the plotting dynamic in this book. You don't have the main character traveling far distant lands and fighting evil, she is in a prison cell, guarding the one secret that could change her world. I have yet to find this kind of element in YA and it's frankly the first time I have ever read a book where the main character isn't fighting or exploring the world.

What I loved most was how this novel focused on things not really evident in other novels, the mental health of characters. What puzzles me is that in other books is that there badass characters are so strong and cunning yet how are the characters within themselves? We never really see what really goes on in the mind of a main character in terms of their fears. Yes the characters have fears but it's just, a fear. That's it. It doesn't consume or inhibit your ability to perform like it has with Mira. This book really focuses on what goes through a characters head when faced with fear and challenges. 

What made me almost give up reading was the world set up. I could never really understand it. I tried to reread important passages and the world building but I wasn't sure what kind of world this was supposed to be. I know the dragons were important, then were not but then something has happened to them. Maybe this will be cleared up in the next book. 

I do plan on continuing this series. I loved the writing and that cover is oh so beautiful. We need more covers with POC.

Overall I would give Before She Ignites 3 stars. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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