Title: Before She Ignites
Author: Jodi Meadows
Series: Fallen Isles Trilogy #1
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Publication date: September 12th, 2017
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.
“A hope. A dream. Just hearing the word aloud sent a pang of longing through me. I wanted freedom in the same way I wanted my next breath: an unspoken but constant desire.”
FINALLY, GUYS. I’ve been meaning to read a Jodi Meadows book for ages, I even own all of her books, but I’ve never read one of her works before. However, when I first heard about this book, I knew I wanted to read it as soon as it came out, and when I got an ARC of it I was beyond happy, so thank you so much to the publisher who gave me a copy of it!
I have to say I’m very surprised with how much I enjoyed the story and those characters. And guys, THERE WERE DRAGONS. You heard me: dragons! How could I have forgotten about that tiny detail??
“There is strength,” he said slowly, “in knowing when to speak, and when to listen.” His hands sayed on his chest, motionless. “And when to say nothing at all.”
It was a very good start of a series, even though at the beginning I was a little bit lost with all those new names of cities and characters. Now, I’m terrible at remembering names, and especially when it comes to high fantasy I apreciate maps. They are not only gorgeous, but usually help me with remembering where cities or places are. So at first I was like “okay, calm down, just go slowly and try to remember everything“, but once I got into the story, I have to say I flew through it.
I loved the main character so much. There was clearly that mystery surrounding why she was sentenced to the Pit, but knowing about her past and her way of thinking was a ride to me. Her development was so well executed, and how she overcame herself and became more powerful (not only physically but mentally as well)
I really enjoyed the friendships in the book. I’ve lately found myself wanting to read more books with really good friendships, and even though in this one you had a bit of romance, I would say the friendship was pretty awesome. And I’m not only talking about the friends she made when she was in the Pit, but also with her two best friends. It wasn’t an important focus of the story at first, but it definitely was once you were reaching the end.
“I bridged the spaces between stars with my fingertips. I crossed galaxies within breaths. Aeons poured through me like thoughts, and my inferno heart beat with the tempo of the end of the world.”
And I know I mentioned this before but… DRAGONS. I love those creatures, you already knew that, but I was really surprised to see they were an important part in this story. But even though it revolves around them, there weren’t many appearances throughout the book. BUT there were some adorable dragons in it, and I cannot wait to read more about them.
This was a very slow burning story, where the actions take a bit longer to happen, so if you don’t like those types of novels, you’ll probably will get a bit bored during the first half of the book. But let me tell you, it went better and better as you kept reading, and the ending was so good. It’s one of those books where you felt something remarkable was going to happen and then BANG, you got it. That’s what happened to me with this one.
Overall it was a good first installment of a trilogy, where not only you get a glance of the world and how society works (especially the political aspect of it), and I can’t wait to see how the story continues.
I recieved an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. This doesn’t change my opinion whatsoever. All thoughts are my own.
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