Before She Ignites | Jodi Meadows | Review

“I wanted freedom in the same way I wanted my next breath: an unspoken but constant desire.”






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 hauled this book after seeing somebody on my bookstagram account absolutely love it. I then forgot about it being on my shelf for around six months, and when doing a reshuffle on my shelves the other day I rediscovered it and had a sudden urge to pick it up. So I did …

I mean there were dragons. Dragons everywhere. What is there to dislike about a book that has lots of dragons in it? Can you tell that I love dragons? Well I do. If you tell me that a book has dragons in it, you can be sure that I will be picking it up and most probably loving everything about it. I loved this book and I wish I had picked it up sooner.

I will say that the start of this book is very slow, there isn’t a lot going on and sometimes I did question as to whether it was going to be for me. What immediately struck me was the vivid explanations of Mira’s panic attacks. That was something that at times were very graphically detailed, to the point I could feel what she was doing. Whilst it can be triggering for some, I also feel like this is a really good and effective way of writing and really made me think about what was happening and how the character felt. I really feel like this helped me to build a strong connection with Mira and understand her character. I cared about her, I wanted her to be okay, I was routing for her – and for me, that kind of connection makes for a fantastic book.

The final part of this book was go go go. I feel like I got whiplash from the sudden change in style and my god it worked well. I literally did not put this book down from around 250 pages in, I ate crisps for dinner as I didn’t want to stop reading. I needed to know what happened next, cooking warm food was just not important to me at the time.

I ordered the book immediately after hitting the half way point and I am so glad that I did because now it has arrived and I can continue. Thank god for amazons next day delivery!

I think you should definitely pick this book up and give it a go. I initially went to goodreads to have a look at ratings and found myself very disappointing and doubting that I would enjoy this book but have your own opinion and give it a go. You might find that you love it just like I did.

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