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~FREE ☯ Before She Ignites ☪ 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 mainlandBut 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 stationAfterThen 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 protectNo 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 Psychology: Themes and Variations she s been told she s special Important Perfect She s known across the Fallen Isles not just for her beauty Complete Hungarian but for the Mira Treaty named after her Goldie and Her Bears (Mischievous Fairy Tales, a peace agreement which united the seven islands against their enemies on the mainlandBut 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 stationAfterThen Mira discovers an explosive secret that challenges everything she and the Treaty stand for Betrayed by the very people she spent her life serving Blood Dance (The Lost Lansdale Mira is sentenced to the Pit the deadliest prison in the Fallen Isles There Paul: The Founder of Christianity a cruel guard would do anything to discover the secret she would die to protectNo longer beholden to those who betrayed her Goldilocks Conditions 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 There is a review on my channel where I discuss the book and the little bit of controversy around it There is a review on my channel where I discuss the book and the little bit of controversy around it 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 sent back to prison with her friends It s all craz 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 sent back to prison with her friends It s all crazy Most of the time is spent in the prison but I m hoping that with the way things were headed at the end that the next book will be even better And it has dragons And I hope something good comes out of it Mel 3.5 starsThre 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 dragons Whatcould you want from a book I mean, DRAG 3.5 starsThre 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 dragons Whatcould you want from a book I mean, DRAGONS Dragons you can pet Mira is the hopebearer, someone who is very important not just only to her island, but to all the Fallen Isles She was named after a treaty, the Mira Treaty, and she is expected to be the girl who can bring hope and peace to the Fallen Isles But secretly, Mira doesn t know if she can do it With her anxiety OCD , it makes things complicated When she uncovers a secret and tries to expose it, she is sent to the Pit, an underground jail where she waits for judgment from the people who she thought she could trust.My experience with Before She Ignites was good but there were a few things that made it feel just a tad bit underwhelming.At first glance, you d expect to not only read about dragons but also learning about the politics of the Fallen Isles To which I would say, yes However, most of the story does take place in the Pit with a few changes here and there.ProsI liked Mira as a character She really wants the best for not only the Fallen Isles but for the dragons as well It s hard for her to do it with her anxiety and possibly OCD, I m not an expert but she still wants to persevere through it and accomplish her goals for peace We see her grow from a privileged girl to someone who wants to create change for the better of the people and the Isles She s very determined and idealistic What I also like was how she was not defined by her anxiety She has her moments of crippling anxiety, but she stays determined to try and do what she thinks is right It made me angry with how the guards treated Mira But she stayed strong It is a trope, but Mira stays strong through it all Especially with her anxiety She is a strong character not because she was thrown in jail She s strong because of her beliefs She s strong because no matter how many times she s put down, she gets back upI had knowledge I had Power I had a voice.And it was my duty to use them all Dragons Dragons DRAGONS Before She Ignites has dragons and even if they appeared sometimes throughout the book, I still loved them They played a role in the plot and weren t there just for show Though I do wishhad appeared, I was glad they weren t completely ignored Plus, there s this one scene with a baby dragon and I just loved it We needbaby dragons It should be mandatory that everyone gets a baby dragon to raise Who doesn t want that There is political talk here as well and while I don t think it s like other books that have a focus on politics like the Winner s trilogy, I was intrigued by how the Fallen Isles works There may beexpansion of the world in the next book and hopefully, Jodi goes into that ConsThe worldbuilding was interesting, to say the least But I do wish there wasto it other than the Pit I know that sometimes the first book in a fantasy series is the building block for further development in the next book, I at least wanteddevelopment in the first book that way I can haveinsight when I go into the next book There should ve also been a map One thing I like about fantasy novels is how expansive a world can be It has been mentioned that there is a mainland aside from the Fallen Iles and I have a feeling it will be explored in the next book The Luminary Council was also something I wanted to knowabout One thing I don t like about most fantasy novels is how there is no backstory to certain groups Verdict Despite the few cons, I did like my experience with Before She Ignites This was my first book from Jodi Meadows and I m looking forward to the next book Thanks for reading my review Cesar 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 amthan 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 best friends and my two favorite dragons, and 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 amthan 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 best friends and my two favorite dragons, and everything was perfect.But I should have known better than to get comfortable The next disaster was about to begin Mira, a girl of incredible privilege who is seen as the face of the treaty, discovers a truth and is sent to the deepest, deadliest prison in the Fallen Isles for it Unprepared for the new life before her, she must find a way to survive while waiting for the Luminary Council to realize their mistake Can Mira survive the pit and keep the very secret that sent her here with a guard wanting nothingthan to find out what that secret is And did I mention the dragons Because that s a large part of the world in this book While there could ve been a lotwith dragons in these pages, they do appear in a few scenes Even when they aren t present, the dragons are discussed a good amount Mira loves dragons They are her passion regardless of what is expected out of someone of her stature This made me admire Mira because she truly cares I enjoyed learning about the different species of dragons I just wish there had beenscenes Something tells me future books will make this happen.I wasn t sure how to feel about the protagonist at first because it takes a moment to get to know her and really see her personality It doesn t help that we get to know her at her lowest point being put in prison, pretty much the last place she s equipped to be in Growing up, her mother always pointed out what she viewed as flaws while stressing how lucky Mira is to be pretty causing Mira to think that s all she is a pretty face Her arc is one of growth throughout the novel I appreciate the development she goes through as she finds strength Mira is incredibly caring and empathetic Oh and did I mention her crippling anxiety It is written very well And she has OCD and counts compulsively The panic attacks Mira has are very realistic This was my other favorite aspect of the novel.I was a bit put off by the before and after stuff only for how often it jumps around in the timeline It is hard to keep track of the when of things with how often it would jump further into the past, go back to present day, and then go to just a month ago No, let s go back ten years this time Now we re going back seven months It just felt like a lot and had me constantly flipping between chapters to see where said chapter fit into the timeline.While I really enjoyed what world building there was, I wantThere is still so much we don t know about Things and places were mentioned but not explored even remotely And I m a bit unclear as to how exactly Mira s father was the one to write the treaty, yet the Luminary Council had all the control when it came to Mira s situation I d likedetail on her family, as well as the political system Plus, am I the only one who didn t fully understand these noorestones It s exciting to see a fantasy series with a POC protagonist who is also an excellent mental health rep And the entire storyline involving the dragons is so fun Mira s friendships are wonderful to read about There are a couple big twists And the book definitely leaves you in need of the sequel making it easier for me to forget about the issues I had Be prepared that this book has a slow start it took till about half way through for me to work out what was going onBUT 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 toDragons I hope AND LESS PRISIONS 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, is uncomplicated, does what she is told She is 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, is uncomplicated, does what she is told She is the face behind the politics of her island She gives the flowery speeches never writes them and is a figurehead She loves dragons She and her best friend train dragons and along with her male protector, born on another island, are together as much as possible Until they discover someone is taking the dragons When Mira presents the evidence to the political leaders, they send her to a place called the pit, the worst jail you could be sent to.Most of the book is spent here, where Mira meets a rag tag band of misfits she inevitably befriends Mira has a lot of growth She goes from a passive girl who does what she is told to someone who makes her own choices and fights for what she thinks is right She ends up with abilities, but she definitely has to earn it and goes through the wringer to get there.This isn t a perfect book, but it gets extra props from me for the reasons listed above I ended up liking Mira a lot and think the author did a good job with world building and the supporting characters came alive for me as well.I highly recommend this and can t wait to see what happens next ILLEGAL DRAGON TRAFFICKING Why yes please. 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 Minkoba, a political figurehead named after an influen 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 Minkoba, a political figurehead named after an influential treaty that united the island nations her people come from She is VERY important because she represents the treaty Mira doesn t want to do politics though, she just wants to hang out with dragons and her friends When Mira and her friends her bodyguard a dragon trainer assigned to her stumble upon a plot to sell dragons to their enemies on the mainland, she feels obligated to stop it The dragons were put on the islands by the gods and the island people are supposed to take care of them and whatnot Selling them is illegal thanks to the treaty Mira goes to the adults, unaware they re part of the scheme, and gets thrown in prison where she must come up with a plan to escape and save the dragons Because saving the dragons will in turn save the islands from the wrath of the gods.Now I admit this is a cool concept Unfortunately the author doesn t fully explore any of the above We stay with Mira as she moves from one traumatic experience to the next While Mira is played up as special and perfect and The Chosen One, she doesn t get treated that way.Our heroine is diminished by almost everyone she interacts with Everyone is using her or hurting her in some way There isn t a single black woman character in the entire book that s kind to Mira of their own free will Her mother is overly critical and thinks she s stupid, her sister is jealous of her, her mentors betray her view spoiler One of them literally cuts her face open with a knife hide spoiler , her cellmate ignores her for a while and then blames her when things get bad, her work detail boss smacks the shit out of her on her first day, and the only real female friend she makes in prison betrays her too It s appalling because sisterhood is taken seriously in black girl world We look after each other Why is there absolutely no one looking after Mira Why is she completely alone in this Her makeup artist is nice to her, but she s a servant Her doctor is nice, but she only exists in flashbacks and isof a vehicle to teach the audience about mental illness than an actual character in the narrative Her dragon trainer best friend from the island is nice to her too but that chick technically works for her even Mira acknowledges that she s not like a real bestie A strange boy she meets in prison is kinder to her than the women she s known all her life Even if it wasn t intentional, this is a book where all the black women are mean to the vulnerable black girl.So Why does Mira go through all of this Well, Mira wants to show everyone that she s strong and unbroken I can t recommend any book about a black girl who discovers her true strength by being mistreated Why exactly does cruelty have to be the way she discovers her strength Mira is naive and does dumb shit cause she has no street smarts But Mira is book smart, she s empathetic, she s good with numbers, she catches on fast All of these things seem secondary to having the tenacity to stand up again after being literally beaten down to the floor People, that s the strong black woman trope in action.The stereotypes from our world should not be showing up in a high fantasy book From a racial and mental health standpoint, publishing a book in 2017 with the strong black woman trope hurts black girls It takes away their humanity It makes non black people think their suffering is a virtue or how they push through pain is inspirational instead of a crying shame Black girls are MORE than just pain and suffering You can mention shea butter a hundred times, but if you don t understand the culture or our history, you should not be writing about black girls.Some final things you might find useful There are several long, detailed panic attack scenes Like 2 3 pages long I don t have severe anxiety but I feel like that should warrant a trigger warning About 75% of the book is set in an underground high security prison and no, there aren t any deep, profound statements presented about the prison industrial complex If torture upsets you, don t read this book Seriously The main villain who does the most heinous shit in the book is a black man Of course Other reviews mentioned she may have ripped some elements from The Mortal Instruments The ending is pretty to visualize but makes no sense NOT ENOUGH DRAGONS If homegirl is willing to destroy her life for dragons I needof them on the page How are dragons the main plot point and barely show up on the page Wowza..this cover Omgosh And the summary I m SO ready for this..