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Before She Ignites

(Fallen Isles #1)

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  5,780 ratings  ·  1,004 reviews

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 compu
Kindle Edition, 481 pages
Published September 12th 2017 by Katherine Tegen Books
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Sail ♛ A Wicked Reader Many readers received ARCs (advanced reader copy) and were able to read and review the book before it comes out (:
Ruby She definitely suffers from anxiety, but I wouldn't say she has OCD. While she does count things compulsively in this case, I don't think that would b…moreShe definitely suffers from anxiety, but I wouldn't say she has OCD. While she does count things compulsively in this case, I don't think that would be enough to diagnose OCD, as her counting functions more as a coping skill in that it helps to distract her from her anxiety (and thus, read to me as secondary to her anxiety.) While there are compulsions in OCD, and while they do help relieve anxiety, the key is that these compulsions are not realistically connected to the anxiety they're trying to prevent. Mira's compulsions are realistically related to her anxiety, because they serve as a distraction. Say if instead of compulsively counting to distract herself she did it because she believed that by counting compulsively, that would somehow prevent bad things from happening, then that would probably be OCD, because the compulsion isn't realistically related to the reduction in anxiety.

Not sure if that makes sense, or if you wanted that specific of an answer (probably not) but I'm a mental health nerd, so when I read this book and saw your question I had to get out my DSM (diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders) and flip though it because I was interested. (less)

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Jodi Meadows
Jan 12, 2016 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-wrote
Lots and lots of dragons. I'm not even kidding when I say I'm working on a dragon guide for other nerds who want to know all the things about the dragons in these books.


This is a book that I am writing.

It now has a title. But I'm not going to tell you what it is . . . yet. Soon, though. Soon!


9/28: I saw a piece of the cover -- an important piece -- and I can't express how beautiful the cover is going to be. I can't wait to see the whole thing!




10/3: And it
Sep 27, 2017 rated it did not like it
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
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 sent back to prison with her friends. It's all craz
Oct 01, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 dragons. What more could you want from a book? I mean, DRAG
Francina Simone
Jun 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
There is a review on my channel where I discuss the book and the little bit of controversy around it: ...more
Ben Alderson
Nov 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
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...

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
Sep 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
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 best friends and my two favorite dragons, and
Brittney ~ Reverie and Ink
Wowza..this cover. Omgosh. And the summary? I'm SO ready for this.. ...more
Wren (fablesandwren)
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 everyone as equal. It actually gets pretty political which I couldn’t stop
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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!
Beatrice in Bookland
Aug 15, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf
*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 because the other criminals don't like her
· she thinks abo
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 story from Jodi Meadows. The world was so interesting,
Jul 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: d-n-f, dnf-2017
DNF @ 41%

I received an eARC, this in no way impacts my opinion


I 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, like, hello Shadowhunters? I understand those words
Chelsies Reading Escape
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 character driven because fast pace plots are what I ...more
Sep 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
this book is awesome!!!
Martina Boone
Mar 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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! ...more
lmao i give up. it's so boring and i'm so tired of the before and after nonsense. ...more
Sarah K
Jun 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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4.5 Stars

All 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!!!), I was thrilled. I am always on the look out
It was exhilarating, really.
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 world than our own.
I loved Mira and reacted m
alice (arctic books)
I don't know, I'm not feeling it. I'm at around 45% into the book, and nothing really has happened?? Mira has been interrogated about dragons, and she's been locked up in a cell and been extremely mistreated, and there's a lot of characters, and my expectations have dwindled massively. I might continue this later or end up calling a DNF. I'm very disappointed right now - I was hoping for a lot more action. ...more
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 save her world.

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Jul 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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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 nam
Laura Thalassa
Mar 30, 2017 marked it as to-read
This cover is everything.
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Nov 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
If you adore dragons and magic please take an interest in this novel.

So, my expectations were definitely low when I began reading, I knew this book wasn’t that popular.
But, I couldn’t put this novel down, even though the first half takes place in a prison!!! It was fascinating all due to the amazing characters that the author introduced! I’m always drawn to novels that introduce their own myth/universe, I love the depth it gives to the timeline of the world created.

BTW: Aaru, Chenda and Gerel m
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So different then I thought it was going to be and so much better!!!

I absolutely LOVE this book!

I can't wait to see what happens next.
Nemo (The Moonlight Library)
This review was originally posted on The Moonlight Library

A spoiled, privileged, none-too-smart girl with a mental illness is thrown into the most awful of jails and must content with a cruel prison guard who is determined to uncover the secrets that put her there.

Mira is the Hopebearer, nothing more than a pretty face and a voice for the Luminary Council to placate their citizens due to a treaty named after her. Mira holds no real power, and she discovers this when she uncovers something she sh
Feb 19, 2018 rated it it was ok
Once I'd been a girl, but now I was more. The sparks ignited
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2 / 5

I had a lot of hopes for Before She Ignites, mostly stemming from the gorgeous and inspiring cover and the mention of dragons on the back. Unfortunately, 75% of this book took place in a dark, dank prison and there was scarcely any draconic presence.

"Ready for dragons?" My soul lightened. "I am always ready for dragons."

I heard quite a lot about Before She Ignites that really intrigued me. Dragons. A POC character with anxiety
Aug 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
BEFORE SHE IGNITES is a beautiful and poignant new fantasy series that puts a spotlight on mental health unlike any fantasy novel I've ever read before. This is such an important book. I truly believe this book is going to be a game changer in its genre. And on top of all that, it has dragons!

I feel like there has been a lot of progress with contemporary fiction having a focus on mental health and some really great representations of different mental illnesses, but BEFORE SHE IGNITES is the firs
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