Before She Ignites by Jodi Meadows – Review

Before She Ignites Review


Before She Ignites is a YA fantasy novel by Jodi Meadows and was published by Katherine Tegen Books in September of 2017 – this particular edition was included in the September 2017 Owlcrate subscription box.
Before She Ignites is book one of The Fallen Isles Trilogy, the second book of which is due to be released in 2018.

“Imperfections reveal true beauty”
― Jodi Meadows, Before She Ignites

The series revolves around the life of Mira Minkoba, a beautiful young woman labelled at birth as “The Hopebearer” and a treaty bearing her name in order to unite the seven fallen isles against their enemies on the mainland.
Mira grows up with a huge amount of pressure to be beautiful and flawless, inside and out, however, she never truly feels at ease with this responsibility – she suffers from anxiety and she has other interests, interests that girl of her upbringing should not have – an interest in dragons.

When Mira uncovers a dark secret which puts the treaty which bears her name under threat, she is thrown into “The Pit” a high-security prison in order to keep her quiet. Suddenly her world is turned upside down.

“I wanted freedom in the same way I wanted my next breath: an unspoken but constant desire.”
― Jodi Meadows, Before She Ignites

So, now we’ve got the overview out of the way, what are my actual thoughts?
For a start, I love this book and I’ll say that right off the bat I give it 5/5 stars.
The world building was outstanding, so well thought out and believable – everything from the dragons, religion and politics was on point.
The plot is immersive, Mira is likeable and flawed, her imperfections are what make her a joy to read about.

“There 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.”
― Jodi Meadows, Before She Ignites

Mira, being told that her appearance is her only asset, finds that a prison is a place where looks will get you nowhere and so she becomes so much more than the political puppet her parents set her up to be and starts to evolve as a person.
Reading the synopsis, I was concerned that the majority of this book was to take place with our protagonist in prison and that to me, sounded like an incredibly dull read – however, I was pleasantly surprised. The plot does not stutter once, and the other characters are so unique and interesting that the entire book meshes together perfectly.

I’m looking forward to the next book and would definitely recommend this one to any lovers of fantasy and YA fiction in general.

Why not pick up your own copy of this book?
Here’s the link:

Before She Ignites (Fallen Isles)
Until next time,


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