Before she Ignites

The First book in the Fallen Isles Trilogy by Jodi Meadows

Description: Mira has always been a symbol of hope for the Fallen Isles, perfect and beautiful—or at least that’s how she’s forced to appear. But when she uncovers a dangerous secret, Mira is betrayed by those closest to her and sentenced to the deadliest prison in the Fallen Isles. Except Mira is over being a pawn. Fighting to survive against outer threats and inner demons of mental illness, Mira must find her inner fire and the scorching truth about her own endangered magic—before her very world collapses. And that’s all before she ignites. 

Right from page three I already had concerns.. Idris? Silent brothers? What the actual heck.. am I reading a Cassandra Clare book?.. I’m kidding I obviously wasn’t because Cassie Clare is a way better author. It starts off as a girl telling a story before the scentencing of what put her in prison.. which was annoying, instead of playing around and being like before I got here and vaguely hinting at what happened Just get to the point and tell us what you did! Which ends up being a super lame reason but whatever…She’s way too repetitive as a character, she has anxiety, which I get! She counts things because she also has some form of OCD which I get (I honestly do sometimes count too) but her counting in the story was too much, it felt like a way for the author to pad the book with extra words.. there would be like 4 sentences of her just counting in a chapter, it was a lot. But basically the entire book takes place in prison cells and brief flashbacks, and like two chapters not in the prison, so there isn’t much scenery building and even the whole world building wasn’t the best. there’s not much happening except her being starved, dehydrated and abused, her counting and always worrying about her looks and what her mom would say. I assumed there would have been way more dragons than there were (considering it’s supposed to be a dragon book) but nope.. The only highlight of the book was the grumpy silent guy in the next cell… he was funny to me for some reason.. but otherwise it was quite a boring story, and I don’t think I’ll bother getting the next two books in the series either.

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