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    A True Masterpiece

    In a nutshell, why you HAVE to read this book: 1) DRAGONS. (Flying, fire breathing, fluffy, BEST MYTHICAL CREATURES EVER - dragons) 2) Main character suffers from Panic attacks (MENTAL HEALTH IN YA FANTASY. FINALLY) 3) MAGIC AND DRAGON TRAFFICKING AND WAR AND FINDING YOURSELF AND FRIENDSHIP. You’ll have to forgive me if most of my review is filled with capital letters because I just finished this book a few hours ago and everything – EVERYTHING, I TELL YOU (but especially the dragons) – about this book made me SO HAPPY. I missed Jodi Meadows’ writing and her way to twist the very world she introduced to you and EVERYTHING. And now I’m gushing, and sad it’s over and waiting desperately for book two. YOU NEED THIS BOOK IN YOUR LIVES. Let’s break it down: WRITING: Jodi Meadows’ writing has always taken me by a storm. It’s simple and sophisticated and totally eliminated that time you take to get used to a fantasy world, and allows you to simply slip in and out seamlessly. I loved how Mina was scared and made mistakes but she was pure of heart and her character came alive with the writing. IDEA: Let’s be honest – in a book with dragons, HOW CAN YOU GO WRONG? This book incorporates a main characters with mental health problems, in love with dragons even though she shouldn’t be and her growth as she learns about the real world locked in a prison underground. It was a gorgeous idea, and written really well and DID I SAY THERE ARFE DRAGONS? WHAT MORE DO YOU NEED? PLOT: While the idea and writing were really good, I feel like the plot could have been better? The book kept switching from past to present and not in a uniform way which slightly shook me. For a majority of this book, Mina is locked in a dark cell. Everything is done SO SO WELL – from the madness that ensures when she’s locked, the starvation and thirst and the need for human contact and communication and the lists in her head and her hallucinations. Jodi managed to capture the intensity of being a prisoner in harsh conditions very well. I can’t shake the feeling that BSI could have had a LITTLE less time in the prison and a LITTLE MORE out there in the real world, actually advancing the plot. I understand why all of it was essential to her character development but I wish a little more happened as well. CHARACTERS: The character of Mira Minkoba was BEAUTIFULLY brought out. The peace treaty between the islands was written with her as the ‘Hopebearer’ and all her life she’s been a pretty doll for the ruling council until she speaks up and gets thrown into a prison for life. She suffers from panic attacks, her self-image is in shambles and she’s never had to survive on her own until the prison, and how she grows (slowly but surely) was an amazing journey to witness. ALSO, SHE LOVES DRAGONS AND I LOVE HER. I loved her best friends as well – every good book needs good best friends and she had friends that would risk their lives for her. Mina’s prison cell mates and the evil guards were also done really well. Her relationship with Aaru was one of the highlights of this book – I loved their method of communication, how they bonded and the powers of theirs that we got hints of. I’m very excited to see how everything goes in book two. CONCLUSION: I LOVED THIS BOOK. It had dragons and mental health and friendship and love and politics and conspiracy and YOU NEED THIS. Another masterpiece from a Queen of Fantasy. 4.5 stars.
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    Loved it!

    Before She Ignites features Mira Minkoba, a girl who’s become the face of a treaty signed between the nations of the seven isles. She is a political figurehead, who gets told what to say by the government. However, when she stumbles across something she shouldn’t have seen, her peaceful luxurious life (with an awesome baby dragon as a pet whom I adore) is over. She finds herself imprisoned, and has to live through the worst conditions, and her anxiety attacks and OCD don’t make it any easier... I adored this book! The world is so intensely rich with all different cultures and customs, and I loved reading about that! Also, despite Mira being quite naive and ok let’s just say it: spoiled, I did really empathize with her even though I grew exasperated sometimes with her antics. And all the other characters, really. Mira did grow quite a lot (how can she not, it’s adapt or die), and becomes stronger by the day. I love how she called out someone who claimed to be on the same side but hurt people to get to his goal. The fragile new friendship with a boy who mainly communicates by tapping (it’s like morse code and sign language combined) is also very beautifully done, I loved its depth and intensity! The plot itself was quite intense as a bigger picture emerged. There are a few lovely themes like standing up before injustice and the power of love and friendship. I can’t wait to see how this series unfolds!
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