I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Published by HarperTeen on September 12th 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
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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 compulsively. She struggles with crippling anxiety. And she’s far too interested in dragons for a girl of her station.
Then 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 protect.
No 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.
I’m a reader who tends to like most of what I pick up. I’m not terribly picky and even books I don’t completely connect usually have some good moments within their pages as well. I also have this terrible need to know how a plot ends that makes me push through a story despite my feelings for it to find out, a habit I desperately need to break. So needless to say, it’s a rare occasion when I DNF a book.
I decided to set aside Before She Ignites at 20%. Why? Well, it seemed like a start to some sort of world building at the very beginning but before anything was fleshed out the main character was thrown in jail for reasons that were unclear from the point I stopped. And that’s all that really happened during the pages I got through. Jail. I was pretty bored and confused and with having no real knowledge on the world we were thrown into and where it was heading, I didn’t find a desire to continue. Perhaps if I gave it a bit longer? I’m not sure but I didn’t want to force myself through it to find out as I was already struggling with a desire to get as far as I did. I’m super bummed because I was very excited about the diversity and also DRAGONS. Patience may be required for this one and I just didn’t have it. 🙁