Before She Ignites by Jodi Meadows has it all. Beautiful cover? Check. A heroine who struggles with OCD and crippling anxiety? Check! Dragons? Oh yeah, they’ve got dragons.
Some books are insta-pre-orders for me and this book is at the top of the list!
Check out the Goodreads description (and add it to your TBR list!):
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.
Jodi Meadows’s new Fallen Isles series blazes with endangered magic, slow-burn romance, and inner fire.
Well if the description isn’t enough to get you hooked that cover is. The cover holds so much, and I really do recommend that you read the author’s blog post for the cover reveal. Reading that made me even more excited for this book. I was thrilled to find out the story behind the model. I’ve seen book covers with Black or other PoC models on the cover and yet the character description pretty much had them coded as white. It’s a bait and switch I cannot imagine how hurtful that must be for a reader, to think they’re getting representation and to not get it at all. So even though the model clearly looked like a heroine I could get behind, I was worried. After reading the blog post, my fears were laid to rest. The post also dropped some hints about the world building which once again, got me super excited.
The bar is set high for this one, but I’m sure it will live up to my excitement. This will be my first Jodi Meadows book but I’m really looking forward to it.