Before She Ignites by Jodi Meadows

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Katherine Tegen Books

September 12, 2017

One thing that Jodi Meadows is known for (to me) is her ability to create rich fantasy worlds while building characters who are rooted in the same struggled humans face in our world. It is this marriage that makes Before She Ignites so special.

Mira Minkoba is not a girl like any other. She is the Hopebearer and that is supposed to mean something. Until it doesn’t. When she speaks up for a truth she believes in she is stripped of her right and thrown into the pit a place for the worst criminals in all of the Isles.

Meadows has set up the story in a series of now, then, before. In the Now sequences we see everything linearly from when she is cast into the pit. In Before and Then we get to see scenes from her childhood and the sequence of events that led to her fall from the Hopebearer to prisoner. All of these scenes merge together so well to form a cohesive story. We need the Then scenes in the exact moments they appear and the Before scenes give us just enough information to stay a step ahead of other characters in the Now.

One of my favorite things about Mira is that she craves friendships, but she also struggles with anxiety. I loved this about her because I am the exact same way, comfortable around my friends and loving their interactions, but also dealing with some intense anxiety. One does not cancel out the other.

This is a wonderful story about a girl falling from the privileged position she was once in, rising up from the bottom and standing up for what she believes is. This is also the first in a series and I am so excited for what’s coming next! Jodi Meadows never fails me and I am looking forward to many books to come from her!

The Lies About Truth by Courtney Stevens

 

I am taking part in a new meme hosted by What's Beyond Forks? where we take a book that’s been on our TBR list and we review it! This came at a perfect time for me because I started reading The Lies About Truth a few days prior. This is a book I got last year at Courtney’s launch party and have been meaning to read, but as was talked about in the previous post I only just started reading again after almost a year. Here are my thoughts on this fantastic book.



Title: The Lies About Truth
Author: Courtney C. Stevens
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: November 3, 2015
Source: Purchased

From Goodreads

Sadie Kingston, is a girl living in the aftermath. A year after surviving a car accident that killed her friend Trent and left her body and face scarred, she can’t move forward. The only person who seems to understand her is Trent’s brother, Max.

As Sadie begins to fall for Max, she’s unsure if she is truly healed enough to be with him — even if Max is able to look at her scars and not shy away. But when the truth about the accident and subsequent events comes to light, Sadie has to decide if she can embrace the future or if she’ll always be trapped in the past.

The Lies About Truth is an uncomfortable read that forces you to confront the harsh realities of what happens to life and to friendship after tragedy strikes. This is a story grounded in self-struggle and awareness. Almost one year ago Sadie, her friend Trent, and his little brother, Max were in a car accident witnessed by their other two best friends Gray and Gina. When Trent dies the foundation of the group cracks and is changed forever.
We get to follow Sadie as she struggles to love her new self. She is covered in scars, physical and mental, as she tries to navigate a new life while clinging to her old one. What feels real about Sadie is her anxiety about the changing dynamic, her self-doubt, the weight of the secrets she holds, and the way she deals with her grief. It doesn’t matter if you’ve gone through the same experiences with her, readers are able to relate because they too have gone through the same emotions she struggles with. We get to either struggle with ourselves as we journey with her or we remember the struggles of our pasts and how we dealt with them.
One of my favorite parts of the book was that we not only get to experience Sadie’s struggle, but we get to see, through her, the struggle of her parents, Trent’s parents, and her friends struggle. Each person affected has to figure out what their new place in life is. Sadie’s parents struggle to be the parent of a teenage girl who has gone through a tragic event that reshaped her inside and out for the rest of her life. Trent and Max’s parents try to figure out a world where one child is no longer with them and another had to watch his brother die from the backseat. Gina and Gray struggle with watching their best friend fade away, a struggle possibly just as hard for them as it was for Sadie. Everyone has secrets and no one knows how to communicate as openly as they used to.
The journey we experience with Sadie is hard to be part of at times and that’s what makes her so relatable. This book is about becoming comfortable in one’s skin. It doesn’t matter if you have the physical scars like Sadie, or if you are just self-conscious. Stevens teaches readers to channel their brave. She also normalized therapy use which is another really important thing when some people still believe therapy is a sign of weakness.
I thought about this book ever moment I wasn’t reading it. I stayed up so late reading one night, I was dead one my feet at work the next day and could not keep my eyes open. When I finished reading I couldn’t come up with any word because “Whoa” to describe how I felt about this book. It’s because of those reasons that this book is hands down, without a doubt, a five star book that needs to be recommended for everyone.