As She Ascends

As She Ascends

MIRA, THE HOPEBEARERMira Minkoba is on the run with her friends after a fiery escape from the Pit, where she’d been imprisoned for defending the dragons she loves. And she wants answers. Where have all the dragons been taken? Why are powerful noorestones being shipped to the mainland? And did the treaty she’s been defending her whole life truly sell out the Fallen Isles to...

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Title:As She Ascends
Author:Jodi Meadows
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As She Ascends Reviews

  • ALEXA

    4.5 stars! It’s admittedly a little jarring to go from the simpler pace of Before She Ignites into As She Ascends, and it took me a while to get used to the back-to-back-to-back events happening to Mira and the crew. But otherwise, it was really great to get to see them working towards doing what they needed to in order to right the wrongs uncovered in the first book. Mira’s own growth really starts to show in this one, and as someone I already connected to in the previous book, I liked seeing h

    4.5 stars! It’s admittedly a little jarring to go from the simpler pace of Before She Ignites into As She Ascends, and it took me a while to get used to the back-to-back-to-back events happening to Mira and the crew. But otherwise, it was really great to get to see them working towards doing what they needed to in order to right the wrongs uncovered in the first book. Mira’s own growth really starts to show in this one, and as someone I already connected to in the previous book, I liked seeing how she’s been changed by all she’s been through. There’s still so much that needs to happen, and I’m really eager to see it all play out in book three.

  • Vicky Who Reads

    (I managed to make this review spoiler free for book 1, so you can still read this and learn about how amazing this series is without having to read

    !)

    OH. MY. GOSH.

    Y'all are not ready for

    this Tuesday. I kid you not,

    , and the entire concept of second book syndrome has been tossed out the window.

    in

    , and it's like Meadows is a m

    (I managed to make this review spoiler free for book 1, so you can still read this and learn about how amazing this series is without having to read

    !)

    OH. MY. GOSH.

    Y'all are not ready for

    this Tuesday. I kid you not,

    , and the entire concept of second book syndrome has been tossed out the window.

    in

    , and it's like Meadows is a mind reader or something with how she was able to basically tailor this book to suit my tastes.

    My biggest critique of book 1 was the pacing being somewhat slow, but in

    , there was

    and I literally could not scroll through the manuscript fast enough. I need to get a more powerful mouse or something, because I totally

    those pages.

    100 pages would go by and I wouldn't even realize it. That's how gripping this book was.

    is very much Mira being imprisoned, while

    was much more Mira on the run and Mira doing action and Mira

    things instead of being a sitting duck, which I

    .

    It's not that the slow pace of book 1 is bad, but it's not as riveting as this book was.

    takes on a

    , which I greatly enjoyed and found really entertaining!

    Part of this is probably because book 1 was in "Before" and "After" format, while book 2 only had short chapters from

    in the past!

    I admit that I was honestly kind of apathetic to the romance in book one, but in

    . Meadows is wicked good at building the angst and the tension between Aaru and Mira was so strong.

    It wasn't unnecessary angst or anything--just a sort of angst that makes you ship the characters even harder and want to smoosh them together and yell at them to talk. I was tearing up (It was also late at night, but still) during some of their interactions and was definitely

    in this book than in book 1.

    (In comparison to other books, though, this is like the most extreme slow burn of all slow burns.)

    Plus, we get to see

    in this book then the last, which I absolutely adore! Not only do we get to see more of LaLa and the cute companion dragons, there's more large and somewhat scary dragons too! It was all very exciting and I loved this aspect.

    The political machinations still stand, and it's

    as you definitely are being misled in some areas and should follow your gut instinct in others...

    And Mira just

    in this book. I mean, I've pointed out how much I love seeing anxiety rep in a fantasy setting, and it's so nice to see a character in a fantasy novel taking medication etc.

    She learns a lot about herself and her decisions and I really like how Meadows framed Mira against Chenda and highlighted some of her decisions and reactions in that way. Her growth was really one of my favorite parts of this novel, and Mira has been through such a

    in this series (and she still has places left to go).

    Overall,

    totally blew

    out of the water, and I'm so excited to read book three when it comes! I NEED more and I definitely recommend this series, especially on how the sequel did not disappoint!

    (Plus, don't forget to check out the awesome preorder swag giveaway

    --you've only got two days left!)

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  • Anna Bright

    Aaaaand Jodi has done it again. An incredible, sweeping fantasy with dragons and romance (far-off places! daring sword fights! a prince in disguise [ok, maybe not that]!)-- but also with talk of faith, empathy, listening across differences of experience, and taking seriously the consequences of our actions toward the world we live in. Mira is my home girl, Aaru is my fave, THEIR HANDHOLDING IS STILL FIRE. READ READ READ.

  • Cait • A Page with a View

    I liked the first book in this series, but was even more into this one! Absolutely no second book syndrome here.

    Mira grows into a much stronger character in this story as she learns to use her voice outside of the puppet role she was previously given where she thought her beauty was her main asset. She's still working to manage her powers and panic attacks (and even takes calming pills, which is pretty awesome to see in a fantasy world). She and her friends investigate the legitimacy of the Mir

    I liked the first book in this series, but was even more into this one! Absolutely no second book syndrome here.

    Mira grows into a much stronger character in this story as she learns to use her voice outside of the puppet role she was previously given where she thought her beauty was her main asset. She's still working to manage her powers and panic attacks (and even takes calming pills, which is pretty awesome to see in a fantasy world). She and her friends investigate the legitimacy of the Mira Treaty & work to free dragons while questioning their government, gender roles, and how others are interpreting/twisting their shared faith. A good chunk of the story also shows Aaru's past and gives a good look into a really fascinating religion.

    The writing is effortless to read and flows really well, the settings are all quite vivid, the dialogue's realistic, and the side characters have much bigger roles. The diverse cast is one of my favorite elements because they face a lot of moments where their cultures & faiths clash, but work to understand ways that are different from their own. So many parts were handled really well and just wonderful to see.

    Oh, and there are WAY more dragons in this book! And tons of inspirational quotes. I'd say maybe give this one a shot even if you weren't super into the first book because the overall tone is different and there's a lot more character bonding, awesome action scenes, critical thought, and people getting stuff done instead of being imprisoned & suffering. Obviously the first book set up this sequel really well, but just saying they did feel quite different.

  • Fables&Wren

    RTC!

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    I didn't even see this cover reveal! Look at how BEAUTIFUL it is! I am so ready for this book OMG!

  • Cesar

    3.5 stars

    is the second book in the Fallen Isles trilogy. A trilogy that is slowly beginning to get my interest in. I liked

    and I liked As She Ascends. These two books offer us a world of politics, dragons, deceit, and strength. Inner strength, to be more specific.

    The story picks up when Mira and her friends have escaped the Pit and are on the

    3.5 stars

    is the second book in the Fallen Isles trilogy. A trilogy that is slowly beginning to get my interest in. I liked

    and I liked As She Ascends. These two books offer us a world of politics, dragons, deceit, and strength. Inner strength, to be more specific.

    The story picks up when Mira and her friends have escaped the Pit and are on the run from people enemies and people Mira thought she could trust. On top of that, they also have to uncover the lies that were in the Mira Treaty. Dragons are still disappearing across the seven isles and there is the threat of the Great Abandonment, a cataclysmic event that could kill lives.

    For the second book in a series, I'd say it does a pretty good job at presenting more of a problem-solving story. The way I see a trilogy is how each individual book presents something for the reader. For example, the first book sets up the world, presents a problem. The second can add more world building and an answer to the problem. The third book then takes that answer and solves the main issue surrounding said trilogy. And the Fallen Isles does follow that concept.

    As She Ascends is a good book and a good follow up to Before She Ignites. It's not perfect, mind you, but it adds more to the story as well as the world.

    One of my favorite things about this series so far is Mira and her inner strength. She goes through a lot of bad stuff just because she believes in doing the right thing. She wants to help the dragons and maintain peace within the seven isles and even the mainland. Her love of dragons is shown when she takes care of her own dragon as well as other ones. Even after she gets thrown to the ground, she still gets up to fight for what she believes in. She also has to deal with her anxiety and panic attacks. No matter what happens to her, she still continues to fight and shows a lot of inner strength.

    We also have more plot and worldbuilding. A lot of complaints in the first book was how a good chunk of the story took place in one area while the rest was only mentioned or were shown for a short amount of time. Here, in As She Ascends, we are shown more of the world (not a lot but still enough) and how some of the isles operate. I'm glad we get to know more about the world because, with such an interesting story and world, there is a lot an author could explore.

    For the negatives, I have 2 gripes.

    The first being the length of the story. I don't mind long books. Hell, the longest book I've read was over 800 pages. What I have an issue with this series is that it could be shorter. The pacing is not to slow if you have lots of free time to read, but I could go without the pages that didn't really add much to the story.

    Second would be the romance. The love interest, Aaru is actually an interesting character who only speaks through a form of tapping. He can speak, but its part of his culture to remain silent and we do get his POV in here, just in snippets. But when he and Mira are together, I feel nothing. Their romance isn't bad but I feel a disconnect between them.

    Though I wouldn't call this an all time favorite series, I am enjoying my time getting to know more about the characters, the world, and the dragons. This book has freaking dragons!!! How could I not enjoy it? Overall, I do like this series and I'm looking forward to seeing how it ends.

    Thanks for reading my review!

    -Cesar

  • Jodi Meadows

    There is a cover. :)

    5-9-18: Done with pass pages! Soon it will be a finished book!

    8-1-18: Pre-order info for As She Ascends is up! More info

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  • Samm | Sassenach the Book Wizard

    STOP GIVING A STAR RATING TO A BOOK WITHOUT A FREAKING TITLE LET ALONE AN ARC OR FINISHED COPY!

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