Before She Ignites Discussion & Readalong How to Guide

Only one more week until As She Ascends is out in the world!!

I was so excited when I was asked if I’d like to be a part of this tour! I thought there was no better way to support the lovely Jodi Meadows! My sweet friend Katherine over at SmadasBookSmack was kind enough to host a really fun Readalong of Before She Ignites in preparation of the tour!

A huge Thank You to Sarah The YA Book Traveler for putting this tour together and doing the amazing graphics for the tour and for our Readalong!

Below you will see a How to Guide to hosting a Readalong like the one we did, as well as discussion questions posed to the group throughout the reading process! It was so much fun getting to know the group of people that participated!

Keep an eye out because we may go another Readalong for As She Ascends this coming winter!

About As She Ascends

Mira 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 their enemies?

As her connection to the dragons—and their power—grows stronger, so does Mira’s fear that she might lose control and hurt someone she loves. But the only way to find the truth is to go home again, to Damina, to face the people who betrayed her and the parents she’s not sure she can trust.

Home, where she must rise above her fears. Or be consumed.

The second page-turning novel in Jodi Meadows’ Fallen Isles trilogy scorches with mysterious magic and riveting romance as one girl kindles a spark into a flame.

Guide to Hosting Your Before She Ignites Read-a-Long

Getting Started

  • Pick a book
  • Make a hashtag for said Read-a-long (#BSIReadAAlong was ours!)
  • Figure out a schedule
  • Create a sign up of some sort
  • Graphics!  (Canva is free)
  • Promote! Promote! Promote!

Creating Your Read-a-Long

  • Create a DM group on the platform of your choosing and add participants!
  • Get to know the group participants
  • Post “bookstagram” style photos on the #hashtag, share with the group, and have everyone share it to spread the word!
  • Create Discussion Questions
  • Set a time for said Discussion & let the group know when & what time the discussion will commence

Managing Your Read-a-Long

  • Conduct discussion by welcoming everyone to the discussion
  • Pose questions and allow enough time for everyone to answer if they’d like.
  • Thank everyone for participating in the discussion!
  • Repeat steps 12-14 throughout the Read-a-long based on the schedule.

Sample Schedule and  Discussion Questions for Before She Ignites Read-a-Long:

Week 1 Discuss Chapters 1-12

Q1. What did you think of how the story is told, with the present and flashback?

Q2. Do you like fantasy that drops you into the middle of the action with no backstory like this or do you like info dumps at the beginning?

Q3. We get to meet two other prisoners, Gerel and Aaru, what do you think of them?

Q4. What do you think Altan’s intentions are with the information he is trying to get from Mira?

Q5. Do you think her family is working on getting her out or do you think they were aware of what was happening with the dragons?

Q6. What do we think about Mira and what she is capable of?

Week 2 Discuss Chapters 12 – 24

Q1. Do you think living and appreciating silence makes Aaru more sensitive to others?
Does it make his words more important since he says less?

Q2. Do you think anxiety is still as taboo to bring up in society as it is in Mira’s world?

Q3. Do you think being born in a different region predisposes you to that regions traits or do you think you are born to that region because you have those traits?

Q4.  Tirta stays so the to her beliefs of kindness and friendship when others crack, how do you think she does that?

Q5. What do you think of Mira’s new name Mira the dragonhearted?

Week 3 Discuss Chapters 25 – 36

Q1. What did you think when you found out Tirta was undercover for the Luminary Council?

Q2. What do you think was the reason for cutting Mira’s face?

Q3. Were you surprised by Mira’s speech or did you suspect she would change it?

Q4. What did you think of Mira’s powers? Especially what she did to the Pit?

Q5. What did you think of Mira’s character arc from the beginning of the book to the end?  

Q6. Do you think Aaru is hiding something from Mira at the end of the book?

Q7. What do you predict or want to see in the next book?

About the Author:

Jodi Meadows wants to be a ferret when she grows up and she has no self-control when it comes to yarn, ink, or outer space. Still, she manages to write books. She is the author of the Incarnate Trilogy, The Orphan Queen duology, and The Fallen Isles trilogy (harpercollins/katherine tegen), and a coauthor of My Lady Jane (Harperteen). Visit her at her website:

Twitter – Goodreads – Website –Instagram

Pre-order Campaign

What you get:

  1. A signed As She Ascends bookplate!
  2. As She Ascends dragon stickers!
  3. As She Ascends bookmark!
  4. As She Ascends dragon card!

And if you order a book from One More Page, then you get all of the above plus:

  1. Exclusive Fallen Isles tapestry card
  2. Access to behind-the-scenes goodies
  3. A signed, personalized, and stamped edition

The tapestry card and access to the behind-the-scenes content will come with your book when it arrives.  One More Page doesn’t typically ship internationally arrangements have been made with them to do it this time! Thing to note: they’re having trouble getting the site to calculate international shipping, so email them and they will be happy to help you!

How you get it:

  1. Preorder As She Ascends
  2. Take a photo of the receipt or forward the receipt to
  3. Make sure to include your address at the top of the email — and write it out exactly as it needs to be on an envelope.
  4. If you order multiple books, then you get multiples of all the things! Just be sure to point it out at the top of your email.
  5. This is first come first serve.

Other things:

  1. Yes, this is international
  2. Yes, ebooks and physical books count

Where to preorder: IndieBoundAmazonBarnes and Noble | Book Depository



As She Ascends Prize Pack! US Only

Handmade Knitted Dragon Mitts by Jodi Meadows, Signed Paperback of Before She Ignites, Mira and Lala Magnetic Bookmark and Hopebearer Candle by Cornerfolds Candles.

Enter HERE !

Follow the Tour



Character Spotlight: Mira & Lala + 5 Reasons to Read As She Ascends | The YA Book Traveler

Character Spotlight: Ilina & Crystal + 5 Reasons to Read As She Ascends | Alexa Loves Books

8/28 Character Interview | Mira Mikoba | Books & Prejudice

8/29 As She Ascends Playlist | Moonlight Rendezvous

8/30 Styled by The Fallen Isles | Bookcrushin’

8/31 Dragon Merch | Love is Not a Triangle


9/3 Here Be Dragons | Mary Had a Little Book Blog

9/4 How To Guide: Hosting a Readalong & BSI Discussion Questions | The Clever Reader

9/5 Dragon Nail Art | That Artsy Reader Girl

9/6 As She Ascends Dragon Makeup Look Board | Take Me Away to a Great Read

9/7 Traveling the Fallen Isles | A Backwards Story

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