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Jodi Meadows

Author of My Lady Jane

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Works by Jodi Meadows

My Lady Jane (2016) 1,322 copies
Incarnate (2012) 784 copies
My Plain Jane (2018) 745 copies
Before She Ignites (2017) 509 copies
The Orphan Queen (2015) 481 copies
Asunder (2013) 279 copies
My Calamity Jane (2020) 210 copies
Infinite (2014) 194 copies
The Mirror King (2016) 175 copies
My Contrary Mary (2021) — Author — 143 copies
As She Ascends (2018) 124 copies
My Imaginary Mary (2022) 91 copies
When She Reigns (2019) 82 copies
Nightrender (2022) 41 copies
Phoenix Overture (2013) 41 copies
The Glowing Knight (2015) 22 copies
The Hidden Prince (2015) 20 copies
The Burning Hand (2015) 15 copies
The Black Knife (2016) 14 copies
My Salty Mary 6 copies

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Dear Teen Me: Authors Write Letters to Their Teen Selves (2012) — Contributor — 111 copies


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I will admit that I am not a fan of NIGHTRENDER, the first book in the Salvation Cycle duology by Jodi Meadows. Too much thinking and too little action made what I believe should have been a powerful story into an angsty teen drama. The fact that one of these angsty teens is an immortal monster hunter with centuries of experience only made it worse.

When DAWNBREAKER became available as a review copy, I stopped to think before requesting a copy. Did I want to take the chance that the same issues I saw in the first book would remain in the second? Did I want to know how it ended? Does my curiosity outweigh the negatives? After weighing the pros and cons, I took a chance. Surprisingly, I'm glad I did.

While the series does not rank anywhere close to my favorites, I feel DAWNBREAKER is a decent finale for what became a decent story. One of my biggest questions was how Ms. Meadows would create happy endings for the main three characters without killing off one of them. I'm impressed with her story choices. I'm even more impressed that the characters received the appropriate punishment or reward in a way that felt authentic and not convenient.

What's more, is that DAWNBREAKER kept surprising me. While few plot twists or jaw-dropping reveals exist, there are subtler surprises. These surprises flesh out some of the characters, making them less one-noted and less totally good or totally evil. The lack of morally gray characters was one of my main critiques of NIGHTRENDER, so these changes were welcome.

I am glad I took the chance on DAWNBREAKER. Ms. Meadows did a good job tying together her subplots to create a conclusion that is satisfying. The writing is stronger; subsequently, the story is as well. There is less hand-wringing and more action, which also helps make it a better story. I don't think DAWNBREAKER will win any year-end awards, but it is an acceptable conclusion to a decent duology.
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jmchshannon | Nov 29, 2023 |
A very quick read... and “engaging” for that. But 2-dimensional and rather teenage’y. My personal disappointment in all the ways this book repeatedly failed to deliver can fairly be summed up in 1 word: Donkey.
Ah well. 2 stars.
avanders | 93 other reviews | Nov 28, 2023 |
I was shocked when I was able to get an ARC of this book. As most of you know, I really enjoyed My Plain Jane last year and was greatly anticipating My Contrary Mary.
One thing I really appreciated was the humor. It was very similar to My Plain Jane and I had missed it in the second book of the Jane series. (It was also nice to see Jane and G again, even if for a few pages.)
I guess I just wasn't fond of the plot in general. It seemed to be a bit all over and without a clear, concise focus.
Overall, I'm glad I gave this one a try and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoyed the Jane series.


*I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All thoughts are my own and a positive review was not required.
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libraryofemma | 11 other reviews | Oct 20, 2023 |
this is a fun read. I had some trouble with the audio though. At times her voice was too loud and piercing. Her accents were great, but I was frequently adjusting the volume down and then back up when her voice became very soft.
pollycallahan | 93 other reviews | Jul 1, 2023 |



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