Inner Fire

Inner Fire by R.L. Stedman
Release Date: 11/30/14
Source: YA Book Tours in exchange for an honest review
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Summary from Goodreads:
‘‘Maybe it would be better if I started at the beginning.’ Gran watched me carefully. ‘This ability we have; my mother, me. You. We draw heat along our bodies; anger makes us flame.’
When her friend is assaulted, Corrine Peterson can’t help reacting. But she didn’t think and now her hands are burnt, Gran is coming to look after her and, scariest of all, strange men are watching her house. Could they be terrorists? Secret agents?
It seems that Gran’s idea of a solution is to introduce Corrine to Rowan. Okay, sure, maybe eighteen year old Rowan is gorgeous – but he has his own troubles. And right now, Corrine doesn’t need complications in her life.
But in a world of surveillance and secrecy, complexity is inevitable. And as the tension mounts Corrine realizes - maybe Gran can help her, after all.

Rating: êêê

I was really intrigued by the fact the this book centered around a girl who could create fire "in a world of surveillance and secrecy", so I was excited when I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

The beginning was interesting, however I was really confused. The book was fast paced which made it easy to read. The characters were OK, the only one who stood out was Gran. She was the most well developed character in the book. While all of the characters had a clearly developed back story, I think the delivery of those back stories could have been written in a better way. I really wasn't a fan of Rowan and the development of their friendship and relationship.

This book had A LOT of different (underdeveloped) elements/details going on that it all felt a bit mangled to me, which is the primary thing that lowered my star rating. Overall, it was a great concept that moved at a good pace, but it was an OK read.

About the AuthorMy name is Rachel Stedman. I’m a physiotherapist (physical therapist) by background, but now I work as a freelance contractor. I live in the wild and windy place of Dunedin, New Zealand, with my husband and two kids.
I write mostly for children and young adults. In 2012 I won the Tessa Duder Award for an unpublished YA work and my first novel, A Necklace of Souls, was published by HarperCollins in 2013 (available in the United Kingdom and on Book Depository from June 2015). This year, A Necklace of Souls was awarded Best First Book at the 2014 New Zealand Post Book Awards and won a Notable Book Award from Storylines. Inner Fire is my second novel. WebsiteGoodreadsTwitterFacebook



  1. This sounds interesting! Thanks for the giveaway!
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  2. I'm glad you enjoyed this book! I've heard of this one, but I never bothered to want to try it out. But I guess I will. Thanks for the review :D :D

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