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Wednesday, 10 December 2014

REVIEW, BOOK TOUR & GIVEAWAY - Inner Fire by R.L. Stedman

INNER FIRE By Rachel Stedman

Publication Date: December 2014, 

RRP $21.99

An exciting new YA novel about surveillance, security and personal privacy by the award-winning author of 'A Necklace of Souls'

"I was at a meal with two work colleagues, Mark and Sharon, and I asked Mark why he wore a medic alert bracelet. And he told me all about Malignant Hyperthermia. It was only later that I thought: what if you could do something with that extra heat. What if you could control it?"

Drawing on personal experience and in-depth research, Inner Fire has a gripping story-line that deals with themes of today such as surveillance, security and privacy.
The female protagonist, Corinne, emigrates from Christchurch to the UK after the earthquake. It is in Devon that the action takes place:


‘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, Corinne 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 Corinne to Rowan. Okay, sure, maybe eighteen year old Rowan is gorgeous – but he has his own troubles. And right now, Corinne doesn’t need complications in her life.

But in a world of surveillance and secrecy, complexity is inevitable. And as the tension mounts Corinne realizes - maybe Gran can help her, after all.

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Inner Fire will be on a countdown deal the week of the book blog tour, discounted down to .99c (and gradually increasing in price over the week) 


3 out of 5 (liked it)

I received this book from YA Bound Book Tours in return for a fair and honest review.

This book is set in London and Devon. The main character, Corinne, lives and goes to school in London. One day after school a conspiracy of events leads her to lose control of ability again and she burns down a shop. Her gran comes from Devon but due to circumstances she goes back almost straight away and takes Corinne with her.

I liked the premise of this book but it didn't deliver for me. Corinne comes across as very immature and spends more time whining about her ability than trying to learn anything about it. We don't really learn a lot about the other characters, apart from Gran. To me, she was one of the best and most interesting characters in the book. She kicked ass and I loved her!

And as for the love interest... Corinne is supposed to be this shy, retiring, virginal girl and yet when a stranger gives her kisses out of nowhere she's absolutely fine with it and they're like rabbits within seconds. What?! Even as a 16-year old teenager, there's no way I would have reacted like that with someone I didn't know! I have complained about other books having insta-love but they were snail slow compared to this.

I liked reading this book and about SecurEYES etc but I couldn't actually connect with any of the characters apart from Gran, which is quite depressing when I'm certainly not over 100 years old.  If you like young YA with a dash of 1984 then this is probably the book for you.

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About the Author

My 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.

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