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Friday, December 12, 2014


Inner Fire
by R.L. Stedman
Release Date: 11/30/14

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.


An ARC of this book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review. 

Can I just say that I really want to read the next book now?

This book is a lot different than what I've read all year. It's straight to the point and aside from the fire power thingy, it also has a deep drama hidden inside. 

First off, the main character, Corinne,  is a teenager, so please cut her some slack. The author made her sound like the everyday teen. She has insecurities, she has fears, she questions older people's decision for her, she wants more freedom... but that's all hardly possible because of her..um.. condition. I rooted for her because in all fairness to her character, she's resilient. She holds up and doesn't seem to crumble under pressure. I like that she's this kid who wants to look strong on the outside. She doesn't want people to view her as weak, which is just right because after all, fire is her element... and we all know fire IS STRONG. :) 

Corinne meets Rowan and things start to change. She starts feeling other things. This is also right about the time her gran teaches her about her gift. Anyway, Rowan is what you would expect a hero to be. He's charming, nice, a great talker. I appreciate their banters because he's really sweet. However, he could be very persuasive and so like other hot-blooded teenagers. He's umm.. well, let's just say that he really likes to get hot and heavy with Corinne. He's almost perfect, so the twist to his character is so outrageously unexpected. I totally didn't see it coming. My feelings for this twist is still kind of vague. We'll see on the next book.

The love part in this book is actually quite cute, albeit a little abrupt. Even though they just met, the like at first sight works well. However, when I consider Corinne's age... I would thank her for trying to hold things back a little. Since their scenes have lots of kissing and um.. petting, it's just right to put a little limit for now since it's all so new. I commend her for not being swept away too fast. There, I just had to say that. ;) 

Something also has to be said about the adults in this book. They did their best to take care of Corrine. As far as I could tell, the whole family loves her and is concerned about her well being. It's a nice touch. :) I wish for all of them to stay safe as the series goes by (this is a series, right?). 

The ending promises a good continuation for Corinne's and her family's situation. I really want to know who wants her and what they want from her. I'm looking forward to that. I'm also looking forward to how her character would grow. With all the things that has happened to her, she's bound to learn many things, right? I want to see that. I also want to see where her relationship with Rowan will go. 

All in all, I'm giving this 3.5 fairy wings. It's a good start to a series.

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.


  1. The summary of this book sounds great. I can't wait to read it! :)

  2. This book sounds like it is packed with HEAT!
    Good luck, Inner Fire!
    Merry Christmas Rachel!
    Cheers, Rock Chick Fairy!
    Your pal,

  3. Looks like a great read. Thanks for the introduction.