[Tour Review] R.L. Stedman: Inner Fire

Inner Fire by R.L. Stedman

eBook, English, 266 pages
Debut: October 28, 2014
@ Goodreads
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Suspense, Young Adult
Overall Rating: two-half-stars

‘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.

Read First: Dezember 1-7, 2014 | Snuck from: YA Bound Book Tours -- I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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Inner Fire as as I read is the crammed up, shortcut version of a great story. The idea, not so far from reality, is amazing, and the plotline was well developed. However, there was so much potential here building that world and phrasing the story that was not properly made use of, creating an unbelievable inbalance that's like abstract art. It makes me want to howl pitifully at the stars, because I hate abstract, but it might just blow someone else's mind.

People with a genetic "defect", a mutation that puts them on the next level of humanity, who are able to throw fire and live way longer than average. Those people hunted by secret government agencies and other influencial groups to be used as weapons and spies. Add in a hint of Big Brother with tapped phone lines and facial recognition cameras all over, making it difficult for them to hide, and a threat from the past, and it gives you nothing short of excitement. It's perfect to build an action-loaded story with lots of conspirational twists, but Inner Fire stops right at the top layer of "it all somehow exists". *sigh*

Corinne confused me, because she went from all insecure mouse to kickass flame in a matter of one success. It was a turnaround more than a development, and I couldn't decide if she was a moody cliche or actually had character, with her burning the house down as a child trauma, but I definitvely liked her all kickass and standing her ground.
Rowan had an awesome background, totally not everyday in a YA story, he was totally horny-eager, but kind. However, I'm torn over his uncaring attitude towards dangerous unknown things, like a girl throwing flames. I'm not sure if I think it's a fresh take, or totally unrealistic. Him insta-lovingly kissing Corinne out of the blue for no reason except her pretty face pissed me off, though, because that sure as hell was totally unrealistic.
Gran was cool, although not consitent like everything else, and I didn't get why Corinne's family got any screen time at all.

Area Scan: Idea: 5/5 -- Flow: 3/5 -- Vocab: 3/5 -- Plot: 2/5 -- Heroes: 3/5 -- Sidekicks: 3/5 -- Villains: 2/5 -- Romance: 2/5 -- Drama: 4/5 -- Suspense: 3/5

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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.

R.L. Stedman on Website/Blog | Twitter @RLStedman | Facebook | Goodreads


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