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Inner Fire

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  37 ratings  ·  26 reviews
‘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 watch
Paperback, 266 pages
Published October 28th 2014 by Waverley Productions (first published October 26th 2014)
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Carol She's So Novel꧁꧂
I read this book while I went away on holiday, so unfortunately I don't have the book to refer to whilst writing this review.

I enjoyed it very much! A very interesting & creative plot followed. The pace was fast & the writing vivid, other than getting a little bogged down at the start of Corinne & Rowan's romance. For me another flaw was that I found Rowan's backstory more interesting than the main plot.

Still the best NZ fiction book I've read this year & I look forward to readin
Nov 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
This was a fun one-off book that I think was a good read, but would be particularly good for young adults or folks looking for an single fantasy (but based in science) read. I say that because I love young adult books, but tend to be particularly intrigued in ones that are series as it means the story goes on. That being said, it was refreshing to have a story with a resolution at the end rather than a cliffhanger. The story is based in England and I loved having a mini-escape to a different cou ...more
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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
Kelly (Diva Booknerd)
3 stars.
Reviewed at Sporadic Reads
Inner Fire was a bit of a surprise read. I expected the typical young adult paranormal, but what I found was an action packed storyline that for the most part, I enjoyed. Told from Corrine’s point of view, she lives with a debilitating ability to produce fire from her emotions, namely anger. Skipping a generation, Corrine’s grandmother is the only person who can sympathize with her, and takes her under her wing to guide
Crina (Reading Addict)
Original post on Review posted as part of tthe blog tour.

To be honest I'm so disapointed. Because I was expecting something more original and action packed and suspenful. But I received a book full of teenage drama, ton of cliches, things that didn't had a logic and the characters seemed so flat and false.

I'm making this to sound so bad, but sincerly it was just ok! Is not awful, but is not awesome either. And my expectations made it even worse.

I don't want to gi
Aug 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
You know the kind of friends that get you in trouble? That's what Corinne has, and I found myself immediately caring for and empathizing with her troubles.

I really enjoy reading stories with magic but set here in the real world, cos who hasn't thought, What if? What if I could set stuff on fire with my mind...?

And more books should feature kick-arse grandmothers. Fingers-crossed for the sequel.
Dec 02, 2014 rated it liked it
An okay YA read, Inner Fire was a book that I enjoyed. It wasn't a favorite, but it was a nice book.

Let me start with what I liked:

My favorite part, by far, was Corinne's grandmother. That woman was a total badass and I really liked her.

I also liked the overall idea for the book. It was definitely cool and made me want to find out more about people who literally ignite.

Rowan was a sweetie and a charmer and I really liked him.

Now, to what I didn't like, which was mostly things that just didn't l
Oct 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a fast moving young adult thriller which is totally engaging. A genetic trait affects the members of Corinne's family they overheat and can produce fire which can have the effect of causing mayhem and destruction. Corinne's family were affected by the Christchurch earthquakes and returned to England because the anxiety was causing Corinne to stress out, and when she stresses out she sets things on fire. Culminating in their house. Corrinne has a meltdown in a shop one day and causes tota ...more
Gay Buckingham
Oct 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
'Inner Fire' is a great read.

It's specially appealing because it is both plot driven (I kept reading long after I should have been asleep because I wanted to see what would happen) and it is also character driven (the narrator is so honest an d speaks to the reader as if she were confiding in her best friend). As the book continues we come to care about the narrator and want see how she will cope with all they things happening around, and to, her.

The writer skilfully allows the narrator to sha
Oct 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Inner Fire is contemporary YA novel with a sci-fi premise. Corrine has a medical condition that enables her to produce fire, a bit of a problem when she gets mad and a problem for the new surveillance organisation SecurEYES whose recognition software cannot read her face when she gets her rage on. Cue spooky men in black stalking her through train stations and military types hunting her down. Good news for Corrine she has a kick ass grandma with the same condition and a mysterious history that w ...more
R.L. Stedman
Dec 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  (Review from the author)
another review of my own work - I hope that's okay with goodreads. I love this book, especially the parts in Devon, as it's really true to the area. It's fast-paced, was fun to write and fast to read. Hope you enjoy...
Nov 17, 2014 rated it liked it
Not really a 3 star, nor a 4 star.... Idk still contemplating. Can I just give it the rating durf, like in iCarly.
I'm glad I took notes this one time.

Bizarrely epic, epically bizarre.

I was very confused in the beginning, maybe it was because I was reading too fast or if whatever was happening in the book fast, but I gathered all that was happening, I just couldn't see the connections between one thing going on to another thing going on. I did read the synopsis, but I forgot parts, and remembered
Oct 13, 2014 rated it liked it
Book Review also on my blog: The Realm of Books


Hey guys..goodness it has been awhile since I last did a review. Dang school for being my first priorities. I am glad to be back though!

So story time (cuz we all love those), I came across this book and was really interested in it, I loved the story line and the concept of the book. So me being I looked around and all of a sudden I was sent this book by the Author/Publisher. I was so, so, so excited!! I mean, I am pretty sure I sped my way home
Oct 11, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
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Caro [The Book Rogue]
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 mutati
Dec 08, 2014 rated it liked it
What I liked: Corinne’s grandma was really awesome, a bit strange and a seemingly shady character in the beginning, but she turned out to be my favorite of the characters. I also loved learning what I could about the people who have this mutation that could literally make themselves produce fire. Really awesome, and a really interesting I wish I had gotten to know more about this rare mutation! I could also understand Corinne’s aversion to her mutation (seriously if you set fires to things every ...more
Dec 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
"Inner Fire" is an ideal book for anyone in the teenage demographic, wanting a fast paced read with an intense and unpredictable plot line.

The protagonist is a 16 year old teenage girl called Corrine, whose rare genetic "condition" makes her the target of an intense dilemma involving a series of conflict and thrilling drama.

The characters in the book, in particular Corrine and her great grandmother (Elsie), were well developed and heir quirky nature and character flaws made hem both relatable an
Kathlyn La
Oct 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Strange men=action

The novel started with a bang as we meet Corrine, your not so normal girl. "We draw heat along our bodies. Anger makes us flame". . .she can create fire, that is how I can closely relate it, and it has something to do with genetics. Freaking cool to have powers if you think about it, but the way that she can't help control it, the struggles that came along with it and with cameras watching every move. .tough one.

Cameras are everywhere. Seeing her friend
Merissa (Archaeolibrarian)
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 a
Dec 11, 2014 rated it liked it
The plot of Inner Fire was interesting enough but not something that wows you. And I have to warn you that the ending is a huge cliffhanger. Though it was a quick read.

The characters... Hmmm... All I can say is that the grandmother (make that the great grandmother) of Corinne was more interesting than the heroine itself. There are a lot of cliches like including the friend and the (pending) hero. Speaking of hero, there's some romance but I have to be honest, I'm not feeling it. It seemed too fa
Hope Sandall
Dec 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Inner fire is a fantastic action-packed book. I picked it up and simply couldn't put it down. With gripping first chapter which sucked you in. It only go better and better from there. The characters were described perfectly and you really felt like they were real and you were watching a movie. Each chapter flowed well with the next one and I feel a sequel is definitely in order. You felt an immediate connection with the main character, who is easy to relate to and fun. You love reading through t ...more
Nov 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I just want to start of by saying that I really love this book!! I'm not going to say everything I loved about the book, but I'm going to mention the things that I love the most.

I really love the main character in he book Cronnie . She is a teenage girls that behaves like a teenage girl should. I also love how the author has managed to take an actual illness and turn it in to this amazing power without doing to much out of it.

I also love Gran and Rowan. Gran because she is this badass old lady
Jane Woodham
Feb 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Inner Fire is the first YA novel I have read in ages, and I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it. The pace was good, I ripped through the book. The scenario was interesting, a girl who can create fire from within, and the surveillance stuff is all realistic. The characters are strong, the gran is fantastic; secretive, powerful, canny. Corinne's attraction to Rowan feels very real; exciting and scary, all at the same time, and we really feel for her when he lets her down. It looks as though rea ...more
Noelle Walsh
Nov 19, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
This book was pretty decent. I wouldn't mind reading it a second time if the mood strikes me and I think this book would be good for anyone who likes their stories with a dash of fantasy and sci-fi. It has a good pace, good characters and a good storyline.

*won on GoodReads First Reads*
Dec 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Fast paced, thriller that was interesting enough to keep me reading. I would say that this is more for the younger generation that like thriller and sci-fi. But overall, it was a good read!

*Received for an honest review*
Nov 15, 2014 rated it liked it
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I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review.
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