‘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. (Summary and book cover courtesy of goodreads.com)
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 country with the slang and imagery. Stedman does a great job setting the scene with minimal description and I blame her for my wanderlust hankering after this read.
The story itself around Jamie’s power is unlike any other fantasy book I’ve read before. It was neat that there was also a scientific basis. But in addition to the fantasy aspect, Jamie and her friend Deepti are realistic, imperfect teenagers. Their concerns and interests are relevant and certainly modern. There is potential for a continuation of the story if Stedman wishes and I hope she does! I would love to hear more about Gran’s history and if Aiden will continue to pursue Jamie. I hope to see more from the author.
Warning: Contains sexual references
Please note: I received a free copy of this book in exchange of an honest review courtesy of YA Bound Blog Tours.
Rating: 4 stars!
Who should read it? Modern fantasy fans interesting in a single read.
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