Sunday, May 29, 2011

Review: Intrinsical by Lani Woodland

Intrinsical (The Yara Silva Trilogy, #1)

Intrinsical by Lani Woodland

Hardcover: 304 pages
Release date: August 20th 2010
Publisher: Pendrell Publishing
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Goodreads Summary: Sixteen-year-old Yara Silva has always known that ghosts walk alongside the living. Her grandma, like the other females in her family, is a Waker, someone who can see and communicate with ghosts. Yara grew up watching her grandmother taunted and scorned for this unusual ability and doesn't want that to be her future. She has been dreading the day when she too would see ghosts, and is relieved that the usually dominant Waker gene seems to have skipped her, letting her live a normal teenage life. However, all that changes for Yara on her first day at her elite boarding school when she discovers the gene was only lying dormant. She witnesses a dark mist attack Brent, a handsome fellow student, and rushes to his rescue. Her act of heroism draws the mist's attention, and the dark spirit begins stalking her. Yara finds herself entrenched in a sixty-year-old curse that haunts the school, threatening not only her life, but the lives of her closest friends as well. Yara soon realizes that the past she was trying to put behind her isn't going to go quietly


Lani Woodland takes us to the different side of our world. Intrinsical talks about ghosts, Waker and astral project. It would lead you to believe the ghosts, the people who could see them and how to be part of them or to be frightened. But while it was an attention-grabbing book, it's the characters that will have you reading to the end at a spur-of-the-moment.  It starts out with Yara who initiate a simple and trouble-free girl in an elite school, the Pendrell. But everything changes when she saved Brent and be friends with him, who turns out she’s more than a plain girl. Yara doesn’t wasn’t her talent, to be a Waker—a person who could see and talk to spirits. She is a kind of a girl who wants to be normal as other, but as she pushes her talent away it want her more. But as she became close with Brent she soon finds out that she’s not the only special in her surroundings that even the elite boarding school has it own secrets. The relationship of Yara and Brent as friends quickly develops as they discover their unique talents and use it to unchain the dark secrets of their school, where some students killed their selves.

When I was reading the book I was anxious about what will happen next to the escapade of Yara and her friends. And at the same time so zealous on the story that I can’t take off my eyes on it. I was also devastated on the revelations that could take the wind out of your sails. I also adore the song, ‘Can’t stop dreaming of you’ ,which I noticed could be the theme song of the story, it’s really matched on the connection of Yara and Brent, (thanks Ms. Woodland for making me discover the song ;))Then of course, there are the minor characters which feel as pleasing and genuine as Yara. Yara and Brent with the help of their friends, they conquer the blackhearted guy who started the curse on their school.

All of it--the backdrop, the characters, the prose—I like it so much, it’s a poignant story. It was so hard for me to keep my review neat and spoiler-free for it was a totally must read book that will teach you how to accept things on how they are and to have faith on the people who loves you because they’re the only ones who could also help you to love yourself for who you really are. The story ends in an exquisite way that will leave you yearn for the next venture of Yara.

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