Friday, May 13, 2011
Review: Intrinsical by Lani Woodland
My Rating: 5 Stars
Date Read: April, 2011
Date Published: August 20, 2010 by Pendrell
Hardback, 298 pages
Series: The Yara Silva Trilogy book one
Summary from Goodreads: 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.
My review: Let me just start out by saying how much I love the title of the book, it's so much fun to say! Okay, now onto the actual review ;)
The idea of Wakers and astral projection was what lured me into this book in the first place (Aside from the promise of a sweet romance). And it made this not your average ghost story, but about a hundred times better. It moved at a nice, steady, pace. Nothing was too rushed and was dragged out for forever either.
I loved that, when the story started, Yara was saving Brent, not the other way around.
Speaking of Brent, I loved him, despite his cocky attitude, because he really does care about Yara, even though he sometimes he doesn't show it very well. He always comes through for her where it counts.
I have to admit, I went into panic-mode there for awhile, because I had no clue how Brent and Yara were going to get out of the situation they were in. Seriously, I didn't think it was even possible.
I'm so glad I was given the chance to read this book, it's definitely one of my favorites. I'm so beyond excited for the sequel, so I can see what happens next.