22 May 2014

Intrinsical (The Yara Silva Trilogy #1) by Lani Woodland

Intrinsical (The Yara Silva Trilogy #1)
by Lani Woodland.
Audience/Genre: Young Adult, Parnormal.
Publication: August 20th 2010 by Pendrell Publishing.
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

Reviewed by Kelly.

This book flowed so smoothly that once I picked it up, I didn’t put it back down until I was done! I mean like Dinner? What’s that? At least that’s my excuse I use!!
The summary does a good job in telling the jest of the story. Yara is embarrassed by her heritage and always hoped she wouldn’t be able to see and talk to ghosts like her grandmother. But once she goes to this boarding school; which by the way has a history of supposed suicides and a 60 year old story of a mysterious burned building with a tragic loss of the boys who were in it, she starts to see a mist that looks and feels evil. She first sees this mist move to this handsome boy and starts to go into his mouth. No one else sees this and he starts to choke on it. Yara notices that no one else sees the mist. She runs to him and performs the Heimlich maneuver to get it out. It works and he is grateful to her. There starts to be an awkward friendship or maybe something more?!
Yara has panic attacks sometimes and is nervous about giving a speech in class. While preparing for it, a book in the library falls to the ground off the shelf and opens to a page where it tells her how to speak in public when you are nervous. She does it and finds herself coming out of her body. Brent the boy she saved, talks to her afterwards and tells her he knows what she did and what happened to her. He says he will help her to hone her skills on it. Then he doesn’t show up and later tells her it isn’t a good idea to do it. “What the?” So when she does it again, her “soul” finds him and he turns to her angrily and says he told her not to do it. Yara was a little frightened of him.
Then Brent again acts differently and has an argument with his best friend of forever and his best friend moves to another room.
Also, someone is trying to get Yara’s attention. When I say someone, it is not a living person who is trying to communicate with her. Finally she gets it. It’s Brent, but Brent is alive, right? I know it’s confusing to me and Yara too!
Then she goes and has a séance and Yara finds herself supposedly dead after drowning while with “Brent” and her soul is now hanging out with Brent’s soul. Okay, so Brent’s body is inhabited by an evil person from the original boys who were killed in the fire. So now what? This evil mist needs to be destroyed and Yara will do anything to get Brent’s soul and body back together.
Yara and Brent will do whatever it takes to help the other, but both don’t want the other hurt in the process. Now, they have to solve the mystery of who the evil is and how to fix it. Even if it means dying for the other person! Because that’s what friends do!
If you want to know how they do it, who the evil person is and who dies, my lips are sealed. You have to read it yourself.
I enjoyed the story and am excited to pick up the next one. If you like clean stories, chivalry, good vs. evil, ghost stories, best friends that would do anything to help their friends out, and maybe a little romance then this book is for you.

I’ve been an avid reader since elementary school . In sixth grade I began writing stories and recruiting (with force when necessary) my friends to act them out. I’ve always loved scary stories, and have a hard time enjoying any book without at least a little romance in it.

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