Wednesday, 11 September 2013

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

Intrinsical (The Yara Silva Trilogy, #1)
Blurb (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.

Intrinsical by Lani Woodland

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Intrinsical (The Yara Silva Trilogy, #1)(Source: Purchased on kindle from
16-year-old Yara Silver is just starting school at a formerly all-boys boarding school with her best friend Cherie.
The school is said to be haunted after three boys were killed in the old swimming pool there, and Cherie is keen to go ghost hunting, even if Yara isn’t so happy about it.

Yara’s grandmother is a Waker, which means that she can talk to ghosts, and Yara isn’t happy when it seems like she might have inherited the same gift, as she doesn’t want people to think that she’s crazy.
Can Yara really talk to ghosts? What is the weird black mist that she keeps seeing? And will tracking this ghost ultimately cost her her life?

This was an interesting YA paranormal romance, but I did have some ‘What?’ moments.

I liked Yara, but I didn’t love her. She did things at times that I wasn’t impressed by, and I thought that at times she could have been more mature. When you’re in the life-and-death situation that she was in, I wouldn’t rank playing volleyball as being high up your list of priorities.

The storyline in this book was okay. There were some creepy moments in the beginning, but these tailed off as the book got going which was a shame. I found the first 1/3 of the book to be quite predictable, although we did get one event then which proved to be quite a twist, that I hadn’t seen coming.
Unfortunately though this twist was then later undone, which just didn’t sit right with me. It seemed like a bit of a cop-out, like killing off a main character and then later saying that it was all a dream.
The ending was okay, although I’m not really sure where the next book is going to go now. Thankfully there wasn’t a cliff-hanger though!
Overall; an interesting YA paranormal romance.
6.5 out of 10.

1 comment:

  1. I don't mind when a book is predictable if it's still interesting.