Book Type: Hardcover
Age Range: Young Adult
Publication Date: August 8, 2010
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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.
Gather: a peculiar girl, a boarding school, a hot guy with a peculiar talent, a “curse” and you’ll have Intrinsical / By: Lani Woodland. Intrinsical begins after Yara moves to her new school; Penderell along her best friend Cherie, who by some way or another, has always tried to contact the “supernatural” world. Ironically, Cherie lacks this gift while Yara is natural to it. After knowing details of Penderell’s “curse” with Brent, Yara will get to know more of her capabilities and what factor they will play to break the “curse” that has affected Penderell academy for decades. A word to summarize Intrinsical is; unpredictable, and I love that. Woodland teases the reader taking the story from one point to another gracefully, and what makes it more interesting are the clues left along the way. At lasts a story about humans but with a touch of fantasy for what readers are craving no matter what. I have liked the result from when all the pieces from the puzzle are over the table. The “curse’s” story itself possesses feeling and even for a second, the reader will feel some compassion for him or those involved. The role that Yara and Brent play or both of their families are a good touch that makes the story outstanding. My only point is that I would have liked to see more of Penderell Academy as a Boarding School with more strict laws, since it looked like the characters could come and go how they pleased. At the end, this doesn’t take anything from the story, but it would have been something nice to see. The end leaves a possibility for a sequel and if there’s one: where do I sign? Intrinsical, a great presentation letter for a debut author where a girl will not only fight to break a “curse”, save her life and her love interest’s, but overall, to settle terms with who she really is.