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October 16, 2014

Neyra Suped Up: Intrinsical by Lani Woodland

Series: The Yara Silva Trilogy 1
Format: eBook
Release Date: August 20, 2010
Publisher: Pendrell Publishing
Genre: YA Fantasy
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



It had been such a long time since I've stayed up/spent all day just reading. I loved INTRINSICAL the first time I read it, and I loved it just the same this time around.

Sixteen year old Yara Silva's first day at her new elite boarding school turns haunting when she notices a dark mist attack another student. The moment she has been dreading her whole life has arrived, her Waker abilities have surfaced. She, like the women in her family, has the ability to see and communicate with ghosts. And no matter how hard she will try to deny it, Yara will soon come to realize she cannot run from destiny.

The first thing about INTRINSICAL is that it is such a light hearted read; it's easy to get lost in the story. Follow it up with a strong protagonist, a little bit of romance, out of body experiences, an evil spirit, a sixty year old curse, and it's impossible not to enjoy. I loved that the romance aspect of the story doesn't become the focal point. It develops as the days go by and you get to watch Yara and Brent know each other as well as develop as characters. Yara is still a teenage girl, but she grows mentally and that is always an important factor for me when it comes to YA MC's.

That being said, I do also believe INTRINSICAL comes with its flaws. Like for example, the Waker gene, or trait. Now that I think about it I am a little confused as to why Yara couldn't see her ghostly companion until after she was able to astral project--leave her body. I'm only curious because Vovo, Yara's grandmother, goes around town like the crazy lady talking to ghosts. I'd assumed that anyone who was a Waker would be able to see spirits as well. I hope this gets explained a little further in the next book. There's also the "curse" aspect of the story which gets explained, but was a bit of a letdown for me.

Otherwise though, I enjoyed INTRINSICAL in its entirety. The boarding school and it's creepy undertone, along with the side characters that helped connect you to the MC and feel like you could relate to what she was going through. I'm more interested in finding out what else Yara and her family can do with these Waker abilities and what new ghostly surprises await.


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16 comments:

  1. I love boarding school reads and this sounds right up my alley! Great review!

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    1. Thanks Kindlemom! I think we're all fascinated by the boarding school atmosphere in some way or the other, no ? ;)

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  2. Intrinsical sounds fantastic! So fantastic in fact, that I went to one-click and found I'd already one-clicked it. Now I'm going to have to make time to read it! :) I'm so glad you loved it so much it kept you up until late into the night. It's a good thing when you can't tear yourself away from a book. Lovely review!

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    1. yay. you have it! :D I hope if you read it soon, you enjoy it as much as I did Brandee! I love realizing that i've stayed up too late because of reading lol

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  3. It is nice that this book still held up for you the second time around and a couple of years later. I think many of the YA books I have read if I reread them today, they wouldn't have the same appeal.

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    1. I agree, Heidi. I know that some books I've read in the past wont be as entertaining for me as they were before. Which is why I choose to only reread very few. Thanks for stopping by! :)

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  4. That good?! WOW. I am interested now

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    1. yes :) i just loved how the story progresses and it contained some elements in the story that made it such a great read for me. thanks for stopping by, Blodeuedd!

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  5. I didn't know about this book, but I like the stuff you said about it, Neyra. I'll have to put it on the list.

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    1. Thanks Sophia! It is (imo) a very underrated book and should be read by anyone with a fascination to boarding schools, ghosts and romance :)

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  6. I haven't heard of this before but it sounds great!

    I tagged Lani W, I'm sure she'll love this review :D

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    1. I'm glad to be the one to introduce you all to the book! xD lol Thanks Braine!

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  7. Oh a ghost story it's been a while! I didn't know about this one but it sounds really good! But well isn't it perfect to be lost in a story! We all love that. great review!

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    1. It is perfect! I do love to be caught up in a book! Thanks Melliane, for stopping by :)

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  8. I bought this book when it came out years ago and still haven't read it. I think it's one I would love though so I need to fit it in!

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    1. Oh! I did that with Shadow and Bone LOL! Its okay though, there's always time for a book. And I do hope you enjoy it once you can read it, Candace :D thanks for stopping by!

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