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.