Intrinsical [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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Overview

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.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940148211174
  • Publisher: Geek Girl Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/10/2014
  • Series: The Yara Silva Trilogy , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 520,005
  • File size: 1,014 KB

Meet the Author

Lani Woodland has been an avid reader since elementary school when she first discovered the Babysitters Club and Sweet Valley Twins series. In sixth grade she began writing plays and recruiting (with force when necessary) her friends to act them out. Most of these early works were inspired by She-Ra, the epitome of girl power to her young self.

She graduated from BYU with a BS in Family Science. Lani has always loved scary stories, and has a hard time enjoying any book without at least a little romance in it. She lives in Southern California with her husband, their two children and a large collection of board games. She has worked as a spot-welder, babysitter, janitor, photographer, gymnastics coach, and movie extra. She enjoys bonfires at the beach, hole-in-the-wall restaurants, speed talking, chocolate as a cure-all, and the word "precisely".
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted August 11, 2010

    Love It!

    This book stars off with a bang, and I loved being able to read a book that is exciting right from the first chapter. There's no slow build here! The characters are witty and the setting is described so well it'll make you crave the smell of orange blossoms. This book is comforting, like a good friend, but thrilling and scary at times as well. Of course, it has to have a love story, and this one is special because the characters talk to each other and get to know each other, something that seems to be missing in other stories. All around, this is a book I would read over and over.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 11, 2011

    Buy this book! It is a must read!

    Lani Woodland did a fantastic job on her debut young adult fiction. It starts out getting your attention and keeps it through the whole story. It has the right amount if fear and whit. The dialoge is not some overly sappy and wordy crap, It is how people really speak. I don't want to gaive any of the book away,bBut you will root for Yara and her friends. It was so good that I stayed up all night to reab it. If you are wondering if you should take a chance on this new and not well known aurther, the answer is a resounding yes! I just ordered her second book and I am so excited to start it. I beleive that the series is one you will not want to miss.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 12, 2010

    Take a romance, add some paranormal, a twist of mystery, a school setting and you have INTRINSICAL!

    I was fortunate enough to receive an ARC copy of "Intrinsical". From the opening lines of Chapter 1, you go on a rollercoaster journey with Yara and her new friends. During the first few days at a prestigious boarding school, she tries to ignore all the paranormal happenings that somehow only she can see and experience.

    I found myself getting very wrapped up in certain scenes and even disgusted by a certain paranormal being--which is good. This shows that an author can bring the images in her head to the paper and invoke a reaction from you, the reader!

    I don't want to give anything away, but if you like: clean stories, ghosts, romance, suspsense and the smell of citrus, then this book is for you! I hope there is a sequel; I'm intrigued on how Yara will handle her gift as she continues to grow and mature at her boarding school.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 22, 2014

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    Intrinsical is a terrific start to a promising trilogy! The way

    Intrinsical is a terrific start to a promising trilogy! The way the book began and is written was phenomenal. I was hooked immediately and connected with the characters right away. Yara is my new favorite heroine in YA for sure. You know why? Mostly because she doesn't go all ga-ga over a guy. Very refreshing! 

    Yara is a smart and likable character. She has great friends in Cherie and Cherie's boyfriend, Steve. I loved the banter between Brent and her. Almost even more than that, I loved that when he calls Cherie "crazy" she stands up for Cherie and begins avoiding him. I cheered for her - I just thought that was so cool and brave, especially because she liked him, and they seemed like there was a mutual attraction between them. 

    I must admit I did like Brent right away though some things he said and did made me cringe at times. He's funny and smart which made him a great complement to Yara. He met his match with her! I liked the secret they share and that he was willing to help her. I also liked that she wasn't so easily persuaded by him. 

    There's so much about Intrinsical to love. As a fan of the movie, Donnie Darko, that touches on astral projection, I loved that astral projection plays an important role in this story. The setting, the characters, the plot, and the writing all combine to make for an addictive read. I'm so excited for what's to come in this trilogy.

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2013

    AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D

    This book was a good thriller book. It had the right amount of eveything in it. The relationship between yara and brent was true love until u find out the twist in the end(which i think is sad and good at the same time) i encourge people to read this book who love a book with thriiler, romance, laughter, and friendship. If your reading this on a nook the u should expect this book to be about 194 pages but its worth it. The second book is even better and is 298 pages so im gonna say one more thing, READ THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Posted April 28, 2012

    Has it all! Must read!!

    Great read! Never gets slow or dull. Makes you crave the next installment.

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  • Posted April 5, 2012

    I love a good ghost story, and Intrinsical didn't disappoint. I

    I love a good ghost story, and Intrinsical didn't disappoint. I thought it was so different from other YA ghost stories I've read. I loved watching Yara come to terms with her abilities and the major twist (there are actually a few, but one specifically) that happens, and the point in the story that it happens blew me away. I enjoyed seeing Yara's relationship with Brent grow, and I appreciated that it happened over time instead of the two of them falling head over feet in love immediately. I loved this book and I loved Indelible even more! So make sure you pick up copies of both of these fabulous books!

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  • Posted March 7, 2011

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    Highly Recommended - you must check it out!!

    I have to start by saying that the cover of this book is outstanding (FYI: the author took the photo). The colors, the model, the fontwork...it all goes together so well. Well enough that the cover was one of the reasons that I bought the book, and I'm so glad I did!

    Lani Woodland has created a very descriptive and unique world in Intrinsical. She has taken the age-old story of ghosts and added a new, distinct twist that is very refreshing. Her main character, Yara Silva, is well written and complex, with an excellent YA voice. Throughout the book, Yara struggles to deal with a special gift that has been passed down through her family; a gift that she doesn't want and tries to ignore. Her conflict is expertly written by Lani, making us feel Yara's embarrassment and, ultimately, acceptance of her abilities.

    Like all good books, romance is at the forefront of Intrinsical. Yara meets Brent, a handsome fellow student who has secrets of his own, and the two have an instant connection. Their love story, however, is very different from others (and no, I'm not telling you how!) in its premise, but all the traditional feelings of young love are there, magically written by Lani. Nearly from the first moment these two characters met, I found myself rooting for them the entire way, hoping that the surprise twist in the story was somehow fixable (yeah, you're gonna want to read this book to find out what that twist is!).

    Lani's prose is beautifully crafted, weaving a world full of sights and smells that makes the reader feel like they are sitting right next to Yara beneath that tree enjoying the scents of nature. Her action scenes are engrossing and keep you on edge; but they are perfectly balanced with the right amount of romance and humor, so you don't feel like your head will explode through the entire book!

    Overall, I adored Intrinsical. Beautiful writing, excellent story, engrossing characters...what more can you ask for in a book? The only regret I have is that I read it too soon, because now I have to wait for the second book in this enthralling series. Excellent job, Lani! I give Intrinsical 5 stars, and urge you all to pick up a copy now!

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  • Posted February 21, 2011

    A interesting read

    I have read a lot of great reviews about this book and it really sounded very interesting but it just really didn't hold my attention as well as I would have liked it too. I am also a none believer in the whole out of body experiences, where you can meditate your spirit out of your body and it can go floating around the town. I just have a hard time with that stuff and it was a huge part of the storyline.



    Yara, was hoping that she wouldn't have the Waker gene like her grandmother and she really thought it had skipped her until she started her new school and had to rescue a fellow school mate from a black mist. She also witnessed a lot of other strange things. This book is really hard to explain with out giving away major plot lines so I won't go into detail.



    The characters in the story are likable enough. Yara just wants to be normal, but she seems to take to her non normal life fairly well. I figure its mainly due to the fact that she grew up with her grandmother being different so she knows a lot about what things lay ahead. Brent, seems like a nice guy, though there were times I wasn't really sure if I liked him or didn't. My favorite character was Yara's friend Cherie, she is really into the paranormal stuff. She so wants to see a ghost and its one of the reasons she talked Yara into getting accepted to the school because it comes with a haunted history.



    Over all it is a fairly unique and original story and I found it to be a decent read. Even though at times it was hard to suspend my disbelief I really did try too. If you like ghost stories then I would recommend you give this book a try.

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  • Posted February 16, 2011

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    This is an odd review for me to write. I really enjoyed this book overall and couldn't put it down. But, at times it was slow paced and then other events happened so fast I wondered what the heck was going on.

    The biggest plus for this story is the cast of characters. I absolutely loved all of them. I liked Yara from the start. I liked her family history and how she was trying to get away (or deny) from who/what she is. I loved her best friend Cherie. I found it so interesting that she was so devoted to investigating the very things Yara was so determined not to see. They complimented each other so well, that it was no wonder they were best friends. I also really enjoyed their romantic interests in the story. They are completely realistic. I love that Steve and Brent are best friends as well.

    I also really enjoyed the paranormal elements of the story. I liked that Yara can see ghosts. I loved the Cherie believes and can't see them and tries to help Yara come to terms with her abilites. I loved that the school is haunted and may even be cursed. I liked how we learn about this and the history of the "spirit" that haunts the school. Some of the scenes are down right creepy and left me wondering if I should really be reading it late at night with all the lights off.

    It's hard to discuss what I had difficulty with without giving away what I feel are spoilers. There are two specific events concerning Yara that happened so fast that it left me really wondering what was going on. I actually had to go back and reread. I think it's just me though, because those events don't seem to confuse anybody else. Plus, the time frame in between those two events is slow. We learn a lot about what is going on, but not much happens.

    But, overall I really enjoyed the story. It's just the right mix of ghosts, paranormal, real life events, and romance. The book has an overall dark feel to it that works really. I'll definitely read the next one

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  • Posted October 13, 2010

    Highly recommend checking out this amazing debut novel!

    Intrinsical by Lani Woodland is a new young adult paranormal romance that gives a new slant to what paranormal is all about. It is her debut novel and it is filled with everything that makes paranormal so exciting as she creates a new way of showing us how out of the ordinary life can really be. It is the perfect way to have a taste of Halloween anytime of the year. It delves into ghosts, curses, dark sinister mists, hauntings, and let's not forget a little romance along the way. I loved this story from start to finish and it grabbed me and had me hanging on for dear life wondering what was going to happen next. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough as I devoured all the many unexpected twists that forced surprise from my mouth nurmerous times. In addition to the amazing story-weaving talents Lani possesses,where she easily casts the reader under the spell of her well-written,engaging characters; she also has an incredible eye for photography. She took the fabulous underwater picture that graces her cover. In Intrinsical, Yara was looking forward to attending Pendrell boarding school with her best friend,Cherie. It was a chance to escape all the jokes about her crazy ghost-talking grandmother. She wanted to be normal and with relief thought that the dormant Waker gene that let her grandmother see and talk to ghosts might just have missed claiming her. But when she sees a dark mist trying to attack Brent, a gorgeous, popular athlete, and tries to kill him, she impulsively jumps in to save his life. But this causes her to draw the attention of the dark mist as it begins to stalk her as she learns about the curse that has huanted her new school with dark spirits, as it seeks to threaten her life. At teh same time Brent turns his focus to Yara and wants to know more about the girl who saved his life. Then Yara's best-friend Cherie,excited to investigate all the stories fo hauntings around the school, hopes to make contanct with the ghosts of the curse. She drags her new boyfriend, Steve along with Yara and Brent into the heart of the curse. But she doesn't have teh ablity to make contact, even though she studied with Yara's grandmother, the ways of the Wakers, strange things begin to happen around them. Meanwhile, Yara learns that mabye the Waker gene didn't skip a generation after all. Fighting her heredity and her growing powers as a Waker she find herself pulled further and further into the realm of ghosts and dark spirits as she and her friends delve deeper into finding out about the long standing curse and the mystery behind the danger that lurks in the shadows as they learn that the deaths that occured at the school and the sinister nature of them is more than what anyone realized. Intrinsical held me spell bound until the last amazing twist-filled page. I lvoed the chacacters and how they grew with each new discovery they made. The ties of friendship and loyalty always being there protrayed in a depth that show the importance of courage, trust, and always being there for each other. They changed as they learned that they could be more than they ever imagined. I loved how well each new surprise sprang out at me unexpectedly as incredibe events where there was no turning back left you wondering how the characters could possilby overcome them adn how unpredictable it all was in the end. Be sure not to miss out on your own chilling ghost-filled copy of Intrisical and don't forget to leave the lights on.

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  • Posted September 22, 2010

    Great Debut

    Intrinsical Review...

    It usually takes me forever to complete a book..Not Intrinsical!..

    The title and beautiful cover sparked my interest....and once I started reading it I could not put it down and ended up staying up very, very late so that I could finish it..

    I liked it so much that I have read it two more times..

    The second time through I caught all of the clues to the mystery that I had missed in the first read through....

    The third time I read it out loud to a non-reader.that really made it come alive . Even though I knew this time what was going to happen, I re-experienced the suspense ...

    As I heard my own voice telling the story..I kept thinking, "Wow this would make a great Audio book. "..

    It would also make a great movie.You'll find yourself visualizing the story as you read...

    I have read many of the other Intrisical reviews and agree with the reviewers, that the story is captivating, the characters are likable and believable, the twists and turns keep you on your toes.

    I was dead tired the night I read it but it kept me wide awake..I would have felt that I was deserting Yara if I had fallen asleep..

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2010

    Impressive Debut from an Extremely Talented Author!

    Intrinsical is one of the most engaging and fast-paced novels I have read. Every single page made me want to keep reading and I hated when I was too busy to do so! Lani Woodland's writing is beautiful and fresh. Her descriptions are well-written, never over the top, and create such vivid images. She has given Yara, the main character, a funny, beautiful, and realistic voice that makes the narration all the more enjoyable. Speaking of Yara, I really liked her. Her reluctance to accept her Waker abilities is believable and understandable. But when she starts to accept them and learns more about her powers, she grows as a person. She doesn't start off as weak necessarily, but towards the end of the novel, she's stronger and more assertive. The romance in the novel is clean and sweet. I liked that Yara and Brent didn't fall in love the moment they clapped eyes on each other. Their relationship grew naturally and Ms. Woodland illustrated their feelings for one another wonderfully through their actions and words. Ms. Woodland wastes no time throwing the reader into the story and letting Yara's story take flight. The events of the story are sometimes confusing and glossed over, but overall, everything fits together to present a fresh and exciting story. I cannot stress enough how much I enjoyed/loved reading Intrinsical! If you don't purchase a copy or request one at your library for you to check out, you'll be missing out on an incredible debut!

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  • Posted September 16, 2010

    I loved this book!!!!

    I loved everything about this book!!! I loved the writing, I loved the plot, I loved the characters and the relationships they had with each other. I loved the mystery and intrigue! I even loved the cover and title as they were what caught my eye in the first place. I hear there is a sequel for this book. I can hardly wait to get my hands on it! I totally recommend this book!!!!

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