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(The Yara Silva Trilogy #1)

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  2,251 ratings  ·  260 reviews
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 gho ...more
Paperback, 290 pages
Published August 20th 2010 by Pendrell Publishing (first published August 20th 2009)
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My ex-boyfriend used to have a bike he was madly in love with. I swear to god, that bike was like his first-born child. The thing is, it had this one, teeny-tiny problem...


Starting trouble!!!

Unfortunately, starting trouble is a big issue for me. I'm not like a lot of Goodreaders out there for whom finishing a book is almost a point of honour. If a story can't hold my interest from the word go, chances are, I will dump it unless I'm hating it so much that the pleasure of writing a scathing revie
Jun 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of ghost stories
Recommended to Arlene by: Street Corner Booker Tour - Alexa
Rating Clarification: 4.5 Stars (closer to 5)

Book quote: I had the feeling that the past I was trying to put behind me wasn’t going to go quietly.

Books such as Instrinsical reinforce my love for paranormal stories because they strike a delicate balance between creeping me out and creating a suspended reality that I can easily come to believe. I definitely enjoyed this ghost story by Lani Woodland and the entire cast of characters she created were amazing! The writing was beautiful and the flow w
Melonie Piper
Jul 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This book burts forth like a bull from a gate. Lani doesn't hold back on getting the story moving right away. Yara's journey of acceptance is masterfully laid out over the course of the novel with plenty of twists and turns along the way. The sensory details are amazing, and the way she incorporates the orange groves into the story is thrilling for anyone familiar with Corona to read, since it's such a part of the local history. It's refreshing to read a book with a female lead who starts out st ...more
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
Actual rating: 3.5 stars

Yara is a sixteen-year-old Waker - she comes from a long line of Brasilian women who can communicate with ghosts and apparently astral project. After moving to a boarding school with a wierd reputation, she saves the life of a boy named Brent and from there everything goes right and wrong at the same time! As usual, I don't want to write any spoilers, so I'll just say what I did and didn't like.

The story was really interesting and the writing was great. Brent is a fantas
Heather McCubbin
Jul 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
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 he
Jul 18, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2011
I am a sucker for books set in boarding schools. You see I grew up on a steady diet consisting of Enid Blyton books, books that are almost always set at boarding schools. Remember St. Clares? Mallory Towers? Or Elinor Brent Dyer's Chalet school series? No? Well okay, suffice it to say that where I grew up, these books were fairly popular. So anyway, back to Intrinsical.

I thought that the first novel was a strong opener in the trilogy. I enjoyed it thoroughly and if you have been following my re
A girl that can see ghosts.
A boy that can astral-project his soul.
And a best friend whose obsession about an eerie curse could put them all in danger.

Yara, Brent and Cherie are three teens who share two things in common - the prestigious private school they attend and the fact that they all believe in ghosts. Yara most of all, as she is a Waker - a person who has the gift of communicating with and seeing ghosts, a gift passed down through her family. But Yara doesn't want this gift. She doesn't
Sana Zameer
I nearly droped this book because of it's shaky start. I'm glad I didn't. An intriguing plot with enough twists and turn to keep you on edge. The story bursts forth from the first page. Yara Silva is a Waker. She can communicate with ghosts. On her first day at Pendrell Academy she saves the life of a student, Brent from a ghost attack. Pendrell has a history of being cursed and Yara unwittingly becomes it's target.

Apart from the way the book started the story is overall well executed. We get h
Feb 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

Unique, creepy and completley absorbing! Loved the surprising twists and these charcacters and the writing are remarkable!


...better review later.
Jul 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

I didn't know what to expect from Intrinsical. I just knew I wanted to read it and hoped that I would like it. While the beginning didn't grab me right away, I clearly remember the moment I became completely hooked. It was during the last two-thirds of the novel. It was filled with many surprises, and it was exactly what I was hoping for and more, exceeding any expectations I had! If I had to describe Intrinsical in one word it would definitely be impressive.

I admit Yara, the main chara
Colleen Houck
Creepy, ghostly story that twists and turns until up is down and left is right. Some really great imagery on the cover that matches the story perfectly. I really liked the astral projection pieces.
Jul 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
The Original Review - Here!

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 ca
Aug 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bookers, favorites
4.5 Stars! An Intriguing, haunting story with an intense pull leaving you gasping for more. Intrinsical was a tempting read by the cover alone. It’s mystical dark beauty had me curious and I was not disappointed! It fits perfectly with the story and just makes sense.
The writing is smooth and effortless which makes the story fly through your fingers. The plot was fresh and brilliant. Lots of twists and intricate details bring forth a visual reality only a crafted and skilled imagination could cr
Jul 10, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: YA lover,Ghost whisperer fans, Paranormal addicts
Recommended to Parvathy by: goodreads
I accidently learned about this book while surfing through goodreads website and found the plot summary very intriguing. But after reading this book what I felt was something I have never felt for any other books and that is the feeling of an amnesiac. The moment I finished reading the book I forgot even reading it in the first place. The story is such a cliche that it gave a distinct impression as watching an episode of "Ghost Whisperer". The lead Yara Silva has the power to talk to the dead wh ...more
Mar 12, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Intrinsical started out pretty good, even if it was quite predictable.
There was some creepy scenes, and Yara seemed like an okay character.

Though, as the story progressed, Yara started acting annoying, and moments popped up where all i could think was "really?!"

The twist about halfway through the book was quite good, i didn't see it coming.
However, shortly after, Yara and Brent started playing volleyball, and i just didn't get why. It wasn't exactly the best time to be messing around.

The twist
Natalie Brown
Aug 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Ghost and Suspense lovers!
Recommended to Natalie by: Friends
This book is sure to entertain and keep you turning pages until the very end. Just finishing, I am proud to say the book is far from predictable. The plot line is well thought out and keeps you guessing. If you are categorizing this with another Twi-knock off, read it and prove yourself wrong. Woodland has done a fantastic job of setting up the various different characters and in my opinion nailed the plot line with refreshing twist and turns that keeps the reader dying for more. Woodland uses s ...more
Jul 25, 2010 added it
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.

Ms. Woodland wastes no time throwing the reader into the story and letting
Jennifer Murgia
Aug 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Extremely unique and well thought premise. For anyone who loves the paranormal! Lani Woodland has a brilliant voice - her exquisite detailing kept me reading Intrinsical up late into the night. Definitely an author to watch!
Brandi ;)

Where do I start, this book was awesome. I love, love, love ghost stories. Absolutely my favorite type of paranormal story. Vamps are fun, witches run a close second and were's, eh not so crazy about were stories cause of the dominance thing. When I read about this book I was sooo excited, a ghost story! Yay! But it is YA so that gave me a little hesitation because my luck with YA lately has been real poo. So I purchased the book on my new Kindle, my darling precious (my first eboo
Jan 22, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: any YA paranormal fans
Shelves: paranormal
3.5 stars

Intrinsical has been sitting on my shelf for a long time now. It is one of those books that I put off reading because as soon as I read the synopsis I loved it. It totally intrigued me... So I usually wait to let my expectations balance.

I was captivated as soon as I started, I was creeped out and was so happy to find something original. I loved Yara's confidence and flirtiness with Brent. The characters were realistic and relatable. I wish Steve and Cherie were featured more in the book
Jul 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
In a Sentence: Intrinsical is a fast-paced, refreshing addition to the supernatural boarding school tale.

My Thoughts

About forty pages into Intrinsical, I was already kicking myself for not picking up the book sooner. I'm extremely pleased to say that author Lani Woodland's debut novel has proven to me that she has quite the knack for storytelling.

I was immediately drawn into the book by the prologue. By page three, something exciting was already happening, and I soon became completely absorb
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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
Aug 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This book absolutely had me on the tips of my toes. It was beautiful writing to begin with and by the time I got to the last page I was completly satisfied, all questions were answered and all lose ends tied! And the beautiful story that took place at Pendrell, an elite boarding school where Yara encounters the most drop dead gorgeous guy named Brent. and to top matters off Yara is hoarding a power so big by the time the story comes to conclude you'll be in awe. I loved the romance, the humor an ...more
Aug 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own-ebook, tbr-bought
Chilling, fast paced and haunting.

I have to say this novel is NOT one you can read while tired, or with other things on your mind, there's WAY to much going on and if you miss something, it can really hurt the story...I wanted to finish last night but after having to reread things, I decided to give up and finish during the light of day.

It's intricate details are amazing - this plot is one of the best one's I have ever read, so thought out, each "element" fitting precisely in the correct place
Feb 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I really liked this story, it was a completely different paranormal romance from what I have been reading which was a nice change. This story starts of swiftly and just keeps going, I kept thinking what is going to happen next and how are they ever going to get out/fix what has happened. Character building I thought was good, I really came to care for Yara who was strong, smart, resourceful, and had moments that did annoy me a little, Cherie was a great and loyal best friend, Brent was handsome, ...more
Aug 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Lani Woodland did a wonderful job on developing her characters, bringing them to life. I found this book to be light and refreshing to read, and was also quite happy to see Yara as a powerful character, strong and able to stand on her own. Lani Woodland has such a fresh and sweet eloquence to her writing. I definitely hope to read more of her soon!
Rating 4.5 stars Such a beautiful haunting tale (plus plenty of swoon worthy moments). Full review coming.

Thank you Alexa for sharing your copy. You are the best!
Kristi Cook
Apr 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Very fresh, original read! Totally loved it!!
Trisha Wolfe
Feb 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I’ve been meaning to read this story for a while. Every time I look at that gorgeous cover, I wonder what the heck took me so long? Many review requests, my own writing… Either way, I will remember in the future when a book is calling to me to be read, to drop everything and just read it! I was almost angry with family and friends for pulling me away while reading. I didn’t want to stop.

Sixteen-year-old Yara is an amazing character. Right from the beginning—which is breath-holding-ly exciting—sh
May 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
One day I was on twitter and I tweeted about how I wanted a Ghost story and if anyone had any recommendations. And a fellow blogger recommended "Intrinsicial by Lani Woodland" So I looked for it on Goodreads and saw that the ratings for this book was a 4.17 stars and a few reviews. I knew then I found my book.

Once I got my hands on this book. I immediately felt drawn to the main character which is named Yara (same name as one of our favorite bloggers) because she's not a little teenage bimbo. S
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I became an avid reader in elementary school, when I first discovered the Babysitters Club and Sweet Valley Twins series. In sixth grade, I began writing plays and recruiting (with force when necessary) my friends to act them out. Most of these early works were inspired by She-Ra, the epitome of girl power to my young self.

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“Wanna dance?" he asked
"I guess you'll do. All the cute guys are already taken," I answered with a grin.
"You wound me with your callousness," he sighed dramatically, taking me in his arms.
"I do have a black belt in demolishing overstuffed egos.”
“Will you please stop peeking at me like that? This is degrading enough as it is."
"Did it ever occur to you," I said, with a sly smile and a wink, "that you're irresistibly handsome, I can't keep my eyes off of you?"
He threw his head back in a laugh. "Of course. I should have realized.”
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