Author: Lani Woodland
Review by ME
Summary from Goodreads
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.
First of all, thanks to Madelyn from Pendrell Publishing for the review copy, it's greatly appreciated and I totally enjoyed it!
Second of all, isn't the cover gorgeous? A girl in a pretty blue dress submerged underwater reaching for the surface? It fits perfectly with several scenes in the book! If I had been in the store and saw this, I would have bought it without a second thought!
Lani Woodland did an amazing job with her writing and vocabulary, but in my opinion, it had no style. It's too much like all the other YA novels on the shelf. Some authors have this natural, smooth beautiful and unique writing, whereas others have this somewhat generic writing from typical YA novels. Lani writes halfway in between, leaning towards generic YA.
The plot, however, and storyline was completely unexpected and original, and takes readers in on a new angel of ghosts!
Beginning: A little confusing, but otherwise understandable. I thought the Prologue was too long and had too much to be just a Prologue . Count it as a chapter. Anyhoo, I love how Intrinsical starts off with the love interest: very nice and tactful.
Middle: What just happened? That did not just freakin' happen! Oh my gosh! The danger and action is intense, but a little chunky. You could bookmark it, leave, and come back later. But it was still yummy, kind of like a half-frosted chocolate cupcake.
End: Complete and finishing and "long overdue" Hey, it involves a kiss! ~swoon~
Characters: Brent seemed way too perfect, sweet and flirtatious throughout Intrinsical, until it neared the end, when his emotions and thoughts were more real and believable (vulnerable). Yara, to me, didn't have a character, which is odd because Intrinsical is told in the first person by Yara herself, and she is the main character! You'd think something would stick, but sadly: no.
Overall: Enjoyable and well-written Intrinsical is a murder mystery romance that is sure to be loved by readers everywhere.
Conclusion: Somewhere between can-read and must-read.