Monday, June 16, 2014

Girls on Fire: Intrinsical by Lani Woodland


Intrinsical
by Lani Woodland
Series: The Yara Silva Trilogy #1
290p.
Available now
Source: Girls on Fire Box set from publicity for review
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.

My thoughts:
I've been wanting to read this one for a while now. This is one of the full stories included in this box set. There are others, but I thought I'd pick the last one in this group to see if I would like this one or not.

I did enjoy this story. I liked Yara, one who suddenly finds she is like her grandmother and can communicate with ghosts. Her family is also mysteriously tied into the school she is attending with her ghost hunting bestie. The "curse" of the school turns it's eyes toward Yara after a life saving incident and her awakened ability. Her abilities and what she learns about life and death may save or condemn more people.

I did like the characters. In fact, my fave character didn't even make an appearance physically in the book. Yara's grandmother is an integral part of her past and becomes the key in figuring things out. I do hope she makes an appearance in the other 2 books in this trilogy. I sympathized with Yara, but would have liked to seen more of her personality come through. Brent was frustrating to me at times because I just wanted him to be more genuine of his feelings, but I still liked him and rooted for him in the end.

I give this book 3 1/2 stars. I did enjoy the book and despite this being a trilogy, it can be read as a standalone. It is a complete book! I so enjoy that. I am looking forward to seeing a bit more of these characters in the next book.

26 comments:

  1. Love the cover and I really like the idea of a book in which grandmother and granddaughter play such an important part.

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    1. Well, the grandmother was important, but didn't play it "in the flesh" so to speak. :)

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  2. That is awesome that it works as a stand alone. I do like the box cover!

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    1. You could do all your YA challenges in one sitting. :D

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  3. What's with all the boxed sets?? It's a great way to introduce people to series they wouldn't otherwise read though.

    Pretty covers for this one!

    Karen @ For What It's Worth

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  4. I do remember being curious about this one but I had no idea it was part of a trilogy. I'll have to see if I can find this one at my library.

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  5. I think this is one book that I had want to read but have yet to get to it. Thanks for sharing you review.

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  6. I'm glad you somewhat enjoyed this one, but it doesn't seem like it will work well for me. Great review, though!

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  7. Yay for a complete story in just one.

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  8. What no cliffie? How nice is that? I know I have a copy of this book, and I haven't gotten around to it. Glad it was a good read.

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  9. Love the cover and I like that this is a complete story. I have been enjoying ghostly tales lately.

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  10. 290 pages seems pretty short but it sounds like a strong story. Curious about the grandmother now!

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  11. I remember this story, I'm pretty sure it's on my Goodreads TBR list. Glad to know you enjoyed it. And thanks for reminding me about this boxed set!

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  12. I do like the sound that it feels like a standalone. There are way too many trilogies out there. ;) Also like that the character can communicate with ghosts. Pretty awesome.

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  13. Oh I loke a ghost story it's always interesting! I'm glad you had a nice time with this one.

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  14. I've actually had this since it released and STILL haven't read it. I really love books with ghosts though!

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  15. My son started talking to me while I read your review, and at first I thought you wrote that YOUR grandmother could talk to ghosts. lol. Yeah, I need to read this. I love the ghostly thing.

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  16. Yay for getting a complete story even though this is the first book in a trilogy! Seems like that so rarely happens. Clearly this first installment didn't knock your socks off, but it sounds like a solid enough read, and I hope you get more of her grandmother in the next book!

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  17. i like the idea behind this book (i mena it's a ghost story and i frick love ghosts) but i have to admit this one wasn't on my radar at all—so thank you ;)

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  18. Oh now that sounds really interesting. Very good. Thank you!

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