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Intrinsical Hardcover – August 20, 2010

4.4 out of 5 stars 58 customer reviews
Book 1 of 3 in the Yara Silva Trilogy Series

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About 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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 315 pages
  • Publisher: Pendrell Publishing; 1 edition (August 20, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982729707
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982729700
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,870,625 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
It seems there are a lot of paranormal books where a young girl is sent to private school and discovers she has supernatural abilities. For these reasons you would think that the story line of Intrinsical would be overdone and boring right? WRONG! On page one I realized that Lani Woodland wrote a wonderful story that sets itself apart from most YA paranormal books.

I read the first paragraph of Intrinsical and stopped, looked at the cover and description thinking "this is a young adult book"? I reread the first paragraph and surmised that Intrinsical is not a dumb downed YA book. It's not that the language was Lord of the Rings -like but it also wasn't valley girl speak. At this point I knew I would like Intrinsical - knowing that it would be a paranormal read that also required more mind power if you will. (Bigger more descriptive words and a world I am not familiar with meant paying more attention to the story)

Lani Woodlands vivid imagery has me recalling even the tiniest detail. She creates a world that is absolutely realistic while throwing in a completely paranormal world too. While reading I was lost in the story forgetting about time and other responsibilities that needed my attention.

What Intrinsical does lack is a love triangle - and for that I am grateful. There is however a beautiful love story unlike any I have read before. I liked that the relationship Yara forms with her friend Brent. It is a strong friendship filled with trust, faith, communication and honesty - not physical contact. Proving that people can have relationships without smoochies.

If I were a teen girl Brent would be my book crush. He is adorable and everything a girl wants (and deserves) in a boy.
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Format: Hardcover
Also appears on The Screaming Nitpicker. There are spoilers in my review, so read at your own risk.

Growing up, Yara Silva was always afraid that she would have the same Waker gene that her grandmother did. She never wanted to be made fun of the way her beloved grandmother was when she came for visits from Brazil. It seems like the trait may have passed her by, but then she enrolls at a boarding school and her dormant powers come to life as she saves fellow student Brent from being murdered by a dark mist. Now that dark mist is following her too and with little control over her powers, defeating it and solving the boarding school's old curse won't be easy for Yara.

First off, thank you to the author Lani Woodland for sending me a friend request on Goodreads (which I accepted, of course). That was a lovely gesture. Intrinsical has been on my radar since I ran across it and its lovely cover a few months ago and I was excited to get reading. I found a great debut novels within these pages. The execution was a little flawed, but that did not stop me from having fun on my journey into Yara's world.

Yara and Cherie were both likable girls and I loved reading scenes where the two of them interacted. Between the two, I preferred Cherie and found her to be a little more interesting. I didn't feel like I knew Steve well enough, so I won't say much about him. Brent... Well, let's just say that at the end of the book, I preferred Dallin over Brent. He may be the male lead, but Brent pulled a few tricks that don't fly with me. Something tells me that if Yara's grandmother had been in the book, I would have loved her like I loved Cherie.
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I'm not typically one for "ghost stories". I've pretty much hated every one I've read in fact; therefore, I wasn't sure I'd even like this book but since it had such good reviews I figured I'd give it a try and I'm extremely glad I did!

I never retell the plot in my reviews but I will say that this story had me guessing until the end. It's funny because I bought the book for my Kindle and had I not, I SO would've cheated and taken a peek at the end, lol. There were moments in the book that had me throughly creeped out, and the next I was almost crying, and the next I was scratching my head saying "WHAT"?? I loved that I was kept guessing throughout the entire book and though there was a happy ending, I didn't at all feel as though the book was predictable. I also loved the romantic aspect in that it was not instant and magnetic, but slow and steady, and just written beautifully! I will definitely recommend this book to friends and most certainly read the books to follow!!
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By J. Tolley on September 26, 2010
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It is long over due...I finally got my hands on a great clean book. There are lots of "great books" out there that are full of junk that I just don't want to read. It can be very difficult to find books that are not full of poor language or romance that isn't sex. This book meet both requirements. What is more, it meet both requirements while maintaining great writing style and story...something that is rare to find. This book makes you think outside the box. It is a good read and a fun read. It's the kind of book you will want to read more than once. Two thumbs way up. Five stars. However you want to put it...just read it. You won't be disappointed.
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