Written by Lani Woodland
Published by Pendrell Publishing
*arc provided by author in exchange for an honest review*
If you love a good ghost story.... I have found the book for you! Not only is the cover 'to die for', but the story is original and engaging! I am so excited about this book that I am teaming up with the author, Lani Woodland, to offer other bloggers a chance to read and review the book. We are sending Intrinsical out on tour (US Only)! Please read the book's summary and my review and if you like what you read and want the opportunity to read and review it yourself, then be sure to fill out the form at the bottom of this post. This book tour will operate like an arc tour: you receive the book- read the book- review the book- and mail it to the next blogger on the list. I really enjoyed the book and I know you guys will too!! Don't miss this opportunity to read an incredible book and support an amazing debut author!
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."
Obviously you know I L-O-V-E this book! It's pages were full of suspense, intrigue, and action. The plot was fast-paced and original, forcing me to turn pages late into the night. Lani Woodland did a fantastic job creating interesting characters that I found easy to connect with and care for. The main character, Yara, wanted to be 'normal' and had spent her life denying and avoiding her family's heritage. She was afraid of being labeled 'crazy' like her grandmother. However, she enrolls at Pendrell (an elite boarding school with a rumored curse) and finds herself in the middle of a supernatural showdown! As the story unfolds, Yara's character undergoes a spiritual 'extreme makeover'. She is thrust into a battle against dark forces as the lines between life and death begin to blur. With her special talents awakening, Yara begins to understand who she really is and what she is capable of doing in order to protect herself and those she cares for. I really liked Yara. Her character was genuine and believable and the 'Waker' abilities were a neat spin on the classic "I can see dead people" paranormal storyline. The romance between Yara and Brent was sweet and innocent. I did find myself frustrated at times as both Yara and Brent tried to deny what they were feeling for one another, but I guess it makes the growing love between them more realistic. Lani did a great job at keeping the reader guessing! Just when I thought I had it all figured out something different would happen! The ending gave satisfying closure to the events in the book. I do hope we haven't seen the last of Yara, Brent, and the rest of characters! Congrats to Lani Woodland for writing such an impressive debut! I look forward to reading more from her!!
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Are you are interested in reading and reviewing Intrinsical by Lani Woodland? If so, then just fill out the form below. This tour is limited to US residents and bloggers 13 years of age or older. I will be contacting all of the bloggers that sign up to verify their contact information. Thanks for supporting Lani and I hope you enjoy Intrinsical as much as I did!!
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