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Indelible (Yara Silva Trilogy) by Lani…

Indelible (Yara Silva Trilogy)

by Lani Woodland

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I'm absolutely in love with this series. It's nice to see a levelheaded heroine who has the common sense to think her decisions through and to make hard choices. I think Yara is a good role model for YA readers: no boy-crazed-fashion-victim-gossipy-airheads here.
If I had a teenage kid, I would surely buy him/her this book as a birthday present (hint hint).

Second books are often tricky: if the romance has already been “solved” in the first one, how do you re-create some tension? If all the mysteries already got unveiled, should you introduce new ones or concentrate on something else? And about the world building, should you insist some more on the same main concepts or come up with something complementary?
I think [a:Lani Woodland|4104358|Lani Woodland|http://photo.goodreads.com/authors/1278086541p2/4104358.jpg] did a great job in facing these issues and many others I didn't mention.
She managed to build tension between Yara and Brent without resorting to the always detestable love triangle (thanks for writing a book that's trigonometrically free!).
I was not disappointed in the mystery and world building departments, either. We learn more about the Wakers and the Pendrell curse (something known), and we get acquainted with other side characters and a creepy ghost (something new).
About the ghost: it's hard not to give away any spoilers; let me just say this: if I were Yara, I would have called the Ghostbusters right away!

There would be much to say about this book but, for the sake of concision, I'm going to pick (the) one thing I didn't like and one (among many) I liked.

What I didn't like was the single-mindedness of Vovò; here she downgraded from “elderly mentor” to “overbearing old lady”. For her, Yara's life should be dedicated entirely to the Waker business, and she goes about this opinion of hers with the finesse of a steamroller. Let's take the moment in which she suggested that Yara could postpone, or downright renounce, college:“Your parents and I agree it might be in your best interest to defer school for a year and train. […]
You don’t have a choice about being a Waker, Yara. I’m sorry. This is your life. You have much to learn. There is still much you don’t know about herbs, about our legends, about other techniques to help ghosts. […]
Just think about it, Yara. We aren’t forcing you to do this. It is your choice. Completely.”Well, you are not putting it really as a choice, are you? It looks much more as a psychological blackmail to me: “you can do what you want, but I would be seriously unhappy if you choose what I don't want you to choose.”
I'm not entirely satisfied with Yara's decision about this matter , but it's consistent with the character, so I can't complain.

What I liked was the way in which the author dealt with the difficult topic of chronic illness. Maybe because it strikes too close to home for comfort, I always have a difficult time reading about situations in which someone is exposed to the fear of an announced early death. But in this case there's love, courage, determination and, most important of all, hope.

I'm definitely waiting for [b:Inevitable|9982010|Inevitable (The Yara Silva Trilogy, #3)|Lani Woodland|http://www.goodreads.com/images/nocover-60x80.jpg|14876556], the third (and final?) book in this series. ( )
  sbinifera | Nov 8, 2013 |
Yara has more mysteries to deal with this time around of both the ghostly AND the earthly varieties. Number one ghost contender…Sophie Pendrell; this is one family that just won’t quit! Sophie has some unfinished business to attend to thanks to her husband as well as her own sense of duty to a promise made long ago, but will she let Yara help her? Eh, no. It seems she blames her for the mess that exists currently in conjunction with that promise and while it’s true, it is SOMEWHAT her fault…should that really matter? I mean, she was tricked into discovering the location of the hidden object that would lead to the potential unraveling of ...wait, I’ve said too much. O-O Ahem…moving on….

The story is chock full of information about the addictive nature of gambling, the dangers in messing with Mother Nature, and what darkness can be provoked when the wrong person is given a LITTLE too much power. We get reacquainted with the evil that is Thomas from book one, catching a glimpse of just how he became the way he was, what he hoped to accomplish, and the “gift” he left behind for Yara’s boyfriend, Brent. School politics come into play a time or two as they discover further connections to both themselves and the past but don’t be surprised if you get caught in the web they are spinning. The powers that be are controlling and vindictive…case closed.

Things are not all doom and gloom though. The Silva family gains the spotlight a time or two, especially Yara’s Grandmother Vovo...we catch up with Cherie (Yara's best girl friend) and Brent (Yara's formerly possessed...well, sorta...boyfriend)...and even learn a thing or two about a sect of American Wakers of which we weren't formerly aware. I would have never guessed the outcome for Sophie; as far as I was concerned this is one ghost that was written off. What’s that old saying? Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Yeah, well how about try to kill me one or more times and still expect some help from me? O-O Yeah...can't say I see a yes in YOUR future. I definitely can’t wait to see how Yara’s growing powers come into play in book 3…and even Brent’s…and whatever happened to….oh no, you’re not gonna make me slip up this time!

In summary, book one introduced us to Yara’s world as she uncovered talents she didn’t know she had, and really didn’t want. Book two gets us more intimately acquainted with the ways of the Waker and all it entails as Yara embraces her power more fully…even if reluctantly….and accepts her family heritage. It’s a powerful role she has to play in the lives of those who’ve moved on unsuccessfully but one she must fully accept if she has any hope of controlling it as opposed to it controlling her. My one line verdict….I DEFINITELY have to see how it all ends! Recommended reading for teens and beyond. ( )
  GRgenius | Nov 17, 2011 |
In Indelible, the sequel to last year’s Intrinsical, Yara Silva, a Waker who can communicate with ghosts, faces more challenges and excitement in her new school year at Pendrell Academy. After spending the summer in Brazil with her grandmother and mentor Vovo, fine-tuning her Waker abilities, she’s ready for action. However, she would like some time to spend getting reacquainted with boyfriend Brent, and best friend Cherie before getting pulled into another mystery. Unfortunately, Yara starts her senior year off on the wrong foot by angering a new ghost, introduced to her by mysterious new boy DJ, and once again Yara finds herself embarking on a dangerous mission.

I enjoyed Indelible just as much as Intrinsical, and found Yara’s journey thrilling and emotionally satisfying. There is a smooth transition from the last book in the series, and a brief recap of the events that helped to refresh my memory. Indelible builds upon the story from the first book very nicely, with the familiar blend of surprises, suspense, sacrifice and charm I enjoyed in Intrinsical.

Yara has some help and moral support from her family this year as her parents and Vovo are now living nearby. I was thrilled to see Vovo’s character featured prominently in this book, since she interested me so much through her limited appearances in the first book. She holds the key to a lot of the answers Yara seeks and it’s interesting to get more insight into Waker history. She is one of Yara’s biggest supporters and always there with her fresh baked cookies, and special herbs and jewelry to protect Yara in her dangerous line of work. Along with the familiar carryover characters from Intrinsical, there are some new characters introduced that further complicate Yara’s life.

I enjoyed seeing Yara’s character growth and how she is managing her gift and facing her fears. Her relationship with Brent is tested as he is struck with a serious illness, and once again Yara faces some tough choices as she battles ghosts, villains and her own internal demons.

The plot twists kept my interest level high throughout the book, and the even pace made it a quick read. The mystery, characters, relationships, and emotional story make this a standout YA paranormal series. I think readers of Intrinsical will enjoy the compelling sequel even more. If you haven’t read Intrinsical, Indelible works well as a self-contained story, though you will get more out of it by reading Intrinsical first. I can’t wait to see what happens in the final book of the trilogy, Inevitable. ( )
  readingdate | Oct 31, 2011 |
I thought the story in Indelible was even better than the one in Instrinscial (and I loved that one). In this book, we learn that the world of those with supernatural abilities is much more complex and complicated than Yara Silva once believed. There's whole groups of people out there Yara had no idea about, and she is caught in the middle because she is a very talented and powerful Waker. And if that isn't enough, she soon finds out that what happened with her and her boyfriend Brent during the previous school year isn't over. It's coming back to haunt them both in ways they never expected.

Yara was awesome in this book. In my review for Intrinsical, I mentioned that I didn't warm up to her right away, but in Indelible, I completely loved her! It's clear that Yara has definitely grown as a person, a Waker, and a character. What Yara went through in this book was not easy. If I were her, I would have lost my patience a long time ago and blown up on some people. Throughout the book other characters tried to threaten or guilt her into doing what she didn't want to do, but Yara followed her instincts and did what she knew was right, without making rash decisions this time around! I was seriously even more proud of her in this book for staying levelheaded and true to herself.

I felt the relationship between Yara and Brent was just as believable as it was in Intrinsical. They didn't fight nearly as much in this one, of course, but they had their share of disagreements, including a huge fight at one point, which was a result of all the stress and complications in their lives. I liked that they weren't perfect. They went through a lot, and they each had their own secrets. While Brent's secret made me want to shake him for keeping it to himself and yet hug and comfort him at the same time, I'm so glad it didn't stop them from wanting to be together. To me it just showed how strong their love for each other is and how much they are willing to do for each other. They also had plenty of adorable moments together. It was too cute! I love them as characters and as a couple, and I sincerely hope they are able to overcome all the obstacles thrown their way and everything turns out fine for them because they really deserve it.

While I enjoyed Yara and Brent so much in this book, there were some other things in the book that ended up frustrating me a bit. I'm glad the whole deal with the Wakers and the Clutch and all the others isn't so simple and that it wasn't all quickly resolved. It makes things way more interesting. But at the same time, there was no way all the questions could have been answered and all the issues resolved in just this book. It would have been unrealistic and too much to take in if there was 100% resolution. So, unlike Intrinsical, Indelible ends with readers still having some questions. Questions about the new mysterious groups and characters.

As I mentioned, some characters would try to tell Yara what to do and yet those same characters were extremely vague about their reasoning and wouldn't give Yara answers. Some acted all high and mighty about it. The Clutch, for example. I hated them!! Another character I'm unsure about is Brent's father. What happened? Did he care what happened to his son? Was he involved with those people or not? I don't get him, and I want to know what his deal is. Other characters couldn't quite help their vagueness, though, like DJ. But in the case of DJ...I couldn't get myself to warm up to him. He had his own agenda, his own lives to protect, but I really didn't like how he kept telling Yara to run away and asking her whether Brent was worth it. There was definitely not a love-triangle, but there were a few moments between DJ and Yara that still made me go: What was up with that? Maybe I was looking too much into it, but it made me uneasy, especially since I had serious trust issues with DJ and I'm such a hardcore Yara/Brent supporter. I don't know, my feelings towards him might change in the next book. We'll see.

Initially I gave Indelible 4.5 stars for those reasons above. However, after thinking about it, I've decided to go ahead with a solid 5 stars because 4.5 was the rating I gave the first book and Indelible really was better. And because I actually like where the story is going, even with the frustrations I had. Also, I have faith and trust that the author will address everything and have everything come together in the final book of the trilogy Inevitable, which I'm so looking forward to reading! (I need another Yara and Brent fix! lol) That being said, if you haven't started the Yara Silva Trilogy yet, you need to get on it! It's definitely a favorite of mine, and it truly is one of the most unique and better YA paranormal series I've read. ( )
  w0ven | Oct 4, 2011 |
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Yara is beginning to understand just how much her life will change now that her Waker abilities have emerged. She has come to terms with the fact that seeing ghosts is part of her life, but she isn t ready to let being a Waker dictate her choices. All she wants is a ghost-free senior year with her boyfriend, Brent, and her best friend, Cherie. But Yara soon discovers that there are more dark secrets in her school s history than just the curse she broke. While an angry ghost makes Yara question everything she thought she knew about spirits, she and Brent learn that there are long reaching consequences to last year s adventures. As new enemies emerge and old ghosts resurface, Yara finds herself in the center of another deadly mystery, and this time she has to contend with the living as well as the dead.

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