Review: Rae of Hope, by W. J. May

Book Blurb:
How hard do you have to shake a family tree to find out the truth about the past?

Fifteen-year-old Rae Kerrigan never questioned her family’s history. That is until she accepted a scholarship to Guilder Boarding School in England. Guilder is an exclusive, gifted school. Rae has no idea what she is getting herself into or that her family’s past is going to come back and taunt her.

She learns she is part of an unparalleled group of individuals who become inked with a unique tattoo (tatu) on their sixteenth birthday. The tatu enables them to have supernatural powers particular to the shape of their ink-art. Both of her parents where inked, though Rae never knew, as they passed away when she was young. Learning about her family’s past, her evil father and sacrificial mother, Rae needs to decide if there is a ray of hope in her own life.

This book is a bit outside my normal preference of romance with kick. Yes it’s Urban Fantasy, but it’s YA. One of the reasons I don’t read a lot of YA is the kids. Like in many other YA books, we’re dealing with a bunch of pubescent teenagers with drama, angst and attitude to spare. Ugh. I have teenagers. I read to escape them.It takes an intriguing storyline with exceptional promise to convince me to invest my time. Rae of Hope didn’t disappoint.

Rae Kerrigan is strong-willed, independent and somewhat naive. Once she gets to Guilder she learns not everyone is so trustworthy. She does find a few allies in room-mate Mollya hysterical babbler with charisma and style to sparewho provides the ideal foil to Rae. Devon, the requisite romantic interest, is everything a hero should be. May did a great job of slowly unveiling the characters in a way that made me care.

Inevitable comparisons to Harry Potter arise when we find out why Rae is really at Guilder. The entire school knows more about her mysterious family than she does.

A big mystery reader, I usually know who-done-it long before the ending, but this one was a surprise. The suspense in this story builds at a steady pace and concludes with a shocker ending, at least for me.

This is one book I will recommend to both kids and adult friends. I give this book four Readings.

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About the Author:
Wanita May grew up in the fruit belt of Ontario – St.Catharines.  Crazy-happy childhood, she always has had a vivid imagination and loads of energy.

The youngest of six — four older brothers, and sister — they taught her at a young age to be competitive in all aspects of life.

At sixteen, she began competing in athletics (track and field) and before she turned seventeen, she was representing Canada in high jump.  She continued to compete, breaking Canada’s JR High Jump record (1.92m – 6′ 3 1/2″ for those metric-ly challenged).  She attended University of Toronto, and Kansas State University – graduating with a BS degree in Kinesiology and beginning her Masters in Business.

She is currently married, and the mother of three adorable kids.

After her father passed away in 2009, from a six-year battle with cancer (which she still believes he won the fight against), she began to write again.  A passion she’d loved for years, but realized life was too short to keep putting it off.

Her first book, Rae of Hope – from the Chronicles of Kerrigan – is available Nov 15, 2001 by Mitchell Morris Publishing.  It is contracted as a four book series and available in print and ebook through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Smashwords and other online sites.

She is currently represented by Dawn Dowdle of Blue Ridge Literary Agency. Wanita is a writer of Young Adult, Fantasy Fiction and where ever else her little muses take her.

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3 Responses to Review: Rae of Hope, by W. J. May

  1. WJ May says:

    thanks for the fantastic review and I’m so glad you enjoyed the book – especially since it was kinda outside your ‘reading zone’. LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT!
    Thanks heaps!

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