Review: Rae Of Hope – W. J. May
Haunted by the memories of her parent’s death when she was just six-years-old, Rae Kerrigan has done her best in moving forward. Her aunt and uncle have taken it upon themselves to raise her to the best of their ability. Yet there are things about Rae’s past that they’ve kept a secret from her. Secrets that are slowly catching up to each and every one of them.
Her life changes from the moment she’s sent back to England to attend a very posh private school. Whether it’s for better or worse, Rae isn’t sure, but she’s determined to live up to her family’s expectations. Sadly, her idea of school isn’t what she expected when she sets foot at the academy.
Each and every student possesses abilities tied to the ink arts found in distinct places on their bodies. Some can fly. Others can shift. Some can even read minds and predict the future. The paranormal world that now surrounds her leaves Rae a tad baffled, yet she can’t deny that every aspect of it intrigues her. It further mind boggles her that everyone knows about her past when she can’t even remember certain details about the night her parents died. Still, she’s willing to overlook that fact in order to fit in with her new peers.
Looking forward to learning everything she can about herself, her powers, and the school itself, she soon realizes she’s way over her heard. Most of the kids have been at the academy for years, while she’s technically a beginner. Yet she knows she has to start somewhere. She knows she must find it within herself to accept herself as she is now as well as the things she cannot change if she’s to truly overcome the obstacles thrown into her path.
While I did find the beginning of this book a little slow to start, I did enjoy the premise of the story itself. At times, certain aspects reminded me of Harry Potter, mostly because of the similarities in the situations Rae found herself in.
I did note that there were a couple instances where the story sort of fluctuated and the train of thought changed quite suddenly and strayed a bit, but after awhile the pace would find its way back to where it needed to be. The action didn’t really take off until Rae came into her own, though. There were also a couple spots that I thought could use a little further polishing. All in all, the book is a good read.
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.
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 attented 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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