Great 5 Star review for RAE OF HOPE

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May 23, 12Rae of Hope

Rae of Hope by W.J. May

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 haunt her.

She learns she is part of an unparalleled group of individuals who become inked with a unique tattoo (tatú) on their sixteenth birthday. The tatú enables them to have supernatural powers particular to the shape of their ink-art. Both of her parents were 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.


I loved the idea of a tatú! I want one! Seriously. Besides the awesome idea of tatús, the plot was engaging; if I pick it apart it’s not ‘original’ at all, but put together it’s very fresh and original. I really sympathized with the main character, Rae, and was very surprised with how much I ended up enjoying the story.


I don’t want to give spoilers… let’s just say I never liked “Snape,” no matter how good his intention or how much he was ‘redeemed’ by the author later on. That doesn’t justify his earlier actions. This same sentiment is shared with the behavior of the kids at Guilder as well- only they don’t have any honorable reasoning to back them up.


(5.5 of 5 Stars) A Fun Fantasy Read to Keep You Turning the Pages.

I really sympathized with Rae– if not from the very beginning, then very quickly after. She was a lost girl, sent to a different country and arriving at a school where she is the only one that doesn’t know what’s up. To follow my Harry Potter analogy- imagine if Harry wasn’t told what Hogwarts was, but was sent there by the Dursleys and given  all his school stuff when he got there. And really, if you liked Harry Potter (who didn’t) there are a ton of things in Rae of Hope that reflect elements of everyone’s favorite boy wizard.

I didn’t care much for the way the other students treated Rae, especially in the beginning. While she does eventually make friends with a few, I just felt really sorry for her. She had no idea what her family’s history was, and they really shouldn’t judge her from that. Still… even with this happening a lot and being an annoyance, the book itself was really good. Great job, I can’t wait to see what W.J. May comes out with next.


This book was provided for me at no charge, nor was I given compensation
of any kind for this review. This review only reflects my personal opinion.


Wanita May grew up in the fruit belt of Ontario – St. Catharine’s.  Crazy-happy childhood, she has always possessed a vivid imagination and loads of energy.

The youngest of six — four older brothers, and a sister – her siblings 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 Master’s 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 before realizing life was too short to keep putting it off.

Her first book, Rae of Hope – from the Chronicles of Kerrigan – became available Nov. 15, 2001 through 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 wherever else her little muses take her.


You can learn more about W.J. May and her work at her website, and her blog, or by following her on Facebook or Twitter. Rae of Hope is available at Amazon on Kindle and in paperback, and at Barnes and Noble on Nook. Rae of Hope is also available in all e-book formats at Smashwords.


This post is brought to you by Bewitching Book Tours.

Be sure to check out my interview with W.J. May. Also, stop by The Day Dreamer’s Book Obsession to read a guest post by W.J. May tomorrow too!

~ by wanitajump on May 28, 2012.

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