Another fantastic review!

Can’t wait to start setting up the blog tour for Dark Nebula, the second book in the Chronicles of Kerrigan series… it’s always fun to find new reviews and readers thoughts on Rae of Hope

Here’s the link:  http://zodiacbookreviews.blogspot.ca/2012/06/blog-tour-review-promo-rae-of-hope-by.html#!/2012/06/blog-tour-review-promo-rae-of-hope-by.html

Here’s what was posted:

Tour Review: (+Promo) Rae of Hope by W.J. May

I’d like to thank Roxanne @ Bewitching Book Tours for giving me this   opportunity to participate in the RAE OF HOPE Book Promotion and   providing me a  copy of the book to review.

Title: Rae of Hope Series: Chronicles of Kerrigan #1 Author: W.J. May Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Supernatural Fiction Elements: Shapeshifters, Psychic Abilities Publisher: Mitchell Morris Publishing Format: PDF, 247 Pages ISBN-13: 9780983129790 Release Date: November 14, 2011 Source: Tour Host {Bewitching Book Tours} Rating: 5/5
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Summary: How hard do you have to shake a family tree to find out the truth of the past?
Fifteen-year-old Rae Kerrigan has never questioned her family’s history.  That is until  she accepted a scholarship to Guilder Boarding School in England.   Guilder is a very unique, 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 marked with a unique tattoo (tatù) on their  sixteenth birthday.  The tatù enables them to have supernatural powers  particular to the shape of their marking.
Both her parents were marked though Rae never knew, as they passed away when she was young  and never told her.  Learning about her family’s past, her evil father  and sacrificial mother, Rae needs to decide if there is a ray of hope  for her own life.
Review:
Rae Kerrigan is on the cusp of her sixteenth birthday. For many girls, their sixteenth birthday is a rite of passage, a coming of age. But for Rae, it’s that and so much more.
When Rae receives a scholarship to Guilder Boarding School, which was originally an all-boys school, now enrolling girls, her uncle jumps at the chance for Rae to attend his alma mater. But there’s more to Guilder and its students (and apparently Rae) than meets the eye.
When Rae meets her roommate, Molly, she’s introduced to the world of the tatù (taa-toe; rhymes with shoe). Molly tells Rae that on their sixteenth birthdays they will receive an ink that will grant them special powers. The ink appears on the arm of boys and the lower back of girls. Devon is the first inked boy she meets at Guilder. He has also been assigned as her tutor and quickly becomes one of the few that Rae feels she can trust.
What’s odd is that everyone Rae meets seems to know more about her and her past than she does. Turns out that her father was a very dangerous man and her mother may have sacrificed everything to save her. A common saying in the murmurs that follow Rae is, “the sins of the father are the sins of the son, in this case the daughter.” Rae is living under the shadow of her fathers misdeeds and is trying to fight off the demons of the past. She can’t change the past, but she’s her mother’s “rae of hope.”
I really loved the whole tatù concept. It was fun learning about each new tatù and the powers they gift, and it was really exciting anticipating what Rae’s tatù would be. With her mother’s ink being the sun and her father’s ink being a wizard or sorcerer, I couldn’t wait to see what Rae’s ink would look like and which of her parent’s gifts she inherited. When it finally appeared on her birthday, I could picture it in my head perfectly, it just seemed so beautiful. I would love to see concept art for Rae’s tatù.
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I know that Rae’s past and the anticipation of her tatù gain her a lot of attention, but I thought that the male attention she gained was a little over the top. It just seemed that at times EVERY SINGLE GUY was falling over himself to get Rae’s attention. Although it did provide some entertaining moment, and I even felt bad for the guys, because Rae is obviously infatuated with Devon.
The dynamic between Rae and Devon was excruciating and tortuous (in a good way) at points. Rae is completely head-over-heels for Devon, but he has a girlfriend. There are moments so sweet between them and you totally think they’re going to get together, but then something happens to put space between them again. But the push-and-pull was definitely worth it in the end.
I haven’t been this satisfied with a book’s conclusion is quite a while. All loose ends are tied up real nice, there’s promise for a great (and complicated) romance, and I was left with a smile on my face. I can’t wait to for the next installment in the Chronicles of Kerrigan series.
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About this 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 a sister —  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 – winning CIAU’s and becoming All-American 6x – NCAA Indoors  Runner Up + more.
Life continued with her husband (a distance runner from Liverpool, UK, who she met at KSU) and then  their first, then second and finally third child.  Their house became  full of more imagination and stories.
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 – will be available October 2011 by kNight Romance Publishing.
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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WHAT REVIEWERS ARE SAYING:
Night Owl Reviews
Ok, I really liked this book!  Rae Kerrigan was orphaned at six years  old and has been living with her aunt and uncle in New York since the  fire that killed her parents.  Now fifteen, she is returning to England  to go to boarding school.  Not sure how she got in, since she did not  apply, and with an uncle pushing her to go, she’s a bit nervous about  the coming school year.  Things get more interesting for Rae when she  finds out that the Guilder School is for kids with powers… special  powers from a tatú they receive on their sixteenth birthday, and that  she will have one too.  There were a lot of really likeable characters  in this book, from roommate Molly to cute boy Devon along with a cast of others. A twist towards the end of the book kept me guessing.  I read  this book in one afternoon and couldn’t put it down.  I am really  looking forward to reading the next book in the series.
~4.5/5 stars
Review from Amazon.co.uk
This was a fantastic read, it is very well written and grabs your  attention from the very first chapter, the more I read the more  engrossed I became, so much so that I couldnt wait until bed time to  read the last two chapters(which is when I usually read, once my little  boy has gone to bed!!) I actually snook upstairs to read them whilst my  hubby & son where preparing the dinner!! There is only one  dissapointment and that is that I will have to wait longer than 7 weeks  to see what happens next term…………Fans of Harry Potter will love  this book!!well done W.J.May but hurry up with the next one!!!
~5 out of 5 stars by Emilymoo
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~ by wanitajump on August 3, 2012.

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