Saturday, April 21, 2012

Review: Rae Of Hope by W.J. May Book Tour

Rae of Hope
ISBN: 9780983129790
Author: W. J. May
Trade paperback 6x9
Pages 248
Price $17.99
Genre: YA Fantasy

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 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.
has had a vivid imagination and loads of energy.



Rae Kerrigan a 15 year old girl who lost both her parents in a fire, and lives with her Uncle. One day she is told she has to go to a private school in a foreign country. Rae is confused as to why she must go to a school so far away from home.
 Rae finds out she is in a school for gifted kids.
 At the age of 16 these gifted individuals receive a Tatu. A Tatu that magically appears on lower backs of girls or arms of boys. This Tatu is a sign of what powers they will acquire. Rae has to wait awhile before this Tatu reveals itself on her back. Already many kids at the school have acquired their Tatu and everyone loves to show off their ink and what their powers mean.
Meanwhile rumors are swelling as to what powers Rae will have. Already, Rae is unique, coming from two parents who carried a Tatu, which is unheard of, and throw in the fact that her father was powerful ,and chose the dark side, of using his Tatu.  Rae wonders what her gift will be. When the day finally arrives she sees a unique tatu on her back and begins to learn more, and more about her special powers.
Will Rae become her father's daughter, and become a monster like him or will she learn that,
The sins of the father are not always the sins of the daughter....

This book reminded me of Harry Potter and all I kept thinking about was picking out the similarities between the two books. Although, that changed pretty quickly. The author really did a fine job sucking me into her world and since this book had an aire of mystery to it,  I was  curious about what powers Rae would acquire, and how she would use them.
It was cute and HP fans will enjoy the social banter of the forming friendship Rae forms at the school. Throw in some boys, and some fun friends, oh and let's not forget about the jealous, mean girl and you have a recipe for a fun, light read.
Young adults will enjoy this book as well as adults. 4/5 stars


1 comment:

  1. Thanks so much for the FANTASTIC REVIEW!!
    I'm so glad you enjoyed the book and hope you'll be interested in reading an ARC of book two when it is ready! We start edits this week! YEAH!!