BOOK TOUR REVIEW: Rae of Hope (The Chronicles of Kerrigan) by Wanita May
Author: W. J. May
Publisher: Mitchell Morris Publishing, Inc
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.
Rae Kerrigan has been shipped off to England to complete her junior and senior years at a mysterious boarding school. Her Uncle, whom she has been living with for the past 10 years since the death of her parents, sends her off without offering a clue as to why.
It doesn’t take long for Rae to figure out that Guilder is not a normal school. The students here all have supernatural abilities, which manifest on their 16th birthdays–along with the appearance of a mystical tattoo.
As Rae learns more about why she is at the school, she also discovers the truth about who her parents were–and why everyone around her seems to know more about her life than she does. Rae must make some tough decisions about who to trust, and even then, things may not turn out as they seem.
As I was reading through the first few chapters of this book, it became VERY apparent to me that the author is a huge Harry Potter fan. Seriously, this book was like Harry Potter meets X-Men. I could draw so many parallels–orphaned kid living with aunt and uncle goes off to a magical school, everyone but the kid knows about the kid’s past, teachers don’t turn out to be who they seem…and much much more. I tried to judge the book on its’ own merits but the comparisons to HP were way too plentiful for me to ignore.
That’s not to say I didn’t like the book–I did, since I am a huge Harry Potter fan. The first half was a bit slow for me, but things really picked up once Rae came into her powers. Rae is actually quite a likeable girl–she puts on a tough face, but inside she has insecurities. She’s also incredibly naive.
There was a big twist at the end that I didn’t see coming, and I did enjoy the climax of the book–it just took a bit too long for it to get there, in my opinion. I did enjoy the ending of the book, and I would consider reading the next one in the series–if the author decides to go in that direction.
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.
Author website: http://www.wanitamay.yolasite.com/