Sunday, May 20, 2012
Review: Rae of Hope by W.J. May
Publisher: Mitchell Morris Publishing, Inc
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.
This story has a little bit of a Harry Potter meets PC Cast feel.
I like the characters. They are widely varied, believable and easy to get attached to. The storyline is both entertaining and engaging. The story reads well and flows smoothly.
This book is well written and I will be recommending it to the YA readers at the school where I work. I can't wait for more in The Chronicles of Kerrigan.