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Sunday, January 22, 2012

Rae of Hope - WJ May

Title: Rae of Hope (The Chronicles of Kerrigan)
Author: WJ May

Format: Ebook provided by author for review

From Goodreads:
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 pGuilder 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.


Rae is a 15 year old girl who has been through a lot in her life.  At the young age of six she became an orphan in a horrific way and went to live with her aunt and uncle.  Then the whisked her away to the United States to live for the past 10 years.   Now she is almost 16 and they’ve suddenly sent her back to Britain to go to the Guilder Boarding School.

Right away she begins to meet new people, including Molly, her new roommate.  I have a feeling that everyone who reads this book is going to fall in love with Molly.  I tried to not like her, really, I did.  Initially she seemed like she was all up in Rae’s face and very nosey.  But it’s not long until you realize the girl has a heart of gold that is the size of Texas.  She is bubbly and fun, and she has a flair for style.  Molly’s joy is infectious, and her smile contagious.  And as sickly as that may sound {insert snicker here} it is completely true.  The girl could carry her own book, I’m sure!  It’s not long before Molly drops the bomb that she doesn’t realize is a bomb.  She is going to have super powers.  Everyone at Guilder will, or already does.

And that includes Rae.

What?!!?  Yeah, Rae is in a whole new world now.  But it’s proven to her quickly and she doesn’t take much time to realize this is the truth.  So then we get to meet more people, and the powers they have.  There really are some very interesting ones in the group, and I can only say that yes, I was very jealous.  I wish I were Rae!! To find out you are part of an elite group of people, and it’s not just because you are cool, it’s because you have actual real super powers?  Heck yes!!

Ok, sorry, fan moment there.

As it turns out, everyone knows about Rae.  They know her whole story.  This was getting so frustrating for me.  Like I wanted to scream at some of them “just tell me her the story!!”  Especially Devon.  Friend?  Enemy in disguise?  Love interest??  Oh, it’s so hard to tell.  I have to be honest; he wasn’t my favorite of the boys for the entire story.  I flipped like a giddy little school girl.  I was interested in Andy, Riley, Devon… even Julian was a possible champion to my Rae’s heart in my eyes.  My favorite for most of the story was Andy, he was totally flirty and aggressive, just like his wolf shifter power.

Then there was one scene… something from the past finds its way to Rae.  The scene is so full of electricity.  You’re happy, you’re sad, you feel for Rae and all that she has lost.  As a mother to a young girl it really had an impact on me.  This is just one point of many that show this book is not just some superficial YA read, there are real emotions and the author did a fantastic job of conveying everything.

I just loved Rae and her story.  She is young, feisty, and full of heart.  She’s flawed, and more beautiful for it.  The girl isn’t perfect, oh no.  She makes her fair share of mistakes.  But she will grab you right from the start and take you on this journey with her.  And you’ll be wise to go.

The sequel comes out in August, 2012.  I will definitely be waiting in line for that one.
So readers, I hope you rush right out and get this book.  You won’t be disappointed.  Bonus on top of it all, the author – WJ May, is just as sweet and nice as can be.  Why don’t you come back in a few days and see what we have for you then!  I guarantee you won’t want to miss it!

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