Title: Rae of Hope
Author: W. J. May
Publisher: Mitchell Morris Publishing, Inc.
Format: Hard Copy, 248 Pages
Authors Website: www.wanitamay.yolasite.com
How hard do you have to shake the family tree to find 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 were 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 of Hope falls into the young adult category along with Harry Potter and Twilight series, without being stale and overdone. The characters have some of the same experiences as the young students in the Harry Potter series except, instead of being wizards, they have their own quirks. I’m honestly reminded of both Harry Potter and the show Heroes in an excellently done mash-up. The story is an easy read and entertaining and over way too soon. I am looking forward to reading the next installment from this series to find out what happens to Rae in her remaining years of school. Also, I found that this book more than met my expectations. I would definitely recommend this book.
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.