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Rae of Hope

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How hard do you have to shake the family tree to find the truth about the past?

Fifteen year-old Rae Kerrigan never really knew her family's history. Her mother and father died when she was young and it is only when she accepts a scholarship to the prestigious Guilder Boarding School in England that a mysterious family secret is revealed.

Will the sins of the father be the sins of the daughter?

As Rae ...

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Overview

How hard do you have to shake the family tree to find the truth about the past?

Fifteen year-old Rae Kerrigan never really knew her family's history. Her mother and father died when she was young and it is only when she accepts a scholarship to the prestigious Guilder Boarding School in England that a mysterious family secret is revealed.

Will the sins of the father be the sins of the daughter?

As Rae struggles with new friends, a new school and a star-struck forbidden love, she must also face the ultimate challenge: receive a tattoo on her sixteenth birthday with specific powers that may bind her to an unspeakable darkness. It's up to Rae to undo the dark evil in her family's past and have a ray of hope for her future.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781481987219
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/1/2013
  • Pages: 294
  • Sales rank: 1,060,942
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Author-WJ-May-FAN-PAGE/141170442608149?ref=hl and http://www.wanitamay.yolasite.com/

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 a sister -- 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 - winning CIAU's and becoming All-American 6x - NCAA Indoors Runner Up + more.

But you're not interested in her athletic career - unless of course you're curious to know she stands 1.70m (5'7") and has jumped 20cm over her head on more than one occassion. She's represented Canada at the World Championships, World Jrs., won Francophone Games, and loved every minute of every competition. From the grueling workouts, the crazy weights she lifted on her back, the days she thought her lungs were going to spit out of her mouth for lack of oxygen, the travelling around the world and the opportunity to read - her favourite past time.

Wanita and her husband run an online business, dealing in antiques and collectables - particularly jewelry and porcelain (one of the business' website: www.wadeincanada.com ).

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 now, along with Dark Nebula - the second book in the series.

She is 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.

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  • Posted September 28, 2011

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    Fantastic Read!

    Rae Kerrigan is fifteen years old and goes to a boarding school where she learns some shocking secrets--secrets that leave her questioning her family history. I loved Rae's personality as well as all the friends she meets at her new school. Her crush is sexy...and unavailable but I was rooting for Rae every minute! The tatùs are beyond super cool, giving the teens supernatural powers depending on the shape of their marking. They receive this special marking on their 16th birthday. I really enjoyed watching the kids use their powers and learn how to control them. The books is gripping and will keep you turning the pages like me! It's such a fun read with a solid plot and a fantastic cast of charaters I fell in love wth! I can't wait for book 2!!!!!!!!!!!! 5 stars without a doubt!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 2, 2012

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    received this book from the author to review. I loved it! It is

    received this book from the author to review. I loved it! It is a coming-of-age story, but it certainly is not typical. Rae spent her first years in England. One day, when Rae was 6, her mother told her to go play in her treehouse until she came to get her. Then there was a fire in the house that killed both her mother and father. Rae was taken in by her Uncle Argyle and his wife and led a typical life in New York until she was 15. Then her Uncle sent her back to England to a boarding school. She soon found out it was a "special" school for uniquely talented teenagers. This book just flew for me. I didn't want to put it down. It had the perfect balance of twists and Rae's developing emotions and friendships. I hightly recommend it and can't wait to see if there is a sequel.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 21, 2012

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    First of all, I hate to say this but there’s something abo

    First of all, I hate to say this but there’s something about this book that constantly reminded me of Harry Potter series. As much as I try to avoid making comparison blindly between the two books, the resemblance just seemed obvious. However, I’m not going to emphasize on the similarities, rather I’d like to focus on the uniqueness Rae of Hope possessed that makes the book beautiful in its own way.

    The plot was just okay for me. It didn’t impress me much, very usual yet it was enjoyable and the drama kept pouring in. There’s so much anticipation as well as apprehension within the story that will keep readers glued to the book. I particularly loved the twists toward the end of the story which no readers will see coming because it brought some sort of wicked surprise factor to the book. And of course not forget to mention the love-triangle and who doesn’t like a good love-triangle in a story? In the case of Rae of Hope however, there’s plenty of innocent crushes going on that sets the tension within the friendships. That’s the one thing I found completely unique about Rae of Hope. When other YA novels have their heroin unpretty, sullen and weak, Rae is attention-grabber and the male students just can’t get enough of her. I only wished she would flirt with each a bit just to make the romance aspect a little more interesting. Wanita May wrote the story in third person perspective and it was great since most YA authors tend to use first-person to narrate their stories. The writing was absolutely flawless and put together with vivid descriptions of both Rae’s emotions as well as the setting. I have no particular favorite character but all in all, Rae of Hope had great characters line up, each had their own persona and charisma. I wished I had a classy but generous roommate like Molly back in college. Also, the villain in the story was so unpredictable that I had hard time guessing who is bad or good.

    Wanita May ended her story in a typical romantic scene rather than a cliffhanger. Still, there’s more to expect in the future from this series and it would be interesting to find out what will become of Rae, Devon and the rest of the characters in another school term at Guilders. I would recommend this book to fans who enjoy Harry Potter series and Imogen Rose’s Initiation.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 6, 2012

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    Rae of Hope was the first book I have read by WJ May and it won&

    Rae of Hope was the first book I have read by WJ May and it won’t be the last..I instantly liked Rae and found myself engulfed in her story. The story was intriguing and pulls you right in. I love the idea of the tatu’s and learning what they meant, what each tatu shape stands for and how they were a huge part of the past that Rae never knew about.The journey that Rae takes grabs you and takes you along for the ride!

    I can’t wait for the next book to see what happens next year at Guilder Boarding School!

    Froggy for Froggarita's bookcase

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 3, 2012

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    A Fun Fantasy That Will Keep You Turning The Pages What I Loved

    A Fun Fantasy That Will Keep You Turning The Pages

    What I Loved:

    I loved the idea of a tatú! I want one! Seriously. Besides the awesome idea of tatús, the plot was engaging; if I pick it apart it's not 'original' at all, but put together it's very fresh and original. I really sympathized with the main character, Rae, and was very surprised with how much I ended up enjoying the story.

    What I Didn't Like:

    I don't want to give spoilers... let's just say I never liked "Snape," no matter how good his intention or how much he was 'redeemed' by the author later on. That doesn't justify his earlier actions. This same sentiment is shared with the behavior of the kids at Guilder as well- only they don't have any honorable reasoning to back them up.

    My Overall Opinion:

    I really sympathized with Rae-- if not from the very beginning, then very quickly after. She was a lost girl, sent to a different country and arriving at a school where she is the only one that doesn't know what's up. To follow my Harry Potter analogy- imagine if Harry wasn't told what Hogwarts was, but was sent there by the Dursleys and given all his school stuff when he got there. And really, if you liked Harry Potter (who didn't) there are a ton of things in Rae of Hope that reflect elements of everyone's favorite boy wizard.

    I didn't care much for the way the other students treated Rae, especially in the beginning. While she does eventually make friends with a few, I just felt really sorry for her. She had no idea what her family's history was, and they really shouldn't judge her from that. Still... even with this happening a lot and being an annoyance, the book itself was really good. Great job, I can't wait to see what W.J. May comes out with next.

    Disclaimer:

    This book was provided for me at no charge, nor was I given compensation
    of any kind for this review. This review only reflects my personal opinion.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 4, 2012

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    Wonderful, Unique Story!!!

    Rae doesn’t remember what started the fire that took her parents lives and led her to live with her aunt and uncle. It’s nearly 10 years later, and that night is still one big question mark. When she is accepted into the Guilder Boarding School in England, she hopes she will finally receive some answers. Turns out, they’re not the answers she expected. Rae soon realizes that Guilder is no ordinary boarding school. It is a school for the gifted... the supernaturally gifted. Her classmates all receive tattoos, or ‘tatus,’ on their sixteenth birthdays. Tatus that come with special powers and great responsibility. And Rae’s sixteenth birthday is only months away. Along with that unexpected shock comes the revelation that both her parents were inked and gifted and that her father may not have used his powers for good - not exactly the sweet sixteen she had in mind. Even worse? All eyes are on Rae, scrutinizing her every move, but never asking the one question they all want to know: What exactly did she inherit from her father, and what will she do with whatever gifts he passed on to her?

    “‘You can’t undo the past. The sins of the father are the sins of the son, or in this case, daughter.’”

    Will Rae be able to prove them wrong? Rae of Hope is a coming-of-age story with a paranormal twist. Kudos to W.J. May for creating such a different and intriguing young adult story.

    I really enjoyed Rae’s classmates. They were all rare individuals, and it was so much fun learning about their different inks and what abilities they possessed. They had great interactions with one another and were very well-developed characters. I found myself suspecting every one of Rae’s peers as the potential “bad guy,” only to be completely shocked when the antagonist was revealed! I love being surprised, and I really enjoyed this unique story. It had a very X-men-meets-House of Night feel, while still maintaining its wonderful originality. I definitely look forward to the next installment and to finding out what happens to Rae and her friends.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 28, 2011

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    In most families elders try to keep their kids from getting tattoos, but in this family it¿s a must.

    In most families elders try to keep their kids from getting tattoos, but in this family it¿s a must.
    This story has tons of action and is also a bit of a coming of age story. Rae is learning fast that her family is much more than she ever believed it was and much more dangerous. Through Rae¿s journey to find out the truth about her family and trying to stay alive she learns more about herself. The characters growth can be seen throughout the story and I really liked her character.
    The adventure and suspense in this story had me captivated right from the start. I highly recommend ¿Rae of Hope¿ to lovers of fantasy/suspense.

    Join Rae on her journey to find the truth in ¿Rae of Hope¿ by W.J. May

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 30, 2011

    A read you don't want to miss!

    If you love fantasy and suspense, this book is for you. A quest to find out about her family's past, her search to find herself and why she is the "chosen" one, Rae receives her mark on her sixteenth birthday and enters into a strange world full of drama, fantasy, suspense, betrayal, and romance - all ingredients for a great read. The author has succeeded in establishing a character that leaves the reader wanting more. Can't wait for the next book in this series.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 28, 2011

    Enjoyable Read

    Rae of Hope was an enjoyable read with a great cast of characters and a good mixture of paranormal, mystery and romance. Definitely a plot I would recommend to fans of young adult fiction and readers of paranormal. I hope the sequel will be out soon.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2014

    336 page paranormal for YA.

    This is a 336 page paranormal normal book for YAs. There were left out and/or added words. Otherwise the editing was okay. Quite frankly, I found it boring. Nothing ever seemed to happen. It was a long read. The first half dealt with getting a taru, the next fourth with figuring out what her so called power was and the last fourth was typical with a touch of romance ending. I did not find this book special or unpredictable in any way. There is some under age drinking, a hint at cursing, some rather tame violence, no religion or sex. It was a clean read. It does stretch the imagination. I did not care much for it, but than, I do not like paranormal books, am not a YA! nor do I like romances. I like books to be fresh and have a unique plot, whuch this book did not have. I am glad to see so many young people liked it, as that means they are reading. For ages 14 and up. Free.

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    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2014

    Great Read!!!!

    this was a great read for any age it was exciting and I would definitely read more from this author.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2014

    Good read would definitely recommend this book  loved it please

    Good read would definitely recommend this book  loved it please tell me there will be a part two

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 14, 2012

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    W. J. May’s Rae of Hope blends J. K. Rowling’s Harry

    W. J. May’s Rae of Hope blends J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter with the Casts’ House of Night and television’s Heroes and X-Men to imagine a school for the powerful hidden away in the English countryside. Rae’s parents died in a mysterious fire when she was a child. Now living with an Aunt and Uncle in America, she’s surprised to find herself invited to join the very select and curious Guilder boarding school. But many more surprises await as she learns about her past and what being “the girl who survived the fire” means to her future.

    I’m not sure I’d ever thought of Manchester and Edinburgh being at “different ends of the country,” nor of blindfold chess being like “some twisted live action game” with unknown rules and goals, but perhaps my Englishness and my family’s chess-playing background are holding me back. Rae, of course, is held back by her American-ness, easily assuming she’s being put down by those cliquey schoolkids, determined to go it alone, and, like any teen, failing to see the subtext. The story’s intriguing, and the burgeoning attraction to boys is natural, but the voice has a teenaged awkwardness that grates sometimes, and some word choices feel rather odd to my English American ears.

    Like the Philospher's Stone in Harry Potter, Rae of Hope covers Rae’s first year at Guilder and ends with the summer. It’s an interesting start to a series, with special powers neatly tied to mysterious tatus (not quite tattoos), all the fun and pain of growing up, sweet tinges of romance, divided loyalties, and the hope of more to come. Are the sins of the fathers truly inherited with the tatus, or can a fiery girl blaze her own unique path? I guess we'll have to wait to find out.

    Disclosure: I received a free ecopy of this novel from the author in exchange for my honest review.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 18, 2012

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    Rae of Hope started off as a great book, and guess what? It neve

    Rae of Hope started off as a great book, and guess what? It never got boring! It was filled with great ideas, and I certainly loved the fantasy in it, and everything felt great while reading this book. Not too much drama, not too much romance, and not too much fantasy either. I just felt like everything was a perfect measure.
    Rae is an awesome protagonist. Her uncle suddenly tells her that she got a scholarship to Guilder Boarding School. Not only to find that it wasn't any normal school, but she was also considered to be the "star" or the "famous" one in the school, because of her past!
    I loved the idea where every teenager gets marked by a tatù! I just loved the feeling of finding out what tatù Rae would be marked with, and what she could do with it! The idea of the tatù's felt brilliant to me!
    The characters all felt real to me, and the story wasn't fast paced or slow either. The suspense was great, and the ending wasn't a cliffhanger either (thank God). It was a fun, and interesting read! I definitely can't wait to get my hands on the second book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 30, 2011

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    Great read for young and old.

    I loved this book. The author has a great writing style and the characters are both endearing and funny. I particularly liked the MC, Rae. It starts with her being accepted into the unique, gifted Guilder Boarding School in England when she receives a scholarship. Then she finds out she's part of an unappalled group of people who become marked with a unique tatoo on their sixteenth birthday. Rae is surprised to learn that the tatù gives them supernatural powers that matches their individual tatoo. and although this is exciting to her, she's shocked to learn that her parents were also marked. Rae had no idea because her they died when she was a child. When Rae discovers that her father was actually a very evil man, she's mortified and worried that her family's past come to haunt her. Though Rae falls in love at the school, it's a star-crossed love affair. And now, she has to make important decisions that will have the reader on the edge of their seat. A must for teenagers as well as adults. Wonderful writing and wonderful characters.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2014

    Good for teens

    I enjoyed reading this. Liked the story line. I think its great for teens to read. I havent read the authors other books. I think I like more adult charactors to read about.

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  • Posted October 17, 2014

    Must Read

    I loved this book. A must read. Very well written with a great story line. Read all the books, they are all great.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2014

    enjoyable

    Reminiscent of Harry Potter. A special school for "gifted" students. It was well written and had enough plot twists to keep your attention. The absence of course language and explicit scenes make it very suitable for young readers as well as mature.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2014

    Amazingly great story jmm44

    Totally believable altho there are wizards & telepathy & psychic gifts----the author makes it all "feel" possible! You're gonna like this one!!!

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  • Posted September 9, 2014

    Highly Recommended

    I loved this book. I could not put it down and I had to get the other two. Cannot wait to read the 4th book.

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