Rae of Hope by W.J. May – Book Review

The Chronicles of Kerrigan – Book 1

Pages: 249
Genre: Paranormal Fantasy, Young Adult/New Adult, Romance
Buy it: Amazon


(From Goodreads)

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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Rating: 4 out of 5.

My Thoughts

I enjoyed the writing style but there were quite a few spelling and grammar errors. The story was easy to read and follow along with. I was committed to the story relatively quickly, basically from when Rae meets Molly. I wanted to know what would happen next and if Rae turns into a crazy monster like everyone thought she might. The storyline was quite enjoyable and a little different from what I’ve read before. I like the tatú thing and that their power comes from that. The twist in who the actual bad guy was is brilliant. I didn’t suspect it at all!

The story kept me guessing and wondering what’s going to happen next, especially with Rae’s tatú powers and seeing what they are and what she’s capable of. The world that the author created was part real world and part fantasy. May did a good job of blending the two seamlessly. I got to know the protagonist quite early in the book which is always a good thing. I was rooting for her all the way and that is what you want for your protagonist. Rae seemed like a quietly strong person that felt lost at times but still dealt with it well. She struggled what how the world saw her and how she saw herself and many people struggle with the same thing these days.

The dialogue was easy to follow and quirky at times. I liked that the guys spoke like guys and the girls like girls. They didn’t all sound the same. I enjoyed most of the characters. I first did not enjoy Dean Carter but he eventually came through at the end, although he did move the story forward as he was supposed to do and his personality is the cause of Rae not fully trusting him even into the other books, so the chauvinistic personality had a purpose. The boys sometimes irritated me a bit but then, that’s normal. Haha! All the characters did what they needed to do, which was move the story forward.

This is book one of the Chronicles of Kerrigan series. I liked that most of the story beats were tied off at the end of this book except for the one with her father and mother. There are twelve books in this series. I enjoyed reading the book and can’t wait to read the others to see what is in store for all the characters. I was fortunate enough to get the first six books in this series for free on Kindle when the author was feeling generous.

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