Rae of Hope

Rae of Hope

Author: W.J. May
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Magic
Publication Date: September 5, 2011
Kindle Edition: 249 pages

Book summary:
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.

This book has potential. I like the story concept but I could never get into reading it. It was a struggle trying to finish reading the book. I kept waiting for it to get better but it never did. The author’s writing was not that great and there were many moments when I thought that the author could have omitted sections. Some moments were just awkward and something I could live without.

The main character, Rae, grew up with her Uncle when her parents died. Before her 16th birthday she is sent to a school filled with gifted people. Rae has no idea about her parents gifts or the world that she was dropped into. But she seemed to accept everything quickly and acted like she grew up in this world. Everything feels like it comes easy to her and everyone seems to love her, except for a small few. I don’t know. I feel like her character could have more depth and act like a sixteen year old.

Maybe if I read this book ten years ago I would feel differently but that is not the case. I wish that the book went more into depth with the magic aspect and the different ink. You get little glimpses of a few but that’s just it, glimpses. If you like books that have little to none character or plot depth then this book is for you. Otherwise run in the opposite direction for something that is better to read.

I received this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This is the first book out of nine in the Arcane Forest Anthology, so hopefully the other books will be better. Keep a look out for the other book reviews to come.


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