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Rae of Hope: Clean Paranormal Fantasy New Adult / Young Adult Novel (The Chronicles of Kerrigan Book 1) Kindle Edition
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- Book 1 of 12 in The Chronicles of Kerrigan (12 Book Series)
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Orphan whose parents died in traumatic circumstances? Tick
Brought up by aunt and uncle? Tick. Except, let's be a bit different - they're nice to her. Yes, it's a she orphan, not a he.
Sudden summons to an English boarding school? Tick
Find out you're there to learn magic? Tick
Discovery that your parents were powerful magicians and you're expected to be the same? Tick
Except - there's something evil going on and nobody is prepared to talk about it. Tick
And so on.
Now the writing. Bad. Very. The author seems to have swallowed a dictionary, or rather a word list, as there's no indication she understands the meaning of many of the terms she sprinkles generously about, I was particularly taken with the 'combustible, deadly fire' which orphaned our heroine. We won't go into her attempts to write a Welsh accent, total failure doesn't begin to cover it.
Then there's characterisation. There isn't any; just a bunch of cardboard cut outs with physical characteristics and a magical ability.
Finally we come to the setting. England imagined by someone who doesn't know the country and hasn't done any discernible research. Those supposedly British cardboard cut outs talk about their Moms - really? Manchester and Edinburgh described as being at opposite ends of the country, well hardly. The blithe assumption that a sixteen year old can have a driving licence. The school has a 'dean'. No, lady - the term is 'bursar'. Just wrong, all of it.
I admit I'm hardly the target audience for this pathetic confection but the teenage girls it's aimed at deserve better. I did read to the end, utterly transfixed by how dreadful it was, sort of literary equivalent of a rabbit caught in the car headlights. I will not be seeking out anything else by this author.
"She took out a sheet of stationary[sic] and a pen" and further on "The room was at least four stories[sic] tall" I'll bet this old building could tell a tale or two (Boom-boom!)
There is an exotic and mythical 51st State - called "Europe" - which seems to be the setting for a whole host of poor American tales in which the characters all talk, sound and behave like Americans and where all the customs and social conventions are identical to those of the United States. And so it is with this offering. The author failed totally to convince me that the setting was anywhere in the United Kingdom or that the majority of the characters were supposed to be British - I am sure that no English boy refers to "graduating" when he means finishing secondary school. Nor would he be addressing the senior school staff as "Headmaster Whatsit". The author also seems to have completely missed that driving licenses (for cars) can only be obtained after a child's 17th birthday.
And so it goes on... The Scot who moved to the USA ten years previously writing using American spellings - as do the local English newspapers - apparently! Football teams for the last 50 or 60 years have lined up typically with four defenders - so the players who were introduced as "These are our two defensemen [sic] " are an anachronism from the 1940s or earlier.
The success of the Potter phenomenon was always going to bring a load of J.K. Rowling 'want-to-be's out of the woodwork, but the plot of of this Harry Potter clone is just too transparent!Read more ›
OH-KAAAY, Quick story sum up, Rae is sent to a school for `gifted' students by her Uncle, she quickly finds out this is no ordinary school...think Xmen style school yet for these students to get their `power' they need to wait until their 16th birthdays where a tatu appears on their body that symbolizes the nature of their power - with me so far? Rae is an outsider as soon as she turns up at the school and she quickly learns that her Dad was the `Hitler' of this gifted society and people are scared of what SHE might turn out like. Which pretty much sucks for Rae.
Right - Im not going to intentionally throw in any spoilers but if I feel a spoiler coming I'll be like MAY DAY MAY DAY SPOILER, I REPEAT SPOILER okay?
I read this book - well ebook because for some UNKNOWN reason this book isn't being published in the UK - in 4 hours. I dont own a kindle so I was walking around the house with my massive laptop (Kindle pc - best thing I've ever downloaded) which was very uncomfortable at times I can assure you! I could NOT stop reading. Im a big fan of `Xmen' AND `Heroes' and this book contains HUGE elements of both of them. Its like W.J.May put them both in a blender and came up with this story. I developed quick attachments to some characters and grew to HATE some characters and immediately thought `I dont trust this character' at times - and one instant distrust is actually the character that everybody seemed to like and - MAY DAY MAY DAY SPOILER, I REPEAT SPOILER - I was right NOT to trust this particular character. Theres also the whole `Severus Snape' thing going on which I guessed right from the beginning! Clever me.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very good liked the the theme loved the cast would recommend this book five stars and on to the nextPublished 3 months ago by Danni (Ellie) Williams
Seriously, seriously? Got me hooked and leaving me hanging by thread? That's so unfair!! Definitely reading the next one! Cannot wait to see what's more to reveal!Published 4 months ago by Jay
Lovely storyline. A given re love developing between Rae and Devon. An interesting way of introducing all the character's and their individual tatu! Read morePublished 5 months ago by SuperFlo
Great boom, read it in a day. I was so hooked I'm just finishing number 3 now!Published 6 months ago by tabi85
This.was the first book in the kerrigan series. Once i started reading I couldn't put it Down and had to move onto the 2nd one.Published 6 months ago by belle99z
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