Rachael Craw began her working life as an English Teacher after completing a degree in Classical Studies and Drama at the University of Canterbury. She dabbled in acting, directing and writing for amateur theatre productions and small independent film ventures. Her passion for dialogue and characterisation finally led to long-form writing with the Spark series. Rachael's enthusiasm for classical heroes, teen angst and popular culture informs much of her creative process. She enjoys small town life at the top of the South Island of New Zealand where she lives with her husband and three daughters. Visit her online at www.rachaelcraw.com
Thrilling … A fresh and original story; a standout in the fantasy
genre. The romance between Cal and Meg blends envy, desire and
uncertainty with a potent authenticity. Written with a sparse
lovely poetry, The Rift demands an immersion that is intoxicating.
I can’t recommend this enough.
*Isobelle Carmody, author of the Obernewtyn Chronicles and The Gathering*
Gripping, brutal, tender. You won’t be able to put this book down.
*Michael Pryor, author of The Laws of Magic series and Gap Year in Ghost Town*
Beautiful, dark and deliciously tense – an astonishing world that will hold you in its finely wrought claws.
*Alison Goodman, author of the Lady Helen series and the Eon series*
A fantasy story with amazing world building, this is a step up from Craw's other books. The characters are sophisticated, with serious backstory and plenty of angst...An involving and well-paced story, with some romance and quirky humor thrown in for good measure…I hope this is not the last we see of Black Water Island and its mesmerising residents.
I found The Rift to be an unsettling read, as in I couldn’t preempt what was going to happen and I was on the edge of my seat the whole time.
I gave this one 3.5 stars, and was only sorry that I didn't get to spend more time with Meg and Cal!
This action/adventure/fantasy/scifi/ romance/conservation novel, because it is all of these genres, is from an author who is at the top of her game. Rachael Craws language is the star of this novel. Her imagery, description and metaphor are powerful weapons that drive the plot and keep the reader in the book.
*Bob's Book Blog*
If you're going to read one new young adults' novel this year, make it this one!
Overall the concept was brilliant. The characters were brilliant. The writing was divine!
*Blue Fairy Tales*
The Rift is a high-octane action read with multiple complications and a little bit of romance. It's the perfect escape-from-it-all read.
*Kids' Book Review*
Highly recommended. This was a stunning, original stand-alone story with a gripping narrative, strange world and heroic characters.
The Rift is wildly imagined and beautifully portrayed, a new direction for Rachael Craw that will no doubt enchant international audiences. She's outdone herself.
Rachael Craw, you are a wonder. Your debut is smashing and you've more than still got it, you're growing from great to rare. Definitely one of the best YA books I've read not only this year, but ever.
The love-hate-love story between Meg and Cal will especially draw readers in, making this a great read for fans of YA romance and fantasy aged 14 and up.
*Books & Publishing*
This is a fast-paced novel with suspense and intrigue a-plenty, as well as explorations of family relationships, teenage love and heroics all cleverly interwoven. It will keep its readers fascinated until the end.
*CBCA: Reading Time*
I need more! This book was incredible and I need more... incredibly whimsical and original...