Review: You Are Mine by Janeal Falor

June 19, 2013 Book 1

Title: You Are Mine

Author: Janeal Falor

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Series: Mine, #1

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishers

Publication Date: May 6th 2013

Source: E-Book provided by author via Making Connections YA Edition in Goodreads.com

Goodreads Summary: 

Serena knows a few simple things. She will always be owned by a warlock. She will never have freedom. She will always do what her warlock wishes, regardless of how inane, frivolous, or cruel it is. And if she doesn’t follow the rules, she will be tarnished. Spelled to be bald, inked, and barren for the rest of her life—worth less than the shadow she casts.

Then her ownership is won by a barbarian from another country. With the uncertainty that comes from belonging to a new warlock, Serena questions if being tarnished is really worse than being owned by a barbarian, and tempts fate by breaking the rules. When he looks the other way instead of punishing her, she discovers a new world. The more she ventures into the forbidden, the more she learns of love and a freedom just out of reach. Serena longs for both. But in a society where women are only ever property, hoping for more could be deadly.

Marianne

In a society where women are worthless, Serena knows that any wrong move could destroy her life. Burdened by her father’s actions to sell her off to the highest bidder, she knows her freedom is going to get even more compromised.  But, when her ownership is transferred to the hands of a barbaric Envadi, she discovers a whole new world; a world where woman don’t have to follow a certain set of guidelines and where they can be free.

This book was fantastic! It was really difficult to put down.

The world-building was great! The society was crafted masterfully and brilliantly. I could actually start feeling myself (as a female) as suppressed and restricted as Serena felt. I was sucked into the story immediately and found it difficult to put down.

I loved the way the author created the characters. Serena is the protagonist, and she’s an outspoken, independent woman. Problem is, with the amount of magic in her blood, she’s too valuable; and so, her father wants to sell her off to the highest bidder. The way Serena reacted to everything life threw at her was completely reasonable and relatable.

“What do I really want? I don’t know, but not this. Something different. Something that won’t require me to constantly submit myself to another’s will.”

Something that I really enjoyed about this book was the contrast between the Chardonian people and the Envadi. While the Chardonian people are a sexist society that subjects women to corporal punishment if they don’t behave, the Envadi are a people who believe that everyone has rights and treat women as individuals.

I liked the Tarnished concept as well, because it kept up with the magical aspect of this story, and it really did represent a threat to Serena, as well as every other woman in that society.

This book really engrossed me with the romance. It was slow building, but steady and without a doubt, swoon-worthy.

I loved Zade so much! He was hilarious, awkward and completely honest and I loved everything about him!

This story was amazing and completely unputdownable. I can’t wait to see what happens in the rest of the books!

I could keep mentioning everything I liked about this book, but I’d just waste your time. Just, please, read this book, like immediately.

Rating: 5 stars

Jennifer

 Living in a world where women are only property, Serena’s father seeks a warlock willing to pay a high price for her, and the high quantity of magic in her blood. And the only thing she can do about the matter is to obey the rules, or else she’ll be tarnished, destined to live a life bald, with ink in her face, emotionless, worthless and meaningless.

When the warlock that was going to marry her dies in a magic competition, she’s passed on to a new owner, a warlock form another country specially known for being barbarians. Having to face her own fears, she discovers a new world with this new master, gets a taste of freedom she’s not willing to let go when her life and the one of the warlock are at risk.

The moment I began this book, there was no way I could stop reading it. From the first chapter, we glance at this world so different from our own it’s amazing how the author made it. Women are treated like dogs, sold over to whomever’s willing to pay the highest price. No freedom, no love, no nothing, except the ownership of someone superior to them.

Serena is a seventeen-year-old girl. She knows her place in this society, and yet, she wants to defy it, even when she herself says it’s impossible, it’s something out of question that she can’t do. We see the story from her point of view, which makes it the more powerful the feeling the author wants to give us. I felt oppressed, restricted, like an animal in a cage with just a few words. And with words like wench, halfwit, harlot, and so on, it was like living in a nightmare. I loved Serena, because she evolves as a character throughout the story. From being reserved, unquestioning about the things around her, she then explores, talk on her self, questions and requests things only permitted to warlock. She was like a bug underground that digs its way to the world outside.

And Zade… Oh wow. He deserves this GIF:

From the moment he appears I just couldn’t help but jump of joy! Not only because he’s an 180 degrees different from the people in Serena’s country (Sorry I forgot the name), he’s so nice and kind to Serena, what’s not to love of him? He acts really weird in some parts of the story, but that just adds to his charm and mystery, because we don’t know his true intentions. Add to that Serena being cautious around him because he’s a barbarian, plus that he doesn’t hex or hit her like normal warlocks do… 🙂

The thing that most amazed me was how the story was set, and the people. We see how people can behave, how being ignorant can influence every aspect of your life, that not all that you know, just because some say it’s good and how it’s supposed to mean, does it mean it’s true. I don’t know if I made myself clear on this. What you or I can know as barbaric, can be normal to others, because they’re used to it. And vice-verse. And the magic here! Wow. Nothing like Harry Potter. It’s unique in it’s own way that’ll make you want to know more of it. Though, it’s not used a lot in the story, it’s fun and impressive when it’s present.

One of the best books I’ve read related to magic in a while, plus one that relates to social problems. It may not be an explicit problem in our society, it gives a message of how things can turn when we’re ignorant and animalistic.

I want to thank the author for giving me the chance to read such an amazing and compelling book. I’ll be keeping my eyes wide open for when the second book comes! 😀

Rating: 5 stars

Overall Rating:

it was amazing

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