Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Magic
Series: Mine #0.5
Publisher: Chardonian Press
Publication Date: December 2nd 2013
Source: ARC Provided by Publisher Via Netgalley
Katherine’s place is the same as any woman’s—on the shelf next to the dresses and bolts of cloth. When she’s sold to a warlock, life grows even bleaker. Her new owner is as old and rancid as he is cruel, driving her to do the unthinkable: run.
Nothing prepared her for being on her own. And she’s definitely unprepared for the warlocks hunting her down. But she must stay one step ahead because if caught, the best she can hope for is death.
Mine to Tarnish, is a prequel novella that tells Katherine’s story.
When I first read You Are Mine, I thought Katherine was awesome. She was strong, brave and so mysterious! I wanted to know more of her story.
Now Janeal Falor pleases us with this wonderful prequel!
“Why is it humorous to be bought and sold? I’m not a sofa or a chair or common lamp. I may be female with no means to use the magic I carry, yet I’m still capable of thought. Just because I was born a woman and they were born men capable of using the magic in their blood doesn’t give them a right to treat me as such.”
-Mine to Tarnish by Janeal Falor
Katherine’s story re-introduces us to the world we came to know in You Are Mine and remind us what we loved about it! Katherine is such a likeable character, you won’t be able to help cheering for her.There’s also a lot of girl-power in this book, which had me pumping my fists and screaming “yeah” at random intervals.
This book also introduces us to wonderful secondary characters, magic spells, and even a cute romance.
This novella is a great read for anyone hesitant to start the You Are Mine series, or for anyone looking to fall in love with the series all over again.
Rating: 4 stars
Mine to Tarnish, as is the sequel and first book in the Mine series You Are Mine, have that power to make you think a lot about how women were treated in the past and how they are now. The only thing here that’s different from our world is the magic aspect. Chardonia is a world where both men and women are born with magic in their blood. Since little, men are trained as warlocks while the women are taught their place as submissive and nothing more than the property of men, their only value being the magic in their blood. Young Katherine has a rebel spirit underneath the whole compliant demeanor society endeavors in her. And when she is sold to an old, stinky, abusive warlock, she will do anything to escape that horrible fate that awaits her. As she rushes to safety for her life and of others who help her, she realizes that life doesn’t always have to be the way they tell you to be, and that you have to fight for what you truly believe is right.
I love how Janeal Falor makes the heroines in her stories. They seem shy, quiet, weak even at first. But as the story goes we see as how they slowly get out of the cave and rebel to what society has put over them and the treatment they receive by everyone. I like how the whole plot gives a message of how both women and men are equals, none being greater than the other for whatever reasons. And it is so disgusting and shameful how they are treated here, I actually felt like I was trapped and was finally free like Katherine did.
In the book You Are Mine we first saw her (a supporting character), as a tarnished seamstress, supposed to be even more worthless than a woman and a shadow. Kind hearted and spirited, with this novella we get to know her better and know what her true story is and how she came to be. She was a fighter since the beginning with small defies that got her grounded or hexed by her father. But she didn’t put up more of that once they all crossed the line beyond of what they had already in the past. She fought for her freedom against all odds. Plus, she wasn’t sidetracked by love! Okay, she does meet someone, which I think was mentioned in You Are Mine, but that is a secondary plot. Oh Charles… Charles, a guy trully worth swooning over. Dang, I always have to fall for the main guy in these stories, don’t I?
Anyways, a mix of action, adventure, magic, love, it’s a perfect combination that’s not going to disappoint the fans of the Mine series. Now I’m even more anxious and desperate to read the sequel, Mine to Spell. Great books by a talented debut indie author.
Rating: 4 stars