You Are Mine made me run through the full spectrum of emotions – anger (we’re talking full on rage), sorrow, happiness, and even some confused giddiness. Any book that makes me do that gets insta-love from me.
Title: You Are Mine
Author: Janeal Falor
Publisher: Chardonian Press
Available: Barnes and Noble | Kobo | iBookstore
From the Publisher: 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.
Serena lives in a country where women are property. They have no rights, no choices, no lives. Their singular purpose is to provide more sons. They are only as valuable as the amount of magic in their blood – magic that they pass on to their sons, but that they aren’t allowed to actually use. As property, the women are treated viciously because they aren’t seen as people.
Hence the aforementioned rage.
It was straight up hard to read at times. The anger almost made me put it down. Experiencing Serena being treated that way – it just hurt.
But this world is bigger than Serena’s country, and this story was about showing her that.
Watching Serena learn to trust and realize that there are good men in the world made for a beautiful story. One that is rarely told, and never told in this much detail. I loved that this relevant theme (recovering from abuse and learning to trust again) was set in an alternate fantasy universe.
You Are Mine was a fairy-tale like no other fairy-tale.
What Others Are Saying:
- Between My Lines: As soon as I started this book, I loved it. It really was one of those I couldn’t put down, I found it compelling and more than that, it was downright addictive.
- Lovin’ Los Libros: I was captivated from the moment I started the book and I couldn’t put it down- I had to see how everything would turn out for Serena, her friends, and family!
- Dandelion Dreams: The Mine series is just too good not to continue reading. Janeal Falor is one of those authors that you need to keep an eye out for. I certainly will. I highly recommend You Are Mine to those who are lovers of magic and freedom.