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ARC Review: You Are Mine by Janeal Falor

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You Are Mine (Mine #1)
     by: Janeal Falor

Publication Date: May 6th, 2013
Publisher: Chardonian Press
Genre: Paranormal
Age Group: Young Adult
Source: e-ARC received from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Page Count: 273 pages
Order Links: Amazon | B&N
My Rating: 4/5 stars

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.

                          
First off, a big thank you to Janeal for sending me a copy for review! This was such a unique, interesting take on warlock society and I loved reading about it.

In Serena's world, women live under a veil of oppression with no rights. They are seen as mere property due to the magic that runs in their blood. Their father decides their fate, hoping to sell them to the most prestigious warlock who can provide them with the most advantage.

It is heartbreaking to watch how Serena and her sisters are treated by their father. The smallest of missteps can result in painful punishment. Serena is spirited and borders on defiant, and sacrifices herself to protect her sisters from their father's punishments. She is to be married to Councilman, later Chancellor, Thomas who invites her, her sister, and her father to spend the week at his home to watch the warlock tournament. He acts the part of a chivalrous warlock, but is cruel and demanding. And a complete slimeball. However, as events begin to unravel and Serena is passed from one potential threat to the next, she is bound to play the part of a submissive woman, when all she longs for is her freedom.

I don't want to give anything away, but despite the horrible treatment of women, Serena realizes not every warlock is cruel, oppressive and wants to harm her. She finds allies in the most unlikely of places and will not stop fighting until she gets what she wants the most: her freedom to make her own choices.

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! I hope Janeal is planning for a sequel because I would love to see what happens next!

*I received an advanced e-copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.*

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6 comments

  1. Glad you enjoyed it. I read and reviewed You Are Mine as well and loved it.
    -Danielle @ Coffee and Characters
    http://www.daniellecromero.blogspot.com

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    1. I really enjoyed this one Danielle! I definitely need another book to see what happens with Zade and Serena. :D

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  2. Awesome! I'm really looking forward to this book now. :D

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  3. This does look interesting. I was offered to review it but I am cutting back on my review pile so couldn't accept. The plot sounds REALLY interesting and I'm glad you enjoyed it so much!

    - Juhina @ Maji Bookshelf

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    1. Thanks Juhina! It was a good read- and I totally understand about not being able to accept. I came really close to saying no myself. So many books!

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