Review: You Are Mine

October 24, 2013 book review 4

You Are Mine by Janeal Falor

Released: May 6, 2013
Publisher: self-pub
Series: Mine #1
Pages: 370
Source: author
Format: ebook

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.

YOU ARE MINE is one of those books you go into thinking it’ll be a nice, good story but then blows you away with the execution. I was so pleasantly surprised with this book. It was wonderfully interesting, heart breaking, and just overall a very enjoyable read.

In Chardonia, women are worth absolutely nothing. They are tested to see how powerful their magic is then sold off to the highest bidder. They are basically slaves to their owner/husband. Their only purpose? Breeding males. If they have a girl, they will have to keep having children until a male is born. Serena is the daughter of the most atrocious human being warlock I have EVER read about. He is vile, abusive, and has absolutely no problem hexing his children for minuscule mistakes. I absolutely loathed him by the end of the first chapter. The way he treats his 14 daughters is just so cringe worthy, I can’t even. Falor created a monster wonderfully.

Serena’s father is eager to sell her off and after her first prospect unexpectedly dies, she’s given to a man from a different country that many in Chardonia see as barbaric. From here on out, her father is desperate to get his daughter out of this man, Zade’s, hands because he wants the money a man from Chardonia would pay him for Serena. Since Zade won her, he doesn’t pay squat. Serena goes to live with Zade and her world slowly starts to change. Maybe this barbaric man isn’t as ferocious as everyone said. Maybe Zade is actually the perfect man for Serena. Maybe he and the rest of the people from his country have a much nicer way of life.

One of the best things about this book was Falor’s characterizations. All of the people she created are dynamic and have personalities that truly shine through the writing. Yes, I hate and even despise some of them, but Falor’s ability to convey this type of emotion is applause worthy. Serena is broken but tough and is the type of girl who would never let her sisters be punished. She’d rather take the fall for everything, despite how painful her punishment will be. It takes a heck of lot for her to really start to become more brave and trustworthy of other people. She has lived this horrible life since birth and comes to expect nothing less from everyone else. I loved watching her transform. Zade is a giant and we don’t get to see him much when Serena first moves in with him. We don’t know how he truly is. Like her father, I fully expected him to be awful, too. I loved the way in which we slowly got to see his real self.

The plot was extremely interesting and kept me locked in the entire time. I finished this book in less than 24 hours if that is any indication. I was intrigued by this world and how horribly wrong the society’s ideals were. I loved seeing Serena start to take on this place and not be so afraid anymore. What started off as a terrible story, YOU ARE MINE transformed into something powerful and thought provoking. We are left with a bright and hopeful ending that I can only hope stays as such in the next book. But knowing how these things go, I can tell something is brewing. Something I probably don’t want to happen.

If you are a fan of witches and warlocks and strong heroines, I would encourage you to give this book a shot!

5 Thought Clouds!

I received an ebook copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!
Be sure to stay tuned because I’ll be having Janeal over for a quick interview and a GIVEAWAY sometime in the next couple of days!! 🙂


4 Responses to “Review: You Are Mine”

  1. Disquietus

    I was intrigued by the premise of this book, but nervous since it’s a self-pub and the subject matter gives me so many ragey feelings, but your review has me feeling more excited to get my hands on it. It sounds super interesting.

    • Christine P

      Oh yay! Trust me, it was really good. The beginning is shocking just by how absurd this world is. But despite how horrific it was, I couldn’t set it down. I just had to know that Serena was going to be okay!

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