Review: You Are Mine by Janeal Falor

You Are Mine (Mine, #1)
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.

This is one of those books which was so much more than I expected. It appealed to me from the blurb but I wasn't expecting it to grab me the way it did and keep me hanging on the whole book through, which it definitely did.

I feel like I've had a run of subpar books recently and I really needed something fresh like You Are Mine to bring me back to a nice place. It is a great book, with a fantastic plot and some real messages to tell. I loved all of the characters, especially our main character Serena, who was as strong as a girl can be in a society like the one in this book. I really enjoyed watching her grow as a person as she was given more freedom by Zade, and I just loved Zade as well. I do feel like this book was slightly lacking on the romance side, but it didn't matter to me. It was there, the feelings developed naturally and I would be a hypocrite to complain because Serena and Zade didn't just throw themselves at each other at every corner. There was also the inkling of something coming between them, which thankfully was resolved and we got a lovely ending. Serena has been passed around between men and thinks this is just another man who will treat her like crap, so she deserved that ending.

I can't wait to read the sequel now, which focuses on Serena's oldest younger sister  If it's anywhere near half as well written as this book, it will be great. Janeal Falor really pulled it out of the bag with You Are Mine, and the only gripe I can have with this book is that the pace just wasn't fast enough to take it that extra mile.

Book released 6th May 2013 by Chardonian Press
Book received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

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