You Are Mine
Series: Mine #1
Author: Janeal Falor
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Release Date: March 6th 2013
Source: A Copy was provided by the author.
I was asked if I would completed a review for this novel and I just couldn’t say no.
Summary taken from Goodreads:
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 book reminds me of a modern and young adult version of The Handmaid’s Tale, but with the fantasy twist. It demonstrates some of the restrictions that women were subjected to in the past, and even in the current day (depending on the society). I wasn’t 100% sure what the era was but I have a feeling that it was a mix of old and new. I believe that Serena represented an old and more extreme worldview, while Zade was a more modern one (where maybe even jeans existed?). Whatever the era was I was really into this novel. Now, because we know from the synopsis that women are seen as an object and owned we probably can guess that there will be something about breaking out of that mold. The way it was done was a little too “easy” in my opinion. When I first start reading this novel I thought, there is no way to end this, but I mean I’m sure people said that about a lot of things in history that have changed. Anyhow I still felt that how they changed the views of the people of their country was just non-realistic. Although it’s the first in a series so I’m guessing there will more tackling of this issue in the next novel(s). That all being said I still loved it. I liked the “rebel” girl who refuses to believe that was it, but couldn’t leave her family, and who found it difficult to trust other people. I loved Zade and all the other characters and I’m sure I will enjoy the second novel as much as the first.
Serena—She refuses to fit the mold, but sticks by the rules enough for her family. And, she refuses to be owned even if it means risking her heart.
Zade—They believed him to be a barbarian because of how big he was. Hahahaha little do they know he is the best person around.
Sometimes I will admit that it was a little slow. There could have been more romance and a little more action/adventure. As well as the way they managed to “break the rules” was just too easy and not-so realistic.
Overall (Writing style, story line, and general):
Overall, this was a good read, and I see a lot of potential for book two whether it’s a continuing of Serena’s story (which I hope it is), or her sister’s side (I have a feeling that might be coming). I like the new take on the sort of dystopian society that had a big mix of magic and fantasy. And Zade, oh Zade. How I love thee, let me count the ways.
Next in the Series:
Mine to Spell (#2) No date as of yet
Servant of Mine (#3) No date as of yet
Untitled (#4) No date as of yet
Viewer Type Recommendation:
If you are a lover of Young Adult Dystopian Romance where women are on a lower level and fight to over come their “place” than this is for you.
If you liked this you'll probably love:
Greta and the Goblin King by Chloe Jacobs, Girl in theArena by Lisa Haines, Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause
Author Website/Blog: http://janealfalor.com
Twitter: @ JanealFalor
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