Saturday, March 29, 2014

Reading Review - You Are Mine by Janeal Falor

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.
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Today's review is on You Are Mine by Janeal Falor. I had never heard anything about this book before, but when the author contacted me and asked if I wanted to review it, I was intrigued by the summary.

Honestly, when I started the book I wasn't enthralled by the first part. The characters seemed to be missing some development, and the world was lacking magical elements. There was a lot of abuse Serena goes through, and that was difficult to read about, but also because her situation seemed so hopeless. However, the story definitely got interesting after about 50 pages in.

As I read on, the characters became interesting, and the interactions between Serena the others. Intrigue begins to surround her and her household as danger presents itself, and Serena became a really unique character. The ending was really fantastic, and there was a lot of character and plot development. By the end, I was really happy I'd read this book, and found it a really unique addition to YA.

I gave this book 3.5 stars, and I think it's a great start to the series. This isn't a fantasy with a heavy concentration of magic and world building. It's pretty character driven, and so in the beginning it can drag, but quickly becomes an interesting and dynamic read.

Thank you so much to Janeal Falor for providing me with a copy for review! I have expressed my own thoughts and opinions on the book.

Have you read You Are Mine? What are your thoughts?

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1 comment:

  1. I saw another review of this book recently that was really good! I'm definitely intrigued by this concept and now with more than one great review, I'm thinking that I will have to check it out. I love books with arranged marriages and this concept sounds similar. I'm interested to see how the mc will fight back.


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