REVIEW: You are Mine by Janeal Falor

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars, Genre: Fiction/ Fantasy, Pages: 273, Reading Level: Easy

Book Description 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.”

Disclosure: I received a free copy of You are Mine in exchange for an honest review.

Magical books are not my usual genre, yet I seem to be reading quite a few of them lately. While the magic in the book is essential to the storyline, it does not come across as the main story. The main story is more of a repressed young woman who has no choice in her future, finding a small bit of freedom, which leads to events she never dreamed possible.

There is a nice love story in You are Mine, but no sex, so this book is absolutely suitable for young adults.

The story is told from one point of view, that of Serena. Serena comes from a large family; she has many sisters, all of whom are owned by their father until they are sold/ engaged to their future husband. Women live under extremely strict rules and punishment is often physical. When her fiancée is killed in a tournament, Serena finds herself the property and future bride of a foreigner, considered a barbarian. She thinks her circumstances have taken a cruel turn. However, this foreigner treats her well and she soon learns how differently women live in his land. Still, there is a price on his head and Serena may end up becoming one of the outcasts.

The story is quite intriguing and I think the characters are well developed. All in all, You are Mine is a quick, light and entertaining read.

Reviewed by Christina

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