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 rocked my socks off! I can’t even find the right words to tell you how much I loved every single word written by the awesome Janeal Falor. I ended up reading until 3 am because I just couldn’t stop reading. It’s so, so good!
You Are Mine has such an interesting plot and strong characters. Just like the prequel novella, Mine To Tarnish, it deals with big issues concerning the rights of women similar the old days (but with magic thrown in the mix). It’s actually like a political war between Warlocks and women (including tarnished servants). It’s disgusting the way men treat and abuse them just like if they were merely things to possess.
The main character, Serena, is an amazing person ready to fight for her freedom. I loved her courage and determination as she deals with the whole master/abuse thing at the earlier stages of her life. I loved how different she was from the other women, how she wasn’t afraid of speaking her mind out knowing well that she would pay dearly for it. I adored how she fiercely protected her younger sisters from the arms of her terrible father even if it meant more pain for her. I also liked her heart and spirited personality as she starts discovering her new life alongside the “barbarian” Zade, and how she tries to help others who are not as lucky as her.
However, I must admit I fell in love with Zade harder than I thought possible and I do believe he is the best character from the book. In a world as cruel and dark as this one, Zade was simply the brightest and most beautiful star in the sky. He is sweet, smart and quite the gentleman. I enjoyed every scene he was in because he would always surprise me with his thoughtfulness. If there’s ever a character you have to meet, Zade is definitely the one.
For the record, “Must get the next book in the series pronto” is an understatement. I need it now, now, NOW. Lucky me, it IS available. You Are Mine left me breathless and with so many good feelings that I want people to feel them too. I want readers to meet Zade and Serena, to fall in love with them and fight for the cause. It’s a must I tell you, a must! This book won’t disappoint, I promise. You have to give it a chance.