You Are Mine by Janeal Falor
Publish Date: May 6th 2013
Genre: YA/ Fantasy/Dystopian
My Rating: 5.0/5.0
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.
I hosted a book blitz of this book on my blog a few months ago, and I remember wanting to read this book but for some reason I never got round to it or a tour was cancelled or something. So when I was it on NetGalley I squealed (quite loudly!) and instantly clicked to request it.
I was even happier when it landed on my kindle the next day 🙂
The moment I started You Are Mine, I was captivated. The world building was fantastic and unlike any other that I’ve ever read. It started off with Serena being sold as a bride to some horrid, rich warlock. After a few surprising turns, Serena ends up with a stranger from another land.
This new guy is swoon-worthy and I LOVED him, kay? Hands off!
In Serena’s world, women were merely seen as an object. An extra person who had no real meaning other than to have kids, or give orders too. Serena was used to being punished over the slightest thing by her father and expects no different from her husband to be.
But it turns out that he’s actually quite decent and doesn’t want to hurt her or her sisters. (Thirteen of them!)
There is a slight element of magic, but not enough to make you think Harry Potter. The romance was subtle, and more romantic than what I expected. (That sentence doesn’t really make sense, but I know what I mean!)
I would recommend You Are Mine to readers who love paranormal romances and those to enjoy a good swooning over a “barbarian” who is actually lovely!
Janeal Falor lives in Utah where she’s finally managed to live in the same house for more than five years without moving. In her spare time she reads books like they’re nuts covered in caramel and chocolate, cooks whatever strikes her fancy, and enjoys the outdoors. Her husband and three children try to keep up with her overactive imagination. Usually they settle for having dinner on the table, even if she’s still going on about the voices in her head.