You Are Mine by Janeal Falor
You Are Mine, was a truly wonderful adventure into a paranormal world where women are owned and prized for the magic they hold in their blood. A definite page turner where a reader never expects where the story is headed. It pulls you in, captivates you and engages every bit of your emotions. Serena is being prepared for her marriage auction, more like a lottery. In her world men who are warlocks owned women. They are possessions to be traded for power and position. And once you become a tarnished one, a human sacrifice. Serena has no say in anything and to protect her sisters she stays quiet trying to obey her autocratic father. Her betrothed was no better. This was the lot of women, dictated by law, continued to be upheld by even her mother who has suffered as well. Until an act of fate turned the tides for her. Her quest for freedom seemed impossible, until one barbarian, a warlock, showed her how. You Are Mine was excellently written, with great world building revealed gradually page by page, relatable and likable leads and villains that you can easily hate. This was mostly Serena's story, easily translated into any time period where women have been seens as chatels and slaves, objectified and treated inhumanely. Her story is every woman's and her freedom is everyone's dream.
*The ARC for this novel was provided by the publisher and NetGalley in return for an honest review*
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.
Title:You Are Mine
Author: Janeal Falor
Genre: Fantasy Romance
Published: May 6, 2013
Rating: ♨♨♨♨ 4 of 5 (A surprisingly excellently written fantasy romance guaranteed to keep you engaged till the end)