You Are Mine

You Are Mine

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by Janeal Falor
     
 

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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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780989743204
Publisher:
Chardonian Press
Publication date:
05/06/2013
Pages:
372
Sales rank:
959,772
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.77(d)

Meet the Author

Amazon best-selling author Janeal Falor lives in Utah with her husband and three children. In her non-writing time she teaches her kids to make silly faces, cooks whatever strikes her fancy, and attempts to cultivate a garden even when half the things she plants die. When it's time for a break she can be found taking a scenic drive with her family or drinking hot chocolate.

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You Are Mine 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 56 reviews.
Daniela07 More than 1 year ago
Holy. Freaking.... wow. This book left me in a mess of emotions. I finished it a couple of days ago, but I needed to take time to process everything. It struck a nerve, but not necessarily in a bad way. I was just... wow, this book got me so riled up. I wanted to smack every single man in here. Every. Single. One. It's a feminist's worst nightmare. Actually, it's the nightmare of all women (me included). Why? You Are Mine takes place in a world of warlocks and *sigh* their 'wenches', where women are used as simple trophy wives and reproductive slaves. They are mistreated, beaten, and usually sold off to warlocks depending on how much magic they have running in their blood, making the warlock who buys the merchandise sure to have a powerful heir (a boy of course). Serena was discovered to have more than enough magic in her blood, so her father sold her off to a very powerful, but cruel man, Thomas. And by this point, I was fuming. '"None of that, wench. My possessions don't get away from me. Besides, we'll be married soon enough, I just want a little taste." My pulse quickens. "No." The leer morphs into a snarl. "Don't you dare tell me no." Grabbing a fistful of hair, he yanks my head back. I scream.' -location 677 of 4650 of ARC I desperately wanted someone to break his pretty little face. Thankfully, somebody did... actually, somebody went all the way and Serena (with all of Thomas's belongings) ended up belonging to another man, Zane. Now, Zane is an Envadi (it's like another ethical group) and he has a different way of seeing things. So when Serena is ordered to go live with him, she's surprised at how relaxed he is. He doesn't even beat her like her father did. She's never had so much freedom before, and the more freedom she gets, the more dangerous her ideas become. The world building in this book was a huge risk to take on. It's one of those 'you either love it or hate it' books and I'm glad to say that I absolutely LOVED it! Sure, at first I was furious at everyone, especially Serena. She easily conformed within this society and so did all her sisters. I wanted to smack her so badly! But I understood. Women were beaten and brainwashed and there was nothing they could do against the powerful magic of men. Serena was a little on the rebellious side even though she stayed within the morals of society. She spoke when she wasn't supposed to, she was daring, witty at times, and she drove her abusive father nuts. Yes, her character is slow to develop, but think of it this way: women had no choice and they were in a perpetual state of fear. Serena breaking away from all of this was definitely something I admired. She couldn't fight a group of warlocks all by herself and she was sure to be Tarnished if she didn't conform, so she did the only thing she could do whilst slowly becoming her own. Warning: This slow development might not be for everyone. Serena might get on your nerves (like she sort of got on mine for a while). Zane, on the other hand, was... well, he was a strange boy. I liked him... and then I hated him, but then I liked him again. Go figure. He drove me nuts in a very surprising manner. The way he treated Serena was just as confusing, but there's a reason for it (a good one). Turns out, he's got more tricks up his sleeve than I gave him credit for. Keep an eye on the guy. He's cool though... give or take some. Romance-wise, the relationship between them both was strange at first because it was forced. Serena was engaged to Zane before she even met him. Nice, no? Some guy kills your former owner and voila! You just got yourself a new husband! Congratulations. But their love gradually escalates (definitely no insta-love here). By the ending, they were perfect for each other. Overall, I know the whole 'women treated like dog crap' is tough to read about. Trust me, my first reaction to the story was me angry. It's a bumpy start, but that ending... wow, that ending makes up for it. There's a lot going on by that point and I just didn't want it to end. I wanted needed more of Serena and Zane. They grew on me in such an unexpected manner. Personally, I'd give this book a go again. Do I recommend it? Oh. Yeah. :)
Book_Nerd_Paradise More than 1 year ago
I decided to take a chance on Janeal Falor's book "You Are Mine" because it sounds like it was something I read anyway. This book is set in a society where women are little more than broodmares and their worth is dependent on how much magic runs in their veins. The main character, Serena, is the oldest of 15 girls which is considered a failure on her mother's inability to produce a male child. They are the only ones valued in Chardonia. One her 17th birthday, Serena is taken for testing to see just how much she is worth. Turns out she comes from good, magical bloodlines and her father can not wait to sell her off to the highest bidder. It doesn't take more than a week before she has a new owner and husband to be. When we meet Thomas he's pretty much a spoiled little jerk who can't wait to have his way with her. He just has to wait until he finishes out the international, magical tournament and they can get married. Through a series of events, Serena finds herself at the mercy of another. A barbarian from another country who wins her ownership during the tournament. From the start I really found myself enjoying "You Are Mine." Sometimes, I must admit that I get a little angry with books where the main heroin is in a oppressive society but accepts it. Serena accepts it to a degree but there's no missing the small rebellions she has in subtle ways. She comes to find in time that her new intended husband, Zade, isn't like the rest of the warlocks in her country. He manages to show her that there are others out there fighting on her side, that laws can always have loopholes and that maybe being shunned by society doesn't have to be all bad. As far as the writing of this book is concerned I thought Falor did an excellent job. I'm not one to linger on a few spelling and grammar mistakes here and there but thankfully I didn't really even notice any. Overall, this book gets a thumbs up.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
May books like this plant the seeds of freedom for all !!! Bingaux
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book surprized me in a good way. The writer must have her own form of magic to create such a believeable world where warlocks rule and women are their possessions. The main character is strong, her conviction to change the way women are treated is helped by a warlock that wins her in a duel. This is not my normal reading genre, however I found the story interesting and engaging. It was well written and I look forward to reading more of this author's books. Give it a try...it won't disappoint. Jp
Anonymous 11 months ago
I'm still reeling from this book. The whole premise - women's rights, slavery, society - resonates with you as you read it. Particularly when you realize it wasn't even a hundred years ago when women in our own country were fighting for the right to vote, and there are so many places in the world today where that fight is still ongoing. This isn't some romance book, this is the journey of a young woman fighting against everything she's ever known for even some form of freedom. But this book is so imaginative, with so many aspects of a whole magical culture, it's easy to get lost in the world the author has created. I just bought all of her books, and I can't wait to see the revolution I know is coming.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read. Kept me entertained. The ending could have been better, though.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the male main character, despised the female. I understand why she was so fearful & timid, but that didn't stop me from wanting to pull my hair out with every page. Arg! Make her go away! Seriously, just not my cup of tea. Unfortunately, won't be moving on to any sequels.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked this story but the main character Serena was very annoying to me. I wanted to hex her myself for how stupid she was at times. Her sister Cynthia was much more interesting to me. I'm looking forward to Cynthia's story in the next book.
Anonymous 4 months ago
WOW! Such a amazing story. So well written it's not hard to put yourself in her shoes. As if at times what is happening is a little fantastical. So good.
Anonymous 10 months ago
I could only make it to the halfway point. It was just taking too long to get to where i knew it was heading. There is only so much dancing around the plot you can do. Was it to make the book longer? Its a shame because i was enjoying the story. The writing is very good as well. The author just needs to shift out of first gear. DMB
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its a great book amd I would definately recomend it. Tjougj, I sorta just want to punch every man in the book.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book. Excited to see how the story continues in the next book being that it's not in Serena's view..
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BuckeyeAngel More than 1 year ago
Serena belongs to a warlock. She has to do whatever he wishes or suffer the consequences. Then she is sold again and once again has to do her new master's bidding. Then she breaks the rules, expecting to be punished, but isn't. I loved Serena's journey in this book. I found it very interesting as I was raised free. Even if in a fantasy way as there are still women in this world that aren't free, it still gave me some insight. I really liked the plot, overall story and especially the characters. I highly recommend. **I received an ARC of this story in exchange for an honest review
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book was a little over 400 pages. It sorta dragged on, but it was good. Should definitely give it a shot.-k
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Keeps your interest til the very end!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read. Interesting premise. I can't wait to read the other books in this series!
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MorganReadsBooks More than 1 year ago
I received this from Netgalley for my honest review. Pulisher: Chardonian Press Actual rating 2.5 stars. This was a major disappointment for me. I had really high hopes for this one and it let me down hard. The world created by the author, I absolutely hated! I hated the warlocks and the way they treated women (like silent baby machines) and I really didn't like any of the characters. The MC was annoying to me most the time and constantly whining. I thought that the romance would make up for all the shortcomings and instead it was luke warm at best, cold as a dead fish the rest of the time.  If you are planning on reading this one, I'd say pass. There are sooo many books out there!
Jasmyn9 More than 1 year ago
This book had a lot going on and I really enjoyed just about every second of it. Serena is about to find out that she has magic in her blood - which means her hand in marriage is for sale to the highest payer. She's used to being owned though, she's been owned her whole life - all females are. I loved how she seemed to rebel in little ways and watching her adapt to her various situations. The barbarian she ends up with is not what she expects though and at first she is afraid that it is all some big trick. She expects to be punished for every little slip and wrong no matter how small. Society has taught her that she is only worth as much as how many warlocks she is able to bring into the world. But when that begins to change things get soooo interesting. There is a lot of dystopian elements mixed with some classic fantasy (warlocks, fantasy world, tournaments) and I loved how they blended together so well. I really had a hard time putting this one down. My only complaint is that the resolution between Serena and her barbarian comes too close to the end to really enjoy it. *This book was received in exchange for an honest review*
jeanniezelos More than 1 year ago
You Are Mine, Mine 1, Janeal Falor Genre: Sci-fi and fantasy, teens and YA. Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews I enjoy many YA reads and I’m a sucker for all things magic so thought I’d try this read. I did enjoy it but it felt very lightweight, a read that’s for me a good one but just not a great one. Serena, the main character, who’s voice tells the story. I really liked her, loyal to her family, loving and caring even though she’s brought up in a society which values women only if they have magic in their blood, and then if it’s high enough they’re put out to tender, so to speak, on the marriage market to a warlock, who hopes they’ll breed more warlocks with a good amount of magic. One step out of line and the females are outcast, spurned and labelled Tarnished. Chardonia only values Magic, and those without it are nothing. It’s a cruel, male dominated society and I so felt for her, stuck within it and about to be married off. She’s bought by an awful man, who’s just become a Chancellor. Her father is pleased at the match, and orders Serena to be obedient to Thomas and not to let the family down. Then Thomas is killed in a tournament, and she’s handed over along with the rest of his possessions to a barbarian, Zade. They’ve been brought up on tales of horror about his people and she’s terrified. It turns out though that he’s very different to what she expects, and we get a story of trust, honour and new discoveries, along with a good side of danger and betrayals. I really enjoyed this story, and the magics used. The horrors of the Warlocks were almost unbelievable, they’d stop at nothing in the pursuit of power and most were totally amoral, caring nothing for anyone except themselves. Thankfully there were a quiet few who loved their families and hated the way the society was run, but what could they do against the more numerous ones who wanted the status quo, so long as they benefitted from it of course. Its a journey of discovery for Serena, and though she was in many ways older than her years from the suffering she endured at her father's hands, she was also very naive, and innocent of so much that went on. It was great to see her think for herself, work out how to help others and slowly begin to think of a better life than the one laid out for her. The way it ends too is good, and fits with the story and magics as we know them – I hate last minute new talents and Janeal avoids them thankfully. I loved Serena, Zade and Katherine, wasn’t sure about Waverly, and as for her father and some of the other warlocks, they were great bad guys. I do like to have someone to dislike! Its a fun read, but a little too lightweight for me – but again I’m well about the target market so its probably perfect for that. Stars: Three, a good read – probably a five for the right audience but for me a one off. ARC provided by Netgalley and publishers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this was a book I really couldn't put down! Wonderful story development and so many twists and turns. A lot of time you can predict where a storyline will go, but not this one! Serena's journey to freedom will keep you on edge, and make you want to hit somebody part of the time! Definitely a keeper!