You Are Mine (Mine #1) [NOOK Book]


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 ...

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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.

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940044507333
  • Publisher: Janeal Falor
  • Publication date: 4/18/2013
  • Series: Mine , #1
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 3,429
  • Age range: 13 years
  • File size: 406 KB

Meet the Author

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.

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  • Posted May 30, 2013

    Holy. Freaking.... wow. This book left me in a mess of emotions.

    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).
    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. :)

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2014


    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 won't disappoint. Jp

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 14, 2013

    I decided to take a chance on Janeal Falor's book "You Are

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 4, 2014

    I love to read about different world, to get to know it, to try

    I love to read about different world, to get to know it, to try to figure out what kind of world is this, what rules apply in there, to see how people feel and behave in there, how they deal with their situations. It makes me wonder, what if I was living in the world like that, what if our world was like that. I found this kind of story in this book.

    I got quickly interested from the very beginning. There was told a story about a woman living in a world where her position is less than a human. Reading about how warlocks behave with her, how she has to comply with the rules and demands she doesn't like or want, how she can't have a life she wants made me care for her and get angry about everything she has to deal with. I wanted to know what's going to happen next, what difficulties would come and what the fate of Serena would be. I was curious how she would deal with her situation. I liked her. I started to care about the fate of Serena, of her family and of more characters as the story went further. I wished them to be lucky, to find their happiness and everything they deserve. 

    The story got more and more complicated, more intense with each chapter and I hurried through the pages eager to read it. I enjoyed finding out along with Serena not everything she knows is true and what is the truth behind that. There were some fun moments in the story what made me smile too. It's sometimes amazing how people can joke in front of difficulties.

    I loved reading this book and I want to know what's next, what's going to happen to Serena, to her family and her friends in the other parts of this story. And the cover of the book is amazing.

    I have received this book free from the David Estes Fans and YA Book Lovers Unite! group and the author in exchange for a honest review.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2014

    This book is amazing. The world that the author created is so in

    This book is amazing. The world that the author created is so intense and wonderfully written. It grabs hold of you and sucks you in. You become a slave to it and aren't freed until the end. I loved it. Wonderful characters great imagination and of course, a sexy hero! Serena is a slave but with a wonderful spirit and stubbornness that you fall in love with. Zade is just magnificent. He is sexy, strong and absolutely sweet. You will love how they come together and fall in love. There is magic, suspense and romance! I recommend this book for every one. GREAT READ! LOVED IT!

    -Katie Salers

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2014


    Can't get into this book, I can usually go through a book this big in less then a day. When I read the review I loved it, but then when I actually baught the book, I just can't get into it I've been on page 113 for two days now. The climax is just building up way to slow . My rate would be 0 stars

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2014


    Great book. Just great. I have never read a book like this before. Could not put it down. Always kept me guessing and wanting more. Id even pay 10 bucks to read a sequel, and im a cheap person. Never boring. And original.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2014


    Once I picked this book up, I couldn't put it down until it was done. Vivid story-telling throughout, great pacing, and well-written characters; many who you'll definitely love. The ending was perfect too. I can't wait for the second book.

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  • Posted February 16, 2014

    This book exceeded my expectations and I thoroughly enjoyed read

    This book exceeded my expectations and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.

    I am going to start this by saying that if you cannot handle a world with strong misogynist views then you might now want to read this book. Janeal Falor handles the issue really well, the book is well written and nothing seems excessive, overdone or unnecessary to the story.

    Like the synopsis says, women are property of men. They are their father’s until they are tested for magic in their blood and then sold to the highest bidder (and best connection) then they are under their new owner aka fiance (husband’s) control. They are to do his bidding at all times, they cannot go out unchaperoned, they cannot own property and their sole purpose is to produce warlocks (male children). Women are not supposed to deny their owners anything and are frequently punished for any slight the owner finds, it’s usually down with magic and not pleasant at all. There’s the constant threat hanging over their head of becoming ‘tarnished’ if they do not obey. 

    You see most of this in the first maybe fourth to third of the book. After that Serena, the main character, is won in a tournament by a man from another country, she’s been told her whole life these people are barbarians and is terrified of what is going to happen to her now. After they move into one of his new houses you start to see things differently. Zade, her new fiance (owner), is from a country where women are free to do as they see fit and not property. He studies the law, to make sure that he follows what he needs to do to keep Serena from being taken from him and given to someone who will treat her badly. He doesn’t punish her and lets her make decisions on things that she wants. At the end you see that maybe things can change in this world, country, for the better, though it’s likely to be a uphill battle.

    I really did enjoy this book, it’s well written and the growth, not just characters, that you see is great. When you first meet Serena you can see that bit of rebellious attitude but she’s still a frightened young girl, who has no means or power to go about getting the change she wants. She often expresses her opinions on things, when she should keep her mouth closed, and is punished for it. But as things change for her you can see her become more sure of herself, the things she wants, and you can see that she’s a caring, loving, and protective person. She doesn’t just want her freedom but the freedom of other people. I don’t feel like we got to know Zade that well in this book, it’s told from Serena’s point of view and for most of the book she is unsure of him. I hope we see him and Serena in the next book.

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  • Posted February 7, 2014

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    This book reminded me of . . . a fairy tale. It began by paintin

    This book reminded me of . . . a fairy tale. It began by painting a harsh and horrible landscape of a society where women were treated as possessions—good only for producing warlock son. It was set up in a way to invoke sympathy for Serena, the poor girl who was sold to a proud and domineering man and had grown up being punished by her father for every wrong move she made. The only life she had known was one where women were "owned," but she didn’t want to just accept that future. 

    Then there was Zade, a barbarous Envadi that turned out to be the exact opposite. The country he came from just did things differently and the warlocks were very large, so his kind was judged for it. It took Serena awhile before she realized he wasn't going to hurt her, but the process was really nice. There were plenty of moments that built him up to be a kind and gentle man, and it made the book more interesting than if she simply trusted him from the very beginning. 

    It also added to the little bit of sweet fairy tale like romance that took place in the book. There was no instant attraction, but instead, affection between Serena and Zade built up throughout the entire book. I was on my toes hoping nothing would get in their way and waiting for them to realize how well they fit together. It didn't happen in the way I expected (actually, I don't know what I was expecting), but when it did, it felt like a fairy tale ending. I loved how it happened and I loved how Serena's life was when it did. 

    Serena was a girl who started out in a low place, living in fear of what the next punishment would be. With the help of Zade, her sisters, and her friends, she defied everyone's rules and expectations. She was able to build a better life for herself and those she cared about. Again, it all had a bit of a fairy tale feeling to it, and I loved it. 

    I'm definitely looking forward to the next book in the series. I'm hoping to see more of Zade and Serena, even if it's in a different perspective like I feel it will be, as well as the other characters. I'm also hoping to learn more about the interesting and horrible world they live in (the world-building may have been the weakest area in this book; there wasn't much history or background to the world they lived in). I'm especially looking forward to how much further the strict rules of the society of Chardonia are going to be challenged and questions. 

    Overall, You Are Mine was a well written tale about pushing beyond boundaries to live a life you want to live, without being restricted or "owned" by anyone but yourself. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and I highly recommend reading it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2013


    I had a very hard time putting this book down. It was recommended by a friend and a very good recommendation it was. I cannot wait to read her next book.

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  • Posted November 13, 2013

    I received a copy of You Are Mine for an honest review. Abuse:

    I received a copy of You Are Mine for an honest review.

    In You Are Mine the abuse of woman and children and pretty much anyone who isn’t a male wizard is the norm. If anyone steps out of line they could be killed, beaten, raped, or become one of the tarnished where even then you can still be abused. Serena is hexed, beaten, and threatened often and so is everyone in her family.

    Suppressed Women:
    Women in this story are supposed to be child bearers and a way for men to gain more power as a wizard. That’s it. Cooking, cleaning, and so on are the only purposes for women. They have no say in who they get to marry and are honestly passed around looking good until someone young or old wants them. When they step out of line they’re beaten, they can only agree with what any man says and are not supposed to have their own thoughts or feelings. Sadly many of the women who have been so beaten and suppressed their entire lives find it hard to cope when a man treats them fairly or cares about them in any way. It’s very sad and disheartening.

    There is a lot of death and killing and attempts and killing in You Are Mine. It brought about a lot of suspense which made this novel all the better. If you couldn’t tell from the previous point’s women are killed, often in this story as use of sacrifice. In games men/ wizards are killed which honestly works out in Serena’s favor so while death is bad it does bring Serena a lot of good fortune.

    Only men can use magic and they hold all the power in society over every single thing people can and cannot do. Magic is used for simple things like temperate, dress designs, and so on. Or it’s used for killing others, maiming, hurting, you name it magic can do it.

    Arranged Marriage:
    You Are Mine centers around Serena who is engaged to marry one man until an event that lands her in the arms of the “Savages” who are supposed to be worse than the men Serena already lives with. Like I said before women have no say in who they marry but Serena’s arranged marriage with the Savage Zade turns into a huge scandal that definitely makes the story all the more interesting.

    Overall Thoughts:
    You need to get this book. It’s absolutely amazing and one of the best I have read this year. You Are Mine has an amazing set of characters that worked their ways into my heart and while the world they lived in was harsh and cruel the characters made it amazing. Janeal Falor is an amazing writer and I cannot wait to read more of her work. You Are Mine drew me in from the very first pages and left me wanting even after I finished. Totally inspiring novel and I am so excited there are going to be more works done. I loved all the characters especially Serena and Zade. I loved the suspense and the, the action, and the mystery of the entire world surrounding Serena. Couldn’t love this book more if I tried.

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  • Posted October 23, 2013

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    Amazing start to a new fantasy series! Serena is born into a wo

    Amazing start to a new fantasy series!

    Serena is born into a world ruled by men stronger than she is, more important than she is, and able to use magic against her whenever they choose. Knowing this makes the women in the Chardonian society submissive and virtual slaves to the men that rule them. For those women with strong wills, whose spirit cannot be shaped or broken, being stripped of their status as a breeder of warlocks and labeled a tarnished is a terrifying consequence. Especially when it’s tarnished women that are abducted from the streets and offered as sacrifices.

    Rarely do I start a book and am seething with emotion before the end of the first chapter. Sometimes an author’s voice might speak to me, an interesting plot may catch my attention or my curiosity might flare with a need for answers. The fact that You Are Mine hit me with each of these hooks is a testament to Ms. Falor’s writing skills.

    I experienced Serena’s guilt when she felt her actions caused others harm. My insides burned with righteous indignation next to her anger at being treated as less than a person. Her courage and strength of will she faced every challenge with left me in awe. I sat on the edge of my seat, cheered, cried, hoped and prayed with Serena through each step of her journey.

    How can a reader ask for more than that?

    I look forward to the next installment in the Mine series and cannot wait to see whose story it will be!

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  • Posted September 30, 2013

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    Unexpected, but in a good way. You Are Mine was a dark, thrillin

    Unexpected, but in a good way. You Are Mine was a dark, thrilling, absolutely wonderful YA romance. I really enjoyed reading this book. 

    Serena lives in a society where women are treated worse then even animals. Their only worth is bearing sons and they are strictly controlled by their owner. I liked her. I thought she was a strong heroine. Despite the treatment from her father, she still holds on to her pride and dignity and fights back when she gets the chance. I thought she was a great heroine.

    Zade was the "barbarian" and the love interest in this book. He was so sweet. His society developed differently, in a way that treats both magic and women in a different (much better) way. And, he's been sent as a kind of ambassador, but his goal is much more important than just diplomacy. I adored him. He was strong, sweet, clever, and a true hero. I thought he was wonderful.

    The romance was fairly light and very sweet. It developed slowly, as Serena came to gradually trust Zade. It was sweet and lovely and I really liked how it was done. I can't wait to see how things work out for these two in the next book.

    I had only one complaint in this book. I don't understand why a society would get to the point where they treated women so badly. People don't even treat animals that bad, so what would drive a society to hold women in such a low level? Was it because of the magic that the women carry? Was their bloodline so important that it became the only consideration of a woman's worth? But, still, women have been treated like cattle in past societies, but never quite to this extent. I couldn't figure it out, and it irritated me a little. A society doesn't develop like this unless they had a reason. But, maybe that's just me being picky. 

    The plot was fast paced. I was hooked the entire way through. I was on the edge of my seat and Serena and Zade defied the standards of society and began to take it apart. I really enjoyed the story and the ending was brilliant. I can't wait to see what happens next in book 2, Mine to Spell.

    You Are Mine was a fantastic YA read. I really enjoyed this book. It had magic, danger, thrills, and sweet romance. YA lovers, if you want something different and great, this is a book you'll want to read. 

    *I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review

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  • Posted September 18, 2013

    Serena is a women from Cardonia, where women are properties and

    Serena is a women from Cardonia, where women are properties and sought-after by warlocks to use their magic that's in their blood.
    Zade is from Envadi, a different country where things are done differently than in Cardonia and so is considered barbaric by the
    Cardonians. Both of them goes through a cultural shock and learns to live with each other. While they are trying to make Cardonia
    more tolerant towards women and the tarnished, those that want to keep the status quo are out to kill them.

    I love the worldbuilding and that is one of the main reason why this book is so compelling to me. The author spins such a neat web
    of the warlock, women, Envadi, and tarnished people. How everything fits in and relate is really well done, especially the tension
    between all the groups. I love the magic, the different kinds of spells, and pretty dresses in the book.

    The romance between the main characters is lacking. I keep thinking Zade is still thinking about his previous fiancée and any kindness
    or care shown to Serena are out of duty and politeness. That is, until he says he is not thinking about his ex anymore at the very end
    of the book. That makes Serena's love/attraction towards him seem one-sided.

    The ending does not tie up loose ends. I don't know who are the "bad guys" and their reason/side of story. That made the ending
    unsatisfying. I really want to know who will marry Cynthia and Bethany, Serena's two sisters, since Cynthia's magic is supposed to
    be even more potent and sought-after than Serena's. What about the spell that's put on Bethany? Does that get reversed or dissolved
    when the spell caster dies? Why can't women use the magic that's so potent in their blood? Does Envadi women do magic?

    This is an amazing, compelling read set in a fantasy world. I spent a whole day doing nothing except reading this book and finished
    it in one sitting. When I did take a break, the story was all I could think about. This book encourages you to take risks to make a better
    world for yourself, to not take the easy way out, but strive towards a future that you can live as yourself. I highly recommend this book
    for fans of fantasy and books set in an amazing world that sucks you right into it.

    *Review copy provided in exchange for an honest review*

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  • Posted September 14, 2013

    First of all, I would like to lead a round of applause for Ms.

    First of all, I would like to lead a round of applause for Ms. Falor. You Are Mine deals with tough topics, mainly sexism, with an admirable amount of balance. Usually, books, movies, etc. that discuss women being treated as commodities end up sounding (to me) overtly feminist and going the other way. You Are Mine is an excellent tale of a young woman learning she doesn’t have to live on her knees, that not all men are domineering and abusive, and that things can change for the better if you are willing to fight for them.

    The plot:

    I finished this book essentially in one evening. While there isn’t so much action as in fighting, there is a firm helping of suspense to keep the reader from relaxing or getting too comfortable. I highly enjoyed the story’s progression and how very developed the plot is. Ms. Falor clearly put a great deal of effort into this story and I would say it more than paid off.

    I can’t help but wonder why women can’t use the magic that flows in their veins. That part didn’t make sense to me and I began to wonder if it was due to some other oppression tactic from the Chardonian men. But it seems the Envadi women can’t use it either, so I suppose there is some other explanation.

    The characters:

    Serena, our main character, wants to be the good daughter, the good sister, and the eventual good wife, yet can’t help but be dissatisfied with her subservient station as a woman. I liked how the author shows Serena has the capability for spunk, but at the same time it is clear how many times Serena has been beaten down. It was wonderful to see how she slowly comes out of her shell once out from under her father’s iron thumb and how she begins to explore other, freer ways of living than what she has been subjected to her whole life.

    Zade, the foreigner who wins Serena in a tournament, is a wonderful character. He secretly seeks to better the tyrannical conditions in Chardonia at extreme risk to himself and puts forth a great effort to protect Serena though he barely knows her. The budding romance between the two was a side note, but extremely sweet all the same.

    I absolutely loathe Serena’s father. Councilman Stephen is controlling, arrogant, sadistic, vindictive, greedy, and downright horrid. However, he isn’t the only one in this story who fits that description, far from it. He merely makes a fine addition to this story’s cast of despicable antiheroes, who are too many to mention in detail.

    The relationship between Serena and her sisters is touching and adds an extra layer to the storyline. Though the second oldest sister I don’t trust, she strikes me as potentially mercenary. It was tragic to learn how Serena’s mother was broken as a young woman and turned into a broodmare for their father, but explains why she is so adamant that Serena play the doormat. While she demands her daughters adhere to the rigid social conventions, it’s hard to hate her because one feels so sorry for her.

    In summary, You Are Mine is a tale to keep you awake late at night. With no cardboard characters to be found and a sophisticated, clean plot, this is one that I highly, highly recommend.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2013

    This book kind of came out of no where and walloped me in the ba

    This book kind of came out of no where and walloped me in the back of the head.

    I was expecting to kinda like this book--I needed something different that sounded like it had a unique premise.

    Well, upon book hoarding on netgalley I found it.

    This book threw me totally for a lope.

    So, we are basically taken into a fantasy where Warlocks rule, and women are treated with all the respect of a pet rabbit. Yet, without them, and the power of their blood, there would be no Warlocks. They are the carriers of the magic. Apparently, this is only one part of the fantasy world these characters are living in. We are told after about 20% that not all countries treat women the way Chardonia does.

    I am not sure people read this book fully, or they chose to read what they wanted to.

    So, Serena comes from a very well bred magic bloodline. So of course her blood is gonna be potent. She is sold, um, yes, SOLD to the highest bidding Warlock for her hand in marriage to baby be a baby making machine. Well, we have a bit of great thing here with Serena. She is innocent and doe-eyed, YES! But chick has fire in her veins along with that all powerful magic.

    Enter Zade, who ends up winning her hand in marriage when her, well, lets call him, her Fiance because I can't use profanity in my reviews on Amazon, dies in a magic tournament. So Zade wins it all that Thomas owned, including Serena.

    The author actually did a fantastic job of building the plot. It never went too far, and it actually made Serena a stronger character by the end. The book is one in a series. I think if the author would have changed the whole world and years of predisposed thinking by the end of the book, I would have hated it. I would have been, "WHAT! Oh, suddenly all pig-headed men don't want to treat women like crap because the law says they can?"

    But the author didn't do that. Which I very much appreciated.

    Now, let me talk about Zade for a moment. Zade is this countries exception because he is from somewhere else. Another countries. He has a secret but I'm not telling lol. Second, it kills him that he has to act like a pig-headed mule in public and always makes sure once they are not in public that Serena is ok--I mean hello the man bends every rule possible for her in the end! Yeah, I would say he is pretty stand up guy in a world full of a-holes!

    The only, and I literally mean the ONLY issue I had with this book, was I didn't understand how women could be the ones that keep magic in the bloodline, yet they can't do any magic. That made NO sense to me how these women could be that powerful, charge the men at marriage, and yet they have no skills to perform the same magic. I just hope this element is explained or remedied in future books.

    I loved the world that this author created, I picked up the book and couldn't put it down from beginning to end and read it in one day! I can't wait for book two!

    *I received a copy of this book from Chardonian Press via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

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  • Posted August 29, 2013

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    I'll admit that I am not the most enthusiastic reader of books s

    I'll admit that I am not the most enthusiastic reader of books set back in time. In fact my historical library is extremely limited, but I am so glad I agreed to read You Are Mine.  We meet Serena, the eldest daughter of a Councilman, at a time where electricity is just becoming a common thing inside households. Living in Chardonia, these people are just normal humans but they have magic running through there veins. The first thing we encounter has to do with just that, Serena is 18 and her father is having her blood test for magical potency. Now here is where things get old fashioned fast for me, the reason he wants her blood tested is because he is ready to sell her to the highest bidder for marriage and the more magic she has in her blood the more he will get. That's right, sell her. In Chardonia, women are possessions first to their fathers then to their intended. They have no freedoms and are given no real choices of their own. After being sold to an older man named Thomas, who is just like her father, he dies in a tournament and she becomes the possession of Zade, but there is nothing normal about this gentleman not only because he is of a different country but he treats her in a manor that Serena is not familiar with, care. Giving her the freedoms that none of the women in Chardonia are offered and calming her fears of punishment and pain, can Zade give Serena something she never imagined? Or will her father and the other warlocks keep Chardonia in the dark ages for even more time? You will find out in, You Are Mine.

    The characters in this book where really what stood out to me. The world itself is amazing, and very vast as you will find out reading, but Serena, her sisters, Katherine the seamstress and Zade are what made the world complete. Serena is sort of a conundrum in my eyes. She is half terrified, half game changer. What I mean by this is she is rightfully scared of what a warlock would do to her if she did something he thought was bad (especially after everything her father did to her) but she wants to do things that are out of the ordinary for women in this world to want. She pushes the envelope even if she is terrified of what might happen to her. This for me is what makes her stronger than most female characters, she feels fear but doesn't let it hold her down. Plus, Zade is the by far the best man in of all Chardonia because he clearly has a huge heart and a strong back bone himself after everything is all said and done in this story. Combine the two of them with the supporting characters and this story really jumps off the page.

    Taking into account the world building and character development, the real reason I enjoyed this book so much was simply the relationships these characters have don't seem forced. Everything doesn't fall neatly into place and become perfect. That would be very boring and pretty typical, but instead these characters go through A LOT over the course of the book and come out swinging in the end but we will have to see more than just this story to find out what really happens to them all. In other words, this is a great jumping off point but we will have to see from Chardonia before we find out if Serena and Zade really get their own happily ever after and I can't wait to read more!

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  • Posted August 23, 2013

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    it was good. not near enough romance

    This book was really hard for me to get in to. I am not one of those that can take dominating males easily. I cringe at the thought of them being controlling and spitting out their crude comments. And let me tell you, this book was all about them...absolutely filled to the brim. At one time I almost put the book down it was so much. And even after finishing it I still am not sure how I really feel about the book. Let me start with the things I didn't like...

    *Of course I didn't like the dominating males. These are not the usual Alpha Males we read about...these are controlling and abusive ones. Ugh. They are so dang pathetic in my eyes. Soon I was ready to pull out the claws and go to town on all their faces. And maybe their genitals, too. How dare they act this way. How dare they treat woman as worthless objects.

    *I wasn't crazy about the MC Serena. I know she has been forced to grow up as a weak female, bowing down to all males. But even after all that Zade does for her, she was constantly flinching and thinking he was going to beat her. Nothing he did gave her reason to believe that he would beat her. You'd think after all the time they spent together she would have learned it before the end of the book came. I don't know. I guess it is just me. I have never been in a controlling, abusive I cannot relate.

    *Another thing was that there was not near enough romance. I am a chick that has to have romance in her stories. HAS TO! And when I read through this one and only saw minor blips of it, I was disappointed. I hated that I had to wait until the end for most of it...which ended up being eh.
    Ok, as for the things I did like? I loved the author's writing and how easily it flowed throughout the story. I will definitely be checking out more of her stuff in the future. When a story flows and is well developed, I find it easy to fly through it. This author writes and writes well. A++ for that.

    I also loved Zade. So much! I really wish there would have been more of him in the story. He had so much potential to lay on the having him in the story more, being a little more romantic, would have been awesome.

    So even though I was invested in this book, enough that found myself reading during the day (which is almost unheard of with me), I just wasn't feeling it. I love the time period and the fantasy aspect, but the story itself wasn't enough for me to fall in love with it. Just enough for me to like it. 3 stars for me!

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