Author: Janeal Falor
Published: May 6, 2013
Format: Ebook; 273 pg
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.
For the first time ever, I am starting a book review in the middle, or well at 77%, of the book. But, this book is so built around anticipation that it is killing me to not write about how much I am loving it! So, while it is fresh, here is the breakdown. There are probably spoilers past this point, so if you don't want that, well you know the drill...
So, in this world that Falor has created, it is extremely typical for the men, Warlocks, to severely punish pretty much any woman as they see fit. The story centers around Serena, the eldest of 14 girls. The fact of all the sisters reflects badly on her father since Warlocks are to marry and birth sons to become more Warlocks. Basically, girls are nothing except for Warlock baby factories. The only thing good about a woman is how much money and prominence a Father can fetch from another Warlock that wants to buy her for his own. The demand for the girl depends on the amount of magic in her blood. Serena has an enormous amount of magic in her blood, so is sought after by a foul man named Thomas. He buys her and is a horrid person to her. Anyways, for reasons I won't mention, she ends up with another husband to be named Zade. Zade is the complete opposite of everything she has come to know about men. He doesn't hex her or punish her and almost treats her as an equal. Needless to say, Serena is constantly on edge.
That's what I mean when I say this book is built around anticipation. I keep waiting for the bad things just as much as Serena. I have such empathy for her character!
I love how Serena uses clothing to express herself. Subtle yet brilliant way of highlighting the emergence of Serena's confidence. Breaking out of the norm and becoming more independent is a strong theme throughout this novel. One I truly enjoyed. Overall, a fantastic read that I really enjoyed! The only critique I would have is that the anticipation was almost stretched too thin. Meaning it seemed to drag in a couple of parts. But that was just because I wanted to get to the action!
4 stars to You Are Mine!