[ARC Review] You Are Mine by Janeal Falor

You Are Mine
(Mine #1)
Author: Janeal Falor
Publisher: Self-published
Publication Date: May 6th, 2013
Pages: 273 (Ebook)
Genre: YA – Fantasy

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.

As a fan of fantasy genre, I highly enjoyed You Are Mine. I was hooked from the beginning and this book offers me a rather interesting concept. In the world created by Janeal Falor, women must undergo a test when they reach certain age to determine the level of magic in their blood. The higher the level, the more expensive they will be. And once they are sold, they will become the wife/slave of the warlock who bought them. However, I was hoping that the author would give more explanation/background about the magic stuff, cause some things still remain unanswered.

Fantasy can be a little heavy but this one turned out to be an engaging read once I got past the beginning. This book kept me interested and curious the whole time. The characters here are mostly likable, except Serena’s father – I couldn’t bring myself to like this abusive dad. I had a love-hate relationship with Serena. She is reckless and innocent, but sometimes can be vigilant, cautious and just worries too much – probably as the result of growing up with a father like that. Anyhow, I really liked Serena’s relationship with Cynthia.

Another good thing is the romance. I always like slowly-built romance as I can see the relationship grows throughout the story. And that’s the case with You Are Mine. It’s not steamy or anything, but it’s sweet and not rushed and I was rooting for this pairing the entire time!

While there were times I thought this was too slow and I felt like giving Serena a slap, I had a really great time reading this. All in all, You Are Mine is a very enjoyable book with interesting concept and sweet sweet romance. Huge thanks to Janeal Falor for the opportunity to read and review this book! 🙂

Actual rating is 3.5 Cakes