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Series: Mine #1
Published by Chardonian Press on 6th May 2013
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.
Wow! When I first picked You Are Mine up, I was so not expecting to be sucked so far into this story. I rarely read witch/warlock books, but this was definitely worth giving a go.
Serena. What can I say about her? She’s a fantastic character, and I loved that she didn’t just accept her fate and submit to being a warlock’s possession, even if it meant risking her life to do so. Her ‘disobedience’ was totally justified – she wanted to live a life that was hers and hers alone, and that was that. Falor portrayed her as an incredibly strong and selfless female character, much like the rest of the females in You Are Mine. I especially loved Katherine, a tarnished yet extremely talented seamstress who actually had a lot more background than I expected. Serena and Katherine formed a wonderful team, and I just loved everything about them. Literally everything.
Zade was just – ugh. There are no words to describe him. He fit Serena perfectly and I loved that he didn’t force her into doing anything she didn’t want to do. He managed to play a clever game against a group of men who disliked him immensely and Zade still came out on top. The chemistry between Zade and Serena was obvious, but I really liked how it started off slow and then built into something much stronger. Zade made me so happy that Serena wasn’t left with the awful Thomas – I hated his character from the start and was so happy that he got what he deserved.
I still have a lot of questions about Serena’s world, and I suspect they will be answered in the following books. There’s not a great deal of worldbuilding in You Are Mine, but the plot is so good, I didn’t mind that. I was literally sucked into the book and found it very difficult to stop reading once I had started – which was certainly problematic at times!
You Are Mine is an explosive and compelling start to a fantasy series I am now desperate to continue reading. I’ve said several times before that I’m picky with my fantasy, but You Are MIne was definitely a book that was perfect for me.