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Book Review: Savage Light by Janeal Falor

July 16, 2015

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review: Savage Light by Janeal FalorSavage Light by Janeal Falor
Published by Chardonian Press on 24th February 2015
Pages: 266
Source: Author
Goodreads
three-stars
Marsa has always struggled with the fact she goes unnoticed. Her best friend is the one chosen to rid the world of all evil; the man Marsa loves barely knows she exists; and her sole remaining family member dies at the hand of the last evil man in the world.

When all evil is finally defeated, Marsa thinks she'll at last have the life she wants, even if her mother isn't there to share it with. And maybe she'll discover the love of her life loves her back. Only a new quest is set before her and her friends. By the end of their journey, Marsa will question everything she knows. She'll have to redefine how she wants others to notice her, before their entire world is destroyed.

It’s no secret that I love Janeal Falor’s writing, so when I was given the opportunity to read Savage Light, I immediately jumped at it. Whilst I didn’t love it as much as I do the Mine series, I did find it incredibly compelling to read.

I have to admit, I didn’t find many of the characters very likeable, particularly Kaylyn and Jorrin. I honestly couldn’t understand why someone who Marsa was so close to would treat her so poorly. And what Kaylyn did to her at the end of the book was truly awful, as I was reading it all I could feel was rage bubbling up inside me. And if I dwell on it now, I still feel the same way! Jorrin wasn’t much better. If he’d been honest with Marsa in the first place about his feelings, I think I would have liked him much more! I did really like Tavo, he was so sweet to Marsa throughout the book, and constantly looked out for her. I just wish she had paid attention to him a lot sooner!

I did find the lack of backstory slightly confusing, as it meant I didn’t really understand the motives behind the Zophas, but I know there’s another book in the series which may explain things a little better? I’m intrigued to see how things pan out for Marsa in the future, and to see how her character develops a bit further.

I found Savage Light to be a really quick read, and provided an interesting perspective on the fight between good and evil, and despite me not particularly liking the majority of the characters, I definitely am anticipating the next book!

Book Review: Mine to Spell by Janeal Falor

November 10, 2014

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review: Mine to Spell by Janeal FalorMine to Spell by Janeal Falor
Series: Mine #2
Published by Chardonian Press on 5th May 2014
Pages: 338
Source: Author
Goodreads
five-stars
Cynthia has always hidden from her father’s hexes behind her older sister. When her family gains independence unheard of for women, she’s relieved that her days of harsh punishments are over. But as her seventeenth birthday approaches—the typical age to be sold to a new master—death threats endanger her sisters. She now faces two options: run or meet society’s expectations.

For once, Cynthia isn’t going to let her older sister shield her from the problem. She’s going to prove to herself, her sisters, and society that her family isn’t a threat to their traditions. She willingly chooses to be purchased by a new master. A bold step that takes her somewhere she never thought she would go and to a man she might possibly fall in love with. With his help, she may just find a way to save her sisters while discovering how to stand up for herself. If she lives long enough.

 

I absolutely loved You Are Mine, the first book in the Mine series, and that left me a little worried that I wouldn’t love Mine to Spell as much. I needn’t have worried, as I ended up loving Mine to Spell even more than its predecessor.

It was fantastic to be back in Chardonia, not because I love the place, but because it’s so fascinating to be there. I did have a few questions left from You Are Mine, and not all of these are answered in Mine to Spell which was kind of unfortunate, but at the same time, I wasn’t too fussed as the plot grabbed my attention straight from the first page, and I sped through the majority of the book in a single day.

Cynthia really came into her own in Mine to Spell, obviously, as this was her book, and I absolutely loved her character. She’s powerful and determined to show the world that Chardonian women should be a force to be reckoned with. Everything and nearly everyone was against her, yet she still managed to come out on top with her dignity intact. Her romance with Lukas wasn’t a huge part of the story – it added to the plot nicely without taking over and I loved that. The main focus was on Cynthia and her power, and the way she used that power in the Tournament. That being said, I adored Lukas and I’m desperate to see more of him! I think I loved him for that Zade and that’s saying something!

It has to be said that I love the way Falor portrays Serena, Cynthia and Katherine. They live in a world where women are subservient to men, yet she still writes them as being strong characters who refuse to back down and shy away despite the rules and regulations against them. I cannot wait to see what they do next as I have a feeling things are going to change if they have anything to do with it!

Everything about Mine to Spell was magical, from the first page to the very last. The Mine series is fast becoming one of my favourites, and now I have to endure the painful wait for the third book to be released.

Book Review: You Are Mine by Janeal Falor

April 7, 2014

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review: You Are Mine by Janeal FalorYou Are Mine by Janeal Falor
Series: Mine #1
Published by Chardonian Press on 6th May 2013
Pages: 370
Source: Author
Goodreads
four-stars
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.