Book Review: You Are Mine

You Are Mine
By: Janeal Falor
Release date: May 6, 2013
Genre: YA fantasy/dystopain
 370 pages
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Source: copy kindly provided by author

YES! It's a joy to find an indie self-pub that's worth raving about. You Are Mine qualifies, to be sure. I hope you all have e-readers so you can get a copy, since print version isn't an option. This is good reading, and if you enjoy fantasy with strong females battling discrimination, you will love this one.

Serena is the eldest child in a family full of daughters. She is the first to be eligible for marriage- the first to earn some serious cash for her father, since she will be purchased and owned by her future husband. With her move out of the house come worries not only about the potential cruelty of yet another man, but also the punishments that will be dealt to her sisters now that she is no longer there to protect them. 

Through a series of unusual circumstances, Serena becomes the intended of a foreign "barbarian", Zade. He comes from a race that are both feared and detested in Serena's homeland. As she learns more about him, she discovers that perhaps it is her own country and its practices that deserve antipathy.

I love this book for similar reasons that I love The Girl of Fire and Thorns: the fantasy/magical elements accent but don't overcome the plot, and the young girl who starts out very powerless and submissive finds her own strength and power to change things for the better. I do believe that YA needs more heroines like this, because our girls need examples of how to gracefully navigate the process of becoming independent.

Some smart publisher is probably going to find this book and pick up the series for publication, should the author be willing. Grabbing book one while it's still available at a bargain price would be a wise decision- then we can anticipate book 2 together.  


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.