You Are Mine (Mine #1)

  • Series: Mine, Book 1
Rated 4.33/5 based on 9 reviews
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. More

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  • Series: Mine, Book 1
Words: 98,320
Language: English
ISBN: 9780981616247
About Janeal Falor

Janeal Falor lives in Utah where she’s finally managed to live in the same house for more than five years without moving. In her spare time she reads books like they’re nuts covered in caramel and chocolate, cooks whatever strikes her fancy, and enjoys the outdoors. Her husband and three children try to keep up with her overactive imagination. Usually they settle for having dinner on the table, even if she’s still going on about the voices in her head.

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Review by: Cynthia Chen on Sep. 18, 2013 :
Serena is a women from Cardonia, where women are properties and sought-after by warlocks to use their magic that's in their blood. Zade is from Envadi, a different country where things are done differently than in Cardonia and so is considered barbaric by the Cardonians. Both of them goes through a cultural shock and learns to live with each other. While they are trying to make Cardonia more tolerant towards women and the tarnished, those that want to keep the status quo are out to kill them.

I love the worldbuilding and that is one of the main reason why this book is so compelling to me. The author spins such a neat web of the warlock, women, Envadi, and tarnished people. How everything fits in and relate is really well done, especially the tension between all the groups. I love the magic, the different kinds of spells, and pretty dresses in the book.

The romance between the main characters is lacking. I keep thinking Zade is still thinking about his previous fiancée and any kindness or care shown to Serena are out of duty and politeness. That is, until he says he is not thinking about his ex anymore at the very end of the book. That makes Serena's love/attraction towards him seem one-sided.

The ending does not tie up loose ends. I don't know who are the "bad guys" and their reason/side of story. That made the ending unsatisfying. I really want to know who will marry Cynthia and Bethany, Serena's two sisters, since Cynthia's magic is supposed to be even more potent and sought-after than Serena's. What about the spell that's put on Bethany? Does that get reversed or dissolved when the spell caster dies? Why can't women use the magic that's so potent in their blood? Does Envadi women do magic?

This is an amazing, compelling read set in a fantasy world. I spent a whole day doing nothing except reading this book and finished it in one sitting. When I did take a break, the story was all I could think about. This book encourages you to take risks to make a better world for yourself, to not take the easy way out, but strive towards a future that you can live as yourself. I highly recommend this book for fans of fantasy and books set in an amazing world that sucks you right into it.

*Review copy provided in exchange for an honest review*
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: klynn morris on Sep. 11, 2013 :
This book ended up being so much more then I had hoped for. It was a truly fantastic fantasy novel. I absolutely loved this book. Zade was an amazing leading man and Serena was the perfect leading lady. It was like watching a blockbuster in my head the entire book. I would totally watch this if it were a movie! It was a story unlike any other I have read so far and it was a welcome surprise. This story was well written and very well placed out. It was not at all what I had expected. Im so glad that I took the time to read this story.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: H. J Stephens on Sep. 03, 2013 :
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

To be honest, I wasn't sure about this book based on the cover. It definitely didn't look like my usual sort of book but the blurb was definitely intriguing, so I was willing to give this book a open-minded read.

I didn't regret my decision to read this book in the slightest. You Are Mine is a stunning debut and I can't wait for the sequels. I just want to dive right in immediately.

The women in this world do not have any rights. When they are born, they are automatically 'owned' by their fathers. When they get married or purchased, usually about the age of seventeen, they are then owned by their husbands and must obey their every wish.

On her seventeen birthday, Serena is taken to be tested. Her blood is checked for magic, the potency of which will determine her future. The higher the potency of magic in her blood, the highest the chances she will be chosen and purchased by a warlock to be his wife and mother of his children. To be chosen by a chancellor or councilman is the highest honour.

Serena, though having no wish to ever get married, is betrothed to a wealthy young man who has great ambition. However, he soon dies in a tournament. His defeater wins all of his property, including Serena.

This book follows the story of Serena as she struggles to find out where she stands in a society where she has no rights. She pushes her boundaries and takes incredible risks, all to discover how she will live in a world where she is only worth as much as the children she bears.

The characters of this book were very believable. Zane is a gentleman of a character, never folding to the social ways of the land in which he has moved too. Though the customs must seem strange to him, he tries his best to understand, and help the enslaved women in his life. Waverley and Katherine are both incredibly strong female characters which were great to see in such a book like this.

There were a few loose plot holes that I would have liked explored a bit more, such as what the story behind Zane's previous fiance, who helped Serena in the ball, or how women can hold the magic in their blood but not access them. I can only hope that these things are cleared up in the next book.

Overall, I enjoyed this book. Though it covers a common topic of magic, oppression of females and such, it does it uniquely. 4 out of 5 stars.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Jo Strader on Sep. 02, 2013 :
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. Sometimes that is a tricky situation - if the book is bad, how do you review it without hurting the author's feelings, but if the book is good, then people think that you are just saying that because you got the book for free. I try very hard to be honest in all my reviews, but this one is especially honest.

This is the absolute best book I have read this year! Everything that makes a great book was stuffed in this book and then some. The world building was phenomenal and believable. The characters were expertly drawn and full of life.

Currently I am taking a gender and children's lit class so this book's theme was an added bonus. It highlights the oppression that women used to live under and makes you think about gender equality in today's world. Serena is a perfect character to explore this through. She has just the right amount of rebellion to be believable and the perfect amount of fear for you to realize that things were bad for her. I also appreciated the pressure that Serena faces from the females in her life to conform. So many times we, in our modern thinking, assume that every woman was discontent with how things were. Serena's mom is one the biggest proponents to obey and toe the line.

The writing draws you in from page one to the last one. Janeal Falor has a gift with words as well as character development. I wish I could convey with my meager words how well done this book was. I think nearly every fantasy lover will find something to love about this book. I am going to recommend it to some of the daughter's friends. I am also going to purchase a copy of this book. I seldom buy books that I have a Kindle copy of. I reserve that for only the best of the best which this book definitely is.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: LivedOneThousandLives on Aug. 25, 2013 :
You Are Mine by Janeal Falor

*I was sent this book by the author in exchange for an honest review*

*Cover and Description from Goodreads*

Description: 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.

Overall: ...............I need a moment to compose myself. This book was absolutely beautiful and perfect and everything you could ever want for a dystopian YA book. It is the story of a girl, Serena, living in a time where men are warlocks and rule women like they are property. When I first started reading, I was so taken aback by how harsh and disturbing the way the men treated the women, but hang in there. It gets so good. The setting was absolutely perfect, the plot was SO good. Twists and turns every second it seems. Serena was not clingy or overly emotional, she was strong and brave and hard-headed. Her story didn't even focus on love as much as it would seem, but more on how she can protect her family now that she is gone and how she will adapt to being owned by someone other than her father. I honestly could not stop reaidng this book after the time I started it. I got those anxious butterflies in my stomach when you really want to read but cant at the moment. The plot was different from most of the dystopian, fantasy, Ya books, which was refreshing. You know which ones i'm talking about, the ache to read that book. Let's see, what else can I say other than to read it now before you miss out? Get the book here or here!

Characters: I loved Serena, like I said before. I absolutely adored Zade....he was kind and sensitive and so freaking sweet and shy. He is my boyfriend, I called dibs! I also liked Katherine, who I could perfectly picture and fell in love with! I loved Cynthia, Serena's sister, who was always there for her. I could go on and on about all of these characters.

Quotes: I couldn't highlight any because my phone hates me, but here are a few that I can find.

"The pain is already receding from where he hit me, but the damage has been done."

"They are the shadows I've always been taught they are. But don't I sometimes do the same with Father and my family? Stand back where I can't be seen, waiting and watching."

Recommend?: 1000000/5 stars. You can round it to 5/5 stars. So amazing! Read it now! Please? For me?

Comment your thoughts!

Salaam,
Lived One Thousand Lives
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Nazia Zennia on June 17, 2013 :
I knew that this was primarily a romance novel and although I don't read many of these books, I decided to give this one a chance.
And I was pleasantly surprised. I had to shut off my brain just so I wouldn't start nit picking everything and I quite enjoyed it. The world Serena lives in is harsh and I'm glad that no punches were pulled when describing the sort of treatment that women receive. The romance was nice and even though there wasn't much of a plot, I can't say that i was bored. I did have a problem with world building as I couldn't figure out what the countries was supposed to be like so I had to fill in the blanks myself. I also had a problem with some of the language that was used because it sometimes seemed modern but the tone of the book was generally more formal?
I still liked the book even with its lack of real substance. I would not be opposed to reading the next book.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Rachel Micallef on May 10, 2013 :
You Are Mine is a thrilling debut by author Janeal Falor that had me hooked from the very first page!

Heading into this book I knew one thing....I loved the cover, but I wondered if the book it housed would live up to it's promises? Would it be as good as it sounded? Well, I have to say...it was, and then some! Catching me from the opening chapter, I have to say I was very impressed with this book. I've never read anything exactly like You Are Mine!

To begin with, the story is very well told, perfectly paced and exciting where need be. In all honesty, I very rarely wanted to put this book down and turned pages relentlessly, very much drawn into the story. The characters were very likeable and interesting to read about and I enjoyed figuring out the motivations and intentions of some. I admit there were a few plot developments I did see coming, but that didn't in any way make them less enjoyable to read about. Rather I found the anticipation at times to be too much!

Janeal Falor has created a world really different in You Are Mine, featuring a society where women are not only seen as lower class, but are actually considered nothing but possessions by their "masters". Obviously I've read quite a few books by now where the featured society hold little to no value for women, but there's often some kind of male relative such as a father, grandfather or uncle of our main character that breaks this mold and actually cares This is not the case in You Are Mine and it makes for interesting reading.

I thought all the characters in this story were well rounded and well thought out. From our main character Serena to her sisters, Cynthia and Bethany and her friend Katherine, to Councilor Zade and the quirky Waverly. They all had a fantastic dynamic that leant so much to the story.

I couldn't help but find myself entranced by Serena's plight. As our main character, it's impossible not to feel Serena's repression and fear, having grown up in a world where women are owned by warlocks. This entire story is nothing but a huge journey for her as she learns to trust herself, and more importantly, others. It's all a very big change for Serena as she slowly comes to understand that not every action will result in a punishment. From the very beginning it's evident Serena is a strong young woman, but she's also very nervous and often skittish around others, especially Zade. At times I wished she wouldn't second guess herself so much, but at the same time I understood why she did this. A lifetime of conditioning doesn't change over night, but that's not so say Serena doesn't come a long way over the course of the book.

Personally, I would have liked to deeper explore the society of warlocks that exist in this story, especially those of the Envadi, who proved to be more than they really were. I'd hate to think I'd give too much away, but the friendships that develop between Serena some of the characters in this book, as well as her blossoming "something" with Zade all made me want to keep on reading even when I knew the story was drawing to a close. Serena and Zade have a very nice relationship to read about, one that I felt came a long way over the course of the book, but that didn't progress too swiftly or two suddenly.

The ending races to a stunning climax that changes the very course of the book and rocks the story's society before coming to a swift, albeit great ending that leads to many possibly in the future. Janeal Falor has done a fantastic job blending action, danger and just the tiniest hint of romance in You Are Mine, guaranteeing that I'll be on the look out a sequel somewhere in the future. With a great story, great characters and a great overall feeling, You Are Mine certainly left me wanting more!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Rachel Micallef on May 10, 2013 :
You Are Mine is a thrilling debut by author Janeal Falor that had me hooked from the very first page!

Heading into this book I knew one thing....I loved the cover, but I wondered if the book it housed would live up to it's promises? Would it be as good as it sounded? Well, I have to say...it was, and then some! Catching me from the opening chapter, I have to say I was very impressed with this book. I've never read anything exactly like You Are Mine!

To begin with, the story is very well told, perfectly paced and exciting where need be. In all honesty, I very rarely wanted to put this book down and turned pages relentlessly, very much drawn into the story. The characters were very likeable and interesting to read about and I enjoyed figuring out the motivations and intentions of some. I admit there were a few plot developments I did see coming, but that didn't in any way make them less enjoyable to read about. Rather I found the anticipation at times to be too much!

Janeal Falor has created a world really different in You Are Mine, featuring a society where women are not only seen as lower class, but are actually considered nothing but possessions by their "masters". Obviously I've read quite a few books by now where the featured society hold little to no value for women, but there's often some kind of male relative such as a father, grandfather or uncle of our main character that breaks this mold and actually cares This is not the case in You Are Mine and it makes for interesting reading.

I thought all the characters in this story were well rounded and well thought out. From our main character Serena to her sisters, Cynthia and Bethany and her friend Katherine, to Councilor Zade and the quirky Waverly. They all had a fantastic dynamic that leant so much to the story.

I couldn't help but find myself entranced by Serena's plight. As our main character, it's impossible not to feel Serena's repression and fear, having grown up in a world where women are owned by warlocks. This entire story is nothing but a huge journey for her as she learns to trust herself, and more importantly, others. It's all a very big change for Serena as she slowly comes to understand that not every action will result in a punishment. From the very beginning it's evident Serena is a strong young woman, but she's also very nervous and often skittish around others, especially Zade. At times I wished she wouldn't second guess herself so much, but at the same time I understood why she did this. A lifetime of conditioning doesn't change over night, but that's not so say Serena doesn't come a long way over the course of the book.

Personally, I would have liked to deeper explore the society of warlocks that exist in this story, especially those of the Envadi, who proved to be more than they really were. I'd hate to think I'd give too much away, but the friendships that develop between Serena some of the characters in this book, as well as her blossoming "something" with Zade all made me want to keep on reading even when I knew the story was drawing to a close. Serena and Zade have a very nice relationship to read about, one that I felt came a long way over the course of the book, but that didn't progress too swiftly or two suddenly.

The ending races to a stunning climax that changes the very course of the book and rocks the story's society before coming to a swift, albeit great ending that leads to many possibly in the future. Janeal Falor has done a fantastic job blending action, danger and just the tiniest hint of romance in You Are Mine, guaranteeing that I'll be on the look out a sequel somewhere in the future. With a great story, great characters and a great overall feeling, You Are Mine certainly left me wanting more!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Rachel Micallef on May 10, 2013 :
You Are Mine is a thrilling debut by author Janeal Falor that had me hooked from the very first page!

Heading into this book I knew one thing....I loved the cover, but I wondered if the book it housed would live up to it's promises? Would it be as good as it sounded? Well, I have to say...it was, and then some! Catching me from the opening chapter, I have to say I was very impressed with this book. I've never read anything exactly like You Are Mine!

To begin with, the story is very well told, perfectly paced and exciting where need be. In all honesty, I very rarely wanted to put this book down and turned pages relentlessly, very much drawn into the story. The characters were very likeable and interesting to read about and I enjoyed figuring out the motivations and intentions of some. I admit there were a few plot developments I did see coming, but that didn't in any way make them less enjoyable to read about. Rather I found the anticipation at times to be too much!

Janeal Falor has created a world really different in You Are Mine, featuring a society where women are not only seen as lower class, but are actually considered nothing but possessions by their "masters". Obviously I've read quite a few books by now where the featured society hold little to no value for women, but there's often some kind of male relative such as a father, grandfather or uncle of our main character that breaks this mold and actually cares This is not the case in You Are Mine and it makes for interesting reading.

I thought all the characters in this story were well rounded and well thought out. From our main character Serena to her sisters, Cynthia and Bethany and her friend Katherine, to Councilor Zade and the quirky Waverly. They all had a fantastic dynamic that leant so much to the story.

I couldn't help but find myself entranced by Serena's plight. As our main character, it's impossible not to feel Serena's repression and fear, having grown up in a world where women are owned by warlocks. This entire story is nothing but a huge journey for her as she learns to trust herself, and more importantly, others. It's all a very big change for Serena as she slowly comes to understand that not every action will result in a punishment. From the very beginning it's evident Serena is a strong young woman, but she's also very nervous and often skittish around others, especially Zade. At times I wished she wouldn't second guess herself so much, but at the same time I understood why she did this. A lifetime of conditioning doesn't change over night, but that's not so say Serena doesn't come a long way over the course of the book.

Personally, I would have liked to deeper explore the society of warlocks that exist in this story, especially those of the Envadi, who proved to be more than they really were. I'd hate to think I'd give too much away, but the friendships that develop between Serena some of the characters in this book, as well as her blossoming "something" with Zade all made me want to keep on reading even when I knew the story was drawing to a close. Serena and Zade have a very nice relationship to read about, one that I felt came a long way over the course of the book, but that didn't progress too swiftly or two suddenly.

The ending races to a stunning climax that changes the very course of the book and rocks the story's society before coming to a swift, albeit great ending that leads to many possibly in the future. Janeal Falor has done a fantastic job blending action, danger and just the tiniest hint of romance in You Are Mine, guaranteeing that I'll be on the look out a sequel somewhere in the future. With a great story, great characters and a great overall feeling, You Are Mine certainly left me wanting more!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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