H. J Stephens


H. J. Stephens is a freelance author, artist and poet. She is also the founder and chief editor of the electronic children’s magazine The Desert’s Hand. When she isn’t writing she’s dabbling in art or exploring the various cultures, histories and current issues of the beautiful yet troubled world around us. She lives in Perth, Western Australia and is currently studying towards a Bachelor of Arts specialising in Professional Writing, Editing and Publishing. When There’s No Tomorrow is her first novel.

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  • You Are Mine (Mine #1) 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.