You Are Mine, Mine 1, Janeal Falor

You Are Mine, Mine 1, Janeal Falor
Genre: Sci-fi and fantasy, teens and YA.
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews
I enjoy many YA reads and I’m a sucker for all things magic so thought I’d try this read. I did enjoy it but it felt very lightweight, a read that’s for me a good one but just not a great one.
Serena, the main character, who’s voice tells the story. I really liked her, loyal to her family, loving and caring even though she’s brought up in a society which values women only if they have magic in their blood, and then if it’s high enough they’re put out to tender, so to speak, on the marriage market to a warlock, who hopes they’ll breed more warlocks with a good amount of magic. One step out of line and the females are outcast, spurned and labelled Tarnished. Chardonia only values Magic, and those without it are nothing. It’s a cruel, male dominated society and I so felt for her, stuck within it and about to be married off. She’s bought by an awful man, who’s just become a Chancellor. Her father is pleased at the match, and orders Serena to be obedient to Thomas and not to let the family down. Then Thomas is killed in a tournament, and she’s handed over along with the rest of his possessions to a barbarian, Zade. They’ve been brought up on tales of horror about his people and she’s terrified. It turns out though that he’s very different to what she expects, and we get a story of trust, honour and new discoveries, along with a good side of danger and betrayals.
I really enjoyed this story, and the magics used. The horrors of the Warlocks were almost unbelievable, they’d stop at nothing in the pursuit of power and most were totally amoral, caring nothing for anyone except themselves. Thankfully there were a quiet few who loved their families and hated the way the society was run, but what could they do against the more numerous ones who wanted the status quo, so long as they benefitted from it of course.
Its a journey of discovery for Serena, and though she was in many ways older than her years from the suffering she endured at her father’s hands, she was also very naive, and innocent of so much that went on. It was great to see her think for herself, work out how to help others and slowly begin to think of a better life than the one laid out for her.
The way it ends too is good, and fits with the story and magics as we know them – I hate last minute new talents and Janeal avoids them thankfully. I loved Serena, Zade and Katherine, wasn’t sure about Waverly, and as for her father and some of the other warlocks, they were great bad guys. I do like to have someone to dislike!
Its a fun read, but a little too lightweight for me – but again I’m well about the target market so its probably perfect for that.

Stars: Three, a good read – probably a five for the right audience but for me a one off.
ARC provided by Netgalley and publishers.

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About jeanniezelos

I'm an avid reader, love my kindle and I have my head in a novel for hours daily : ) Mum used to say I'd read toilet paper if it was printed- it wasn't, so i had to contend myself with the back and sides of the cereal packets. I've always Needed to read and we had few books when i was a child hence my penchant for reading anything including adverts then... I review mainly contemporary, erotic and paranormal romance books though dystopian and urban fantasy also appeal. I'm currently rated around the 300 mark on amazon.co.uk for my reviews. I try to keep them structured and to say what I do and don't like about a book so other readers can use my review as a guide to whether they may enjoy the book.

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