Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Recommendation: Yes, for those that want a bit of a different fantasy read that has some romance thrown in the mix.
Type: Part of a series but can be read as a stand alone. The other books follow different characters.
Summary: + thought provoking + emotional + strong female lead + pretty awesome male lead
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.
You Are Mine by Janeal Falor is a book that I think has many undertones that reach to our past as women in the United States and to the current for those in different parts of the world.
This book is a paranormal fiction in which the main character is a female coming of age in a world where women are property. Property that eats, breathes, speaks and acts only for the pleasure of the men in their world. At the age of seventeen they are measured and basically sold off to the richest available man with the highest prestige.
Public humiliation, total submission and physical/mental punishment are seen as things expected of “masters” and of fathers in this world. A mans strength and sanity are questioned if they cannot keep their wench in line. This world is one in which the amount of magic in your blood determines your worth. As men if you are born without magic you are “tarnished” and basically sold into servitude. As a woman, when you are measured the level of magic in your blood will determine whether or not you will fetch your father a decent dowry. Those who have no magic in their blood or those who do not behave and please the male that they belong to can also be tarnished. Meaning they are hexed into being barren, bald and covered in tattoos.
Our main character Serena is one of many sisters and her father is a horrible man. Abusive and crude, he treats the women in his life like cattle. And guess what? In this world that is totally cool. This book follows Serena through her first experience with a tournament of strengths, her engagement and the drama that follows when a girl that lives in a world where she is expected to conform or be punished decides she will not hold her tongue in fear anymore.
I love the male lead in this book, Zane. Without giving anything away I will tell you that this character is well developed. Serena is a character you can feel yourself cringing for. You feel sorry for her situation and want to climb through the page and throat punch the men in her life. The story is written intelligently and it is well thought out. The relationship between all the characters is also well thought out. For a short book ( less than 300 pages) it feels more ” whole” than many you will read. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who wants a little bit of a different kind of read. One that will leave you unsettled and offended for the main character while reading. But the ending in itself will quench your desire for the mass destruction of everyone with man bits ( or start to). This can be read as a stand alone novel so there is no cliffhanger. There are more in the series though that follows other characters we meet in this one. I definitely recommend.