I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Published by Chardonian Press on May 6th 2013
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
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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.
I will be honest; I had to start this book maybe three times to finally get into it. When I was finally able to completely dive into it I just could not put it down.
When we first meet Serena (our main character) she is just 17 and is about to be tested to know just how much magic is running through her veins. The more magic running through her veins the better the offer of marriage will be and the more money will be offered to her father for her hand in marriage. As it turns out the magic through Serena’s veins is extremely well and the offers for her hand are large.
In Chardonian, women are property. They are to bare children and nothing more, they do not have opinions and they must always obey their master if they do not they will be hexed or punished. It is the only world Serena has ever known. If she does not obey her new Master she could become Tarnished, which is equal to the poor they have no hair and they are to have tattoos to show that they are Tarnished. Some are even sacrificed.
Serena is to marry Chancellor Thomas who is a very wealthy man. He is also a jerk, he treats her absolutely horrible. Don’t even get me started on her father! He is just as equally disgusting as Chancellor Thomas. I was extremely fearful of the life Serena would live with Thomas, but thankfully that never happened.
All the men of magic are known as Warlocks and they compete in a tournament against other countries. During a duel with a warlock from Envado, Thomas is killed. That leaves Serena to become the property of an Envadin, which is unheard of. Since the law states that the man who was killed his property and money goes to the person who kills them, Thomas killed Chancellor Jacob and acquired his fortune so the Envadin acquired both those fortunes including Serena.
Her father is strongly against this, but the contract is signed therefore Serena and the Envadin must now wed. They must go through the engagement ceremony and then get married. During the time between the engagement ceremony and the marriage the Envadin asks Serena to move in before the ceremonies take place.
We come to learn that the Envadin is named Zane (I personally think that’s an awesome name) we don’t get much of description of what he looks like other then he’s extremely tall. But what we do learn about him is that he is nothing like the men in Chardonian. Envado are known as barbaric but to be completely honest they’re amazing and the Chardonian men are the barbaric. Zane gives Serena one thing she’s never been able to do voice her opinions, give her freedom to do as she please, dress as she pleases etc. She never has to worry about punishment because he is extremely kind he doesn’t understand the way the men treat their women. In his country they are equals, they have opinions and they do as they please. Will the freedom that Zane gives Serena come with a price? A price they both will pay?
The story does start off a bit slow but trust me it is a page-turner. The world building is a bit underdeveloped. I would have liked to have a better image of the world of Chardonian as well as the other countries. The writing is good but I would say the last part of the book was the strongest. I was at the edge of my seat trying to figure out where this story was headed and it was not what I was expecting I mean that in a good way. I did feel the end was a bit rushed but there is a second book to You are mine so that explains the ending. There were some things that I did not understand that I am hoping will be answered in the second part. One of the things I did not understand was why the men could use magic and not the women. Other then that, I thought the story was very original. I thought it was original. I especially liked that Janeal incorporated a story of magic with social issues. I thought that the idea was fantastic and executed well.
Although, there is very little romance for some this may be turn off but trust me there doesn’t need to be a whole lot of romance because that is not the issue. I loved how the little romance there was in the novel it was played and it brought a smile to my face.
We meet a couple significant characters Zane and Serena being our main ones. I personally found Serena to be an amazing heroine. She was brave and selfless she would often take horrible beatings and punishments so that her sisters would not have to. She also knew there was more to her then being married to a warlock. I loved the fact that she spoke her mind when society tried to keep her quiet. I also admired the fact that she challenged the customs of Chardonian by dressing differently it made her stand out and showed other women that she was not going to stick to customs she wanted to change things.
Zane * sigh * although we don’t really have a description of what he looks like you fall in love with him. He treats Serena as his equal; he respects her opinions and gives her freedom to decide things that others would probably never allow. I love the fact that he also wasn’t afraid to change things in Chardonian by encouraging Serena to be herself, to wear as she pleases and to do things women were often deprived of. He is also a great hero because he stands up for not only Serena but also the women in Chardonian. I would love to have seen his point of view of things because I think that would have made the story so much better.
You are mine was definitely not what I expected. I was expecting. …well I’m not sure what I was expecting but I do know that You are mine is a good book. Like I mentioned the begin was a bit dull and some parts of the middle but other then that if you are looking for a fantasy book this would be my recommendation for you.