Thursday, December 5, 2013
Book Review: You Are Mine by Janeal Falor
NOTE: I received the eARC via Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
Different, beautiful and incredible addictive!
I found myself plunged into a new, fresh, original world, as soon as I turned to page one. After that, I couldn't unglue my eyes from my Kindle. I just had to know what's going on and what would happen to Serena.
The world of Chardonia is all that Serena knows about. It's traditions are barbaric - women have no freedom whatsoever, except to bear children; women are both and sold depending on the amount of magic contained in their blood; women aren't allowed to go anywhere unaccompanied, or to have an idea about the world outside their own house. If a woman doesn't do what she's told, she's punished. Severely.
Now please take a moment and imagine yourself in such a world. A world where if you don't obey, you are tarnished - magically made bald, with tattoos on your face and not able to have children. A world where if you speak your mind, it could cost you your life. A world where men are dictators, with almost no exceptions.
I sure can't see myself living this way. It's not only degrading to one's person, it's torture. It's discrimination in it's most vile form.
Which is why we should never take our freedoms for granted. We should never go about our business disregarding how free we are in our society to do just about anything our heart desires.
Serena was a girl tested with powerful magic. She was engaged to marry a ruthless man she hates. But providence has a different life in mind for Serena. A life with the barbarian Zade, who gives her just as much freedom as she desires. Which makes her the most independent woman in all of Chardonia I would wager. I loved how brave she was to explore the stretch of her freedom. She'd go out alone, she'd roam the rooms of the house, she'd request things from Zade. And he never said no.
To be honest, I really liked Zade. I would've liked it more if things had gotten more intimate between him and Serena. I mean, a couple of kisses hardly count now do they? But I'm hoping Mine to Spell will answer all my requirements.
Until then, you go ahead and make sure you read this one. You won't be left dissatisfied.
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