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You Are Mine (Mine #1) Kindle Edition
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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.
I really should’ve given this book 5 stars, but I think the start was a little unclear for me. It got straight into the action but the scenes that started the book gave away very little context for the story. Also it was quite slow and I would have liked a little more action – especially as the good romance doesn’t come in until near the end...
I would recommend this book to girls, I’m not saying boys shouldn’t read it but it has a lot of focus on women’s rights, or in this case warlocks/magical blooded women’s rights. You know what, the women are slaves; tarnished or not they are slaves. I loved the setting of the book – not the slavery part! I do not in any way support slavery! - modern but at the same time kind of archaic in things – breeches, seriously, I love my trousers but if they were called that there is no way I would wear them.
The world building was really good and it’s a very interesting concept. For the world Serena lived in she is very strong willed and bold, qualities I really admired her for, especially as she always stood up for her family despite hating the things she was expected to do. I found it so ironic that the ‘barbaric’ Envadi characters were in fact the complete opposite; despite being large – I like to view that as large in a muscular way; please don’t judge me, I can’t help it – and having the appearance of being big and scary.
I liked the way it ended; I didn’t truly understand what Zade did and the ball and I really wished there had been more action in that scene but overall it was a really good book and I’m looking forward to the next one.
Honestly I thought the exact same thing as Serena about Zade and... OMG I can’t remember her name! So yeah I thought something about Zade and this girl in the book but trust me when you read it you’ll know exactly what I’m going on about! Cannot believe I was wrong but I love how cleverly done it was to make the readers think that.
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