You are Mine by Janeal Falor (3 Stars)
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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 think this book falls in the "good enough". Unfortunately, to me, its stuck there. The whole idea of the book was good. I like almost everything to it, but I feel like there's something "missing" in the whole book which made me not appreciate it as much.
Plot wise the book was unique and good. The whole idea of warlocks, and the "owning of women" (This kinda peeved me though, more one that later), plus the whole council of warlocks. Its fascinating because as much as I read a lot of fantasy novels, its rare for me to read a book that focuses more one warlocks.
But for the characters... eeeeh... they're not really that great for me to really really like them. They were meh, there were some times that they were likeable, but its not consistent. Serena had a rebellious streak. But it seems forced coming from her. Its like she still has her inhibitions in her, so she's not as rebellious as she could be. Zade would've been swoon worthy, but he's a bit silent and poker faced so I don't know what to think of him.
And last of all, the book seemed... like a whole prologue. From the ending, I could see that they book would have a sequel. But did everything in the book had meaning? To me, no. There were some part where you could see some meaning to it, but the whole book seems like an explanation or an introduction to what's going to happen next.
MY LAST NOTE
I think I'll be reading the next book. But it seemed like this should be shorter since it seemed like a whole big prologue. But I have good hopes, because I have a feeling that the next book in the series would be great :D