Brought to you by OBS reviewer Valerie
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. (Goodreads)
There are always some books that you know aren’t that intellectual or enlightening that you still end up reading anyways. (I think that’s with all the books I read.) That’s the case with You Are Mine. It’s not a book that will cause me to save the Earth or start being insanely efficient, but it does make me enjoy the ability to read. No joke or cheesiness intended!
The world building could use a little more buildup. The reader is not introduced to Serena’s world as much as being thrown into it without much introduction. I was confused for quite a bit before I started to understand Serena’s world. I’m still a little confused now, to be honest.
However, there comes to be a point where you don’t care that much if you’re confused or not. It’s the point where the book is just too addicting to put down, even if you don’t understand the whole gist of it. I was too taken with You Are Mine to complain. You see, I stayed up way late trying to finish this, and the next day I couldn’t wake up. It was still worth it though.
This book is a bit quirky in the way that it was hard to picture some parts. I found it hard to enter the world of Serena’s. I mean, it’s a little too far-fetched! What barbarian could possibly be around two feet taller than you?
Note: You Are Mine is not for you if you don’t read about witchcraft. There’s nothing too violent or controversial, but if you are a strict Christian or easily offended, I do not recommend it. However, other than that, I have nothing against You Are Mine.