I received this book via the author, Janeal Falor. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of this review.Mine to Spell by Janeal Falor
Series: Mine, #2
Published by Chardonian Press on 2014-05-05
Length: 339 pages
Reviewing eARC from the author, Janeal Falor
Cynthia has always hidden from her father’s hexes behind her older sister. When her family gains independence unheard of for women, she’s relieved that her days of harsh punishments are over. But as her seventeenth birthday approaches—the typical age to be sold to a new master—death threats endanger her sisters. She now faces two options: run or meet society’s expectations.
For once, Cynthia isn’t going to let her older sister shield her from the problem. She’s going to prove to herself, her sisters, and society that her family isn’t a threat to their traditions. She willingly chooses to be purchased by a new master. A bold step that takes her somewhere she never thought she would go and to a man she might possibly fall in love with. With his help, she may just find a way to save her sisters while discovering how to stand up for herself. If she lives long enough.
Mine to Spell by Janeal Falor is the follow up to You Are Mine and follows the story of the younger sister Cynthia. Cynthia has a secret, not only does she have more magic in her blood than her sister did, she can wield it 😀 This leaves Cynthia in a dangerous situation but also one that could promote change in her country of Chardonia. If she’s brave enough, Cynthia could be the start of a rebellion and a way for women, including her younger sisters, to gain freedom. But can she do it?
First off, I loved the first book in this series and this one doesn’t disappoint! Cynthia is a different person from her sister Serena. Serena was quiet, followed the rules set out by her father, and is scared to death of magic. Cynthia is the complete opposite. She’s outspoken, LOVES magic, and while outwardly appeared to follow the rules did everything against them. She’s a great deceiver and boy did she deceive her family and close friends! Yet everything she does in this book proves not only what she can do but what lengths she is willing to go to protect her family. And believe me she’ll go the distance 😀
While there is some romance (very light and very clean!) it’s not the focus as it was in You Are Mine. In that book, the relationship that builds between Zade and Serena was the main focus. In Mine to Spell, the main focus is Cynthia and her ability to wield magic. I found this aspect of Falor’s world fascinating! I loved learning more about the Chardonian’s way of life which for the women is basically slavery, but also the magical aspects and everything they can do.
I was horrified by the tournament, the same tournament that Zade won Serena in. This year’s tournament Cynthia competes and her training is the main focal point of the book. I have to say I loved every word!!! I cringed, I teared up, and I smiled A LOT 😀 Cynthia was my favorite character in the first book and I love her even more now.
What I love about this series so far is that each book tells the story of different characters so that technically each book is a standalone. BUT the overreaching plot of the series ties each book together. A war is coming, I feel it and I can’t wait to see just where and who Falor takes us to next!
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