Saturday, May 10, 2014

Book Shelf: Mine to Spell (Mine #2) by 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.

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Mine to Spell is the wonderful sequel to Janeal Falor’s sensational debut You Are Mine and is an exciting follow up to a brilliant book that promises this author has many more fantastic tales up her sleeves!

Can I just say….I seriously love this series! I mean, seriously love it. Janeal Falor keeps proving to me what a talented storyteller she is: weaving together this sensational world of magic and repression and managing to capitalize and build on an already superb world with each story. Serena won me over in the first book, You Are Mine and then its prequel, Mine to Tarnish featuring Katherine left me longing for more but Mine to Spell has me falling in love with the series even more as Falor this time tells Cynthia’s story.

As the reader, we met Cynthia briefly in You Are Mine when we followed her older sister Serena, but we didn’t learn that much about her. Falor only allowed us to see her as Serena saw her and as the older sibling wanting to protect her younger sister. It never became evident just want talents and abilities Cynthia was hiding, something that does finally become apparent in Mine to Spell. 

Cynthia was a really likable character. She’s a young woman living in a world where women are repressed and are the property of men. In the world Falor details, men use magic, and while woman have it in their blood, they’re supposedly not capable of producing it physically; something we’re coming to learn isn’t the case, especially where Cynthia is concerned. Though she is very much a product of the world she lives in, Cynthia seems a lot more comfortable in her own skin that her sister was. Acting the sweet, boy-crazed sister, Cynthia embraces the magic she has and has instead been secretly practicing spells for years. 

Coming across as the ditzy young woman has allowed Cynthia to escape the notice of warlocks who may have chosen to use the magic running in her blood up until now, but when unexpected circumstances and perilous danger force her into the hands of a new master, Cynthia quickly realizes the only way to protect herself is to use her abilities and soon Cynthia finds herself making bold decisions to take back her freedom, finding new friends, love and power in the process.

Cynthia really takes a stand in this book, and though she’s understandably afraid, she’s also very strong and as her strength slowly grows with the help of those she loves and a new ally in the from of a charismatic and beguiling young foreigner who sees Cynthia as more than just property to be owned, Cynthia does shine and I loved seeing her do so. Who knew such a brilliant character existed under all the airhead act she put on!  

The thing I love about this series is that every main character really has had their own story to tell so far. It’s not like we’ve been introduced to a bunch of characters in similar predicaments and then see the same story over and over with slight differences. We’re seeing different stories about different young women who share similar social status and standing but who also have very different fears and obstacles to overcome, finding love along the way.

I was thrilled to find Serena and Zade make various appearances in this novel along with Cynthia’s sisters, Katherine and even Charles, whom we met in Mine to Tarnish. I adore these characters was so happy to see them again. Lukas was an adorable match for Cynthia and the perfect balance of brave fighter and kind friend. They had a great connection and chemistry that I enjoyed witnessing very much.  Waverly and Bethany have me both looking forward to their stories and after the jaw dropping ending Janeal Falor left us with that sees an enemy of the past return, I’m extremely excited to get my hands on future books!

Featuring plenty of beguiling characters and exciting action during the warlocks tournament, Mine to Spell is an excellent addition to this wonderful series that mixes romance with magic and has me ready to dive into the next book pronto.

Source: Sent for review by the author (Thank you Janeal!)
Format: Kindle ebook
Buy it: Amazon | Smashwords | Barnes & Noble
My Recommendation: This series is amazing--a MUST read!
Cover: I love that it reflects Cynthia and fits perfectly with the rest in the series.
Will I read sequel/continue with series: YES!

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