Monday, July 7, 2014

Review: Mine to Spell (Mine #2) by Janeal Falor

Release Date: May 5, 2014
Publisher: Chardonian Press
Source: NetGalley
Author Links: Goodreads | Twitter | Website

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.

The first book in this series (You Are Mine) took me by surprise and totally swept me off my feet.
So, when I saw the next book in the series was available?
I did the grabby-hands thing, and snatched it up as fast as I could!
And I was not disappointed.

*Warning: Possible spoilers for the previous book*

This book is about Cynthia, Serena's younger sister, who gets only a passing mention in the previous installment. In the first book, you learn that warlocks are the only ones who can use the magic in their blood. Women are bought and sold according to how powerful their blood is, and then used as baby makers by the men, in the hopes of getting a powerful male heir.
Serena's blood was powerful, but the surprise to everyone was how much more potent Cynthia's blood was. It's not something that's delved into in book one, but it's the focal point of this one.
And here's why...

*fist pump*
I knew it! I just knew girls could do magic!
I'm not counting this as a spoiler, because you find out that Cynthia can use spells in the beginning of this book.

M'kay, and not only has Cynthia learned how to tap into her magic, but she's wicked powerful! Except, she doesn't realize how strong she is, because she's had to hide her abilities from everyone throughout the years. Especially from Serena, who because of all the abuse she's taken over the years, hates magic.
But she's about to find out exactly what she's capable of...

Without giving too many spoilers, here's what I liked/disliked about this book:
I really love the parallels these books draw between this world, and the cults/religions that tell women they are...less.
But I also love the fact that Falor does it without the All-Men-Are-Evil thing. There are good guys in these books, just like there are good guys in in real life.

My only complaint? There didn't seem to be enough focus on showing Cynthia's magical progression. I wanted more scenes with her learning to do hardcore spells that could kick ass. It was a letdown, but it didn't ruin the book for me.

The ending for this one definitely lets you know that a war is coming, though, and I'm really looking forward to seeing what happens next! If you haven't started in on these books, you're missing out on a great story!
There's also a prequel novella about Katherine that's out now. Mine To Tarnish was a good read, but you'll want to read book one beforehand, so that you have a better grasp on the world building . Check it out if you're interested!


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