Book Review: Mine to SpellAuthor: Janeal Falor
Published: May 2014
Series: Mine #2
Genre: YA Paranormal
The Setting - Taken from Goodreads
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.
My Two Cents
First I want to extend a big THANK YOU to NetGalley for letting me read this! Now onto the not so nice. Mine to Spell wasn't exactly a bad book, but it was wrong for me. I enjoyed it's predecessor You Are Mine, but I think this book fell flat to me because it was too much like You are Mine. Yes it is about the younger sister in this family, but it still touches on the same problems as before: inequality and ill-treatment of women, handsome foreign boy or spies trying to intervene and help, Cynthia's family constantly in danger. Perhaps my biggest problem with Mine to Spell came in the very beginning chapters where Cynthia marries a man and then scares him into setting her free. This was not believable to me and I really needed to see more retaliation from her husband. And then there was Cynthia's love interest. She was a little to eager to trust him after everything she just went through. This relationship was very much an insta-love and I would have liked to see more of a friendship for a longer period of time. Once again I felt Mine to Spell was just not my cup of tea, 3 out of 5 stars. Read if you want more damsels in distress and foreign handsome knights.