Saturday, 7 December 2013

BOOK BLITZ - MINE TO TARNISH BY JANEAL FALOR

Title: Mine to Tarnish (Mine .5)
Author: Janeal Falor
Series:  Mine
Release Date: 12/02/13

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Katherine’s place is the same as any woman’s—on the shelf next to the dresses and bolts of cloth. When she’s sold to a warlock, life grows even bleaker. Her new owner is as old and rancid as he is cruel, driving her to do the unthinkable: run.

Nothing prepared her for being on her own. And she’s definitely unprepared for the warlocks hunting her down. But she must stay one step ahead because if caught, the best she can hope for is death
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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.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Janeal Falor lives in Utah where she’s finally managed to live in the same house for more than five years without moving. In her spare time she reads books like they’re nuts covered in caramel and chocolate, cooks whatever strikes her fancy, and enjoys the outdoors. Her husband and three children try to keep up with her overactive imagination. Usually they settle for having dinner on the table, even if she’s still going on about the voices in her head.


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EXCERPT
“Where’s your owner?” a male asks. Probably a tarnished by the looks of his drab trousers, but I don’t dare look up. Now would be the worst possible time to be caught breaking a rule.
“He’s…” Where? Where? Think of a good lie. Think! “Not here.”
That was not a lie.
The male lowers his voice. “Is that so?”
I nod. Of all the times to not find a lie worth believing, it has to been when I depend upon it the most.
“Do you have a delivery?”
“No.”
“Then why are you here?” he sounds exasperated. I can’t blame him. I’m being rather unhelpful, but this is all so new and what if it is wrong? What if he won’t help, but instead, takes me back to my owner?
“I’m sorry. I believe this is the wrong house.”
As I move to go, I finally chance glancing at him through my lashes. My breath catches. It is a tarnished. Bald with ink slashed across his nose, cheeks, and forehead. Most definitely a male, his muscles visible even beneath loose clothes. With a very stern look on his ink chiseled face.
“Are you certain? You seem like you could use help.”

I could use help. I need help. I wish so desperately that he could help.


MY REVIEW
ISBN: 978-1492817352
ASIN:  B00GOG9U14
Series: Mine
Publisher: Self/Indie
Pages/File Size: 128pages/2404KB
Formats Available: Paperback, E-Book
Release Date: 22 November 2013(e-book)

BLURB from Goodreads
Katherine’s place is the same as any woman’s—on the shelf next to the dresses and bolts of cloth. When she’s sold to a warlock, life grows even bleaker. Her new owner is as old and rancid as he is cruel, driving her to do the unthinkable: run.

Nothing prepared her for being on her own. And she’s definitely unprepared for the warlocks hunting her down. But she must stay one step ahead because if caught, the best she can hope for is death.

INITIAL THOUGHTS
I'm looking forward to reading this one as I have looked at the book one of the series so reading this prequel novella will be a good way to try the series without commiting to a full length book straight away.

MY REVIEW
I received this e-book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review. The cover has the striking image of the female on it. I'd say it is an image of Katherine with her eyes downcast as they are meant to be in her society where women are a possession to be owned by men. The colours of the book give the feeling and impression of the oppression that the women in this society feel.
Would I pick up the book in a book store? Yes I think the cover is striking enough to attract my attention on a full book shelf.
So Katherine lives in a world where women are bought and sold as possessions to be owned by men. The more "magic" you have in your blood the more a Warlock will pay for you. Katherine has to attend a school where girls/women are taught to be meek and mild and obedient to prepare them for their owner. Prospective owners are invited into the school to sit with and observe the females to help them choose who they wish to purchase. At age 16 the females blood is tested to confirm how much magic she contains.
Katherine isn't so mild and obedient as she has been taught defiance by her own mother. So much so when she is sold her mother helps Katherine drug her new owner with a sleeping potion and escape. The other people who exist in this story are The Tarnished. The Tarnished are considered the lowest of the low, thought of less worth than even a shadow. You become a Tarnished if you are too rebellious, or have committed a crime or cannot bear your owner children with a suitable amount of magic in them.
Katherine attempts to escape turning to the Tarnished for help. It is then that she meet Mary and Charles. Charles has been Tarnished since birth so knows no other way of life. Can the Tarnished help Katherine escape?
Katherine has lots of large and difficult decisions to make before she feels content in her life as a woman. Katherine wants to be bold, outspoken and to be able to look people in the eye when she speaks to them.
I really fell in love with this novella and was sad when it came to an ending. I feel like I definitely want to read the next book as now I have the background of the story basis as well as knowing some characters that I hope will feature more in the series as it continues.

So did I enjoy the book? I loved it! Would I recommend the book? Definitely yes. Would I read another book in this series? I certainly intend to as soon as I have the time and can get my hands on a copy! Would I read other books by the author Janeal Falor? Yes, I loved the writing style, pace and just the whole book and concept of the book. It is the first Janeal Falor book I have read but it certainly will not be the last.

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10 e-ARC copies of Mine To Tarnish, PDF, Mobi, or ePub (INT)

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