Author: Janeal Falor
Published: May 1st, 2013
Number of Pages: 273
Blurb from Goodreads: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.
*** I would like to thank Jeneal Falor for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review***
This book was a roller coaster ride and I had no idea where it was going most of the time. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time breezing through the book, hoping to get more answers because I had no idea what to expect. And the romance? I'm a pro when it comes to seeing how relationships will works out, and yet I had no idea what was going to happen here. None. Nada.
Serena lives in a world where women are nothing. They are treated like property, abused, and used only for their blood. All Serena learned from her father is to stay quite and to what you're told and you'll avoid getting beaten and hexed. Too bad she can't always keep her mouth shut. She hopes to escape her father, which doesn't happen when some stuck up rich person buys her and makes it crystal clear she's about as important as the dirt under his fingernail.However, things get strange when a barbarian gains her ownership. And things really start to change for Serena.
Serena, okay not going to lie I didn't like Serena in the first few pages. But the more I learned about her the more I started to respect her and eventually I realized this girl is AMAZING!!! She knew the consequences of speaking out and yet she always fought for what she wanted. That was amazing. Her development as a character was flawless and there was a perfect transition of opinions and ideas. Serena matured a lot and I really liked that about her. She was great for her sisters and she was a great heroine overall.
Zade...Oh Zade.... I didn't know what to expect with him, he was a mystery for most of the book. But do I love a good mystery. He was great. And that's all I'm saying. That's right people suffer, I suffered while trying to figure this out.
The romance was sweet and simple, a little too tame for my taste, but I can't really judge. Since romance isn't the focus I guess it's good that it's just the background of the book.
The whole concept of this book is different and amazing.
I give this bewitching read