Review: Mine to Spell

Mine to Spell by Janeal Falor

Mine to Spell (Mine, #2)

Publication date: May 5th 2014

Publisher: Chardonian Press

Number of pages: 291

Series: Mine (2#)

Genre: YA Fantasy

Source: Received in exchange for review. This is my honest opinion.

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 Goodreads synopsis:

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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 Review:

Mine to Spell was a spellbinding read, both in the literal and the literary sense.

The best thing about the books in this series is the way that they capture the reader and are becoming notorious for not letting them escape until the book is over. Mine to Spell is set in a warlock world where women are possessions, their worth depending on the magic in their blood.

I’d say perhaps the main focus in this book, is Cynthia’s struggle as a woman with a lot of magic who wants to change things. She spends a lot of the book trying to change the mindset of both men and women and she does it in a risky and courageous way.

This review may be shorter than they typically are because I was geniunely too absorbed in the story to make the notes that I usually do when reading.

The other thing is, I swear the warlock who buys the girl gets worse and worse each time. Edward was awful and even worse than I thought he would be.

The reason why I am not rating Mine to Spell as high as I rated You Are Mine and Mine to Tarnish, is probably due to the fact that I was not as keen on Cynthia nor her story as much as I was the other characters. This is mostly just a oersonal preference thing, however. I definitely enjoyed the second half less than the first half, but all the same, I still adore this series.

I would recommend this series to anyone looking for a unique, out of the ordinary warlock book. I wish more people would read it because it really is fantastic.

 4/5 comets
A meteor shower. A great show.

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 Goodreads author bio:

Janeal FalorAmazon bestselling author Janeal Falor lives in Utah with her husband and three children. In her non-writing time she teaches her kids to make silly faces, cooks whatever strikes her fancy, and attempts to cultivate a garden even when half the things she plants die. When it’s time for a break she can be found taking a scenic drive with her family or drinking hot chocolate.

 

 

Help! Mystery and Struck by Jennifer Bosworth Review

Here at bookcomet there is a slight mystery. I have reviewed Struck and tried to solve the mystery at the same time? Are you up for the challenge?

Struck (Struck, #1)Struck by Jennifer Bosworth

Goodreads synopsis: Mia Price is a lightning addict. She’s survived countless strikes, but her craving to connect to the energy in storms endangers her life and the lives of those around her.

Los Angeles, where lightning rarely strikes, is one of the few places Mia feels safe from her addiction. But when an earthquake devastates the city, her haven is transformed into a minefield of chaos and danger. The beaches become massive tent cities. Downtown is a crumbling wasteland, where a traveling party moves to a different empty building each night, the revelers drawn to the destruction by a force they cannot deny. Two warring cults rise to power, and both see Mia as the key to their opposing doomsday prophecies. They believe she has a connection to the freak electrical storm that caused the quake, and to the far more devastating storm that is yet to come.

Mia wants to trust the enigmatic and alluring Jeremy when he promises to protect her, but she fears he isn’t who he claims to be. In the end, the passion and power that brought them together could be their downfall. When the final disaster strikes, Mia must risk unleashing the full horror of her strength to save the people she loves, or lose everything.

Review:

I’m afraid this review may be a tad brief. I have already typed it up online but when I went to post the review on my blog I noticed a strange mystery – it was GONE!!!! So here I am, only two days later, rewriting it. Let me pull on my Sherlock Holmes costume so that I may analyse not only the mystery of the missing review but also…the book!

*pulls out Sherlock hat and coat and pulls out a notebook, in which begins scribbling madly* So…suspects who could have taken my review…the characters in Struck could have taken it i suppose. Mia Price is the protagonist and is a lighting addict – but I doubt such a great character like her would have taken it. She is brave, strong, relatable and everything a great character should be. But then of course there are the two groups who are trying to recruit her. Prophet’s group seem like a suspicious lot – of course there is Prophet – who is know as the false prophet – which sounds awfully fishy. But I think we can let him and his followers off the hook. Then there is the other group – The Seekers. They are more level headed and believable than Prophet so I think they are clean. Poor Mia draws sympathy from the reader because we just can help but feel sorry for her because she is heavily pressured to pick a side.

I suppose the characters are ruled out then. The cause of the vanishing review may indeed be – DUN DUN DUNNNN!!!! – a natural disaster! This seems incredibly likely in a dystopian world, I can’t believe I didn’t think of it sooner. After all, an earthquake kind of messes up the world. But I don’t see that contributing. Unless the ground is hungry for a review written on the internet? You never know…The only other natural cause I can think of is lightning. They ARE lightning addicts. Maybe lighting shocked the system as the review was being saved…? But alas it was not even raining at the time.

Struck is indeed a suspicious book. Definitely not what I was expecting but don’t they say the best attacks use the element of surprise? Or is that just on TV? Never mind. I had assumed Struck would just be about a lightning addict and her story because (being the great observationist that I am as a fantastic detective) I did not look carefully enough at the cover. Yep my crime solving helpers, it’s a DYSTOPIAN book. And the burning buildings on the front totally don’t suggest that or anything…it was a nice surprise. Dystopia is one of my favourite genres after all. But a great detective is never biased so I must offer the rest of my thoughts. I found the 1.657446328/3 to be a little difficult to get into (one must be exact). If you get this book and find the same, make sure to keep reading because it is completely action packed and amazing towards the end.

And so, I have explained my thoughts on the book and the mystery. One can only hope this review does not disappear. This book will be loved by dystopian lovers but evidence suggests probably not so much by contemporary/chick lit only lovers. As I an unable to come to a conclusion on the case, I would like your opinion on the matter. Where is my review? Tell me in the comments below 🙂

I give Struck 4/5 stars.

Goodreads author bio:

Jennifer BosworthJennifer Bosworth lives in Los Angeles, California, where lightning hardly ever strikes, but when it does she takes cover. Learn more about her at http://www.jenniferbosworth.com.

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