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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
Kindle Edition, 128 pages
Published December 2nd 2013 by Chardonian Press
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This is a prequel novella for the Mine series, and I managed to snag it the other day as an Amazon freebie.
I was so excited, because You Are Mine was one of those books that took me by surprise.
You know, in a good way.

Even though the events in this take place before the events in You Are Mine, if you read Mine to Tarnish first, there's a good chance you'll be a bit lost. There's a lot of world-building done in the novel that's only touched on in the novella. Also, since Katherine is a si
Just One Indie's Opinion
Jan 24, 2014 Just One Indie's Opinion rated it really liked it
4 Very Interesting Stars

Mine to Tarnish came to my attention when I was help with a blog tour for Janeal Falor on both of her books:You Are Mine + Mine To Tarnish. Even though the genre is not typically something I have been diving into lately ( YA Paranormal), I figured why not give it a try. Janeal is quoted on goodreads: "FYI: You do not have to read You Are Mine before reading [Mine To Tarnish]. I personally would read YOU ARE MINE first, but it truly doesn't matter." I kind of wish that
Janeal Falor
Oct 30, 2013 Janeal Falor added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: my-books
FYI: You do not have to read You Are Mine before reading this book. I personally would read YOU ARE MINE first, but it truly doesn't matter.
2.5 stars
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Chardonian Press and Netgalley.)
Katherine is to be sold to another Warlock by her father, but she doesn’t like him, so instead decides to run.
Can Katherine escape? And what will become of her if she does?

I really enjoyed ‘You are Mine’, so when I saw this I read it straight away. Unfortunately I was disappointed though.

I found it a little odd that Katherine was so shocked that she was being sol
Elisabeth Wheatley
I don’t know why this novella has been incurring 2 and 2.5 star reviews. I enjoyed it very much and am not sure why the things that bothered the other reviewers did.

The Mine series takes place in the fantasy land of Chardonia where both men and women are born with magic in their blood, but only men can use it. Women are valued based on the amount of magic they will gain their husbands and their potential to bear powerful sons. This makes for an interesting twist on the traditional arranged marri
Nov 28, 2014 Abbie rated it really liked it
Actual rating - 3.5

I liked Katherine in book one, so I was pleased to see this novella was about her.

I did think she was quiet silly to leave something behind that could be used to trace her, but other than that, I liked her. I felt really sorry for her, as she went through quite a lot.

Overall, Decent novella.
Nov 20, 2013 Deniz rated it it was ok
Shelves: meh

There are some interesting elements and ideas here- but my biggest issue was the writing style. It was to simplistic for me. I couldn't warm up to it...


This is the prequel to the series You Are Mine.
I liked the blurb and thought it would be a great way to be introduced to the series and the author.

First up, my main issue and the reason for the low rating is- I didn't like the writing style. It’s to simplistic for me
“Charles turns, but it’s too late. I fall, fall, fall to the groun
Trish at Between My Lines
3.5 stars

Mine to Tarnish is an alternative look at the word built up in the Mine series. I loved You Are Mine and while I enjoyed Mine to Tarnish, it doesn’t pack the same punch. Which is probably understandable as this is a companion novella and so it has limited capacity for world building.

My recap of Mine to Tarnish:

Katherine has a surprising amount of magic in her blood. But this is not good news as it means that has been matched with a warlock who is old, repulsive and worst of all cruel. H
Kristen Mazzola
Jan 24, 2014 Kristen Mazzola rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, magic
Very interesting paranormal, YA, novella :)
Nov 19, 2013 Terrie rated it it was amazing
We first met Katherine, the tarnished cloth merchant who befriends Serena, in YOU ARE MINE, the prequel to MINE TO TARNISH. It was interesting to read Katherine’s back story as a young woman with a lot of magic in her blood, making her desirable as a wife to whichever warlock bid the most for her, in the hopes of bearing a warlock son with lots of magical ability. But in Chardonia women are mere possessions, to be used as slaves and breeders. The Tarnished are those with no magic in their blood, ...more
Tiffany Michele (BookAndCoffeeAddict)
The Mine series is set in Chardonia - a place where women are possessions and male warlocks use hexes, spells, and the threat of being tarnished (magically made to be bald, tattooed, and unable to have children) to keep them under their thumbs. The first book in the Mine series, You Are Mine, follows Serena as she takes steps towards independence and freedom in a warlock dominated kingdom. Fanning the sparks of free will in Serena is a tarnished seamstress named Katherine. Katherine is bold and ...more
Feb 12, 2014 Kelly rated it really liked it
This is definitely one of those novellas I'm going to read! Katherine is one of my favorite characters in this story and I can't wait to read about her!


Can there be more??? Seriously I would so read more about Katherine's life as a Tarnished. She was such an amazing secondary character in You Are Mine and I really wanted to know her back story. How she came to be where she is and why she is the person she is. It was truly wonderful reading about the life she had before becoming Tarnished, t
Katherine was a very intriguing character in book one. The tarnished who wasn't a tarnished - a strong woman helping the unfortunate while being unfortunate herself.

Her story was a stragen mix of sad and hope. She does not have her happily ever after that we see in many fantasies, but by the end we see that she is where she needs to be and she's glad to be there helping.

It was also another look into a very well developed and curious world that Janeal Falor has created.
Dec 02, 2014 Amy rated it it was ok
Shelves: kindle-copy-only
Actual review rating: 2.5 stars

I was excited to read Mine to Tarnish, the prequel to You are Mine. However, it didn't live up to my expectations.

We are shown the story of Katherine, a young girl who is sold to a man to be a wife, slave and also for her magical blood. She decides to run away before the wedding takes place and is helped by a tarnished boy. Katherine is the dress maker of the main character in You are Mine, it was interesting to see her back story.

I didn't feel like Katherine's s
May 07, 2014 Levian rated it it was amazing
the story took place in a world where warlocks, men with magical powers towered over the women and the slaves, also known as the tarnished. like all women, Katherine was taught to be obedient towards the men. but being a rebel at heart made her questioned her destiny and fate. the moment Katherine was sold to an old and cruel warlock, she was in despair. her mother took pity on her and decided to help her escape by giving her some sleeping powder to be slipped into the warlock's drink. she succe ...more
Carrie Slager
Feb 09, 2014 Carrie Slager rated it it was amazing
[Full disclosure: Janeal Falor provided me with a free eARC in exchange for an honest review.]

A lot of times I’m not a big novella fan, I admit it. Even when they’re prequels or just extra information about characters. Sometimes they’re repetitive, but sometimes like with Mine to Tarnish they add a whole other dimension to the rich world the author has created.

I was always fond of Katherine in You Are Mine, but seeing her story through her own eyes is so much better than having it secondhand thr
Morphys Book Blog
Feb 03, 2014 Morphys Book Blog rated it really liked it
Shelves: review, read-2014
Katherine is sold by her father to another warlock. An old, horrid, smelly man who likes to punish and torment. Rather than staying with her new owner she chooses to run. Katherine must learn to survive on her own and not get caught!

After reading You are mine, book one in the series I was sooooooo excited to read Mine to Tarnish. Katherine was a great character and I was dying to know her story, and what a story it is. And the cover… I love it. I’ve always said I wouldn’t choose a book for its c
Melissa Robles
Aug 11, 2014 Melissa Robles rated it it was amazing
Perfect prequel to You Are Mine. <3

Will review properly soon.
Lauren Thomas
Oct 15, 2014 Lauren Thomas rated it really liked it
“Mine to Tarnish” by Janeal Falor –Book Review (4 Stars)
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

This is the first “novella” that I’ve read of any series and I’m so happy I did! Janeal really packed so much into this story that it didn’t feel like it was just a “filler” book. I’m glad that readers are able to learn about Katherine’s journey and discover that she’s more than just the tarnished seamstress in Serena and Cynthia’s stories. Even though its only a short st
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of this review.

Note: If you have not read previous books in this series, there are minor unavoidable spoilers related to the character Katherine.

Mine to Tarnish
by Janeal Falor shows the beginnings of a rebellion against the cruel Chardonian warlocks in the form of Katherine's story. Katherine has been sold by her father to an elderly, vicious warlock and ra
Tabitha (Bows & Bullets Reviews)
This review is also available on my blog, Bows & Bullets Reviews

Katherine has always fought to keep her mouth shut and her opinions to herself. A woman has one place in this world, silently standing beside her husband, bearing magical-blooded sons. If this goal cannot be accomplished, said husband has the right to do whatever he wants to her, including physical abuse, mental abuse, or even murder. Katherine has just been sold to a cruel, smelly old man who she cannot tolerate the idea of bel
Kirsty (Amethyst Bookwyrm)
Jun 15, 2014 Kirsty (Amethyst Bookwyrm) rated it really liked it
This and my other reviews can be found at

Katherine has never been comfortable being the property of males and when she is sold to an old repulsive warlock it drives her to run away. She is not prepared for life on the run with warlocks hunting her down and she is not sure who she should turn to, as a wrong decision will lead to her death. Mine to Tarnish is a very good prequel novella showing Katherine’s past which is full of action and a hint of romance.
May 16, 2014 Debbie rated it liked it
I wasn't sure what to rate this one. It was between a 2 and a 3 for me but I decided to bump it up to a 3 after I realized that it had a prequel I haven't read. Maybe I would have liked it better if I had read that one first. It is very short, only like 120 pages so it is a quick read. I think that she didn't have enough time to develop the plot and the characters so it made feel as though she barely skimmed the surface. But again maybe I would have liked it better had I read the first one first ...more
Nicole Hewitt
Apr 14, 2014 Nicole Hewitt rated it really liked it
This review and many others can be found on my blog - Feed Your Fiction Addiction

Mine to Tarnish is a prequel to Falor's You Are Mine, which was one of my very favorite reads of 2013! I would highly recommend reading You Are Mine first because it gives you a lot more worldbuilding and background than this novella.

This book gives us Katherine's background (Katherine is the tarnished seamstress in You Are Mine who helps Serena). I actually really wish that I would have read this book a bit sooner
Rachel (The Rest Is Still Unwritten)
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I got a copy in exchange for an honest review

I bought the first book in this series some time ago, but haven't gotten around to reading it yet. When I noticed there was a prequel and it was on Netgalley I decided to read the prequel first. Mine to Tarnish is a nice introduction to the world in the Mine series and frankly it's a world in which I wouldn't want to leave. There is magic, but only men can access the magic in their blood and women are only property if men who can use their magic and n
Sandra "Jeanz"
Nov 26, 2013 Sandra "Jeanz" rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013-wishlist
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.

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
Kaitlin (Reading is My Treasure)
Source: I received an e-arc of this book from the publisher through Netgalley in return for an honest review.

I think I'm warming up to novellas because I really liked Mine to Tarnish. I usually don't like to read something so short, but sometimes . . . novellas are the perfect length. This one was a very well paced and put together story to accompany You Are Mine, which is a great book that reminded me of a fairy tale.

One of my favorite things about this novella was the journey. Katherine star
Jennifer Madero (Boricuan Bookworms)
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eARC Provided by Publisher via Netgalley

Mine to Tarnish, as is the sequel and first book in the Mine seriesYou Are Mine, have that power to make you think a lot about how women were treated in the past and how they are now. The only thing here that's different from our world is the magic aspect. Chardonia is a world where both men and women are born with magic in their blood. Since little, men are trained as warlocks while
Christina Rodriguez
Dec 02, 2013 Christina Rodriguez rated it really liked it
(Thank you to Janeal for providing an ARC.)

After reading You Are Mine I could not wait until the next book in the series. In “You are Mine”, I thought that Katherine was a wonderful person and had hoped to read her story about her life before she became a Tarnish. So when I found out “Mine to Tarnish” was her novella I was anxiously awaiting for it. When I got this baby in my email I quickly finished my book as the moment to start it. And just like the first book I was not disappointed!

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Amazon best selling 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.
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“After everything I’ve been taught, I never thought I would consider this. To willingly make myself less than a person. Less than a person’s shadow. But here I am. I look in the mirror, follow the curves of my face, the line of my nose, the curl of my locks, see what I have. All that I am. It’s all mine. Mine to tarnish. “I” 0 likes
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