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Mine to Tarnish

(Mine #0.5)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  348 ratings  ·  78 reviews
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 20, 2014 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 w
Janeal Falor
Oct 30, 2013 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.
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 marr
Sarah Elizabeth
Nov 14, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Nov 18, 2013 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
Nov 21, 2014 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.
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
Sep 19, 2013 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
Sep 24, 2013 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
Feb 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
A good prequel following Katherine's story which fills in some interesting blanks from the first book. Short and sweet and written in similarly good style, it was a nice read although i didn't enjoy it as much as "You are mine". I don't recommend reading this one first, definitely start with book 1 and then read this prequel as things will make much more sense in this order and you'll find yourself caring more about Katherine and her story. ...more
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.
Melissa (thereaderandthechef)
Perfect prequel to You Are Mine. <3

Will review properly soon.
Gypsy Madden
Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The beginning was a hard read, mainly because I hate seeing women treated horribly by men and the unjust archaic patriarchal society. It wasn't just the authorities, and her soon to be husband, but also the boys at school, and her father. The society feels implausible to be that tyrannized by just a handful of men and with no men with power being actual decent people. But societal quibbles aside, this told a cohesive story with a heroine to root for, the adventure and thrill of her escape, and t ...more
Oct 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Interesting Story! I enjoyed listening to this story. There was lots of anguish caused by the societal structure of the world depicted in this book. Consequently, Katherine had an arduous task in deciding how to deal with the unfortunate turn of events her life dealt her. The suspense kept me listening to this story non-stop. The narrator did a great job in bringing this story to life. I received a free review copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Jun 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
After reading the first three books, I read the prequel. Mine to Tarnish was enjoyable and far better edited than the other books.
If you're looking for a series of books that is very clean, has strong female characters, and men who are horrible jerks then this is the series for you.
Oh and did I mention there's magic!
Laurie Hopkins
Aug 13, 2017 rated it really liked it

This story was hard to read. Just because abuse is difficult to read about and this society demeans and abuses it's women as their way of life. The author told a good story although it wasn't what I was expecting. Katherine was scared but strong, that's what makes her a good character.
Feb 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
I loved knowing more about Katherine's story. And while I personaly think it went very fast, it is still a nice addition to the rest of the series. ...more
Sheri Brown
Nov 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
I read this book after I read the first in the series. And I think it goes well in that order.
It was an easy, fast read I found very entertaining and enjoyable.
Mar 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This review is for the Audible Audio book Very intriguing and entralling Narrator brings the characters to life keeps me listening and interested in what happens next very good book
Mar 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a mini novel, a look into Katherine's life. How she became a renoun dressmaker for the Chardonnian women. Katherine started out like most women in Chardonnia. She was groomed at a young age to be sold to a Warlock. Some how Katherine's views of women are not the same . She knows women and those that are tarnish are worth more than just objects and things . Unfortunately tor Katherine she has come of age. Her father sells her to a warlock. Regardless of what she feels. She is presented to ...more
Salima Bensalah
Mar 12, 2017 rated it liked it
I was pleasantly surprised by how exciting his book was, there was a decent amount of conflict and suspense, all keeping in line with the world-building. However, I still felt like the climax was a bit lacking, and finished feeling a little disappointed. Although, I am drawn in by the writing style and the world, so I would definitely continue with the rest of the series.
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 series You 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 whil
Tabitha (Bows & Bullets Reviews)
Mar 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
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 belongi
Sandra "Jeanz"
Nov 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Rachel (The Rest Is Still Unwritten)
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Nicole M. Hewitt
Dec 02, 2013 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
Christina Rodriguez
Sep 19, 2013 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!

Like Sere
Oct 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I had previously reviewed the first book in this series by Janeal Falor (You Are Mine)and absolutely loved it! Ms. Falor did not disappoint with Mine to Tarnish in the least. This book is the back story of Katherine, a very influential secondary character in You Are Mine.

Katherine is a woman of good breeding who carries a lot of magic in her blood. The society they live in, being what it is, deems her useful as a potential breeder of high magic children. Therefore, she is sold by her father to
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Janeal Falor has published over twenty books including the Mine series, Death's Queen, and Sands of Eppla. She 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 d ...more

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