You’re Mine by Somer Canon is a story about jealousy, possessiveness, and the quest for control. The story starts out light, but slowly grows darker.
Content warnings: manipulative relationships, drug use, being drugged, and suicide.
Let’s dive in!
My Thoughts on You’re Mine by Somer Canon
Okay, I am so in love with that copyright page! I think it’s so clever when elements are added to this section of the book than many people don’t even glance at. In this case, we have a joke that answers what type of makeup goth witches wear! Wonderful work from Stephen Kozeniewski!
Next up, I have to comment on the book cover. How eerie is it just to look at the doll? Then to notice the noose? Big yikes! The cover design is by Chris Enterline and they certainly knocked it out of the park!
When we begin this story, we meet a group of high school friends that are seen as the “weird kids” because of their gothic style. But this group doesn’t care what others think in the slightest. Most of them are very confident in who they are, except for Ioni Davis. She’s still a bit self conscious because of her height.
But that changes one day when a new kid walks into the cafeteria and is immediately taken by her. His interest in her comes on fast and strong, which weirds her out as she grapples with herself in trying to accept the compliments.
These two begin a whirlwind romance, that from a distance seems wonderful, but there’s something not quite right about it.
A few red flags pop up here and there, but Ioni isn’t deterred. Everything seems so wonderful, until it’s not.
The two begin a journey to learn Wicca together and join a coven. But when they split off to go to different colleges, one is tempted by black magic, putting immense strain on the relationship. But things only get darker from there.
My goodness, Somer Canon is so talented. I’m so glad that I didn’t re-read the back cover copy of this one before diving in, so a lot of the elements of the storyline came as a shock.
I absolutely adored the friend group and the Wicca elements! I wanted to be one of these characters so I could join in!
I haven’t had a physical reaction like this caused by a book in a long time. I was a bit creeped out at some of the situations the main character was faced with and how the manipulation mirrored things I have gone through in the past while dating exes.
There were a few moments that I shouted “red flag” out loud while reading. But one page, I was so upset I had to put the book down and go for a walk. I almost didn’t want to know what happened next I was so mad at one of the characters! But of course, I just had to know…
Bravo, Somer! This story is amazing!
My Favorite Passages from You’re Mine
Freedom was less than a year away, and the world opened up with endless possibilities for those new graduates.
At that age, with inexperience allowing optimism to rule, people tend to think that time is limitless and all things are possible. Experience teaches which of those things is true and which is absolute soul-sucking bullshit.
“…Think of people like a deep, dark lake. You see the surface and maybe it’s reflecting its surroundings and you assume that because it is a lake with a clear and still surface you know it’s only water, but that’s not at all true, is it? No. Beneath that calm exterior things are swimming and there’s movement and darkness and life. Beneath that quaint reflection is a lot more that you can’t see. Every now and then a ripple from underneath disturbs that calm surface, but it’s usually no more than a ripple that you get to see. We’re all deep lakes. We’re all hiding things beneath the surface.”
She didn’t want to be the type of person that gave ultimatums. But standing firm in her resolve, and not letting him manipulate her into moving her lines in the sand to accommodate his whims, was something important to her as well.
My Final Thoughts on You’re Mine
I had a blast with this one. It was triggering for me in the best ways. Not only did it show me how far I’ve come personally since going through some stuff, it also acted as a bit of a therapeutic read. I know that all sounds a bit silly, but the realness of the relationship the author created here really hit home for me.
Buckle up for this twisted ride before cracking open these pages!
Horror fans that enjoy dark tales with sexy scenes that are more romantic than anything else (except for the few that weren’t), this is a must read!
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