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Exquisite Captive
Dark Caravan Cycle #1
Author: Heather Demetrios
Reading Level: Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy | Mythology
Released: October 7th 2014
Review Source: Balzer + Bray

Nalia is a jinni of tremendous ancient power, the only survivor of a coup that killed nearly everyone she loved. Stuffed into a bottle and sold by a slave trader, she’s now in hiding on the dark caravan, the lucrative jinni slave trade between Arjinna and Earth, where jinn are forced to grant wishes and obey their human masters’ every command. She’d give almost anything to be free of the golden shackles that bind her to Malek, her handsome, cruel master, and his lavish Hollywood lifestyle.

Enter Raif, the enigmatic leader of Arjinna’s revolution and Nalia’s sworn enemy. He promises to free Nalia from her master so that she can return to her ravaged homeland and free her imprisoned brother—all for an unbearably high price. Nalia’s not sure she can trust him, but Raif’s her only hope of escape. With her enemies on the hunt, Earth has become more perilous than ever for Nalia. There’s just one catch: for Raif’s unbinding magic to work, Nalia must gain possession of her bottle…and convince the dangerously persuasive Malek that she truly loves him. Battling a dark past and harboring a terrible secret, Nalia soon realizes her freedom may come at a price too terrible to pay: but how far is she willing to go for it?

Inspired by Arabian Nights, EXQUISITE CAPTIVE brings to life a deliciously seductive world where a wish can be a curse and shadows are sometimes safer than the light.

Nalia is the last known living Ghan Asouri jinni. She was drugged and sold through the Dark Caravan to Malek who has been her master for the last 3 years. Nalia has been in hiding so no one knows her true powers because it'll bring the Ifrit jinni's straight to her door. When Raif shows up and says he knows how to make her a free jinni she wonders what the price is, and if she could pay it.

This book made me realize just how much I love fantasy novels, and once I finished this book I was devastated to realize jinni's didn't exist and that I was in fact not a jinni. I was mainly devastated that Nalia and Raif didn't exist. The journey that Nalia takes is one of great proportions, in dealing with her belief system, what right or wrong means to her and how being a slave has changed her ideas to fit into her new life of captivity. There are so many things that I had hoped the author would've delved into within this story-but that is why there are more books to come, so we can slowly get some answers. Nalia and Raif have a romance that is like most-forbidden. But once they fall for each other, they fall hard, and that means we have a new book boyfriend to look out for. Raif is a charming leader of the Arjinna revolution-and in that role he is a strong warrior, but once Nalia gets to know him the reader gets to know just how sensitive he really is.

I really enjoyed that half of the book is told to show what Nalia is going through and the other half is to show what Raif is going through. I liked it because I felt like there were more conflicts to entertain us, but not too many conflicts to exhaust readers because it wasn't happening to just one character. I liked knowing that while Nalia had her own problems, Raif too was dealing with problems of his own. If you like fantasy novels, and dream of jinni's roaming the world, this is the book for you!

When she's not traipsing around the world or spending time in imaginary places, Heather Demetrios lives with her husband in New York City. Originally from Los Angeles, she now calls the East Coast home. Heather is a recipient of the PEN New England Susan P. Bloom Discovery Award for her debut novel, Something Real, which Publisher's Weekly calls “[An] addictive yet thoughtful debut” about reality TV stardom. She is the author of the upcoming EXQUISITE CAPTIVE, a smoldering fantasy about jinn in Los Angeles and what Kirkus called in its starred review "an intoxicating, richly realized realm of magic, politics, spirituality and history" (#1 in the DARK CARAVAN CYCLE). She is also the author of the upcoming I’ll Meet You There (Winter 2015). I’ll Meet You There is a love story about a young combat veteran and a girl trapped in their small town, both struggling to escape the war at home. Heather is the founder of Live Your What, an organization dedicated to fostering passion in people of all ages and creating writing opportunities for youth of limited economic means. She is proud to have an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. You can always find her on Twitter (@HDemetrios), ogling the military dogs she wants to adopt (but can’t because her NYC apartment is way too small). Find out more about Heather and her other books at www.heatherdemetrios.comand

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  1. I absolutely adore fantasy novels. This book sounds unique and intriguing. Great review!

    Amber @ Fall Into Books

  2. I was lucky enough to get a copy of this from ALA and it was a read I was most certainly looking forward to and I still really want to read it. Some reviewers have stated that this one was overly complicated with the understanding all about the magic and jinni parts but I think it sounds like an awesome read and I can't wait to meet this new book boyfriend!


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