Hey guys! Today we’re going to be discussing another young adult book that I recently read with y’all. Exquisite Captive had such a fantastic premise, and it was definitely a fresh storyline, so let’s get into it.
Forced to obey her master.
Compelled to help her enemy.
Determined to free herself.
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.
RATING: 4/5 STARS
I think my absolute favorite part of this book was the fantastic world that Heather Demetrios built. This is the first novel I’d ever read that followed jinni, and I definitely think it was so well done. She was able to take these jinnis and create a world that had several different aspects, and connected the characters not only in the present, but also in the past prior to when Raif and Nalia officially met.
Nalia was a really fantastic main character. She was strong willed, and she fought so hard to get her freedom and get back to her home. She did wonders working towards her goals, and she had really great interactions with both Raif and Malek. Malek was one of those characters that I had super mixed feelings about. I thought he was a really well developed character, and with that, he was hard to dislike, even if I knew he was a sort of terrible person. Raif was pretty great as well, I absolutely adred him. He complimented Nalia nicely, and I’m so excited to see how he develops over the remaining two books.
The writing for this one is really great as well, and I loved the dialogue between all of the characters. Overall, I really enjoyed this story! I will be picking up the sequel to this one super soon, and I’m really excited to see where this series ends up. If you’ve read it please share your thoughts I would love to hear them!