Review: Exquisite Captive by Heather Demetrios

Type: Trilogy
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Date Published: October 7, 2014
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Source: Hardcover // Library
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Summary: 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?


I thought this was a wonderful concept. At first, I thought the jinns were genie, but after further research, I got passed that and I enjoyed myself. There isn’t a lot of jinni books out there, so this was a refreshing read.

Nalia is the last of the Ghan Asouri, the strongest of the jinn, sold as a slave to Malek on Earth to grant his wishes, but was given the chance to escape her cruel master by forming an alliance with Raif, the leader of the revolution.

It was really an interesting take on jinns which I don’t know a lot about. There was a great deal of character development and the world building was awesome. The story flowed pretty well and it kept me entertained through the end.

I had some issues with the flashbacks, they were kind of long and I thought they were unnecessary. Usually I would usually prefer the multiple points of views but I just didn’t think it was working here.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book and I need the next book out right now! I mean, how long do I have to wait, it's already been a year.

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