by Heather Demetrios
Book: Dark Caravan Cycle #1
Publisher: Balzer & Bray
Pub Date: Oct 7 014
Genre: Young Adult
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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.
My Review: When the book was coming out, I saw a lot of hype for it and found that many reviewers liked it. Even the blurb was interesting, so I gave it a shot. Sadly it wasn't what I expected.
It ended up being one of those books that you just don't know what to say about it. I didn't hate the book, but I didn't love it either.
So maybe I should just say what I did like about the book first. I liked the overall idea and that we had jinni's in it. I did like Nalia. She is the last Jinni of her kind and is technically the rightful heir to the Amethyst crown. She doesn't really want it. What she wants is to be free and save her brother. Nalia was bought and sold as a slave. She now lives with Malek and he has already made two wishes, just one more and she will be free. He hasn't use hid third wish yet, and he has her going off to these places and gives wishes to these men who will pay for it. Though she is tricky and isn't afraid to have a little fun if the client gets out of control. Like lets say making someone invisible and keeping them that way.....be careful for what you wish for moment. When she does return to her home, there is another jinni there and attacks her. Later she finds this jinni and things start to change. This jinni explains everything and could even help her escape. But everything comes with a price.
After that I was able to make I through a few more chapters before I really started to have a hard time with the book, it just lost my interest a few times, but I was able to finish the book.
Now I wasn't happy with the pace of this book, it starts off somewhat slow for me and sticks that way for a little, then it picks up to a better pace and then the pace would slow down again. There were some parts of the book that I think could have been written better and my interest wouldn't have been lost as much. I also would have like more detail on the jinni's world, that would have helped know when it came to parts of the book.
I hope she is able to make the next book better. I will give the next book a shot, but if I'm still not happy, I won't be finishing this series.