Series: Dark Caravan Cycle #1
Published by: Balzer & Bray on October 7, 2014
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, 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.
I received this book for free from YABC in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Also by this author: I'll Meet You There
One Line: A detailed and intricate tale of magic and love.
What I Loved: This was my first “genie” book, so I really liked exploring this world and how the author wove it into modern day society. These creatures are basically from another world and I liked how fascinated some of them were with our world’s technology, it was funny. It was also interesting how the author created a caste system of jinns, each with their own special powers and unique attributes. I liked learning about their rules for wish-granting and thought it was very clever how Malek worked around this. His relationship with Nalia was very tense and complicated and I kind of enjoyed the drama between them. Of course, I’m definitely on Raif’s side. He’s your typical charming guy, but also very dedicated and strong. I wanted interactions with him and Nalia, because I really loved their chemistry.
Left Me Wanting More: At times it felt like it was too much info-dumping, which tends to bore me and made me want to DNF it at times. There wasn’t nearly enough action to move the plot along. I honestly felt this book was way too long and I found myself skimming through a lot of it. I still got the basic picture of the story and enjoyed it, so you can tell that all that frivolous stuff could’ve been left out to make it a more enjoyable read.
Final Verdict: The story in itself is pretty good and I liked the characters. My only problem with it was that it was way too long and full of frivolous details that didn’t add to my enjoyment of the book at all.
*This review was first published on YABC.*