Review: Exquisite Captive

Oct •  22 •  2014

I received this book for free from FTC: Exchange for honest opinion, Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Exquisite CaptiveExquisite Captive by Heather Demetrios
Published by Blazer & Bray on October 22, 2014
Genres: Young Adult- Fantasy/ Paranormal
Source: FTC: Exchange for honest opinion, Publisher
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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?

I have yet to read about a story a Jinni and this being my first chance, I snatched at it, right away. The story was more than I thought it was going to be. Heather stole my mind and held me captive until the end.

The story follows a Jinni by the name of Nalia, who is the last surviving of her coup and now is in the hands of an owner who is smarter than one can think. Holding a scared power, Nalia is being hunted down by an evil that wishes to take control of the world but first he must take her out.

Nalia is such a strong female character in the novel. I feel that she goes through so much but her signs of humility show that she is human. I feel that there are moments where I would just cry and break down but I see her standing strong and is willing to give up her life to protect the people she loves. I wanted to have high hopes for Malek and I felt that constantly that he was going to change but sadly he doesn’t. By the end I want to slap him. Just saying. Finally Raif, what a typical male hero character. I feel that Raif is the guy that is going to swoop in to save the person who he doesn’t like in the beginning but soon falls for. Although, it is typical, I still was fascinated by him.

The romance in the story was interesting in the sense that Nalia had to seduce someone to try and free herself. However, I still feel that her and Raif will have their happily ever after but who knows.

I am highly looking forward to the next book in the series and I applaud Heather for capturing my attention with my first exposure to a book about the world of Jinni’s.

I give this book 4 bites!





  1. Oh it looks good! The only series involving Jinnis (Djin) that I read and loved was The Weather Warden Series by Rachel Caine… I think I’ll check this one out too! Great review, Chayse 🙂
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  2. Jenny
    Oct 22, 2014

    “I wanted to have high hopes for Malek and I felt that constantly that he was going to change but sadly he doesn’t.”

    SAME HERE CHAYSE! I think that’s what so fascinated me about him though – I just kept hoping he’d prove he’s better than he appears, and even when he failed, I still kept on hoping 😉

  3. Candace
    Oct 22, 2014

    I’ve been curious about this one. So glad you enjoyed!

  4. Jen @ YA Romantics
    Oct 26, 2014

    I’ll be honest — I struggled with this one — I don’t really read much high fantasy. But I LOVED this author’s YA contemporary and she’s written another one which makes me super-happy 🙂
    Thanks so much for stopping by! Jen @ YA Romantics