Exquisite Captive [NOOK Book]

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Jinni. Empress. Warrior. Slave.

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...

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Overview

Jinni. Empress. Warrior. Slave.

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 cruel master, and his lavish Hollywood lifestyle.

Enter Raif, the enigmatic leader of Arjinna's revolution and Nalia's sworn enemy. He promises to release 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 keep the dangerously persuasive Malek from trapping her inside it.

Battling a dark past and harboring a terrible secret, Nalia soon realizes her freedom may come at too terrible a cost. . . .

In this gorgeous fantasy, Heather Demetrios brings to life a deliciously seductive world where a wish can be a curse and shadows are sometimes safer than the light.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
08/01/2014
Gr 9 Up—Nalia, a powerful jinni from the world of Arjinna, has been on the dark caravan of the jinni slave trade for three years. After a deadly coup killed almost everyone she cared about, Nalia was captured by a slave trader who sells jinn to humans. Now she is trapped in Hollywood and bound to a handsome master who is as ruthless as he is powerful. Nalia is desperate for the chance to return to Arjinna and rescue her captive brother—something that seems impossible while bound to her master and the bottle that can hold her prisoner. When Nalia agrees to a dangerous bargain with the leader of Arjinna's revolution, she will have to decide if any price can be too high for her freedom. Demetrios crafts a refreshingly diverse story with nods to Arabian culture in this lengthy blend of traditional jinni lore and urban fantasy elements. Unfortunately, while Nalia is a strong and capable heroine, her positive attributes are marred by a lopsided love triangle. The well-realized world of Arjinna is similarly overshadowed by stiff descriptions and numerous explanations.—Emma Carbone, Brooklyn Public Library
Publishers Weekly
08/25/2014
As the last of the Ghan Aisouri, a race of jinni infused with the powers of the four elements, 18-year-old Nalia is a formidable warrior in her homeland of Arjinna. Transported to Earth and sold into slavery to an immortal half-breed master, Nalia faces an interminable future away from her beloved younger brother, Bashil, until a revolutionary named Raif offers to free her in exchange for a ring that will grant him power over their entire race. Nalia is emotionally complex and sharply drawn, trying to atone for her bloody past while she battles Stockholm syndrome with regard to her lecherous master, Malek; endures discrimination and distrust from her star-crossed lover, who hails from a lower caste; and tries to untangle the mystery of jinni trafficking and an evil force devouring young jinni women on Earth. Blending ancient myth and glittering modernity, it’s an intricate and smartly written story from Demetrios (Something Real), and the open ending paves the way for the next book in the Dark Caravan Cycle. Ages 13–up. Agent: Brenda Bowen, Sanford J. Greenburger Associates. (Oct.)
Sarah J. Maas
“A rich, unique world, full of characters who blaze as brightly as their tremendous powers—I was ensnared from the very first line! Exquisite Captive is a beautiful and clever reimagining of the mythology of the jinn, and utterly unlike anything I’ve ever read. Seductive, refreshing, and unforgettable!”
Megan Shepherd
“Exquisite Captive transported me to a world that was beautiful and terrifying, sensuous and dark, and utterly unforgettable. I’ll be haunted by Heather Demetrios’s brilliant and romantic take on modern jinni lore for many nights to come.”
Kirkus Reviews
★ 2014-07-29
Nalia lives in a mansion in the Hollywood Hills, a glittering world of parties and fast cars. She can have anything she wants—except her freedom. Nalia is "just another jinni on the dark caravan" of the slave trade, forced to spend her days granting wishes on behalf of her human master, Malek, in order to advance his wealth and power. Nalia was trafficked in a bottle from her home realm of Arjinna to Earth after a coup wiped out her entire caste. She is the only surviving Ghan Aisouri, a royal knight and the heir to the Arjinnan throne. Arjinna is now under the martial law of the ruthless Ifrit, the lowest and most despised caste, and all that matters to Nalia is returning home to rescue her 8-year-old brother from the brutal Ifrit work camps—but Nalia can only be free when Malek makes his third and final wish. Enter Raif, sexy leader of the revolution in Arjinna, who makes her an offer; Nalia must decide whether she'll break her most sacred vow to save the person she loves most, but she'll pay any price to be her own mistress. The story unfolds at a swift, even pace, and the worldbuilding is superb; the jinn inhabit an intoxicating, richly realized realm of magic, politics, spirituality and history. Readers will wish they had a jinni to grant them the next book in the series. (Fantasy. 15 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062318589
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/7/2014
  • Series: Dark Caravan Cycle
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 54,816
  • Age range: 13 years
  • File size: 947 KB

Meet the Author

When Heather Demetrios isn't traipsing around the world or spending time in imaginary places, she lives with her husband in New York City. Originally from Los Angeles, she now calls the East Coast home. Heather received her MFA in writing for children and young adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts and is a recipient of the PEN New England Susan P. Bloom Discovery Award for her debut young adult novel, Something Real. She is the founder of Live Your What, an organization dedicated to fostering passion in people of all ages and creating writing opportunities for youth of limited economic means.

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  • Posted October 17, 2014

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    This book right here is why I love reading! Every so often you f

    This book right here is why I love reading! Every so often you find a book that just captivates you and from the start, you know you will love it! I devoured this and didnt want it to end.

    Nalia is the last of her kind after her kind were killed with guns from earth. She relied on someone she knew to get her out of Arjinna but he betrayed her and forced her to become a slave. She was tied to her bottle and whoever bought the bottle owned her for three wishes. 

    Malek bought her and Nalia thought that once the three wishes were used shed be free, but Malek isnt just a normal human. He knows secrets that only Jinni should know. He knows that he only gets three wishes so one of his wishes is that Nalia must obey every command he gives her and must grant one wish to whom ever he chooses. 

    Even though she is bound tight, she still tries everything she can to escape. Malek is a cruel master and very clever so all her efforts go to waste. She has been with him for 3 years and is beginning to loose hope when someone enters her life who may be able to help her. Can she trust him though and what are these feelings she is having for Malek?

    Nalia was an awesome heroine. She is spunky, strong, brave and loyal. All she wants is to be free so she can save her brother who is still in Arjinna. She has to hide her true identity from the many Jinni on earth because they all hate her kind. She is exceptionally strong but with the binds on her, her power is limited. 

    Malek started out as an ass but over the course of the book we see a different side to him. He isn't all he seems and I ended up liking him. He is complex and cruel but strangely compelling.

    Enter Raif. The leader of the Jinni resistance and Nalias only hope. He wants to hate Nalia simply because of what she is but he finds himself drawn to her. I loved the chemistry between Raif and Nalia and hope to see more of it and them in further books. 

    I adored the world the author has created. Its complex, rich in history and yet pretty dark. At the start of the book is a glossary of Jinni class and without it I think I would of been lost. It helped understand the Jinni dynamic and why Nalia has to hide. The authors descriptive writing pulled you into the lush world and didn't let go. She has created a world that I wont forget and one Ill always look forward to diving into. 

    An absolutely captivating read!! Everything about it was amazing. From the Jinni to the ghoul, from earth to Arjinna, from Malek to Raif, Exquisite Captive is a must read. Rich in detail and totally compelling, I can not wait for more from this series and I need book 2 now!!! 

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  • Posted October 7, 2014

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    Rich, captivating, and engaging, Exquisite Captive was a fantast

    Rich, captivating, and engaging, Exquisite Captive was a fantastic YA read. I really liked this book. From the lush world of jinni, to the surprising twists, this book was amazing. Loved it!

    The world that the author created in this book was just beautiful. Rich, lush, and beautifully described, I was totally drawn into it. There were some points where I got a little lost, just at the beginning, since it was a complex world that was delightfully multilayered. So, it took a few chapters before I got the lay of the land. But, once I got it, I loved the world of the jinni.

    Nalia was a wonderful heroine. She was very strong and extremely determined to return to her world to save her brother. Even after having a revolution kill her entire class of jinni and being forced into slavery in the human world, she still held on to her strength and survived against the odds. She, and the other characters in the book, were well thought out. They were complex, multidimentional, and really kept me engaged into their conflicts. I really liked Nalia's character. I thought she was a wonderfully kick-ass heroine.

    The two love interests in this book were Malek, Nalia's master, and Raif, the leader of the revolution against Nalia's ruling class of jinni. Malek was a brilliant character. He had so much to him that I spent most of the book just trying to figure him out. He was a complicated man, to say the least, one with secrets that I never saw coming. He could be ruthless at times, and totally sweet at others (which was due to one of those aforementioned secrets) and I ended up actually liking him.
    Raif was also good. He was caught between his preconceived notions about the ruling class and the real life Nalia who went against the stereotypes. He was very clever and loyal to his cause. I liked him, from what I saw of him, but I liked Malek better, just because he was much more interesting. But, I thought Raif was great, too.

    The romance was half good and half not-so-good. The romance between Nalia and one of the guys was brilliant. Their relationship was complicated and the chemistry between them was surprisingly hot. And, I thought they were rather sweet together. Her relationship with the other guy was more expected and predictable. Honestly, I don't know how they got to love each other, because they had only met a handful of times, and spent most of that time insulting each other. And, after what we find out at the end, I don't know how things would work out for them. So I loved half of the romance, but I wasn't so keen on the other half.

    The plot well paced. It started of a little slow, while I got my bearings in the world of the book, but, about I third of the way through, things picked up and I was hooked into the story. Though, there were still a few points where the plot slowed down a bit. There were so many twists and turns, so many secrets that I never saw coming, and they all kept me engaged. I really enjoyed the story and the ending has me anxious to find out what happens next. I can't wait to read the next book! After this amazing start, I have high hopes for the series.

    Exquisite Captive was a fantastic YA read. From the complex world that was created, to the delightful characters, buried secrets, and lovely romance, this book was amazing. I absolutely loved it! YA lovers, this is a book you won't want to miss.

    *I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

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