Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Exquisite Captive by Heather Demetrios

Exquisite Captive
Author: Heather Demetrios
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: October 7, 2014
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Nalia is a jinni enslaved to Malek, an ageless, handsome, master who likes to live the Hollywood high life with Nalia on his arm. Nalia though is plotting her escape. She dreams of returning to her homeland Arjinna and freeing her imprisoned brother. Nalia reluctantly teams up with Raif, an Arjinnian revolutionary who promises to free her from her master. The catch is that Nalia needs her bottle and getting it may be an impossible task.

I was immediately drawn in to this story and wanted to know more about Nalia and her past. I loved the fantastical world that Demetrios created in present day Los Angeles. When I began this novel I thought it would be more historically set but the novel is rooted in the modern day.

Nalia was an instantly likeable heroine. I couldn’t help feeling for her and her struggle to help her brother and to be rid of Malek. What surprised me the most was that I didn’t hate Malek. You want him to be this terrible person, after all he bought Nalia, but you can tell he really does care for her. His actions make it hard to hate him.

I also really liked the underlying messages of Exquisite Captive. The jinni trade greatly resembles the modern day slave trade. People in 2014 are still sold and it is almost entirely ignored! There are 13 year old girls working in the sex trade in the United States and because the girls are at risk or runaways no one cares. I really appreciated that while this book was fiction it mirrored an issue I am really passionate about.

Overall, I really enjoyed Exquisite Captive the story felt fresh and I can’t wait for the next book in the Dark Caravan cycle, Blood Passage, so that I can dive back in to this wonderful world Demetrios has created!


  1. I have heard mixed reviews about this one, glad to hear it worked for you! I plan to give it a try!

    Ashley @ The Quiet Concert

  2. I'm happy you enjoyed this one! I think I'd have to be in a specific mood to read this one. Even though slave trade is very much alive in the US (and the world), I don't know if I can read about such a serious topic. But that's great that the author is highlighting it!

    Amber Elise @Du Livre