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Exquisite Captive

by Heather Demetrio

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. She ended up stuffed into a bottle and sold by a slave trader.  Battling a dark past and harboring a terrible secret, Nalia soon realizes her freedom may come at a price too terrible to pay.

I really liked the world Nalia and other djinn came from. I thought the author did a great job creating a fresh story line that fits with our current lore about djinn. I really, really hope for more of this mystical realm in the next book!

I think the author was very mindful of her plot devices. Her characters were very thoughtful. At times, they were even unpredictable. As a reader, I was never quite sure what to believe on the different characters. I also could not guess where things were headed. It felt like there were so many impossible situations I could not imagine finding a way out of.

The only thing that really bothered me about the book is how Nalia's only option to remove the necklace from Malik's neck was to seduce him. She was smart, so I figured there would be another trick she could try. The constant thought process about how she was going to have to sleep with Malik overpowered the story line at times, and it bothered me. I did not like this being the only option Nalia presented to herself, especially when the audience for this book is teen. I felt everything else about this story was so well crafted that the author could have spent some more time on Nalia's options for getting her bottle. 

Overall, though, I really liked the author's writing style. I think the characters were all well done and had unique voices. I felt the very dark aspects were well balanced with moments and hope and love. I look forward to Dark Caravan Cycle #2. Ms. Demetrios has really set up an interesting posse going forward into the next book.

My novels:

Just released December 2016: "The Forgotten" volume 2 "Heir of the Heretic"

Reviewed and awarded the

2016 Indie Editor's Choice

by the Historical Novel Society.

Long listed for the Historical Novel Society 2017 Indie Award.

Reviewer for:

Historical Novel Society Volunteer

NetGalley Professional Reader

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Goodreads profile at: https://www.goodreads.com/JElse

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