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Exquisite Captive

(Dark Caravan Cycle #1)

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  4,040 ratings  ·  648 reviews
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
Hardcover, 480 pages
Published October 7th 2014 by Balzer + Bray
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Sabrina Bena Well yes she does get abused as she is a slave and Malekis a bit of a cruel master, but not in the sense of a love relationship gone abusive.

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DNF at 56% Fire and blood, this wasn’t supposed to happen!

When the beginning was so intriguing…


But then progressively started feeling unnecessarily slow and repetitive and hell boring!


It is true that I rarely give two star ratings to books I DNF, but I can’t bring myself to give it the lowest possible, since the author did manage to create a complex unique world-building that I would have loved to know more about, if only I didn’t feel like closing the book after every new page read.

See, I did
Steph Sinclair
DNF'd at 52%

1. Abusive Love Interest:

I really tried to love this, but when it was apparent that it was impossible, I would have settled for "like" instead. Unfortunately, none of the 52% that I read convinced me to stick it out until the end. Instead, I was given Malek, the abusive asshole, who I'm told later, is a part of the love triangle. It's possible that this could be a bit of Stockholm going one, but I couldn't care less at this point because I've lost interest. He throws her against a wa
Sue (Hollywood News Source)
Review and playlist also posted at Young Adult Hollywood.
Listen to my Exquisite Captive playlist on 8tracks.


Exquisite Captive came into my life like the perfect book I could ever wish for. I have so much love for this novel. It is brilliant and filled with rich world building. I would read it again and again. And trust me, this is the book YOU would want to read.

What lured me into reading Exquisite Captive is that it reminded me a little bit of The Grisha Trilogy. If you’re fan of Leigh Bardugo
Wendy Darling
I haven't read a YA paranormal romance that I enjoyed in awhile, but this one was excellent. Nice worldbuilding, magic, and characters who all have agency, and a sort of love triangle that I didn't mind at all. (view spoiler)

Quibbles--there were a few too many flashbacks/cutting to the villain POV for my taste, to the point where it interrupted the flow of the story. I thin
Mar 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014-releases
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***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

Exquisite Captive by Heather Demetrios
Book One of the Dark Caravan Cycle
Publisher: Balzer+Bray
Publication Date: October 7, 2014
Rating: 4 stars
Source: ARC sent by the publisher/The (YA) Bookcase

Summary (from Goodreads):

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 l
Apr 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook

Why this book?
I heard about it from Angel Erin

What I thought

I'm a huge fan of jinn stories and this one was awesome! This book was filled with magic, terrific world building and amazing characters. Nalia is a great proganoist she was feisty, strong and determined . There's sorta a love triangle in this book but then again kinda not. This book was highly entertaining and there was never a dull moment. With that said, can I say how much I love Raif he is just plain Swoonworthy!
Nov 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jess by: Sue (Hollywood News Source)
We should all know by now that I’m drawn to fictitious characters that ooze power, mystery and wealth. The last part ties in with my tendency to flaunt my shallowness but that’s a story for another day.

You see, there was one real motivator in this one for me and it is a he that goes by the name of Malek. That’s right—the rather abusive slave master (and also a deadringer, characterisation wise, for the Darkling). And I know that that sounds all kinds of wrong and I realise that it’s socially
Rashika (is tired)
I think the most important thing for everyone to know is that this isn’t a book for everyone. Some people will hate it and get so disgusted that they’ll have to give up and other people are going to love this. I know I did. Of course, had I not known a certain tid bit before, I probably wouldn’t have.

Before going into this book, you need to know that there is an awkward love triangle and one of the relationships in this love triangle is unhealthy and abusive. It’s not meant to be romantic though
Lala_Loopsie [fire breathing B!tch Queen]
Nalia and Malek= not good dor my emotions...

This is probably not good for my health, or Nalia's, but i ship them. The feels i got with their moments were just... Aaaaahhh! Tender is not exactly the word, but it comes close. And i see valid points for my ship:

*I am not influenced by teenage-not-so-teenage sensation Zayn Malik...
1Just think of it, Nalia+Malek, malek+Nalia (just beautiful)
2 Since Malek is (view spoiler)
Jun 23, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: middle-east, arc, fantasy, dnf
DNF review

Oh, Lord. I hate to admit this, but I was relieved to call it quits after resentfully trudging through 162 pages of dryness. There were quite a bit of problems I had with this book--mostly personal issues as opposed to technical--and they all hindered my enjoyment of the novel tremendously. I was very much anticipating this book, and the issues I had with it coupled with the immense amount of hype it had been receiving resulted in a very disappointed girl.

A few months ago, I read The F
An Electronic Advanced Reader Copy was provided by the publisher via Edelweiss for review.

I thought this was going to have a ton of magical elements and crazy wishes but it ended up being a romance. And not a very good one either because there were two men vying for her attention. One ended up being her master because let's face it she's a jinni and she has to obey him no matter what. He ended up being the creepiest master ever. Saying he loves her yet he enclaves her and doesn't care when she d
Aug 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Shadow and Bone series
Micro Review (courtesy of my two year old.)

Despite the title awkwardly sounding like a very erotic romance book, I quite enjoyed this novel. The story centers around Nalia, a powerful Jinni trapped in servitude to a cruel and mysterious master. When she finally gets a chance at freedom its only through a tense alliance with an enemy.

I loved the story, I was on the edge of my seat for much of it. The relationships were my favourite part. They were so well done, the relationship between Nalia an
Where Heather Demetrios's Something Real battered its fists on my radar for weeks--the media onslaught of this novel breaking through the tiniest of crevices--Exquisite Captive practically slipped under my notice entirely. Something Real failed to entice me with its reality television plot line--likely because my idea of television is the Food Network--but Exquisite Captive captured my imagination from its cover and title alone. The Arabian Nights and other Middle Eastern legends have gone unexp ...more
Alise  (Readers in Wonderland)
After reading and enjoying I’LL MEET YOU THERE by the same author, I had to have more of Demetrios’ writing. EXQUISITE CAPTIVE did have the descriptive writing that was easy to fall into from I’LL MEET YOU THERE, but every other aspect couldn’t have been more different.

A romance-centric plot can work. It worked fantastically in THE WRATH AND THE DAWN and A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES, particularly because the two still had other elements and the romance itself was enjoyable. It definitely did not
Erin Dunn
Jul 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing

First of all thank you to the author for providing me with a copy of Exquisite Captive that I won in a giveaway. This in no way influenced my opinion on the book. Also, I can't recall where I won the book from (sorry :x), but thank you to whoever hosted the giveaway!

While I haven't read many books with Jinn characters, I am really intrigued by stories involving Jinn. So I was really excited to read Exquisite Captive, but I wasn't 100% sure what to expect.
Zemira (Kylo Ren fangirl) Warner
Woohooo! I loved it! Well, everything except the love triangle. One love interest was hot as hell and had actual chemistry with the main character while the other one was limp as a dead fish and the insta-love was out of control.

Team Malek for the win! While I was reading this book I couldn't help but compare it with Shatter Me, because of the love triangle. The guys are very similar. And if you know me at least a little bit, you know I tend to ship the more complicated(read-the right) pairing.
Feb 09, 2015 marked it as dnf
Shelves: fantasy
DNF at 16% - no rating.

I just don’t get captor/captive stories when bond is created between cruel master and his slave. Reading about attraction and hormones overpowering someone’s sense of humanity and pride...that is not my thing. It makes my blood boil and I had no other choice but put this book away immediately after reading one particular scene. * beware, minor spoilers ahead * How could Nalia want to kiss someone who kept her as his slave? She has been his slave for three years. Three year
Aug 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I am so happy right now. Exquisite Captive easily became one of my new favourites! Maybe I'm in the minority when it comes to this book, because other people had quite some issues with the pacing , but I truly adored this book! I was engrossed right from the first page on and the only reason it took me a few days to finish this was, that I actually put it off, because I didn't want it to end. This is something that shows me I not only loved a book, but I was very invested. Also, all the time I w ...more
Teresa Sporrer
Oct 05, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
EDIT: Schreib grad die Rezi, muss einfach noch mal die Bewertung runtersetzen. Hab die Logiklöcher vergessen aus lauter Hass ^^

Zwei Punkte muss ich dem Buch lassen: Einfach für die Idee und die Dschinn-Welt, aber ich kann nichts lesen, wo eine Frau so herumgeschubst, gefoltert und beleidigt wird UND dann romantische Gefühle für so jemanden hegt-
Jun 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Who was the lucky girl that got to read this book early? ME!

The only problem with reading it early is that now I have to wait even LONGER for the next book!!

As I think the description pretty much covers the synopsis, I will just give some impressions.

* I liked the amount of humor in the book. There are a lot of dark themes going on and I thought the humor was well placed and not overdone.

* I really enjoyed the characterization. I felt that the characters were multidimensional and INTERESTING
Mar 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, 2014-favorites

The first time I read Exquisite Captive, I shut the book and decided that I didn't have very good feelings about it. After I calmed down, stalked the author's Twitter page for updates, I decided to give it a second shot and my opinion of the book definitely improved. Exquisite Captive is undoubtedly not going to be the book for everyone, mostly because of the love triangle, but it is a book that also attempts to send out a social message, which I have come to expect from every Heather Demetrios
DNF at 54%

This book reunited me with disappointment, my old friend.(So thanks, I guess?).

I decided I'd give this book a visually impaired chance because uh, instincts? But I think we all know the lovely cover played a role in that decision.

After reading this, I had two things in my mind, (1) I will not be doing the blind dive thing for a long time and (2) this book had oodles and oodles of potential. Wasted potential.

The starting was spectacular. I could see Nalia becoming what she was descri
Oh my god, oh my god, OH MY FREAKING GOD.

I started this book thinking it would go this way, but it ended up going a completely different way, and holy shit it was amazing. My gut feeling was right yet again.

I loved everything. Just-ugh. This was so damn good.

Read it, guys, just read it.
Oct 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Früher eine mächtige Kriegerin der Ghan Aisouri in ihrer Heimat Ardjinna ist Nalia jetzt nur noch eine Sklavin. Die Ifrit haben die Ghan Aisouri gestürzt und abgeschlachtet. Nur Nalia konnte entkommen - wurde dann aber an Malek verkauft. Sie ist an ihn gebunden, muss ihm dienen und im Glanz und Glamour von Los Angeles leben, bis er einen dritten Wunsch äußert - was er aber nicht vorhat, denn er will Nalia niemals gehen lassen.
Der Rebellenführer Raif kann ihren Bund lösen, doch der Preis is
Nov 06, 2014 rated it it was ok

Heather Demetrios' Something Real is one of my favorite books of 2014 thus far, so to say I had high expectations for Exquisite Captive would be an understatement. Unfortunately, however, I can't say that Exquisite Captive clicked with me the way Something Real did; and I finished the book with an overall sense of mediocrity.

Our protagonist, Nalia is a jinni that lives in the ancient land of Arjinna. Nalia's entire race of jinni was killed out in a recent revolution. Nalia, however, was able to
Nasty Lady MJ
Mar 03, 2014 rated it liked it
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Maybe this is a case of over hype. Part of this book really worked for me, but part of it. Not a fan.

Also, what probably makes me even more bias is that I really enjoyed Demetrios’s debut.

So, obvious this book should be awesome.

Wasn’t though.

But it wasn’t terrible.

It really did have a lot of things going for it. I really enjoyed the world building. Not only was it wonderfully woven in throughout the story, but the map and info sheets were actually helpful. There were
Read: August 2015 This was exactly the book to get me out of my reading slump. Even though I've owned this book for a year now, I only just got to reading it for whatever reason. I truly adored this from beginning to end and there's too many things that I loved but I'll attempt to list some.

1. The world! Heather Demetrios has created such an imaginative world and she describes it so vividly. She really created an amazing magic system and brilliantly incorporated jinn mythology that is so well-k
May 02, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

*I received an e-ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Exquisite Captive was a bit rough for me when it came to some big parts of the book, but there was enough great elements to make me enjoy reading it.

I liked the characters. Nalia was fiery and determined. Her journey toward freedom was nice to read. I liked Raif's personality and his loyalty to his sister. Zanori was great, too. She was the most delightful of the cast of characters. She had the brightest
Nereyda (Nick & Nereyda's Infinite Booklist)
Exquisite Captive was one of my most anticipated books of 2014. Just look at that gorgeous cover! But, it wasn’t just cover love that had me anticipating this book. The summary sounded so good and I loved the concept of the Jinni world and the message in the story. The fact that I’ve heard such good things about this author’s books just made me more excited to read this. If you know me, you know that I struggle with books that are over 400 pages. I’m just not a very patient person. I picked up m ...more
Sep 25, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Meine Meinung

Also, hier ist meine Theorie: Ich denke, dass die Autorin eine Art Stockholm Syndrom-Geschichte im Fantasygewand schreiben wollte, was grundsätzlich keine schlechte Idee ist, in diesem Fall aber extrem schlecht ausgeführt wurde. Für alle, die es nicht wissen, hier die Wikipedia-Definition: „Unter dem Stockholm-Syndrom versteht man ein psychologisches Phänomen, bei dem Opfer von Geiselnahmen ein positives emotionales Verhältnis zu ihren Entführern aufbauen.“ Wie gesagt, ich kann nur
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Heather Demetrios is a critically acclaimed author of young adult contemporary and fantasy novels. When she isn't spending time in imaginary places, you'll find her traipsing around the world with her husband, writer Zach Fehst. Heather has an MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts and is a recipient of the PEN New England Susan P. Bloom Discovery Award for her debut novel, Something Rea ...more

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