Friday, October 3, 2014

Exquisite Captive Book Tour: Review + Giveaway!

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Welcome to my post for the Exquisite Captive book tour! I have a review coming up, as well as a giveaway for copies of Exquisite Captive. But, first, allow me to introduce the book:

Exquisite Captive (Dark Caravan Cycle #1)
Release date: October 7, 2014
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Genre: YA Fantasy Romance
Series: Dark Caravan Cycle #1

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?

Inspired by Arabian Nights, EXQUISITE CAPTIVE brings to life a deliciously seductive world where a wish can be a curse and shadows are sometimes safer than the light.



My Rating: 4 Roses

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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Giveaway:
Up for grabs are 23 copies of Exquisite Captive. US only.
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About the Author:

When she's not traipsing around the world or spending time in imaginary places, Heather Demetrios lives with her husband in New York City. Originally from Los Angeles, she now calls the East Coast home. Heather is a recipient of the PEN New England Susan P. Bloom Discovery Award for her debut novel, Something Real, which Publisher's Weekly calls “[An] addictive yet thoughtful debut” about reality TV stardom. She is the author of the upcoming EXQUISITE CAPTIVE, a smoldering fantasy about jinn in Los Angeles and what Kirkus called in its starred review "an intoxicating, richly realized realm of magic, politics, spirituality and history" (#1 in the DARK CARAVAN CYCLE). She is also the author of the upcoming I’ll Meet You There (Winter 2015). I’ll Meet You There is a love story about a young combat veteran and a girl trapped in their small town, both struggling to escape the war at home. Heather 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. She is proud to have an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. You can always find her on Twitter (@HDemetrios), ogling the military dogs she wants to adopt (but can’t because her NYC apartment is way too small). Find out more about Heather and her other books at www.heatherdemetrios.com and www.darkcaravancycle.com

1 comment:

  1. Great review! I agree Nalia is such a strong character. I love main characters who are so complex and ready to fight for what they want.

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