Series: Dark Caravan Cycle #1
Published by: Balzer & Bray on October 7, 2014
Genre: Fantasy, Mythology, Romance
Rating: Did Not Finish
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?
I’m just not that into you
It’s not personal—Really.
I didn’t hate you—Promise!
I wasn’t ripping apart the pages.
I just wasn’t that into you.
…but it kind of breaks my heart.
Jinnis are sooo cool! I had never in my life read a jinni book. (Does anyone else greatly prefer “Genie” over “Jinni”? Jinni looks weird.) I was pretty damn psyched for Exquisite Captive because it sounded fabulous, unique, it supposedly had a killer romance, and it got some rave reviews. But I just couldn’t click with it!
I have read some people complaining about an “abusive love interest” factor, but I didn’t even get that far into the story to experience that, so that wasn’t my problem with the book. My problem was that I felt nothing! I was reading along waiting to get hooked, and it just never happened. Never!
- I was bored.
- I didn’t want to pick it back up.
- It felt riddled with info dumps and long, crazy names I had trouble remembering (“Siheyuan”, “Hutong”, “Ifrit”, etc.).
- It wasn’t clicking with me.
Maybe I would have grown to love it had I kept reading, or maybe I would have grown to hate it because of the “abusive love interest”. But this book didn’t evoke any emotion in me whatsoever, and hey, life is too short to read books that don’t give you feels. I’m disappointed though because when I hear about other people being “WOWED” and “BLOWN AWAY” I get all mopey and wonder what I missed. I wanted that feeling!