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.
First Line: He'd buried her alive.
Review: I found myself mostly bored while reading the Exquisite Captive and if I wasn't bored I was pissed off at the love triangle that I couldn't stand.
One of my biggest issues was the flashbacks. There was just way too many and usually I have no issues with flashbacks if it flows with the story but it felt like the flashback popped up at the most inconvenient times and pulled me out of the story to where I just felt like I was reading words and no where emotionally connected to the characters at all. Another issue I had was at times the writing was way to descriptive and I was bored which also caused me to pull out of the story. Now the love triangle, we have Malek who is abusive and I mean in a physical and mental sense. I hated him and was disgusted by him, the author gave him an out on why he was so violent but sorry no I don't buy it, the relationship was unhealthy in every way imaginable and I hate the fact that he is going to even be in the next book. I hate the fact that he was romanticized...abusive guys are a hell no! No matter what. Moving on to the other guy, Raif. I actually liked him I just don't like how the relationship played out between him and Nalia. At first they hate each other and I was loving it. It made sense they are enemies and I was eager to see a slow blossoming relationship grow between the two as they worked through their differences and developed feelings for each other in a realistic fashion, but that wasn't the case one minute they hated each other and the next out of nowhere they were kissing each other and declaring their love for each other.I'm not a fan of insta-love and that is what that felt like. As for Nalia I don't really know how I feel about her, there were times when I liked her mainly when she was being the bad-ass Jinni that we kept being told about but barely saw then there were times I couldn't stand her mainly when she was dealing Malek and Raif and how weak she was for most of the book. We kept being told how she is this all powerful Jinn but that is not what we saw from her for majority of the book. Overall I had really high hopes for this one but it didn't really live up to the high expectations I had for it.
Memorable Quotes ~"Starbucks is this place where humans get coffee." Raif cocked his head to the side. "Which," she continued, "is this drink that makes you...happy? It gives you energy and-oh, never mind."
Sixteen-year-old Nina Kane should be worrying about her immortal soul, but she's too busy trying to actually survive. Her town's population has been decimated by soul-consuming demons, and souls are in short supply. Watching over her younger sister, Mellie, and scraping together food and money are all that matters. The two of them are a family. They gave up on their deadbeat mom a long time ago.
When Nina discovers that Mellie is keeping a secret that threatens their very existence, she'll do anything to protect her. Because in New Temperance, sins are prosecuted as crimes by the brutal Church and its army of black-robed exorcists. And Mellie's sin has put her in serious trouble.
To keep them both alive, Nina will need to trust Finn, a fugitive with deep green eyes who has already saved her life once and who might just be an exorcist. But what kind of exorcist wears a hoodie?
Wanted by the Church and hunted by dark forces, Nina knows she can't survive on her own. She needs Finn and his group of rogue friends just as much as they need her.
ABOUT THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW AND OTHER STORIES:
Perhaps the marker of a true mythos is when the stories themselves overshadow their creator. Originally published under a pseudonym as The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent., THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW AND OTHER STORIES (A Penguin Classics Original; On-sale date: September 30, 2014; $11.00)gave America its own haunted mythology. This new collection of larger-than-life tales contains Washington Irving’s best-known literary inventions—Ichabod Crane, the Headless Horseman, and Rip Van Winkle—that continue to capture our imaginations today, and features an introduction and notes by Elizabeth L. Bradley, author ofKnickerbocker: The Myth Behind New Yorkand literary consultant to Historic Hudson Valley, the caretakers of Irving’s Tarrytown, New York home.
The setting of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” is renowned for the supernaturalism that pervades the imaginations of its inhabitants and visitors. The most infamous specter in the Hollow is the Headless Horseman, said to be the ghost of a Hessian trooper who had his head shot off by a stray cannonball during the American Revolutionary War, and who “rides forth to the scene of battle in nightly quest of his head.” The “Legend” relates the tale of Ichabod Crane, a superstitious schoolmaster from Connecticut, who competes with townsman Abraham Van Brunt for the hand of 18-year-old Katrina Van Tassel, the daughter and sole child of a wealthy farmer, Baltus Van Tassel. Crane sees marriage to Katrina as a means of procuring Van Tassel’s extravagant wealth. Bones, the local hero, vies with Ichabod for Katrina's hand, playing a series of pranks on the jittery schoolmaster, and the fate of Sleepy Hollow's fortune weighs in the balance for some time. The tension among the three is soon brought to a head.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS:
WASHINGTON IRVING(1783–1859) is generally credited with being the father of the American short story and was the first American writer to achieve international renown. He debuted in 1802 with a series of observational letters to the Morning Chronicle, and is best known for his short stories Rip Van Winkle (1819) and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. He has written several historical works covering figures such as George Washington and Christopher Columbus.
ELIZABETH L. BRADLEY, the author of Knickerbocker: The Myth Behind New York, serves as literary consultant to Historic Hudson Valley, the caretakers of Sunnyside—Irving’s Tarrytown, New York, home. She also wrote the introduction and notes for the Penguin Classics edition of Irving’s A History of New York.
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