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. When I first started reading this book I had fallen into a small reading slump and thankfully this book helped pull me out of it. Thank goodness this novel was so good otherwise I would have fallen into a big reading slump! EEK!
I am really pleased with how original the story felt, but it kept some great tropes that I just love. I am always happy when a book can blend something unique with a few loved tropes. The whole tone and mood of Exquisite Captive was just on point. This book has a captivating blend of fantasy, mythology, magic, Jinn, and rebellion.
Okay, I have to say it... I kind of like Malek. Not at the beginning of the book, but then he grew on me. I got a bit of Stockholm syndrome on Nalia's behalf for Malek for a bit. However, I LOVED Raif!! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE. I can't wait to see what will happen with Nalia and Raif in the next books. I also can't wait to find out what will happen with the Jinn homeland, Arjinna. I would like to know more about Arjinna in general. The parts where we learned a little about Arjinna were very intriguing to me.
Overall Exquisite Captive is very well done. Everything from the world building and mythology to the story and the characters are just perfect. The whole book is exquisite! I do have to say that there were a few slower parts that you may have to push through, but those parts are valuable to the overall story. It's totally worth it, I promise!
I recommend Exquisite Captive to anyone interested in books about Jinn.