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So I finished Prisoner (Kria) as damn quickly as I could XD; And now I want to rant and rave about it, so I'll put it behind a cut--even though I know none of you will probably ever read it, so it doesn't really matter XD But idk people can read my rant anyways and possibly help make me feel less frustrated :P

So, ok, the sequel (Bound) made it seem like the main couple in the prequel (Prisoner) were very much in love and had formed a relationship after much trial and tribulation, and man I do love me some "enemies turn comrades turn friends turn lovers" stories, do not get me wrong.

But literally 96% of the book was spent with the two main couple hating each other's guts with the fire of a thousand hells, bitching and fighting and punching and kicking the whole time, and it was only in the last few pages of the book that a crucial secret was revealed (swords are generally named after lovers in this world, and one of the characters had secretly named his after the other, even though they weren't lovers--more of a 'person who means the most to me' thing) and then they kind of have...hate sex? Or "I don't know how I feel about you but it's something very strong and you're still a bastard but I love that you're kissing me so let's go with this for now"-sex rather? idk

And of course there are years and years after the end of the book where they get closer and all, but...idk, I was kind of disappointed with the small payoff for sticking with them that long. Even the other couple who get together ~halfway through are only shown kissing once where it's really romantic (their first kiss) and the other 2 or 3 times it's just as a greeting or farewell. You assume they're sleeping together only because they are literally sleeping in the same bed.

It was just kind of a let-down, relationship and stuff-wise, from the sequel that I read first. Both couples had excellent build-up there, and while one was really frustrating in that they spent 2/3 of the book apart from each other (among other things >_>), they still were a good example of the above enemies-turn-lovers trope that I love. I suppose given all the references to, "Gosh, Dieter and Behrat were really in love! Look at how much they loved each other! Look at all they gave up for each other! Love love love!" I expected...a little more evidence of it? :( That slow progression is what I love and want to see! Disappoint ;~;

It was still a good book, though, and I don't regret reading it, but...bah, this author keeps leaving me wanting, and it sounds like these are her best books >_> Why can't I find a satisfying relationship and plot?! Or rather, why are they so damn hard to find?? :P

Date: 2011-06-04 11:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] butter0lexie.livejournal.com
Amg, I remember reading Prisoner like forever ago when the author just had it available to read on her livejournal, before a lot of her main editing and rewriting. Idk if it was that much different, but I remember liking it when I read it. I totally get what you're saying tho, and if I read it again now I'd probably have a different opinion of it.


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