Wow, already a new chapter! I love quick updates!
I enjoyed this chapter just as much as the others. It is a great story. I'm not good at writing reviews, as you could see in the last one, but I will try to be a better reader/reviewer.
I really like Norahs character and can relate to her very well. (This going to sound very strange, but she reminds me a lot of myself in quite a few ways. Maybe that's why I like her so much ;)) She seems to be fairly mature and content. She is at a difficult point in her life, but she is looking forward and not dwelling too much in past mistakes. I really like that. She stands up for herself and can be tough when she needs to be, but is still compassionate. There is a confidence about her, yet she doesn't act like a know-it-all. I'm really curious where you are going with Norah and her story.
The way you brought Fred into this story was great. I love that he doesn't talk that much, but still seems to be quite accessible, friendly and witty. I'm wondering a lot about his history in curse breaking and why he left it. That sounds very interesting.
Oliver Wood has always been one of my favourite characters and it's great how you created him at this point of his life.
The one character I'm feeling really uneasy about is Antonin. I don't trust him, although he has done nothing wrong so far. But there is so much at stake for him...
What I especially like about your writing is, that you don't bomb your readers with information. You give enough to introduce the characters, but it never messes with the flow of your story and you leave enough open ends to keep us wondering. I really really enjoy this subtle style!
I'm looking very much forward to the next chapter. This story has shot up into my personal Top 5 already.
PS: I love your chapter images! I like that their style is fairly simple, they fit together well and, of course, who you chose (although I have to admit, that I don't know who the people in the pictures are except Lana del Rey ;) )
Author's Response: Hello!
Sorry for not responding to this right off. It was such a lovely review, and I was at a loss as to where to start.
Yes, a new chapter. I love updating quickly, and can push out chapters as long as the dreaded block isn't in my way. I've met one on my other two stories, unfortunately, but I've been trying to write through those.
Aw. I love reviews, tiny or big. It's the quality, yes? And letting someone know that you enjoy their work can be said in two words or three hundred. But, I do love long reviews (:.
Wow, really? When the Norah character sprang up, there were a few ways that I wanted to go with her. Essentially, I decided that I wanted an owner that can stand her ground, is intelligent, happy enough with her life. I also needed someone who could get into trouble, and had to learn the ropes properly, because no way can this job be easy. I considered making her a male too. The female POV is difficult for me, despite being one. But in the end, a female will face more difficulties, especially a young one at that. And yes, she doesn't dwell on the past too much. She has her moments, just like everyone else, but she'd rather move forward.
Haha. I love Fred. He's one of those characters that's just there, but his presence is felt either way. He'll be more involved as the story progresses, and more of his history will definitely be revealed.
I love Oliver. I think I loved him from the word go, and he was an immediate choice for me when it came to a new Manager. I figured that while he'll have definitely matured, that he would still have that drive and love for Quidditch, and that he would have shifted well from a Captain to a full-blown Manager.
Oh, Antonin. I have some things in store as far as he's concerned. All I'll say is, I know how the story ends, and he has a big place in the end.
I dislike information bombing. Not to say that it doesn't have it's place (I've read many good stories that do it), but it doesn't have a place in my writing. I guess it's just that I've read so many romance novels where the characters are introduced over the course, that it just translated into the way I write as well. I'm glad that you like it!
Wow. Top five is a very good place to be. Thank you.
Ahaha. I was wondering if the simple style was a turn-off. I make the chapter images myself, and I'm no pro at graphic-making, so simplicity works best for me. I think I have a lot of fun matching a face to the character I've created in my mind. Jon Kortajarena is Antonin, Nate Owens is Fred, and Noemie Lenoir is Roxanne. I already have faces picked out for Finn, Melina, Helena, and Ophelia. /Issues.
Thanks so much for the lovely review! Much appreciated.