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Review:CambAngst says:
Hi, there!

I had such mixed feelings, reading about how Brienne simply submerges herself in her schoolwork. I enjoyed it because you wrote it all really well. Completely consistent with what I remember from the books and convincing in every detail. I felt badly because obviously she's avoiding dealing with a lot of things and shutting her friends out. By this point in the story, it's pretty obvious that this is just how she deals with things that bother her. She puts up walls and it takes a while for her friends to get past them, even friends as persistent as George and Angelina. I think I've mentioned this in past reviews, but your main character has some very Harry-like qualities when it comes to how she deals with her friends and the adults in her life as well as how they deal with her.

Poor Angelina sounds like she's about to hit a wall. Quidditch and schoolwork are about to wear her out. I loved Fred's mess-up on her "navy blues". Wizards struggle so much with our silly muggle terms. ;)

From there, we transition into a succession of awkward moments. First the four friends have to deal with Lee's insensitive comments on the train and Brienne's near-meltdown in response. It was obviously going to have repercussions, but you did a pretty nice job of not making it into anything more than it was. Much more complicated was Brienne and George's almost-kiss from before the holidays. The was that she felt very hurt by the way that she thinks -- and I'll assume she's correct -- that George told Fred and Lee about it was exactly the first reaction I'd expect. But she gradually talks herself out of being angry and realizes that her own emotional turmoil has a lot to do with her (over)reaction.

i like the way that her rational mind and her anxieties and emotions seem to argue over whether or not she's safe inside the castle. That sort of turmoil seems perfectly reasonable and you wrote it very convincingly.

You really had me for a minute when George put the cloak on her shoulders and takes her hand by the lake. I was convinced that he had come by himself. I rarely dislike seeing Angelina in a scene, but this was one of those times. George is definitely being wimpy in this story. At the risk of sounding rather coarse, he needs to grow a pair and make a move! Of course, in a sense, he already did and that didn't turn out quite like he wanted, I guess. Sigh. Young love!

Also, Fred really needs to shut up. ;)

I'm really looking forward to seeing Brienne open up a bit with her friends and let them help her. Feeling a lot of warm, fuzzy moments in the future!

Author's Response: Hi! Wow, a lovely long review!

Yes, Brienne is very modest and humble, she doesn't believe her problems should become the problems of others. It's infuriating for them I expect, but that's the nature of the beast. Brienne has had few friends in her life she could depend on, and she doesn't want to endanger her friends in any way. But she has grown to love them, and even the thick mental wall she's grown in the last year will crumble before long.

:) George and Brienne will continue to have their moments; I don't think you'll be disappointed.

Haha, I hope you don't dislike Fred! I adore him. He does have a softer side which will come out soon.

Fuzzy moments? Well, you'll see...

Only one more chapter and you're caught up! I'll try to update soon, and catch up on COB as much as possible! Thank you again very very much!

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