Yes, of course I love the christmas theme! You got across how poor they were brilliantly without over doing it cheesily, it was a fine balance but you managed to get it just right! The presents were lovely and creative - I loved the idea of the tree pendants! I also love the way you made each sister so unique, their characterisitics and quirks make them easy to remember and tell apart, yet still they're so similar at the same time! You made Dom not stereotypical and cloche to! Woo! I love all the characters in this book, especially the gay uncles ;)
It made me laugh so much - from the witty banter and halirious dialogue, to the bra-hanging on the tree. It was gripping, and extremely humourous. Val, this is a master piece. I will be recommending this world wide, goddamnit, with plenty of drama and a fantabulous chapter title and summary.
I love how real you make it seem, with all the lovely extra clauses you add - it gives me a whole new perspective on hogwarts. You showed by a new light on Hogwarts in a way I've never seen before, and you made all the relationships so scrummy and belivable. You've learnt Rowling's trick of all the different characters, lots and lots, and it's the minor characters and detail along with the fambubblybumshus plots that make this the most amazing story ever.
Ellen is motherly, with such a recognisable trait of care that you captured beautifully - we can all empathise with her.
Roxy is cheeky ad awesome, and you divided the houses up so so so well, along with making slytherin not the cliched evil house.
From Dom studying Wandlore to the name Yuna, the detail is extraordinary and completely and utterly confradgiliant! It certainly got me all christmassy, and excited! Perfect for all styles of writing, all genres and all ages (aside form the swearing..) this chapter is relatable, and un-put-downable with a thrilling cliff hanger at the end.
Just beautiful Val, beautiful. :D
Author's Response: Oh, Sophie. YOU ARE THE MOST FAMBUBBLYBUMSHUS PERSON ON THIS PLANET &hearts
(And I should go die in a corner for taking so long to respond)
Hooray for gay uncles! Noah is one of my favourite characters, so you can expect quite a lot of him in the coming chapters :)
Stereotypical, blonde, prim Dom irritates me, and I'm really, really happy you think I manage to more or less steer her from cliches!
As for the rest of your compliments, can I just respond by saying that I love you much and that you have made my entire month with this review? &hearts &hearts
If you proclaim that you love this, it is nothing in comparison to the profession of my undying love for you (in a purely platonic sense of course, but I think you get my point).