|Review:||The Misfit says:|
OOOH! We have Severus' POV! I am insanely excited about this, as he's such a mystery and it's so lovely to see a different perspective! Not that I don't like Beth- in fact, I love her- but she has no clue of Severus' thoughts and feelings, so it's great to see him!
Severus' thoughts about Beth and Lily really intrigued me; I love how all of his preconceptions about have Beth have been challenged by her, and how Severus' feelings for Lily are evident even though he's trying to fight them. Awww. My feels right now are asdfghjkl. :3
The scenes with Madam Pince added some humour in contrast to Severus' misery, which was appreciated. It was also interesting to see Severus' relationship with his fellow Slytherins and how much he dislikes them at times, but nevertheless calls them his friends. I just wanted to hug him and introduce him to the concept of real friendship tbqh. :(
That almost-collision with Beth was just so cute! And that awkward conversation must have been so emotionally torturous for Beth! Those seemingly hours before Severus answered with "it's fine" would have undoubtedly been a nightmare for her- but oh the relief she'd have felt when he actually said those words! Rollercoaster, much?
And then Lily and James; oh, Rachel. You're threatening my love for James/Lily here. On one hand I'm squeeing unbelievably at them sitting by the lake having fun, but on the other hand I hate them because their relationship and it's public-ness is interfering with Severus and Beth getting together. *sobs*
It's also becoming more evident how parallel Severus and Beth are. They've both loved a forbidden someone for years, they have issues with their parents, they can't 100% open up to the people who are supposed to be their closest friends. Call them kindred spirits, call them soulmates- whatever word is tacked onto their relationship, one thing is certain: they are meant for each other. ♥
And that little review box needs feeding? Well, with all those horribly long reviews I've been putting in it, you'll probably have to put it on a diet by the time I've finished reading In The Black! ;)
Author's Response: Severus's point of view indeed! I didn't set out to write this book from so many perspectives (especially since my first book only had one), but I really liked writing in this style. And it worked well to tell the story, too!
At this point, too, things are fairly canon in that Sev still has a thing for Lily. But that awkward collision in the corridor is... I won't say the first step toward his seeing her differently, but as readers we know that something's probably eventually going to go down between the pair of them. ;) I'm so glad that you like the Lily/James aspect of it, too -- I think I've said it before in another response, but I grew to like writing the pair of them so much in the course of this story!
I love that you pointed out the parallels between the two of them, too. They fade a bit more into the background as the plot progresses, but especially in the beginning there are a LOT of similarities between them. You'll see more, too, I do believe. And they both really could have gone either way, side-wise, in looking at their history.
You're giving my review box stomach pains. Happy ones, of course! ♥ Thank you for this review!!