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Review:teh tarik says:
Hello Amanda :)

Goodness, this is beautiful. And a wee bit creepy. But not really because I am a big Lavender fan. I can't even begin to tell you how much I loved this. The imagery, the delicateness of the language, the tiny details threaded into the prose so beautifully. And best of all, Lavender's smooth narration.

It's hard to pin her voice down. I get a mixture of signals from the narrative, and her voice feels distant and almost mystical, as if her scars and her past injuries have somehow made her a bit more mystical, like Trelawney. At the same time, she's sensitive, careful, yet passionate - definitely self-absorbed. But what I really love about your Lavender is how little self-pity she feels. You know, i've come across many survivor Lavender stories where she's traumatised by her scars and experiences and all, but this is the first story where she actually embraces the new experiences (associated with the moon), gained as a result of Fenrir's attack. Your Lavender is beautifully complex and I can't tell you how much I appreciate any depiction of Lavender as a complex and sympathetic human being, rather than an idiot :D

Your diction is excellent and very well chosen...The thick liquid in the bottle is the color of my beloved moon.

I don't need covers at night because warmth lives in my skin even in the absence of a fur coat.

etc.

Anyway, this is a beautiful piece of writing. The ending was brilliant. Slightly unsettling at how self-absorbed she is (drinking love potion to fall in love with herself, am I right?). But. I love it and I can't judge her for it. And this is a perfect twist on the Beauty and the Beast fairytale. Fantastic writing.

I hope to read more of your works soon.

-teh

Author's Response: Thanks, teh!

Yeah, I meant for it to be creepy, especially the image of Lavender greedily gulping down the potion there at the end, needing it to really like herself since no one else has really loved her.

I do get what you're saying about her voice being sort of... detached. I think it reflects the wisdom of having survived her attack and growing up past her girlish cares--although she hasn't, really. I think my Lavender is a little more mature than the one we're used to. Her feelings about her condition are sort of mixed; on the one hand, she obviously would prefer to have wound up with a happy life and dislikes being so entranced by the moon, but she also recognizes that she wasn't having a lot of luck even without being labeled as a pariah, so she can kind of see the poetic justice in what happened to her. No matter how you look at it, hers is a very sad story.

Thanks again for this fantastic review! :)

-Amanda


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