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Review:ValWitch21 says:
HAPPY ARCHIVERSARY AMANDA! &hearts

I figured I could leave two reviews seeing as you've made it this far, so here I am with the first.

God, you manage to make Eileen Snape so beautiful at first, and then she turns into a broken, fallen woman, while also being a monster, to an extent.

Have I ever mentioned how much I love the complexity you create for your characters?

The way you start off with Eileen having high expectations for herself, then gradually dropping her standards until she ends up with Tobias was amazingly done.

What struck me the most when reading this is how similar you made her to Merope, with the love potion that she thinks will solve everything, when it's the opposite. Unless I'm getting everything wrong, which seems to be happening quite a lot these days...

Ugh, I'm also insanely jealous of the poetry you inject into this one-shot.

But the princess had somehow died a pauper. (...) In the end, her only companion was a frost-covered mirror.

She was the fairest, and thus she must be everything, all at once.

A sharp gust of wind - the world swallowed her, and she was nothing at all.

I could quote this entire story, actually, except it wouldn't fit in this little box, and I could also favourite you as an author a hundred times, but it still wouldn't properly express my admiration for your writing.

&hearts

Author's Response: Thanks, Val :)

This story was very challenging but really fun to write. I loved playing with the dark imagery and trying to give life to this flat character we barely know. The similarity to Merope you observed was completely intentional; I actually viewed Merope as being slightly more innocent compared to Eileen, who used her mastery of potions to (try to) get what she wanted but could never quite attain. I meant for it to be clear that she and Tobias worked together to breed an attitude of hatred in their house, at least in this story.

Thank you for your very sweet review :)

-Amanda


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