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Review:academica says:
Hello, I'm here for the Ravenclaw Review Battle :)

Wow, I really loved this story. You did a great job giving a lot of depth and heart to a character that we never got to know very well in canon, and on top of it I feel like your characterization fits in great with what we did find out about Blaise. I like how you took what might have been considered an off-color comment or legend and turned it into a serious motivator for the way Blaise led his adult life. It's really touching that he did manage to fall in love and learned from his mother's long marital history how to tell the difference between a real relationship and one that's just for show. It was also nice to watch his progression as he got help for his issues and learned to give Katrina a chance. That build-up made the conflict depicted in this story seem realistic and tangible.

Your imagery with the photos was really stunning. I loved the bit about how the one with Blaise's father was the only one where the bride really looked like a woman in love. I also liked the line toward the beginning about the wedding photos being like promotions at a bizarre job.

Great job! I'm glad I read this :)

-Amanda

Author's Response: Hi Amanda, thank you so much for the lovely review :)

I am so glad you liked it and thought the characterisation of Blaise was good. I didn't think I'd be able to write Blaise when I first got him as my character for the family challenge, but the idea for this story hit me and now it's really got me thinking about his story!

I felt that after having such an unstable and lonely upbringing Blaise deserved to have some happiness. I'm glad you found the conflict Blaise goes through to get his happiness was realistic and tangible, and that you found his story touching :)

It has made me so happy to know that you found the imagery with the photos was stunning!! That was the first scene I thought of when writing/planning this fic and it is my favourite part, along with Blaise thinking of them as a resume :) So it's particularly great that you have commented on it!

Thanks again for the great review, it made my day :)

Haronione ♥


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