I will start off by saying I am unbelievably sorry about how long I took to get to this review! In fact, you probably don't even remember requesting it, it was that long ago :( Nevertheless, I am finally here with your review, and I hope it's long enough to make up for how long it took to get to you.
Can I just say that I absolutely love Ellie's humour and being inside her head in general :''D She is just so sarcastic, in a nice kind of way, that's totally refreshing and I just really love how you've characterised her! Regulus, too -- her thoughts about his appearance and arrogance was just so amusing to me. To get away from your brilliant characters (as I will touch on them later), I thought the opening scene was very well done, as it had just the right amount of internal dialogue and description to set the scene for me, so good job on that! I also enjoyed your one-liners -- "And dead, but who really cared about such trivial things?" and the whole thing about Regulus' smile stepping down a notch.
(I am terribly sorry for rambling and gushing like a lunatic, by the way. I promise I'm not usually like this. For some reason your story does this to me.)
I also loved (you'll be hearing that a lot from me, haha!) the touch on how Ellie's one of those people who actually cares about school and isn't a swot about it. Honestly, when most authors attempt to have a character like that, they usually end up as a terribly nerdy type of person and it's perfectly possible to care about grades and not be stuck-up about it, so well done on that. Also, I've seen stories about people seeing ghosts before and I'm just really glad Ellie didn't make a big fuss about it or scream or something. You make the whole thing just sound very natural, which was lovely to read.
Regulus' character -- told you we'd go back to this -- was also terribly amusing. While I could say I thought he was being rather childish, I actually think this was appropriate considering how long he's been around the earth and aged into modern times (and besides, all boys are annoying, so you hit the nail on the head there) and while it is a bit odd he's still around as a ghost (you'd think almost defeating Voldemort would leave one satisfied enough to move on, yes?) I just loved the idea and think it's just really original.
AGAIN, YOUR ONE-LINERS. CRYING. I just needed to get that out of my system, apologies. Also, I absolutely adored Ginny. I thought she was very in character, and I just love the thought of her being the cool mum and just ahh. This chapter was just brilliant all in all, and even though there was literally only four characters in it and it was long it was honestly a wonderful read and asdfghjkl favouriting. Thank you for requesting (feel free to re-request, and I promise not to take so long this time!), as it was my pleasure!
Author's Response: No worries about the late review! I totally make up for it by giving you a late response :P
I'm so glad that you like Ellie's headspace. She's different from all my other MCs because no one thinks quite like her. Her thought processes are a little strange, and she's very aware of what kind of person she is, and that can be quite disconcerting to write at times.
Regulus is just the best character to write. I've taken a lot of liberties with his character, and I think that adds to his charm. He's totally unexpected, and I'm so happy that people are still able to connect with him.
Oh, it's lovely to hear you being so honest about this story! I'm just so flattered that it's all good things.
Yeah, Ellie cares about school, and later on, I want to touch on how caring about school, and then being good at it (because she is) actually causes a little strain with her peers. No one likes a swot, and caring about one's education can often be perceived that way. I'm so happy that you don't feel like she is though! And Ellie's been seeing ghosts for too long to run screaming! For her, it is a natural thing, seeing dead people.
I'm always worried about the one-lines. I think they're funny. Are other people going to think they're funny too? And thank you on your feedback on Ginny. She's very different from all the characters I've ever written, and it was difficult for me to write as her.
Thank you so much for this wonderful review! I really appreciate you taking the time to take a look at it :)