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Review:BookDinosaur says:
Hi Kiana! I decided I've been a slack friend and reviewer and decided to come along and hopefully review Acanthus! :D

Okay so first of all I have to say to completely did the sandstorm justice. Here we get sandstorms sometimes in summer, and in the most severe ones we can't see out the window the the tree growing a couple of metres away from the building. The sneezing, the decreased visibility, and especially the sand which gets everywhere, I swear, were all perfectly portrayed and written.

Also, I envy them all for riding camels. :P

Anyway, dwn to proper reviewing. I haven't read this story for quite a while, so I was quite surprised at how easily I slipped back into it. I love how you have both Rose and Scorpius' perspectives, and they're quite clearly different and it's very easy to follow, which is great, well done Kiana!

I absolutely love how they use magic, like their magic tents and the use of the bubble-head charm, which emphasises that they're magical folk and magic is really part of everyday life for them. Magic is really a very normal thing for them and you portrayed that really well, so great job. :)

Ah the ending! It killed me, it really did. Who is this voice? What was with the sychronised movements and why did they veer off course? Ah this is so creepy and the cliffy was perfectly pulled off Kiana, I'm going straight on to the next chapter after this. Now I'm wondering whether this voice caused the sandstorm. And why were the camels so addled? The desert is their natural enviroment, the of all creatures should know how to protect themselves from sandstorms.

This was a great chapter Kiana, it has me on tenterhooks right now!

Author's Response: Hey Emily, you haven't been a slack friend or reviewer, especially after leaving all of these so thank you so much for this!

I'm glad that you thought it was realistic because in Britain we're rather lucky to escape them so it was mainly guess work and memories of being on a sandy beach really :P

I do too as I love camels!

Phew it was easy to slip into! I'm glad that you liked both of their perspectives as they're a ton of fun to write because they are different characters and they will feature more throughout!

Yes, you've got to love a bit of magic! I always used to forget to include it into stories for some reason and all of the chapters were completely barren of anything magical so I'm working hard to change that fact.

Yay, for the cliff-hanger working because I seldom use them so I'm never really sure if they work or not. As for the voice, the identity is still unknown but in the next chapter (12 I mean not 5) you will find out a lot more about him. As for the sandstorm, that was a natural occurrence for once and nothing magical and the camels were addled due to the dark magic of the house!

Thanks for such an amazing review, Emily, I'll get round to the other as soon as possible!

-Kiana


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