Hello! Review swap! And don't worry, I'm done my studying! (well, as much as I can do at this time with my resources)
So, first, I would like to commend you on your characters. Almost every single one of them is the stereotypical Slytherin, with Death Eater parents, already in line on becoming a Death Eater themselves, supporting You-Know-Who to their full extent, etc. While that might not be original in any way, your writing style and Tor's voice is such that I hate all of them for being on the Dark Lord's side, but I can't help but love them. All of them are just so funny and I can't help but love these horrible, twisted characters.
It takes a lot of skill to mould these seemingly cast-typed Slytherins and turn them into people I honest to goodness want to read about without wanting to rip their heads off every few sentences (okay, there have been a few occurrences when I've rolled my eyes, but never at you or your writing, but purely what the characters are saying and what they believe in). You have somehow managed to create a sort of anti-Trio, and for some strange and bizarre reason, I love it!
I especially like their antics with the muggle herbs. The part where they were insulting Filch? Harsher than the Trio would've done - yet I still love it. Also, when she said that derogatory comment about Professor Flitwick, I wasn't appalled. I've seen some pretty iffy lines in fics, but that one stood out for all the right reasons because I simultaneously wanted to slap Tor for being so rude, but I love her dimension and the fact that you are so good in writing a character that is so bad.
I hope I'm making sense in all this. It's pretty late here and I'm pretty tired, but the gist of this rambling is: I love to hate your characters, and I hate to love them as well. I do both! :)
Ergh! The infamous Theo Nott! I'm excited to see where his plot goes. And ooh! I don't know if this is considered 'right,' but I love Daphne. She's got the Ice Princess thing going on and she's honestly my hero. I wish I could be that awesome! I laughed at the mention of the commencement of puberty affecting the way Tor's friends acted around her sister!
This was a very nice chapter and I really liked it! I'm hoping to be able to read more of this story in the next coming weeks! (If exam preparations ever actually do go well for me...)
Thank you so much for the swap, and again: you've got some great talent at writing these characters. Oh, and did I mention that I love this plot line? Great job!
Author's Response: Hello! :)
Oh dear, I hope they aren't too stereotypical! :P I like to think that they all have their own motivations and values, though at this point especially they really are conforming to the norm and showing off a little to each other. It's great to hear you liked them, they were quite fun to write. :)
Haha, this story is SO cliche. :P My defence is that when I started writing it, the only story I'd read on here was Delicate, so I didn't know it was cliche yet. :P And it's a lot of fun to write and play with them.
I like what you said about being an anti-Trio - they're definitely a lot nastier. Don't worry, I roll my eyes at them all the time. :P
Haha well, teenage boys will be teenage boys! They are quite mean about FIlch, but like you said so were the Trio at times. Tor is such a brat in these early chapters - I have no idea why anybody roots for her, myself included at this point.
I'm glad you love hating them! :D
Daphne is quite awesome, but in a rather intimidating and frightening way. Haha, I imagined there was no way there wouldn't be some crushes on the older siblings of the friends.
I'm glad you liked it enough to want to keep reading! It's great to hear you like the characters so far- thanks for the lovely review! :D