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Review:jessicalorewrites says:
Hey Sian! I'm reviewing for the Gryffindor review exhange :)

I really love the imagery you used at the start! Things like "desperately paddling to keep her head above the water, trying not to slip into oblivion" really resonated with me. They pull the reader in and make them want to read more. Questions like 'why is she like this?' and 'what's weighing her down?' are running around.

The detail about Lavender believing in horoscopes is very true to character, I feel. However I adore how you've pointed out the alternative side of her that almost everybody forgets about - she is a fighter, she's strong and brave and not just a mindless teenage girl. The detail about her scar is good as well. I have actually seen post-Hogwarts stories where Lavender has no scars or injuries after her attack from Greyback! This is unreliastic, so I'm glad you thought about and included some.

The friendship between Lavender and Parvati seems strong. It's something Rowling never explored very much but it's nice to see that even after everything that's happened Parvati is still concerned for her friend, calling at her door etc. And the fact she's training to be an Auror? Amazing! I always figured that Harry and Ron probably wouldn't be the only ones who wanted to go into that profession after the Battle of Hogwarts.

Lavender seems like she may be suffering from depression. Or PTSD. This is an interesting topic to explore because, as many of the things above, it's not usually talked about much in fics even though I'd bet many of the fighters in the Battle ended up suffering deep psychological harm. I know I wouldn't be perfectly fine if I'd seen classmates and friends die around me.

The flashbacks to the Battle of Hogwarts are chilling. The pace is quick and it almost feels like I've been transported to the halls of Hogwarts too. It gives insight into an alternative point of view of the battle and I've never read one so eye-widening before!

I was wondering where the title 'Blue Lavender' was going to come in. I thought exactly the same as Lavender when it was said - how ironic a name for her current state.

It honestly broke my heart when Lavender said that people must be forgetting about her. Of course they're not, but her state of mind won't allow her to think any other way. It's so sad. I was so happy when she finally opened Parvati's letter! It was about time she realised that her friends DID still care about her.

Charlie is so cute, aww. It's nice to see some diversity in age gap between siblings. Usually they are 1-2 years which is quite unrealistic of real life, to be honest. There are 14 years between me and my youngest brother! It makes me cry how he's the one that finally manages to get Lavender to go outside, and it is so so sweet when he tells her he loves her!

I can't wait to read more when I have some free time! It's shaping up to be a great story. Although my only critisim would be that the two flashbacks in the story are the same and that making them different would make the fic more interesting, it was overall an amazing read! Thank you so much for writing such a beautiful story + also thanks for my review!

- Jess xo

Author's Response: Hi Jess! Sorry it's taken me so long to reply to these reviews, but thanks for being a great exchange partner!

I absolutely love using imagery like that I included here in stories to try and explore themes, so I'm really pleased that you liked it. I'm really pleased that you liked the way I chose to portray Lavender in this story too, because I do like pulling out the side to characters that we don't usually see in the books and stories. She's definitely a fighter and won't give up, but at the moment she's suffering a lot from PTSD after all she's been through in the war.

I always think that Lavender and Parvati must have a strong friendship, especially after everything that they went through together in the year under the Carrows. It was important for me to show that their friendship was something that would help get Lavedner through this.

I'm glad you found the flashbacks chilling! I really wanted to show how much she was haunted by the horrors, and that's why I used one of the flashbacks twice in this to try and illustrate the fact that she's haunted by the same things in her dreams.

I felt sorry for what I was writing about Lavender in this story but I felt like she had to go through these feelings before getting better. And Charlie's the cutest, isn't he? I'm so pleased you liked him too!

Thank you so much for this review!

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