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Review #26, by Pixileanin Dear Mary.

27th September 2013:
Hi! I'm here from Review Tag on the forums!

You know, I think the best thing about this for me was that he uses the letter as his way of going through the grieving process, even though he doesn't think he ever will get over it. I like how he goes back and forth with himself over whether to accept that she's gone, or to keep pretending that she's still there.

You managed to pack a lot of emotion in to this without going over the top or getting sappy, and I have to commend you on that. A lot of times, when I see something like this, the author can't help but get a bit too tied up in the emo of it all. But I think you did great, especially with the character you chose. I can see Regulus reacting this way to something like this, something that touches him deeper than he wants to admit. I can feel him fighting his way through it and trying to stay sane.

I love how he keeps referring to them as "move-eys". It's such a little thing, but it brings into focus how removed the wizarding world was to the things that muggles take for granted. I loved that little touch.

I like how he brings it into focus, how he uses the pensieve like that, because he "can't not do it". Perfectly heartbreaking right there, I tell you.

The last line was perfect too. I think you hit home with it. Good luck with the challenge!

Author's Response: Aww, thanks so much! I've never done review tag before and this was a lovely first review to get from it :P

I'm glad you think it wasn't too sappy, because I kind of hate sappiness and one of my main worries was that this would come off too whiny and sappy and, like you said, 'emo', so I'm glad you think it works! Regulus is definitely struggling just trying to stay sane through it all and not break down, and yeah, alternating between whether he wants to keep living in denial or try and force himself to move on. I'm glad you noticed that :)

It probably shouldn't make me so happy that you described it as heartbreaking, but, well I'm evil *Mr Burns laugh*

Thanks so much for the lovely review < 3

~Maia


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Review #27, by MissesWeasley123 Dear Mary.

27th September 2013:
Wow.

I have absolutely no words for you. This one shot is fabulous. Breathtakingly beautiful. I love it.

Your words are just so mesmerizing.

The passion and love in Regulus is so heartbreaking, I think I just died a little inside. The way you use words to make such a powerful impact is mind blowing.

I love this ship. The relationship you show is flawless. Absolutely brilliant. Just keep on writing like this.

Your banner is absolutely beautiful also. I.. just wow. A perfect story and welcome back to writing. I hope you win this challenge because this piece is worthy of a win. Absolutely fantastic and just outright wonderful.

I look forward to reading your work in the near future! Keep this up!

Nadia

Author's Response: Wow, thank you SO much, this is such an incredible review < 3 I wasn't sure anyone was gonna like or even read this fic at all when I posted it, so every single review just makes me so happy! I honestly don't know where this came from, all I had to go on was that the fic should be about Regulus, and then I sat down to type and I swear this fic just appeared in front of me. I found myself totally falling in love with Mary and Regulus apart as well as their relationship, so it means so much to me that people are getting feeling their connection as much as I was, even though it's only 2000 words and we find out basically nothing about either of them in the fic itself.

The banner is the gorgeous work of bathtub. @ TDA, and I love it. She got it done less than an hour after taking the request, which was so awesome! I think it really complements the story, I'm glad you think so too :)

Gosh, I'm sure there will be plenty of amazing entries to the challenge, so we'll wait and see about winning! But thank you so much for the support < 3

I will definitely be writing more along these lines, maybe even a sequel to this and probably a slightly different style fic about Regulus' whole life, but that links into this, so keep an eye out for them if you want :) Thanks so much for the review :)

~Maia


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Review #28, by patronus_charm Dear Mary.

27th September 2013:
Ah, I saw you post a status on the forums and I came running over as I love Regulus! I'm so glad that I did as this piece was fantastic. ♥

Your characterisation in the one-shot was really great because I got such a vivid sense of both Regulus and Mary's characters. They seemed both so odd and different from one another that it almost made sense that they dated. With Mary's madness and Regulus' inner reflection it was the perfect balance. I just wish I could have seen them alive together because the memories were great.

Another thing I loved was how you used abbreviations in the letter. It made it more realistic because as a fellow teenager I use them all the time too.

Regulus' emotion in regards to Mary was lovely. I didn't pick up on her being dead straight away but I liked it as it showed how he was in denial and was trying to block it from his mind. I could just tell from his memories how much he loved her and it was so beautiful. I was close to tears myself as I didn't want her to be dead!

They were just so young and I picked it up so well in this piece and it made it even more tragic. I mean, Regulus was just a boy and he was dealing with the death of his sort of girlfriend and becoming a Death Eater. Man, I will never complain about having too much work to do as I would rather that than have all his issues! It made me really wonder whether she had lived whether she would have stopped Regulus being a Death Eater or not.

An amazing piece! ♥

-Kiana

Author's Response: Oh my gosh, this review really made my day < 3

I am so glad you liked it! I have a real thing for obscure characters so when I got assigned Regulus in this challenge on the forums I kind of jumped at the chance, and then for some reason when I sat down to write this story just kind of came out! I'm glad you liked the characterisation - I think that often opposites-attract kind of relationships can come off really unrealistic if they're not written well, so it's a huge complement that you thought it worked here. "Mary's madness and Regulus' inner reflection" is a great way to describe it! I think if Mary had been alive she definitely could have stopped Regulus becoming a death eater, or at least tried. It would have been so interesting to see how she did it - with her willpower she could probably have faced down Voldemort himself if he threatened Reg! I actually managed to upset myself by the end of writing this, and I started trying to figure out ways I could make Mary really be alive because I'd kind of fallen in love with her, but since Regulus dies in canon just a few years later, I couldn't quite get them their happy ending :( I'm considering writing a sequel where Reg writes her another letter the night before he goes to find the horcrux and knows he's gonna die, just so I can get some closure on these two!

Thanks so much for the gorgeous review, I'm glad you liked it < 3

~Maia


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Review #29, by bathtub. (Vee) Dear Mary.

27th September 2013:
So making your banner really piqued my curiosity and so I here I am, dropping a review to tell you how heartbreakingly lovely this story is. I'll admit that this was my first Regulus story and even though I have no other Regulus to compare him to, I know that your characterisation will stay with me. I love your writing style and the entire structure of this chapter. I'm really glad I checked out your story, and that my banner is at the forefront of it all. :)

Author's Response: Oh my gosh, thank you so much. This was such a lovely review! I haven't actually read a ton of Regulus fic myself but I think my characterisation of him is pretty unique, and it's such a complement that it's stuck with you. I love experimenting with weird formats for stories and with different kinds of writing styles, so I'm so glad you thought it all worked well in this fic. I adore your banner by the way, it's perfect for this story and thank you so much for making it, and for leaving such a nice review as well!

~Maia x


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Review #30, by andra philippa bester (13 going 14) Dear Mary.

27th September 2013:
omw ...
I have no words...
that.
was.
freaking.
sweet.

net te oulik.
(just too cute-Afrikaans- ever heard of 1 of the main languages of south Africa?

ok
then.

like I said
net te oulik
xxx

Author's Response: Aww, thank you! I'm so glad you liked it :)

(Two of my best friends are from South Africa so I have indeed heard Afrikaans! Though I can't say I've ever been any good when they've tried to teach me any :P)

Thanks for the sweet review :)

~Maia x


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Review #31, by Rumpelstiltskin Dear Mary.

27th September 2013:
First off, I LOVED the way that you used Regulus' point of view to introduce Mary's personality: freaking fantastic! The secondary characterization was beautifully written.

Secondly, you've made me cry. Legitimate tears..well at least a few of them were.

Third of all, it's nice to see Regulus depicted at such an emotional level. He's always been one of my favorite characters, even though Rowling never went much in detail in the books with him. The fact that he was the younger brother of Sirius Black and seemingly required to live up to his parents expectations in the shadow of his "blood-traitor" brother must have been emotionally tolling on him. And then dying a wayward hero to boot.

I'm sorry, I'm getting off topic. The point being is that I love the way you've depicted Regulus Black in this story.

Lastly, I think this story is very well written in general. I love the setup, I love the structure, and I love the characters.

10/10

-Rumpel

Author's Response: Oh my god, thank you! I have to admit, Regulus is a fave of mine to write - I love minor characters to start with but exploring the Black family dynamic from someone other than Sirius' point of view is just endlessly interesting to me *U* And I'm really attached to this story in particular because I've been writing and rewriting it for ages, so I'm so glad you liked it! Thanks for the lovely review :D

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