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Review #1, by HebrideanBlack 

27th February 2016:
The thing I love is that I know Andie loved breaking it off with Rabastan, even more so in front of everyone around them.

I love her love for her family, she really does love them. Which makes Ted and Dromeda ship all the more interesting! She had to sacrifice so much for someone who was so worth it for her (but would make her lose her family). And the interaction with Bella, really shows how psycho she is!

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Review #2, by LiveBreatheNeedHP 

28th August 2015:
Interesting characterisation of Bellatrix. I've read quite a few chapters past this, but I remember being so intrigued by what her mother and Walburga were going to do ...

Author's Response: Yes, Bellatrix is. . .quite the sister. I remember debating just how deranged I wanted her to be, because I know it's up for debate if she was that awful before she got locked up in Azkaban or only after years spent there. I went with the former. After all, she had to be PRETTY awful to get locked up in the first place, right?

Thanks for the review!

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Review #3, by navyfail 

6th February 2014:
I'm back! (Even though I already read up to chapter fifteen. I know I'm guilty of not reviewing but I hope this late review works.)

The break up scene was perfectly executed. Her reaction and how Rabastan tried to persuade her that it was nothing went together. And, "Men have physical needs." Really? Nice excuse, Rabastan, really nice. Because that will totallyyy win her back.

And Georgiana? Isn't she the one who also flirted with Ted at Slughorn's party?

Sirius is a sweetheart. Really! How can he be any more perfect? He brought her up some food. And he blushes around her (even though he's her cousin and all), so cute! I kind of want to pinch his cheeks for some reason.

I really liked the mention of the motorcycle. Also how she explains how he should save up for it so it will be his own is very sensible.

During all of this, Andromeda thinks of Ted! (Yayyy)

Bellatrix makes an appearance. We've already heard of her and Andromeda has already described her and now we finally get to meet her. She seems in character. She's always been a bit malicious and very cunning so how she acts fits.

P.S. The rest of the reviews will be coming in a day or two. Hopefully that isn't too long.

Author's Response: Yeahhh, Rabastan needs to work on his apology skillz. Not that there's really anything that could've dug him out of that one, but still. Douche move. :( And yes! You've a memory of STEEL. That is the very same Georgiana who was flirting with Ted.

Daw. I'm so glad you liked the Dromeda/Sirius interaction. I love them and their relationship so much. And I couldn't resist throwing a little nod at the motorcycle. I always imagined that Sirius was pretty set in his punk ways at an early age. He just needs his cousin to help him with the fiscal side of things. Haha.

You are the absolute BEST, reviewing each chapter. You take as little or as much time as you need to leave any review whatsoever. It just makes my day reading them. :]

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Review #4, by water_lily43175 

21st January 2014:
Eeesh. So much feels. Honestly, how can people so concerned about a woman's public image be so blase about said woman being scorned by her man being unfaithful? I HATE THAT THIS USED TO BE THE NORM. And Andromeda's just EXPECTED to be okay with it? The poor thing.

Yay, Sirius to the rescue! Oh, twelve-year-old Sirius is so adorable. The "honking" noise when Andromeda hugs him is hilarious. Not to mention how awkward he feels about comforting a seventeen year old girl. You really do capture him spot-on. And the motorbike reference! Love it love it love it.

I'd just like to say, I love your use of the word 'maudlin'. I only came across it a year or so ago in fanfic but now it's become one of my favourite words so I had a little titter to myself when I came across it in this chapter.

It's such a cute moment when Andromeda realises that Ted would only care about her being upset, and not about her reputation. I really want a Ted. :(

Um, Black children are read books about depraved Muggles as BEDTIME STORIES? I knew this was an entrenched thing, but that really is crazy. No wonder it takes so much to overturn that kind of belief, it requires such a huge upheaval. It's a good thing Andromeda's been handed one ... but SERIOUSLY. It's just gross.

Uh oh. Creepy Bellatrix. There really is something horrific about her putting the silencing charm on Andromeda - okay, given Bella's fondness of the Cruciatus it could have been much worse, but removing Andromeda's ability to talk is a horrible removal of her liberties. I was half-worried she wouldn't lift the charm. And now, I'm worried about the conversations with Druella and Walburga, because they're hardly going to end well either. EEK.

Looking forward to more updates! :)

Author's Response: Isn't it sick, those stupid family expectations? I seriously made myself righteously indignant just writing this chapter. Creepy sexist mumbo jumbo. Ugh.

Hahaha, I love that you pointed out "maudlin." I'm a fan of the word, too. It was the original "angst" and therefore deserves reverence and appreciation.

Yeah, messed up stuff goes down in Grimmauld Place. I think it's crazy that Sirius was the one who ended up inheriting a house with such a sordid past. Auntie Walburga wrapping him up snug as a bug and then reading poems about taking out the scourge of Muggles on the land, et cetera. Cozy. I imagine that brainwashing started from day one in the Black household.

Chapter 12 is in the queue as of now! Thanks so much for all the kind reviews. I'm so glad to know that you're enjoying the read!

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Review #5, by MarieBlack 

20th January 2014:
THIS WAS SO FLIPPING GOOD. Like my favorite chapter, even though there is minimal Ted.

I love seeing depth in the Black family. Like how Andie's mother and Sirius' have similarity. It keys in a lot because while we never hear about their mother in the series but linking her to Walburga often lets us see her personality is similar to Sirius' mother. I love that.

Andie's interactions with Sirius always warm my heart because I feel like they're kindred spirits. Haha. Although Sirius exudes this rebellious side in a different form than Andie, eventually I think defecting from their family was something they both saw in each other when they were younger. I love their relationship, it's much more normal and family-like then that of their other relatives.

Bella scares the wits out of me honestly. I don't know if I could have ever faced her haha. She's cruel though and I'm glad that the cruelty in her is shown. I always felt that a heart like hers was something that was always evident in her. It's hard to hide true cruelty, almost like the trends in serial killers.

I love the little line about Regulus in there, about how he's becoming a goody goody. Plays right into him being his parents favorite son. My story is actually about Regulus and his own turning from his family and the Dark Lord. The second chapter is about to post so feel free to read it at your leisure.

This story is lovely! Happy writing.

Author's Response: Favorite chapter? Even without Ted?! SCORE. I'm glad, because it was a very rewarding chapter to write, even though I creeped myself out while doing so.

Mm, yes, you never really hear about Druella. I'd love to read an obscure fanfic about HER. I picture her as the more subservient, mild-mannered of the sisters-in-law, but she's still got her cruel side and her prejudices, no doubt.

I love writing Andie and Sirius. And yes, theirs probably the most normal and loving relationship that has ever occurred in Grimmauld Place to date.

I had an interesting time working out Bella, because what we see of her in the books is post-Azkaban, and it's hard to tell how much of her personality was in existence before her imprisonment, and how much of it was brought on by psychosis. But then you look at what landed her in Azkaban, and it's clear that she had to be a cruel, sadistic sort of person even before she was locked away. I've had a rough time keeping crazy out of her behavior, but hopefully I can keep up a consistent portrayal.

GASP. NO WAY. I MUST READ THIS STORY. I had no idea you'd posted it already! Regulus is, like, one of my FAVORITE tertiary Harry Potter characters. I've always thought he had such a fascinating, heartbreaking story. I'll be sure to favorite your story and read it soon!

Thank you for the encouragement!

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Review #6, by UnluckyStar57 

20th January 2014:

Alright, so tell me: Is this your last chapter before you have to go and write more, or is chapter 12 looming on the horizon?! If it isn't, then I certainly hope it comes into being QUITE soon!! Here is some motivation for writing chapter 12:

Yay! Come on, Lavender! You can do it! That chapter isn't going to write itself! Rah, rah, rah! You rock! Hooray!!

...Okay, so maybe I'm not very good at being motivational. Oh well... Anyways, I hope that I'm not being too pushy, but seriously, I see that this story has been updated and already I'm like, "Oooh, what's going to happen next?! I NEED TO KNOW!!" You just keep me in suspense with the endings of these chapters. It's ridiculous. I probably need therapy so that I can learn how to cope with my distress (totally kidding. I'm not THAT weird.

Okay, the chapter. THE CHAPTER!!

It would seem that some of my suspicions about Rabastan were correct. He's a big jerk, of course--we knew that already, and he sees Georgiana as a physical stress reliever. He uses her to get what he wants, and he lies to Andie, saying that she's the person that he's truly devoted to. What a git. He is just. Too. MUCH. He has zero right to fool around like that, and just... UGH. Jerkjerkjerkjerkjerk.

And suddenly, it's ANDIE'S problem to deal with. I really didn't expect her to be so sad/mopey about him cheating on her, because while she felt things for him, her feelings were much weaker than they had been at the beginning of the relationship (I think). But it makes sense. Even if you have to break up with someone for being a total schmuck, you still feel sad about it. And the fact that Andie has to deal with the crocodiles that she calls "relatives" would be enough to make ANYONE cry.

Bellatrix. OHMYGOSH. You gave me a lovely review on the one-shot that I wrote about her, but my Bellatrix seems cuddly in comparison to yours. Oh man, she is LETHAL. I'm terrified of her!! I hate her for getting on to Andie for causing a scene--CAN'T SHE UNDERSTAND THAT ANDIE WAS WRONGED BY THAT TWO-TIMING RASCAL?!?!?! Apparently not, because when you're a member of the Most Noble and Ancient House of Black, you have to save face and stay out of scandals. Ugh. I think I hate Bellatrix more than I hate Rabastan, just because she's so creepy and she won't even take her sister's side. That's just LOW--I don't care if she's married to Rabastan's brother.

But Sirius, as always, is totally cool. I don't usually like reading about him because it's usually a Marauders fic with a Sirius/OC love-hate vibe going on, but this is Sirius like I've never seen him before. He's so cute and young, d'aw. :) And he wants a motorcycle, which is just adorable. He'll definitely get that in the future, and then the ladies won't be able to resist him. Hahaha. :D

OH!! That BOOK!! I HAVE to rant about that BOOK!!! NOW I totally understand why the Black sisters are so adamant on the "fact" that Muggle-borns=lowly animals who stole magic. THEY'VE BEEN BRAINWASHED EVER SINCE THEY WERE WEE BABBIES!! (Yes, I did just say "babbies." I'm in a silly mood.) But this. Is. Just. TOO! MUCH!!! Auntie Walburga is something else, lemme tell you! Where did she get a book like that?! I bet she wrote it. I bet she read it to the little girls every night with a sugary-sweet tone and a warning smile. The moral of every story? Don't get too close to the Muggles, darlings. They'll EAT YOU.

And that image is incredibly disturbing. Children's minds are so impressionable, and the Black idea of family fun is to get together and read Muggle hate literature?! THAT'S not going to leave a scar (*sarcasm*). I'm surprised that Sirius managed to escape from that curse, and I'm even more surprised that Andie is starting to come out of that haze of bigoted nonsense.

As always, it was a BEAUTIFUL chapter, despite all of the ugly, ugly stuff that Bellatrix and Rabastan did. However, I really hope that Ted and Andie write each other letters over the break--it would be good if they could correspond. :)

Thanks for the marvelous update! :D

P.S. Have you picked a House on the forums? I hope you're in Ravenclaw. ;)


Author's Response: WHEE. Every time I get one of your reviews, it's just like a hug from a narwhal or something. Mm. Obviously, the poetic Muses aren't with me at present.

Thank you for the most encouraging encouragement!! Apparently it was retroactive, 'cos I'd already gone ahead with chapter 12 over the weekend. Cackle, cackle. It was hard to write, 'cos some serious bleep goes down, but so help me, I did. It's on its way!


I kinda scared myself with Bellatrix. Apparently, though, horror writers are some of the most emotionally healthy people out there, because they get all their creep out through cathartic writing. So maybe Bellatrix is good for my emotional health? I dunno. I'm gonna go with that.

Ickle Sirius has been a blast to write. Like you mention, I usually only ever see him in Marauder fic where he's being his usual bleepity bleep self and attracting Mary Janes with his smoldering looks and whatnot, but I like to think that he was a pretty okay kid, especially given his upbringing. COUSIN BONDING.

Oh, get ready. You haven't seen the last of that awful Muggle-hating book and Aunt Walburga. Such a terrible way to grow up. Those poor kids. D: When you think of the type of environment the Black family perpetuated, no wonder so many of them ended up psychotic or self-destructive. Guh.

More Tedromeda to come, too! Not in the immediate next chapter, but AFTER THAT.

Forum house. Merp. I haven't decided or PMed for a house password yet! I'm torn, 'cos Pottermore says I'm a Gryff, and my friends call me a Slyth, and now you're being all persuady (yes, persuady) with your Ravenclaw fancy talk! I AM TORN. Don't wanna decide. Will procrastinate and write more story.

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