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Review #1, by Pretense Of Perfection Draw, O Coward

7th July 2014:
Wow, so I totally tried reading it backwards. I'm not really good at that kind of "out of the box" thing, but it's amazing that the story still works. Not quite as well, in my opinion, but it's still impressive.

Poor Hermione. I think you managed to stay pretty true to both of their characters here. His deceit is sort of heartbreaking for me, and I can't help but wonder how things would turn out, if he would actually be able to go through with it or not.

Your imagery and word choice is just beautiful. I really like the last part, where even the forest seems to be brought to life.

The bit about fate was rather heartbreaking as well. It really seems like he does care for her, at least in some way, but obviously the circumstances won't allow him to admit it, or for it to ever become anything.

Great job!!

---House Cup 2014 Review---
Pretense Of Perfection, Gryffindor

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Review #2, by patronus_charm Draw, O Coward

16th June 2014:
Hi Gina, I had to go for a pre-2014 story as I had run out of your 2014 ones, so thatís why Iím here!

Wow, this story is so haunting! The narratorís thoughts really scared me because while Hermione seems to think that there is hope there and that the narrator could turn back to the path of goodness, there was something lurking away in his mind which suggested he strayed from that long ago and there was no hope.

This ĎCreate the illusion, it whispers. Delude her. Reassure her of your friendship, of this kindling trust. Act your part; draw your wand.í And ĎOnly I know that tonight, beside the faceless, uncaring trees at the cusp of the Forbidden Forest, she must die.í Really enhanced the haunting sort of feel to the story and how determined the person is which really chilled me. I have a feeling the person is Draco, as it seems most appropriate from the way he acted with Hermione but I canít be entirely sure either. But then the ambiguity of the narrator just added to the horror in my opinion.

I loved how you made two strong characters face one another as it just made for so much more tension and it was lot more fun to read because of it. Unlike most people, Hermione went to directly challenge him and almost ridicule him at some points which made me laugh because she still wasnít prepared to realise how serious this situation was. Just overall your characterisation was fab!

Whaaat? You can read it backwards?? Ah, that was such a cool twist and Iím so glad I read youíre a/n as it was even better backwards in my opinion and now my mind is full of what other hidden meanings are lurking away here.

This was such a great story, Gina!


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Review #3, by MyMyMiss Draw, O Coward

7th March 2014:
Hi hun, here from blackout!!

I think this was a very small, but well written one-shot. I think while this story appears to lack a lot of detail - due to the length, it is actually quite detailed once you read it.

After reading the first few lines, I understood that this was one of those very few stories out there that don't need a lot of detail to grasp the situation or to make the story flow at the same level of consistency through out the entire story. Your story is rather intriguing, I never thought of anyone trying to kill Hermione, it was really a very intriguing story all over to read, I commend you for this wonderful little one-shot!!

~MMM: Slytherin and Gryffies blackout.

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Review #4, by Maelody Draw, O Coward

2nd March 2014:
Hey! 1/10 reviews from the opposite house for the Slytherin vs. Gryffindor bingo card!

Boy, am I so happy that this challenge lead me to this! It's such a unique, to the point, eye-catching story. Honestly, this mystery character is very, well, mysterious. The fact that I don't know who he is, or what this is all about, makes it even better! It literally leaves me guessing, and wondering how Hermione has been lead to this in her life!

I'm so sorry to keep the review short, but I really am trying to get in all 10 before work in 2 and a half hours! But do know that I loved this, and I'll probably come back at a later date to tell you more on just how much this story is amazing! :) Your work never disappoints, and you do such a wonderful job!


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Review #5, by CassiePotter Draw, O Coward

17th February 2014:
So I read this one-shot and thought it was wonderful. Your descriptions are fantastic, particularly the part about the cloak falling to the ground. It was beautiful and I could picture is so, so clearly in my mind. I loved how anxious the narrator was, and how he was fighting what he had to do. I got to the end and was really glad that I chose this story to read. And then I read the author's note which said to read the story backwards. Which I did. I am really, really impressed! I don't think I could write a story that's brilliant whether you read in from top to bottom or bottom to top! I've never read a story like that, and yours has set the bar very high!
The flow (when reading it both ways) was wonderful, and you did a fantastic job creative such a vivid story in so few words. There weren't any grammar mistakes that I caught, either. This story was really cool, and I loved reading it! 10/10
Cassie :)

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Review #6, by adluvshp Draw, O Coward

15th February 2014:
Hey! Here for review tag!

Wow, this was absolutely marvellous. I loved the whole forwards/backwards thing - very creative and clever! I loved the sinister feel that this had throughout, and how you kept the identity of the would-be-murderer hidden as it made it all the more exciting. I personally loved the bottom-to-top version more but perhaps because it was more "haunting" that way.

All in all, a very well-written piece! I truly loved it. Good job!


Author's Response: Hi there! Thanks so much for the review!

I think the general consensus is that the bottom-to-top version is the winner. :) I quite like it too, because there's really no question that she's going to die. Top-to-bottom she might have a chance.

Anyway, thanks again. It was great to hear from you!

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Review #7, by GingeredTea Draw, O Coward

15th January 2014:
So I'm sure I'm not the first and wont be the last to say that this is a beautiful piece of writing. I loved that it could be read backwards or forwards and enjoyed both versions. I also like that you kept the identify of her killer (?) cloaked in secrecy. Brilliant!

Thank you for the awesome read!

Author's Response: Aw, thank you! That means a lot! I'm glad you enjoyed. :)

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Review #8, by Lily Evans Draw, O Coward

2nd December 2012:
Okay, at first I was a bit confused when I read this. But then when I read your authors note, I always liked reading it backwards better! Very creative. I've always loved writing Hermione and I think that you've written her perfectly! 10/10 for being creative and original!

Author's Response: Thank you so much! Sorry for confusing you, but it was necessary for the full effect. ;)

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Review #9, by academica Draw, O Coward

17th July 2012:
Hey Gina! I'm here for TGS Review Challenge #10!

Oh, my gosh, it is so cool that you can read this forwards and backwards!! (I'm sort of partial to the backwards version, but both are excellent.) I love that you deliberately left the identity of Hermione's (would-be?) killer ambiguous, because I feel like a lot of Slytherin students would be faced with this kind of decision. I can't even imagine being instructed by my parents to follow Voldemort's orders and kill the enemy, and then for the enemy to take the form of the infamous Hermione Granger. The whole thing would be incredibly surreal, and I can definitely see that in this piece.

Great job! You definitely deserved the Snitch! :)


Author's Response: Thank you, Amanda! I'm glad you enjoyed this short piece. It came together relatively quickly, but it took a lot of brain power (which was fun at times, and at other points I wanted to tear out my hair). :)

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Review #10, by Rachel_edge Draw, O Coward

23rd May 2012:
It blew my mind that it made sense forward and back. Brilliant!

Author's Response: Thank you!

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Review #11, by deluminator Draw, O Coward

9th February 2012:
This is brilliant!

It must have been a complete pain to write- if so, it was certainly worth it because the resulting one-shot is incredibly clever.

I enjoyed reading it both from top to bottom and from bottom to top. I did like reading it from bottom to top more, it seemed much more foreboding and sinister that way.

Author's Response: At times it was a pain, but overall it came together relatively quickly. I'm so glad you enjoyed it! Thank you for the review.

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Review #12, by that random kid Draw, O Coward

7th January 2012:
Ok o came across "he did, eh?" first and it was clever the whole backwards/forwards thing going on. Then the author mentioned you and i immediatley searched for this story. This fic was amazingly awesome, i honestly thought i flowed better reading back. But hey, eye of the beholder right? But yea this was really clever and emotional so kudos to you. :)
Ps i would give you a 11/10 but alas i am incapable.

Author's Response: Thank you so much! I agree that it works better reading backwards. Maybe because the ending is a bit more ominous that way. ;)

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Review #13, by CoLorful DreaM Draw, O Coward

13th September 2011:
5 of 15.

Honestly, i donțt know which was better - reading forwards or backwards? Wow, this is a really interesting thing to try writing. Also, although really short, is really well compressed. Very good!


Author's Response: Thanks again, love!

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Review #14, by Siriuslover177 Draw, O Coward

12th August 2011:
Wow, that was... breath taking! It really was. I could feel the pain he was having doing this within the words you wrote.
It was so amazing, I loved it so much.
I am going to read it bottom to top now

Wow, I loved it even more bottom to top! It made more sense in my opinion! I liked it a lot!
I could again, feel the emotions you were trying to show though out your writing.
It was absolutely beautiful, I liked it so much! '
Amazing, amazing job!


Author's Response: You are too sweet! Thank you for the review. Glad you enjoyed it!

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Review #15, by alicia and anne Draw, O Coward

4th August 2011:
Wow this story was just brilliant! How on earth did you manage to make it so it was a story both ways you read it? and how did you come up with the idea for it? I am really amazed!
It's just so brilliant, I really want to know what happened to cause it to get to this scene? is it Hermione and Draco? Hermione and a death eater?
Superb writing!

alicia and anne

Author's Response: I wrote it normally first, and I thought it needed a little something extra. So I decided to write it backwards, with the ending first. After I did that, I realized it ALMOST worked backwards AND forwards, so I did more editing and this was the result. It was totally an experiment, so I'm glad it worked for you! Thanks for the review!

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Review #16, by zeebeescilla Draw, O Coward

28th December 2010:
wow! at first i was a bit confused, but then(once i figured it out)i was just awed!
how did you ever figure out how to make this work?! you are a genius! i marvel at your awesome-ness :D
i like it better the second way, it just seems to flow more to me. but either way it is still amazing!

Author's Response: Aww, thank you so much! I really appreciate that. And yes, I agree, I like to second way better. It's more ominous, isn't it? (:

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Review #17, by peppersweet Draw, O Coward

24th December 2010:
Ooh, ooh, I remember hearing about this on story seekers! Gosh, it's brilliant. You're a genius for being able to pull of something so difficult. After hearing the podcast I tried my own palindromic story and completely failed, so I know how hard this is. Wow, it's amazing. I love the anonymity of the narrator as well. Readers could literally make him anyone they wanted to. I hear a lot of people imagine that this is Draco ready to kill Hermione, but, actually, I saw him as a complete OC. Don't know why. That's one of the great things about this piece, I think. As well as being outrageously clever, it's kind of personal to whoever reads it.
Anyway, this is fab. 20/10 from me!

Author's Response: Thank you! Thank you, thank you, thank you! You're the best, Secret Santa. ;)

I wanted to leave the narrator ambiguous for that fact. I think it's more terrifying not knowing who is is, that he could be absolutely anyone. I like to fill it in as Draco simply because I'm a Dramione shipper, but other times I read it as an anonymous male student. It's really up to the reader!

Thank you!

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Review #18, by LadyLikable Draw, O Coward

22nd November 2010:
Ahhh that's so cool!

Author's Response: Thank you!

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Review #19, by Padfoot23 Draw, O Coward

29th October 2010:
Loved it! The way it's written is very creative :D

Author's Response: Thank you so much!

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Review #20, by MajiKat Draw, O Coward

28th September 2010:
this is the most incredibly clever thing i have ever read! i love palindromes (although i have no head for them, i admire people who can work with them) and this whole fic is a palindrome. excellent!!
it is so much darker when read backwards - chilling even, esp after already having read it forwards.
im amazed by this

simply excellent!!

kate xx

Author's Response: Ah! Thank you so much! I'm still floored by the praise that this piece is receiving. Your words mean so much to me.

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Review #21, by californialove Draw, O Coward

7th July 2010:
wow, i really enjoyed that! specially when i read it backwards! very clever!!!

Author's Response: Thanks so much! Glad you enjoyed it. :)

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Review #22, by theelderwand Draw, O Coward

21st June 2010:

Heard about this on the podcast and simply had to check it out.


Don't have a clue how you managed this, right down to the fate question and answer segment, which reads so well in either direction, but with such different meaning depending upon which. Stunning.

Must say, her death is definitely more certain backwards than forwards.

You are, without question, to be HIGHLY acclaimed for what must have been an exceedingly difficult fic to write.

You've done it masterfully.



Author's Response: Oh wow. I don't know if I deserve all that praise, but THANK YOU. So much. I'm thrilled that you enjoyed it!

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Review #23, by Jazzeh Turnip Draw, O Coward

19th June 2010:
Review Challenge #14.

This is the second "Every Word Counts" challenge fic I've read today and I have to say that this rivals the other... and the last was AMAZING.

It's so interesting that you've made this readable from both forwards and backwards. Reading it backwards is a bit difficult when you're this tired so I may've read some parts completely wrong, but either way I love this fic. It's beautifully written and... wow. I'm pretty speechless at how you managed to write something so fantastic.

10/10 :D

Author's Response: I'm speechless from your review! Haha. Thank you so much for your kind words. I'm thrilled to hear that you enjoyed it! :)

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Review #24, by Miss Lily Potter Draw, O Coward

12th June 2010:
Oh, my.

So I heard about this on the story seekers podcast, and it sounded really interesting, so I decided to read it.

o.o I'm glad I did! It was really well done. I'm extremely envious of everyone who can do this so well; it's really awesome, and doesn't seem choppy at parts.

I think the top to bottom way is my favorite, because I like the idea of her not necessarily being dead. She probably is, but not definitely. Though, I do love the end being "Goodbye..."

Agh. Brilliant story! :D

Author's Response: Thank you for giving this a try! :) I'm so glad you enjoyed it. It really was a difficult piece to write, and to hear that you liked it means the world to me.

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Review #25, by Violet Gryfindor Draw, O Coward

27th February 2010:
This is amazing! Celestie recommended this one to me because I loved her version of the "two way story" (what else can you call it?), and it's fantastic to see another like it on the archive. It's such a creative way of structuring a story, and it must take a lot of effort to make it work in both directions.

I also really liked the plot, the way that the two characters are each cornered. They're very strong, but they're trapped in this Mexican standoff. I got the feeling that no matter how often the one guy stated that he could kill her, he wouldn't be able to convince himself to do it - he says it too often, and Hermione here is very strong (which I always love to see in a story). The character dynamics here are really well-constructed, and even though this was only 500 words, there was a whole deeper story going on that was highly developed and fascinating.

The guy did remind me of Draco, especially as this scene mirrored that on the Astronomy Tower in HBP, but it could equally be Scorpius, as Hermione seemed older. I liked that you left it up to the reader to put a name and face to him - it adds to the mystery of the whole story.

This story was amazing! And I don't know why I haven't read more of your stories. I definitely see progress from the Remus/Tonks one of yours I read, but I think I'm biased because I love structure of this story too much. *bows down*

Author's Response: :o

Sorry it's taken me so long to get to this review. I have been trying to find the right words to say and they still elude me.

Thank you.

No really, thank you.

I am floored that you enjoyed this, that you found depth and intrigue and that the characterizations worked for you. It was a difficult story to write all around, and to hear your praise means more than I can say.

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