Reading Reviews for The Death of a Woman
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Review #1, by LadyL8 The Birth of a Phoenix

9th July 2014:
Hi There.

I'm reviewing for the House Cup, and I thought your story looked so interesting. And it was. Wow. I don't think I've ever read anything like it. It was so original, so chilling and I absolutely loved it.

I really like the idea to combine facts with fiction. We know that people were burned for being witches, but it happened so long ago that it doesn't really effect us much. But by combining it with fiction, and especially a relatively new fictional world like Harry Potter, you really see it differently and it effects you more. And I think it's easier to really understand what they did, when you see it in a world you know and love like Harry Potter.

You're really good at imagery. I could imagine it all happening in my head, because your description is so good. The flow was good and I didn't notice any grammar mistakes.

And I just have to say; I loved how you ended it. With her being reborn sort of, just like a phoenix - rising from the ashes. It's was a perfect way to end it.

So as you've probably guessed, I really, really liked it. You're very talented!

- Lotte

House Cup 2014 Review

Author's Response: Hi, hi, LadyL8/Lotte!

Thanks for taking time to review. I'm glad you liked this one-shot! *blushes* "talented" - you are very kind. Yeah the non-fiction/fanfiction combo is a new dynamic. Other writers have explored this in the past, you should check their works out: MargaretLane, Girldetective85, and academica amoung many others I'm likely forgetting. Enjoy and thanks again :D

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Review #2, by Pretense Of Perfection The Birth of a Phoenix

9th July 2014:
Hello there!!!

Wow, what a ghostly, chilling tale. Your MC is wonderfully crafted, she manages to seem so complex and sad, even though we never actually hear her thoughts. I love how she stood, calm and quiet, waiting for the inevitable, and just watching the people all around her. Her rebirth at the end was absolutely stunning, and I don't think you could have picked a better or more fitting ending. I didn't notice any spelling or grammar errors either. The plot and pace were perfect, and I found myself so eager to read ahead and find out what happened to her. I guess I'll just have to use my imagination for that. I also really like how you did something so original and unique, I'm assuming this maybe could've been the Salem witch trials? I've definitely never read anything like this, awesome job!!

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pretense of perfection

Author's Response: Hi Pretense of Perfection (cool name!)!

Thanks for your review! I'm glad you enjoyed the one-shot and felt all the feels for the OC. Haha yes, you'll have to use your imagination as I have 0 clue what happened to her ;) Didn't think that far at all, loved the 500 word parameter for that very reason.

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Review #3, by What Nee Style! The Birth of a Phoenix

24th December 2012:
Hello! This is your TGS Secret Santa, stopping by with a review for you -- though, of course, there will be more than one when this is all said and done. I'm hoping to leave you two more reviews tomorrow, too!

One of my favorite things is the Every Word Counts challenge, and I always love reading the entries of other people who've attempted it, too. I've never read one so symbolic as yours, though, and I really loved everything you pulled into this story. The overarching phoenix symbol, of course, was very well done; the literal and figurative elements to the well-known story of a phoenix being reborn from its ashes was interesting. And the way you set up the story, too, made it mysterious and intriguing. You didn't tell everything right away, and some things were left unsaid -- it's a risky writing maneuver, but you pulled it off skillfully!

The imagery in this story was lovely, too. Especially the colors -- the bit at the end about the red wings licking and feeding the air was one of my favorite lines in the entire one-shot. And the line about the blur of brown and black and white, I loved that too! I think I could live off of beautiful imagery, in some cases, and you wrote it so well here.

I'm almost sad this story wasn't longer! Props to you on finishing the challenge, too -- writing a story in exactly five hundred words really isn't as easy as it might seem. I enjoyed reading this very much! Great work -- and like I said, I'll be back!

Author's Response: This has taken me a beyond embarrassingly long time to respond to. I'm awful, I'm sorry. A lot was left "unsaid" so to speak. Was she a witch? What did she do? Etc, etc. It was just a random idea in my head and I finally put it to internet-paper. I'm glad you enjoyed it!

Imagery was so crucial to what I was trying to pull off, I wanted it to be striking and I'm glad you liked it :) I could live off beautiful imagery too.

Thanks so much for the Secret Review tag and taking your time to review my stories!

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Review #4, by baletgir The Birth of a Phoenix

14th January 2012:
I really like the analogy you drew in the chapter title of this woman and a phoenix. Rising from the ashes. Very interesting.

I think you had wonderful imagery through out this! It was extremely well written and really beautiful! I really enjoyed reading it!

I'll be honest, I never read anything older than Hogwarts Era. No Marauders, no founders, none of that. But I was surprised that I really enjoyed this historical piece. A few more stories like this and I just might be converted!!


Author's Response: Hello BaletGir! Thank you for the review :) My apologizes for taking so long to reply to it!

I'm glad you enjoyed the piece and were intrigued by the analogy. Yay converted! Haha, you should hop around to the historical pieces, they (in my opinion obviously) are pretty creative and fresh! Let me know if you find anything worth a read :)


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Review #5, by Cirque Du Freak The Birth of a Phoenix

23rd December 2011:
This is truly amazing. It is probably the most original thing I have ever read on the site.

Although the thought of the era of burning witches does cross ones mind it doesn't really hit us and give us the right impact. There is so much you could do in that era and it is a shame there aren't more stories based in those years, but that's what makes your piece so effective.

I honestly don't really know what to say except for "wow". The flow and the content and just everything really was impeccable. It was beautiful and horrifying and engaging.

It's just so... perfect. xxx

Author's Response: Hello Cirque Du Freak :)

-jaw drops- You really know how to flatter a writer haha. "Beautiful and horrifying and engaging" I'm glad you felt all these things at the same time! Very true to what I wanted to accomplish with this piece.

You're right, this era is highly overlooked, but some of the best writers on the site cover it. Check out celticbard ;)

But anywho, thanks a bunch for the fantastic review! (All of your reviews made my day!)


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Review #6, by SunSation Gal 07 The Birth of a Phoenix

12th April 2011:
Hey! Lee from TGS here tagging you! I saw that this had no reviews yet and a very interesting and eye catching summary so I just had to read it. And I am very glad that I did. This was very well written, I could see it all playing out in my head like a movie. Very good. :)

Author's Response: Hey Lee! Thanks for reviewing :) And thanks for the compliment haha. I'm glad you found this one-shot to be well-written and movie like ;)


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