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5 Reviews Found

Review #1, by Pookha Through My Sister's Eyes

6th January 2016:
I really like when authors set themselves the challenge of writing a 12+ story, because it can be difficult with the forum rules to do so. I especially like that you set out to do a 12+ story that wasn't just fluff.

Great job characterizing the girls, especially Padma. She has a distinct voice from either of her sisters.

You also do a great job with explaining that the children already understand what happened, even though the adults are hiding it. The leak from Ravi that their Aunt Padma dies makes sense as Ravi's at that in-between age between child and adult.

A great job keeping it real. Your story reads real because it has the touches that give it that feel of something that actually happened.

Author's Response: Hello!
I'd never written Padma before this, so I'm glad you liked her! I really enjoy writing both children and minor characters, so this was a nice chance to do a bit of both.
I think kids see and understand a lot more than we give them credit for. They have such an honest, wonderful view of the world, and I really wanted to try and show that here. Padma understands what's going on, but can view it in a way that helps the rest of her family get through a difficult time.
I'm glad you thought it was realistic, as well.
Thank you for the review!
Cassie :)

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Review #2, by Veritaserum27 Through My Sister's Eyes

20th July 2015:
Hi Cassie,

House Cup 2015 Review - Ravenclaw

I really like your interesting take on the challenge for this story. I can totally imagine that Padma and Parvati had an older sister. When I read your author's note, I thought you would be trying to have Padma see things through Parvati's eyes, but now I realize that really wouldn't be too much of a challenge, because they are twins and probably know each other really well. It was very hard for Padma to see things through Ravi's eyes. Yet again, you've done a wonderful job accurately portraying a six year old protagonist. Padma's emotions and motivations were completely believable in this piece. And I love that she didn't give up. It was her own way of dealing with the grief of the death of a loved one. That story about the "blue frosting monsters" was too cute. I could totally see that in my head - it sounds like Fred and George weren't the only mischievous twins at Hogwarts! Also, I liked how you brought back around the story to the "happiness can work miracles" moral. Nice!

♥ Beth

Author's Response: Hello again Beth!
I'm glad you thought it seemed plausible for Padma and Parvati to have another sister. JKR doesn't tell us too much about them, so I took some liberties when I was imagining what their family would be like.
I love writing stories from little kids' perspectives, because I love the honest, unique view that kids have of the world. Padma doesn't overcomplicate what's happening, and can just be there for her sister.
I loved writing the blue frosting monsters :)
Thank you so much for another lovely review!
Cassie :)

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Review #3, by MileyMalfoy Through My Sister's Eyes

12th July 2014:
I have chills right now. Having lost family members I can totally understand Ravi's being sad and crying a lot, and the way you capture little Padma wanting to help her sister and make sure she smiles is just so precious. I love that even at six she seems to understand something so important, and that she's able to help her sister. I also love that she had that relationship with her Aunt that she could be told stories by her and that she would remember them and try to act on the advice even in this kind of situation. I really liked how you characterised the girls, how there were differences between Parvati and Padma even though they are so alike, and I love that you brought an older sister into the mix.

Great job!
~ Meg
House Cup 2014 Review

Author's Response: Hello Meg!
Thank you for another lovely review! I'm so glad you enjoyed this! I wrote it such a long time ago that not many people read it, so I'm thrilled that you decided to give it a look. I like to imagine that as teenagers Padma is a lot quieter and more reflective than Parvati, and that was a big influence on how I wrote her as a kid. She's thoughtful and caring even at such a young age, and I think this kind of sad event was a good time to showcase that. I'm glad you enjoyed her character and her relationships with her family! Thank you again for the review!
Cassie :)

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Review #4, by Santa Through My Sister's Eyes

27th December 2012:
Hello, I've come to review some of your oneshots as well :D

And wow, wow, wow! This is just wonderful. I'm going to say it's a pretty amazing story for such a short concise piece of writing. You've captured the voice of the child perfectly. Your attention to detail, the sentences, the simplicity and grace of the language...this is just fantastic writing. And I love the understated tone of this piece; it's not melodramatic at all, and there are things that the adult reader would understand that the child Padma obviously does not...and you've done really well to write these in. Whatever is unsaid in this piece is so beautiful - it really shows a child's attitude to unknowable things like death and life and change.

And the story Padma chose to tell Ravi! That was a brilliant ending. I'm really impressed and touched by this piece. I do hope you write more oneshots; you're really really good at them and I'm so glad that I chose to read this story! Fantastic!

Author's Response: I'm really pleasantly surprised that this was the first one-shot of mine you reviewed! It's my only really heavy one-shot, and it was a challenge for me to write!
I'm so glad you think this is detailed and the voice is childlike. I worked really hard on keeping that voice while also having enough emotion in there. So that fact that you picked up on the understated sadness is wonderful!!! And how Padma doesn't understand everything that's happened but can still help her sister. That was really important for me to achieve in this story! Thank you for the brilliant review!
Cassie :)

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Review #5, by Gabriella Hunter Through My Sister's Eyes

19th September 2012:

I should have read this right when you told me but I didn't have the time and I'm sorry! But this was actually a good surprise because I wasn't quite sure where this was going at first. I think that putting this to another child named Padma was a nice touch and it allowed me to get a better sense of the time and place. Of course, her innocence was refreshing to read as well, especially about her Auntie passing away. It was a good thing I think because alot of kids sort of have that thought that, even though someone is gone, they're with someone they love. The distinction between Padma and Ravi was great as well, I was able to see that they really cared for one another and the ending was too sweet! This had some obvious sad parts of course but I have to say that it left me smiling at the end and that last line made me feel all warm and fuzzy! So excellent job! I didn't catch any grammar things and I really loved the pacing so no worries! :D
I have to actually work on my challenge for this so wish me luck! :D For some reason, Ms. Ginny is giving me some trouble! D': I'll figure her out soon enough!
p.s.: Abandon's second chapter should be up really soon, the queue is actually pretty short this time so look out for that!
Much love,

Author's Response: Hi Gabbie! It's great to see you as review number 1 on this story!
I'm so glad that you enjoyed this, and liked that I chose Padma to write for! I'm going through a phase where I'm really loving her character and am writing her a lot (she's Darcy's mum in ASOS, so she shows up there and in The Boy with the Blue Hair :D).
I think kids have a really interesting perspective on life, and it's really fascinating, so with things like death, they have such a simple and clear understanding, that even if they don't really know what's happening, they have a really enlightening way of looking at it!
I really enjoyed giving Padma and Parvati another sister that they could look up to.
The ending was really fun for me to write! I knew as soon as I wrote her Auntie's advice for her that I wanted to end with it, too.
I'm so, so glad you enjoyed this! It was a challenge for me to write, but I'm really pleased with how it turned out! Thank you so much for the amazing review!
Cassie :)

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