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Review #1, by marauderfan (let's take a better look beyond a storybook)

1st January 2014:
What an original story! This is really creative. I love the idea of sentient statues who have feelings and thoughts, but are stuck in their stone bodies in one place. I did kind of wonder how this all started in the first place, why that particular day they became human, but that aside this was just wonderfully written and thought out, and I loved the strength of the emotions in these statues, and their appreciation of all the little things people take for granted when they live longer than one day.

The names! Oh, that is so sweet. Luna would talk to statues, and Colin would see the beauty in them and photograph them. So the names they chose are perfect. And even though this story is really its own thing, not super tied into HP, that little bit does it. It's a wonderful tie into the series - subtle, but really strong.

Aw, I love how, as a perfect, marble person, he appreciates the imperfections and doesn't want perfect. That's great. The end is very sweet!

I'm so glad I read this story, it was fantastic! Happy New Year :)

Author's Response: Thank you so much for the review!

I don't know why that particular date was chosen; the only thing that really mattered for me when I was writing it was that it was happening, I guess.

I wasn't sure about the Colin and Luna thing, but I'm thrilled that you enjoy it, and that it ties it enough to HP.

Thank you so much for the fabulous review!
Ellie


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Review #2, by Rumpelstiltskin (let's take a better look beyond a storybook)

31st December 2013:
Hello there!

writeyourheartout gave your story a shout-out on the forums, so I thought that I would come check it out. I'm glad that I did.

I'm honestly shocked that there aren't any reviews on this. Not only is it wonderfully written-in a beautiful, elegant language that reminds me so much of poetry-but it has a terrific story-line! Also, this is truly an original work, I've never seen anything like this.

The desire that the statue feels for the other is very powerful. I can't imagine having to stare at something for an eternity, sincerely distressed that, although I want and need it, cannot move to acquire it. Then, finally, he has the opportunity to meet her!

The sheer enthusiasm that he experiences from this was wonderful, equally matching her enthusiasm for finally gaining human-like qualities. Also, I quite enjoyed his reaction to touching the grass. It is understandable to become hesitant when faced with new experiences, I've just never taken into account that one of those experiences could be the feel of grass for the first time. The way he observes the stars, with such child-like innocence, was very lovely.

The way they chose their names was very touching. Colin and Luna...how marvelous! This line, "...but I haven't seen him since the night the castle shook" was heartbreaking! It was, however, a very nice tribute to Colin.

Of course, the ending was also very beautiful. Now, at least, they will be able to look at one another forever. This was truly fantastic!

-Rumpel

Author's Response: Wow. Thank you so much for the review!

I'm shocked by the positive response this story has received, and I'm glad you like it. You've commented on everything that I think is important about this piece; the intimacy and unrestrained longing these two feel for each other, his enthusiasm (he is such a dork and I love it), and how odd it would be to be introduced to what humanity really means after not knowing for centuries. The stars and the grass are honestly some of the things I'm happiest about.

Thank you for such a thoughtful and lovely review.

Ellie


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Review #3, by writeyourheartout (let's take a better look beyond a storybook)

31st December 2013:
Hello there! So I'm here for the 12 Days of Reviewing challenge over on the forums! Today's task was to review stories without any reviews, and my God, am I happy I found yours.

This was beautiful.

First of all, what a seriously unique idea! I don't think I've read a story that even comes close to this sort of thing! It's just crazy original and compelling and intriguing!

The storyline on its own is fantastic, but what's truly memorable about this piece is your execution of it! The way you wrote this was simply stunning. Right from the top I was captivated. I think those two opening paragraphs were my favorite. It immediately evoked all sorts of emotions and endless thought processes as I considered the lives of these two marble statues! I felt so terribly sad for them that they had the ability to think but not the ability to move, and it made me ask all of these questions, like how long have they been there, stuck in these positions, watching the world go by and change and grow while they do nothing but remain? You gave so much life to these inanimate stone carvings and it just broke my heart. Seriously, all of that came about from those first two paragraphs alone. Magnificent.

I love the way you chose to position them; her turned away but reaching back for him, him reaching forward as he's forced to stare forever at this single side of her, longing for more, unable to close that small distance between their hands; frozen in these marble bodies. It's absolutely incredible how much you made me feel for these statues.

I love that you gave her crooked teeth and that he, even with his expectations most likely impossibly high, finds her more perfect than he ever could have imagined. It's a beautiful moment when he sees perfection in her imperfection. How very human of him. :)

I love their innocence and their ability to so fully love even the most simple of things - things like spinning around in circles and experiencing the feeling of grass between their toes and the beauty of the night sky. They are like children, discovering the magic of the world for the first time.

I love that they named themselves Colin and Luna. That was just such a nice touch and it's such a perfect pair to have used for inspiration.

Do you notice how my past four paragraphs all started with the words 'I love...'? It's because I love this. All around. In every way.

I do have just a couple of questions!

So first you wrote this: "If she were human, she'd have dimples..." and later you reference - twice - that she actually does have dimples. Here's one of them: "He loves her dimples." - I'm not sure if that was something you accidentally overlooked, or if you did it on purpose to show maybe that she becomes more human as the night goes on (until it's time to change back, of course)? Or if it was something else entirely! But I thought I'd point it out just in case it was a mistake and I wasn't simply missing the point! hehehe ^.^

Also, is there a reason that this happened to them? I would have liked a small explanation about why and how they were given this chance! I tried to research the Calends of July in case it was something to do with that, but I couldn't find anything. I was expecting maybe an urban myth or a Roman God-like story that went along with it and explained why they might have come to life, but I couldn't find anything. Just curiosity, is all!

And that's it! I can't believe I'm the first to review this beautiful piece of work! Every moment in this story is perfect. Nothing was thrown away or misplaced or misused. Every word served a purpose and it takes a truly talented writer to pull something like that off. You are just phenomenal and I will have to check out more of your stories. I'm so glad I found this. :)

P.S. I LOVE Ingrid Michaelson. As soon as I saw your credit to her in the summary, I was like 'MUST READ.' She's brilliant. And this song is one of my favorite's. *squee*

Author's Response: I'm speechless at the moment. I don't know how to thank you for such an amazing review (and to be honest I didn't think this story would ever get a review).

Okay, the only thing I can really do is try to answer your questions. For the first one, that was honestly something I did subconsciously, but now I like it too much to let it go. As I wrote this story, I got more and more attached to the statues as they spent more time alive, and really got more human. I guess he didn't want to beleive that he wasn't human, so he started projecting that idea onto her, hence the 'if she had dimples' v. 'I love her dimples'.

On the backstory, I honestly wasn't completely sure what I was doing when I was writing it. I chose the Calends of July because I had just read the date in a Percy Jackson book, and I thought it sounded magical. So, of course, I decided to use it. Also, my headcanon is that the two statues were made in Greco-Roman time, so that date would be important. This isn't based off a real myth, but listening to that song (I love Ingrid Michaelson, too) just kind of got my brain working, and this was the result.

Thank you so, so much for the kind words, and I'm thrilled you enjoyed it. This review has made my week!

Ellie


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