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Review #1, by purplepotter77 Acquainted with the Night

27th November 2013:
First off, I'd like to say how sorry I am for this review being so late! And secondly, wow, I really love what you've done with the poem and how you've managed to base this story off of it!

Tristessa is such an interesting character - she's very intriguing and well-characterized, even for a short piece. There were definitely many parts of this where I sympathized with her and how isolated she was from people at times. I also loved the part with the ice cream lady and how you wove the concept of how a lot of children of Death Eaters get segregated because people think they're just like their parents/grandparents.

The description here was great - it wasn't too flowery or excessive, but it helped me picture the story well in my mind. The last sentence was such a nice touch that really tied into the poem and brought the whole story full circle.

Thank you so much for entering my Poetry-Inspired Challenge, and wonderful job with this! :D

Author's Response: Haha, you don't have to apologise about lateness to me - I am the EMPRESS of lateness ;) Thanks for such a wonderful challenge and your kind words!! I had a great time writing this :D

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Review #2, by teh tarik Acquainted with the Night

6th November 2013:
Jo! I have come to read some of your writing! :) (This will be a rather brief review because I'm rather exhausted from all that NaNo-ing) :P

So I was really intrigued by the title of this story; I don't know if you know this, but there is a book called 'The Luminaries' which won this year's Man Booker Prize, and in that novel, astrology is a very significant theme.

So I really enjoyed this piece, at least what I understood of it. You've created such a compelling character with Tristessa Lestrange, and from the hints in her narration, there are such interesting interactions and dynamics between her and her siblings, Tarquin and Taddeus, I think they're all siblings, am I right? I really felt for her, how segregated she must have felt all her life. That part with the ice-cream lady was particularly heartrending, that she should be judged for the sins of her grandparents, especially as she's only eleven!

Anyway, I didn't quite understand the Order part or what is going to happen to Taddeus, but as you mentioned, it's part of a larger story arc which I have yet to be familiar with! I'm so intrigued and I'll definitely read more of your works to find out about these Lestrange siblings. Your writing is also really smooth and vivid and just a joy to read.

Great work, Jo! I really enjoyed this, and I hope to be back on your page soon! :D


PS: You're such an excellent writer that it's a shame that your story doesn't have as many reviews as it should. Perhaps you should advertise them more on the forums, if you're comfortable with that? Or request banners for them? But only if you want to! :)

Author's Response: Teh!! Hello! Yes, I did know of The Luminaries, but only after I wrote this haha.

I'm glad you enjoyed this, even if it doesn't make any sense (yet, mwahaha). And yes you're right, Tristessa, Tarquin and Tad are all siblings.

Thank you for the praise (really - thank you, it means a lot coming from you!!) and the tips about advertising on the forums and such, I do try to but sometimes I just forget!! As for requesting banners, I'm so pernickety about that kind of visual stuff that I get a little daunted with asking people to cater to it :/

Thank you thank you for the review and sorry that it's taken me so long to respond!! I'll see ya round xo

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