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Review #1, by UnluckyStar57 Howling

12th March 2014:
Hi!! I'm here for the review battle! :D

This was a short little thing, but wow, the words were so powerful!! I really love that this was about Helena Ravenclaw's death, because that isn't a scene that is seen very much.

The descriptions are wonderful! They really help set the scene, and I can envision the dark colors that surround every part of this story. Helena is fleeing for her life, but she can't escape. It's a very black sort of thought.

The howls from which the story takes its name are incredibly eerie. The Bloody Baron set dementors on her? That's no way for a man to behave towards the woman he loves!! The howling, I'm assuming, was not made by the dementors--I always thought they were a silent breed. Perhaps it's all in her mind, and those are memories that are coming up to the surface? If so, she had a pretty grisly existence! No wonder she was ready to give up toward as the end.

The action in this story was moved along by your word choices in a really excellent way. I loved the line "'If there's one thing I ask, it's hide it with your life. For it is far more important than you and I. Ask the stars.'" It was enigmatic and chilling!

Brilliant story!! :D

~UnluckyStar57

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Review #2, by LightLeviosa5443 Howling

1st January 2014:
Here for the BvB review battle! Go Bronze!

So, I was going through your story list, and this one just seemed to jump out at me, I actually didn't realize it's length until I finished and was upset that there was no more to read. This story sucked me in and left me wishing that there was so much more to read.

You did such a wonderful job with the description of her surroundings, of how desperate she felt when she heard her mothers words. I felt like I was there with Helena. In less than a thousand words you put together a story that grabbed my whole attention, made me feel the emotions of the main character, and left me wanting more.

Brilliant job. Really, truly, I have nothing more to say than brilliant job! This was a fantastic read!!

xoxo LL

Author's Response: LL!

Thanks so much for such a wonderful review. I'm flattered by the compliments on my writing.

Thanks, and go Bronze!

-Janelle


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Review #3, by toomanycurls Howling

1st November 2013:
This is quite haunting. I've never read a story that focused on a person while they're dying. I could feel the life leaving her as she fought to hide the diadem. You included such beautiful detail in this short piece that it was very rich with poignant details.

I loved the way she knew she was dying but had one last task before she could let herself go. Your description of the howling staying around (even being louder) at the moment of death was incredible. I usually read about everything going silent around death but the idea of the howling being even more persistent is remarkable.

Good luck in the competition!!

-Rose

Author's Response: Rose!

Thanks so much! I'm glad you found this detailed and haunting! That's what I was aiming for! I worked hard on it, even though it's only 500 words.

Thanks!

-Janelle


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Review #4, by patronus_charm Howling

27th October 2013:
It won't let me log in, but oh well. Also, this is a phone review so apologies for quality and quantity!

I thought this was a really great subject for the challenge as it really is a horrifying moment, and you really captured Helena's fear and had me tingling away. Your description of it all really added to it, I think there was a line about blood on her skirt which just really made it for me because it was such a great piece of sensory description which added so much.

Helena's thoughts about her impending death were so scary given how accepting she was of her death and that chilling calm really added to it. It was echoed in her actions which seemed to be so measured and thought out, I could really tell it reflected her thoughts.

The closing lines with her putting the diadem in the tree and then hearing that cry was great and I can just hear this piercing cry going round and round in my head.

This was a really wonderful piece! Best of luck in the challenge, and don't forget to post the link to the story in the thread so it counts!

-Kiana

Author's Response: Kiana! (Beautiful name, by the way!)

I'm glad you decided to stop by and read my short little one shot! Everything you said put a smile on my face! Thanks so much for the great response!

I won't forget to post my link!

Thanks!

-Janelle


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Review #5, by Hogwarts27 Howling

26th October 2013:
Hi, I came to read this after your forum post, 'cause I like a creepy story. I'm also a very picky reader, but this piece of writing is actually quite good, especially for only 500 words that need to evoke creepiness in the reader. There are a few places where the word flow could still be improved a bit, but that didn't keep me from enjoying it. The descriptions were good to evoke the proper mood. You made every word count. And the ending was satisfying for the scene it depicted. I liked this little piece. I'm glad I came to read it!

Author's Response: Thanks for the great review!

-Janelle


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Review #6, by bellatrixlestrange123 Howling

26th October 2013:
I decided to come and have a look after you wrote about it on the forums and nosey old me just can't resist a creepy read *evil face*

Let me just say, for a story little over 500 words, you included everything that needed to be included and then some. It was short and brutal despite it's length, it was about a time very important in Helena's life. Her death, ironically.

I havn't read many stories about Helena that focused solely on how she hid the diadum so it was very insightful to read. Your use of imagery and description formed a very vivid imagination in us readers of Helena's situation from the very start!

Best of luck with the challenge and keep up the good work!!

Bella :)

Author's Response: Bella!

Thanks for the amazing review. I'm so happy you liked this!

-Janelle


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