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Review #1, by toomanycurls Lily

3rd February 2014:

Congrats on your first slash!!

I really love the elements you used to tell this story - the overheard conversation, listener being discovered, and the bit of shock Lily had at the news she overheard.

Lily's thoughts on what people dreamt about was quite interesting. It's a bit heart breaking to think that Harry and Ginny are still so impacted by the war. saying that James often told Lily his dreams was a good way to show how close they are.

James' conversation with Ivan was really well done. I do wonder what Teddy would have done at the news that James was seeing a guy.

Lily's shock is a bit sad but I suppose she has to process the new facts. I am glad she still accepts and loves her brother but it felt a bit odd that she jumped so fast to try and slap a label on him.

Quite a lovely one-shot!


Author's Response: Rose!

Thanks for such a wonderful review

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Review #2, by milominderbinder Lily

2nd February 2014:
Hi hon! Sorry for the wait haha, but I'm finally here to review your challenge entry!

Some quotes I loved were:

The house is wordless, not a moan or groan escapes the depth of night. Everything is still, asleep and dreaming of wonderful worlds, death, and magic, magic of all levels of power and rage.

He's scared of telling dad something? What is so frightening? Dad would never be disappointed in any of us, unless we involved ourselves with dark magic. James is far too soft for that, I think, laughing silently.

I really loved how you told this from a different pair of eyes - focusing on the whole thing through Lily worked so well. It could really concentrate down to the reactions James could expect, and showed how that kind of thing can affect a family. But you also did a great job of conveying all James' emotions through his conversations with ivan and Lily, and also just from the things Lily saw. You did a great job of making his emotions shine through his actions.

Ivan seemed really nice. I like that he was a serious relationship, and not just some random guy, because it makes it more significant when James comes out to Lily. I also love how you didn't quite clarify James' sexuality, but implied that he's bi. There is such an incredible lack of bi boys in fic, it's always so refreshing to read!

Anyway, I really loved this. You did a great job of addressing all the issues around this, and the POV especially made it really interesting and made it stand out.

Thanks so much for entering my challenge hon!


Author's Response: Maia!

I am SO relieved that you loved this. Like I cannot even begin to explain how relieved I am. I am only truly exposed to stuff like this through reading, and I have never really written Slash, like, straight-forward. Because I am not exposed to it in real life, I was terrified that I didn't write it correctly!

Anyway, thanks for the kind words! It was no problem entering your challenge!



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Review #3, by LightLeviosa5443 Lily

20th January 2014:
Awe, this was so sweet.

I love how you wrote Lily's curiosity, she's adorable! I love how James was so nervous, and his reaction to Lily. I just loved that whole interaction. It was so cute, and perfect, and you did such a great job with this!

I really wouldn't have guessed that this was your first attempt at slash.

Lily's innate curiosity and her reaction fit so well with how I perceive her and then James reaction, from scared, to relieved to scared again. It's just all so perfect, and so well done. And I love Ivan too!

Great story you've got here!

xoxo LL

Author's Response: Sarah!

Thanks so so much for the great review! I'm relieved that I wrote this well- I was super nervous. Thanks for stopping by!


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Review #4, by maraudertimes Lily

20th January 2014:
Aw this is so cute! Well... kind of.

The whole 'James is ashamed of himself' isn't cute, it's just heartbreaking, but the rest of this is super sweet! I absolutely love Lily (although, why is she trying to figure out who's in James's room, and why does she want to see them are questions I'd like to ask). And the part about Dominique wanting to go guy hunting with James was really funny.

The Ivan/James dynamic was also very sweet, especially because Ivan is so supportive, but also pushing James to accept who he is and to get him to admit to his family what he is too - I think that's very important.

I do wonder what Teddy has to do with anything, so maybe just clear that up (unless I, being the thick person I am, didn't catch that).

Overall, this is very beautiful and I think it's a perfect example of a modern romance! You've written it very well! Kudos!

Author's Response: Thanks for the great review, Lo!


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