Reading Reviews for Heart Without a Home
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Review #1, by nia broken

2nd February 2016:
i can't even :(
i was hoping for a happy resolution in this and... nope
hugo is gone
you are a fantastic writer i just wish rose could be happy

Author's Response: a happy resolution! ahaha of course not!
I have got (another) sequel out following Rose, called Thick as Thieves, so maybe she'll find her happy ending there?
Thank you so much for reading and reviewing!

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Review #2, by navyfail broken

16th August 2015:
Aw, this was so short and bittersweet. I think Rose's grief made me a cry on the inside. It's been some time since I've read Honour Among Thieves and I just reread it now and remembered that Hugo died. I'm having a hard time moving on from his death. I'm not sure how Rose is dealing but I'm glad Scorpius is with her. Lovely one-shot! I'm heading over to the sequel!

Author's Response: The reason I wrote this was to give readers (and Rose) a chance for Hugo's death to properly sink in. Rose doesn't have a chance to grieve in Hattie, and I'm moving on with the story in Tattie (the sequel) and I felt I needed a small stepping stone to deal with the character's emotions.
I'm so happy you felt that I portrayed the grief well- I'm not too good with touchy feely stuff!

Thank you for your review! :)

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Review #3, by hokiechick broken

12th September 2014:
Hi there,
I just finished Thieves and I'm going to pop back over there to leave a review on that, but I wanted to share my thoughts on this one-shot epilogue first.

To start, I'm glad this is here because the end of Thieves was sudden and jarring. There was no time to process any emotions about Hugo or Lorcan after the final showdown. So what was missing there is addressed well here. I liked the way Ron and Hermione were characterized in the mourning scenes, it felt very visceral and raw. So that was my favorite.

About Hugo's death. I'm not sure he was developed enough in Thieves to be as devastating a death as say Sirius or Dumbledore. I understand why it was him, since the main character Rose needed to be the one to end it with Carrow, but I would have been more affected by James, or even Albus, dying because their characters got more development time earlier during their adventures. I feel more emotion for Rose losing her brother since she and Scorpius are the main characters in the story, but I really wish there was a memorable and funny/heartwarming scene with Hugo earlier in Thieves to make his death more tragic from the reader's POV.

Overall, well done. I'll leave a review on Thieves as well. Cheers.

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Review #4, by Guest broken

1st June 2014:
A perfect necessary addition to an already wonderful story. I thought the ending of hat was brilliant but this is the perfect epilogue. Thank you so much for writing all of this and have a nice day!

Author's Response: Thank you! I didn't want to extend hattie more than necessary but I felt that a little chapter to tie up the majority of the loose ends and to explore Rose's grief a little would be a good idea.

Thank you for reviewing and I hope you also have a nice day!

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Review #5, by Siriuslover177 broken

16th March 2014:
Had me crying! Ugh, this is just so upsetting :/
I was Rose to be okay, but I know that it is going to take so much for her to be somewhat okay. I don't know if she will ever really be okay :/

I really am glad that Scorpius is there with her, because she really needs someone right now.

I am really glad that you're making a sequel. I cannot wait to read that, and wait impatiently for you to upload!

I just loved this entire plot line so much. You're such a great author!

Loved it.


Author's Response: Rose is always going to be troubled by the loss of her brother, and there isn't anyone in her life who understands her pain and can support her. Her parents are too deep in their own grief, and Scorpius has never lost anyone. However, he is doing his best, and you can be sure that he'll wait for her to be ready.

Thank you very much for your words of praise, it means a lot!

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Review #6, by Janner broken

15th March 2014:
Lovely chapter Jenny, can't wait for the sequel.I know it will be of your usual high standard. Good Luck with it.

Author's Response: Thanks Bill! It means a lot you've stuck with Hattie and me for so long! Thank you!

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Review #7, by DoctorUnderwood broken

3rd March 2014:
Can't wait for your sequel!

Author's Response: Sequel should be up soon! Thank you very much for reading and reviewing :)

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Review #8, by oldershouldknowbetter broken

26th February 2014:
When I reviewed your last chapter (it ws on my phone, hence the brevity). I, of course forgot to mention a few things in my bullet point gassps of shock/summation. I completely ommitted -
- Hugo Dead
- Rose the killer using unforgivable curse.

I suppose I was still numb at the shock of it. His death was so sudden, unexpected and unnecessary. It didn't have to be, it shouldn't have happened.

And Rose using an unforgivable curse, even in such a circumstance. What she must be feeling - her brother dead, her a murderer.

Carrow getting off, ministry not at fault, everything swept under the table - just the sort of thing we've come to expect from the Ministry of JK's original books. Without a scapegoat - one who was actually guilty moreover - you can see the Clan still not being trusted no matter any public apology. The public, the ministry, goblins will always have elements who will distrust them and this will plague them throughout the rest of their lives.

Hugo dead, Rose a murderer, plagued by distrust.
It sounds awfully negative but, of course, it's all drama (if I want happy-happy Rose there are plenty of other stories out there to satisfy, but this version of Rose has had some strife). That's the point, all of this will fuel a sequel which should be more powerful as a result. All the major players went through significant character arcs in the last story. Rose is certainly not the hapy-go-lucky, I'm-just-a-theif of the begining of the last. Scorpius not the slightly distrusted outsider with something to prove - no he's proved it and more.

I hope you can take the threads and weave an even greater story than your last. I certainly believe you are capable of doing so.

I know Hugo's death was tragic, but he wasn't one of the major players, he wasn't one of the major forces driving the narrative. It's a bit harsh to say. We probably feel more sorry for Roses loss than his death
In a lot of Rose stories, Hugo serves as a minor player whose actions merely serve to prompt a few of instances of Rose's behavior/actions. Paying the ultimate price may serve to influence her a lot.

This story is all very tragic and depressing and that's kind of the point. It was a necessary bridge between the first story and anything that could come after. While I cannot say that I was 'happy' with it (I was not filled with joy reading it) it was wonderfully done. It stayed away from mawkish sentimentality and was powerfully written - the loss suddenly feels real.

Thank you.

Author's Response: This is, by far, the best review I have ever received. Thank you.

Also, thank you very much for noticing the massive deal that it was for Rose to use an Unforgivable Curse to actually kill someone! All through the story she's lied and cheated and hurt people, emotionally and physically but never actually killed someone (apart from the young guy she blew up, and that was intentional but it also was in the heat of battle, and in order to save their own skins). Rose killed Carrow in cold blood, as he was fleeing, as the fight was won, so to speak.

I wanted to kill Hugo because it showed where her loyalties had changed to. I'm not sure if you noticed, no matter how good Rose was at fighting, she'd always resort to the Shield Charm, and always protect. She was extremely family driven and would do anything for her family, and I tried to bring it out in her magic. She probably could have stopped Hugo's death, if she had been there. If the whole romance with Scorpius hadn't happened, at that moment in time she would have been celebrating with Hugo, and could have pushed him out the way or taken the hit instead. But she wasn't, she was celebrating with Scorpius. I did this so she would realise the gravity of what had happened- I felt without a death of someone close then the story would be dangerously close to a alls-well-ends-well James Bond esque story, where the bad guy is defeated and they all ride off into the sunset happy. But their stories and their individual character arcs, as you said, are too wide and powerful to sweep that under the carpet and carry on with life. A death is permanent, it leaves scarring and it hurts, and coupled with their experiences I think that's exactly the Rose I want for the sequel.

Regarding the Ministry, I felt that was indeed exactly the kind of thing they would do in JK's books. They'd want to rise above it and pretend their extreme lapses (for example letting nearly their entire Auror staff be controlled by Carrow, who shouldn't even have that authority) either never happened or wasn't their fault.

Thank you so much for reading, reviewing so beautifully and for your wonderful compliments. If you'd like to talk more, I'm on the forums (same username) and I have a Meet the Author thread as well.

Thank you (and now I really must be going I am really late).

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