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Reading Reviews for In The Shadows
  
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Review #1, by Gabriella Hunter Broken

30th April 2016:
Well, well, well!

This is Gabbie showing up for the second part of our review swap! It's great to be back and I saw that there are a ton of other stories that I need to read. Let me know if you want to swap again! I am totally down.

So! I don't read enough Ginny fics. I don't know why because I think she's a great character but I tend to forget about her.

It's a shame because there are so many good stories out there, including this! I always like reading a fic that really delves into who she is as a person. Not relying on the fact that she's a tough, pretty girl is a relief to read. :D

I like these stories where she's vulnerable and afraid because we get to see so many different levels to her. There's this softer side to her that I would love to see more often and I really enjoyed that here. She's got so much going on in her head, the darkness that she can't really chase away is always there.

I'm not sure if the little whispers in her head are just from her experience with Tom Riddle's diary or a mental illness but you wrote it so lovely. It didn't bog the story down but gave Ginny depth and great emotional range, I was able to follow through her life so well and it was like I actually knew her. :D

I also don't read enough stories that talk about what she might have really been going through mentally/emotionally while the Carrows took over the school. It's some tough stuff to go through and she was really young, despite the fact that she's so tough.

What I really loved about this is that she was so close to breaking and then Luna came, like a breath of fresh air. There's something about Luna that always makes me happy and the following scene between them was perfection.

I always start to grin when I read scenes like that because I'm just that sort of pervy person but in all honesty, this was so romantic, tender and emotional. It was beautifully written too and the ending just sums up how I felt about it.

Great job!

Much love,

Gabbie

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Review #2, by Unicorn_Charm Broken

28th April 2016:
Ohmygod Kaitlin!! Ahh!

Ginny/Luna is one of my guilty pleasure ships! I was so excited when I clicked on your link and it brought me to this. I don't feel there are enough of these and I'm so thrilled that you wrote one!

I thought that you did such a fantastic job describing the residual darkness that must have lingered in Ginny's soul from Tom Riddle. Everyone kind of brushed it off after it happened to her and never really spoke of it again. But you know from that comment Ginny made in OotP to Harry, when he said he had forgotten, that she was never over it. It was so amazingly written here.

I really wish we did get to see more of what Hogwarts was like that year, but since the story is told from Harry's POV, obviously that wasn't a possibility. But your description of it basically fits my headcanon. And probably many other people's headcanons, too. I really had such an uneasy feeling reading about the smells, sounds and all around aura of the castle during that time. It felt so bleak and hopeless.

And now we get to the Ginny/Luna portion of the story. I. Absolutely. Loved. Every. Word. Ginny's description of Luna, and how she was a bit of light in all of the darkness. It so fit Luna's character. Just so, so well done. And I could totally see Ginny being brave enough to act and kiss her the way she did. Ginny is way stronger than the movies, and a lot of the fandom, give her credit for. But it was wonderful to see the vulnerability in her as well. And yowza! We got a little steamy there, didn't we? :p

I loved that even with how awful everything was at the time, they were able to find just a sliver of happiness with each other. Sometimes that's all you need to get through the dark times.

This was fantastic, Kaitlin! I loved it so much, I can't even begin to tell you how much I loved it! Great job, as always! ♥

Thanks for the swap, love!

Tons of love and hugs,
Meg

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