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Review #1, by MuggleMaybe Cuckoo

20th April 2017:
Hello Sian! I'm here to free Sam from jail for CTF. =)

Oh! This is a Katie story! I LOVE Katie Bell, she's one of my favorite characters to read about and she's so rarely written. Yay for this fic! :D

hmmm, although this is not exactly what I expected. But that is okay. I'm all in for weird and slightly morbid! ;)

The moment when Katie is possessed by the necklace is a truly fascinating choice for a missing moment piece. I mean, this might be the most creative canon moment I've ever seen captured in fic. I think it is.

The way you wrote it, I feel so sorry for Katie because this is legitimately terrifying. I was actually scared at the beginning. The way you describe the hallucinations and everything being deadly and bizarre... ugh. It's brilliant, actually! I mean, you truly capture the feeling of insanity. And within that spiral, and linger shard of sanity that is almost worse because it has her panicking over her own mental state. "Cuckoo" and etc. I think that's extremely clever and well captured.

I was so proud of her for fighting her way out. What a strong, amazing gryffindor she is! *cheers* *hugs katie*
It's interesting that you mentioned Harry's stag in her visions as she emerges. Are you perhaps a seekerbell shipper?

Regardless, this was super well written, just like everything you write is. Seriously, I don't know how you do it. This piece is so dark and terror-ridden, but you've managed to write it in a way that is still beautiful.

Amazing work!

xoxo Renee

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Review #2, by Dojh167 Cuckoo

19th April 2017:
Hufflepuff CtF Review

Wow, I feel like every time I come back for a round you have a new story up! Which is great for both you and us =) I cannot imagine how you can leave so many reviews and still be productive enough to post multiple new stories! *bows down*

This is a really interesting part of the books to make into a one shot of. I certainly wouldn’t have thought of it, as it seems like we saw that moment clearly enough, but you are so right that although we saw it through Harry’s eyes we cannot feel it, and reading back over the original passage I see it there was a focus on things Katie could see and feel that nobody else could, so I think it’s a good idea to tell it from Katie’s perspective, and you’ve done it with such a powerful voice.

At the “down, down, down” part I was honestly uncertain if Katie was still experiencing the direct effects that Harry witnessed, or if it was after the worst was supposedly over. I like this uncertainty, because Katie herself doesn’t fully understand what is happening.

Wow. Everything about how you describe how the familiar faces look changed to Katie is breathtakingly disturbing and riveting.

There’s a really interesting balance between Katie seeing totally out of control, but then at times having very strongly formed thoughts, particularly about her aversion to being “crazy.”

I adore the paragraph beginning “You are Katie Bell.”

I really like that you let Katie fight herself out of this. I had just seen it as something horrible that had happened to her and eventually ended, but I really like the dimensions you added my giving her agency here, even when she had so little power.

I’m really glad you were able to post this while we still had a match against you so I got to read it!


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Review #3, by TidalDragon Cuckoo

19th April 2017:
Howdy Sian!

You have the distinct honor of taking my current Katie Bell fic and totally creeping me out. In a good way, of course.

I think what strikes me the most about this story is the contrast between the characterization and descriptions. With Katie's character - what she's going through - so much seems to be so challenging, so fluid and I think it's easy for those explorations of a character's mind, especially in second-person, to become muddled.

But you had a trick up your sleeve. You anchored it all with this spectacular, vivid descriptions that perfectly painted the portrait of the tortured journey she was taking from contact to recovery.

I really liked the symmetry of the story with the seeming loss of identity and its recovery I have to say and I really relished the way you leveraged second-person here to heighten impact and underscore both her instability and the disquieting tone of the tale as a whole.

My favorite part of the story though when it comes to Katie is how after encapsulating her in fear, pain, and uncertainty, you revealed her true Gryffindor strength in the end as she urges herself to fight and does fight to rediscover the light and herself and her family.

Brilliant, as always. Also - NEVER DO THIS TO KATIE AGAIN! :P

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