Here for Gryffie Review Tag! Such a wonderful piece covering grief and family dynamics. It's so poignant how you've written Andromeda's feelings about the loss of a child. But I love the part about constellations and with Teddy, that was such a great moment.
I think you've done great with the family dynamics here, especially something that's so difficult for Andromeda, who has been outcast from her family. It's clearly a tricky situation for her, as you've shown in the second part, where she's starting to become torn between two spots. You did a really great job with her inner feelings and really bringing them to life! I also really liked the vamipire comparision. I don't think I've ever heard that for a pureblood family before but it was perfect! I loved that line Ted says about it "making their lives all about blood". That whole section was so well done!
Great work as usual! Glad I've had some extra time to do more reading recently (and that review tag is so active giving me an excuse to come find new things)!
Review Tag Post! I am so glad I found this!
Gosh your writing is incredible.
The three sections stir up compleatley different emotions, mapping Dromeda's life perfectly. You've chosen very different points that manage to tell her entire story, right down to the last line when she looks to Teddy as her reason to go on and her reason to smile. It's outstandingly done.
The description really is the standout here, reading I feel as though I am there overlooking the characters. I'm in the scene almost. I love it when writing does that to you.
Dromeda is such a difficult character to do, I've seen her mamanged horribly or overdone to the extent she doens't seem real. You've avoided all of that. Really, I think this is the best interpritation of her I've ever read.
Wonferfull writing. I can't wait to get stuck into some more of your work.
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(Also - welcome back! It's great to see you again <3)
Ooh I love stories about the young Black sisters, and you have not disappointed. The image of a young Bellatrix in a bathing suit and sunglasses is just too amazing for words. And trust Bellatrix to gloat about Hogwarts and use being the eldest against the other two (then again, I'm the eldest of three, and I do rub it in the others' faces on occasion, because they're young and unworthy.)
I love that Bellatrix says: "Hogwarts isn't what it used to be." Obviously, she wouldn't know, since she's only completed one year, so she would have picked that up from one of the adults in their family, and I just find that really powerful.
Look at how different her two families are!
Side note: I was going to have a proper look through your author page, but I'm listening to a song called New Constellations, so I thought it was a sign to read this one. To compare her lost loved ones to constellations is beautiful, and that ending teared me up a little.
I love how these were three very different snippets of Andromeda's life, and yet they all felt connected (like stars in a constellation, perhaps?!) and all in all, it was beautifully done (just like everything you do ♥)
As I respond to all the reviews you left me, I am finding myself more and more giddy. You are too kind, my dear. It’s so inspiring as a writer to hear that your words resounded with someone. That’s what makes this all worthwhile. If one person is affected, I have done my job. Thank you.