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Ginny Weasley: A High Price

December 24, 2010 Leave a comment

“A High Price” is a Harry Potter fanfic starring Ginny Weasley. It’s been written by Ayla Pascal.

This story deals with the lengths Ginny goes to obtain something that is very important to her.

This story doesn’t fit into canon, but do you know what? This mature, dark-ish portrayal of Ginny is totally convincing. The author makes the readers believe that yes, Ginny might have acted the way she does in this fic if Harry Potter wasn’t a book series for children.

Click here to read this HP fic about Ginny Weasley.

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Draco Malfoy: The Department of Department Regulation

December 24, 2010 Leave a comment

“The Department of Department Regulation” is a HP fanfic starring Draco Malfoy. It’s been written by Ayla Pascal.

In this story, Draco gets a job in a little-known department at the Ministry of Magic and is given the opportunity to investigate a case for which he cares very much.

This fic is evidence that a good mystery doesn’t have to be novel-length. Don’t get me wrong: I love novel-length mysteries, I really do. But who said that short stories don’t have a place in the mystery genre? Here Ayla conveys all the information the readers need to know while still keeping the fic concise.

Although the plot deals with serious topics, this gripping story isn’t dramatic. In fact, it even contains some amusing passages. Draco is in character, which means that his less politically correct side shows at some parts. He’s definitely not portrayed as a villain, but the author hasn’t made the mistake of turning him into an angel either.

Click here to read this Harry Potter fic featuring Draco Malfoy.

Hermione Granger/Harry Potter: Life

December 24, 2010 Leave a comment

“Life” is a HP fanfic starring Harry Potter and Hermione Granger. The author is Ayla Pascal.

This story deals with Harry’s decision to leave the wizarding world–his wife Hermione follows him–and the consequences of their moving to a Muggle village.

This is my favourite type of shippy fic: it falls midway between gen and het (you can replace “het” by “femmeslash” or “slash” and my statement will remain true, but given the pairing it’s obvious that this is a het fic). The story shows us how the characters are affected both as a couple and as individuals. Although Harry and Hermione’s relationship isn’t the happiest of all, you can rest assured that the author doesn’t indulge in melodramatic scenes nor over-the-top dialogues. Oh, and I love how the ending does justice to Hermione’s cleverness!

Click here to read this fic featuring Harry and Hermione.

Hermione Granger: Mudblood Act

December 24, 2010 Leave a comment

“Mudblood Act” is a Harry Potter fanfic starring Hermione Granger. The author is Ayla Pascal.

In this dystopian story, Voldemort has won the war and life becomes really hard for Mudbloods. The fic shows us this new, darker world through Hermione’s eyes.

I wouldn’t say this is a perfect story. The ending doesn’t give the readers a sense of completion. Besides, the fic contains the tired, unconvincing cliché “he raped me but I couldn’t help an orgasm.” With that being said, I urge you to read this fic if you are looking for a well-written, thoroughly believeable dystopia. The world, the laws, the society described by the author are all fascinating–in a sad, twisted way. The more you read about it, the more you want to know.

The characterisations are all perfect. And I’m glad that Narcissa wasn’t depicted as a villain, but as a rather sympathetic and almost friendly character instead–well, as sympathetic and friendly as the circumstances allowed her to be.

Read this HP dystopian fic featuring Hermione Granger.

Draco Malfoy/Harry Potter: Necromancy, Necrophilia, and Nargles

December 24, 2010 Leave a comment

“Necromancy, Necrophilia, and Nargles” is an HP fic featuring Draco Malfoy and Harry Potter. It’s been written by Ayla Pascal.

In this story, an empoverished Draco agrees to help Harry in an unusual project. Soon Malfoy finds out that he is going to need help as well.

Not-a-shipper alert: Considering the popularity of the pairing Draco/Harry (or Harry/Draco, I don’t care), I think a fair warning is in order here. I’m not a Drarry shipper. If you’re looking for the kind of review which reinforces the idea that these characters are cute/hot/perfect together, I’m sorry but you won’t find it here. And no, this fic hasn’t “converted me.” Ships aren’t a religion!

Now, onto the actual review:

This fic made me laugh out loud! There’s so much irony and wit in it. The dialogues are a delight to read.

The worldbuilding has been carefully done. I must highlight the potion brewing process, for it feels quite realistic.

Harry is by far the least interesting character in this fic. If he disappeared, I wouldn’t miss him at all. On the other hand, Draco is incredibly likeable here. It’s hard not to care and cheer for him–and this is saying something, as Draco belongs to my “least favourite HP characters” list. Pansy is amazing as well; I love her scenes with Draco. There are still other characters whose names I won’t mention because I want to avoid spoilers, but I can tell you that I loved their participation in this story!

Click here to read this amusing HP fic starring Draco and Harry.

Neville Longbottom/Pomona Sprout: Immortal Beloved

November 1, 2010 Leave a comment

“Immortal Beloved” is a Harry Potter drabble featuring Neville and Sprout. The author is ellensmithee.

Months ago I mentioned here that I’m not overly fond of drabbles. This statement was included in a rec for a drabble starring Snape and… Sprout. Talk about nice coincidences! Anyway, if there were more drabbles like “Immortal Beloved” out there, you’d see me flooding this blog with drabble recs. I won’t say more; just go and read this HP fic.

Hermione Granger/Severus Snape: Some Bind of Wonderful

September 8, 2010 Leave a comment

“Some Bind of Wonderful” is a Harry Potter fanfic featuring Hermione Granger and Severus Snape. It’s been written by cathedral carver.

In this AU story, Hermione and Snape are in love with each other, but they just won’t touch. Until the day comes when she must set him free.

This was my first time reading this super popular pairing (in a complete fic anyway; I’d previously read an incomplete, not-ready-for-publication fic draft). I confess I would have liked to see more of their background story; after all, their relationship in canon is far from friendly, but here they’re already “head over heels in love with one another” when we first see them. Not that you should take my complaint too seriously in this particular case, for this fic is a pleasure to read.

I really like the way the author describes Severus and Hermione’s feelings, behaviour and habits. It was a great idea to have Snape’s (excessive, perhaps?) self-restraint work against him, and then also have it be the best thing that could happen to him and Hermione. By the way, I love it that she takes the lead and rescues him. Oh, and don’t let the low rating fool you: this fic contains BDSM! Well-written, cleverly done BDSM.

Click here and enjoy this Harry Potter fic about Snape and Hermione.

Neville Longbottom, Bellatrix Lestrange: To Break a Good Man

August 3, 2010 Leave a comment

“To Break a Good Man” is a Harry Potter dark fic starring Neville and Bellatrix. It’s been written by Ayla Pascal.

The story is set some years after the Battle of Hogwarts. Bellatrix is alive, and she manages to take Neville as her prisoner… or “pet,” as she once says.

This was my gift at the fanfic exchange The Secret Coconut. Thus, it’s been written with my tastes and requirements in mind. This obviously makes me even more inclined to rec it than I normally would. Besides, Ayla is one of the most talented ficwriters I know; browse this blog and you’ll see how often I rec her fics here.

But do you know what? As biased as this rec may seem, you’ll see that it’s a well-deserved one. The fic’s outstanding quality speaks for itself. It is dark, but not gratuitous nor untasteful. The author successfully puts the readers right there, inside the story; as you read it, you’ll feel just like Neville: there’s no way out, no hope, no future.

The characterisations are excellent. If you like Neville, you’ll agonise with him; if you’re a Bellatrix fan, you’ll love her sadism.

Other characters are mentioned in the course of the story. Chances are you’ll feel truly sorry for Ginny and Hermione. There’s a particularly disturbing passage about Alice. You’ll be left wondering whether that’s just a lie to make Neville feel even worse, or whether it’s possible that his mother has actually done what Bellatrix says she did.

Do yourself a favour: click here right now and go read this brilliant fanfic featuring Bellatrix Lestrange and Neville Longbottom.

Lucius Malfoy/Hermione Granger: Ten Years

December 17, 2009 4 comments

“Ten Years” is a Lucius Malfoy/Hermione Granger fanfic. Its author is Ayla Pascal.

In this story, Lucius is imprisioned in Azkaban and has to play the domination/submission game set by Hermione. Some passages hint at events which took place ten years before, hence the fic’s title.

From what I’ve gathered out there, this is an atypical LM/HG fic, because here we have dominant!Hermione imposing her will on submissive!Lucius, whereas most fics about this pairing go the opposite route. No wonder I liked this fanfic; I adore femdom/malesub stories. On the other hand, it seems I’ll dislike most fics about this ship, so this will probably remain as my single LM/HG rec for a long time.

I normally despise dub-con/non-con stuff, and this fic does contain non-con elements, both on Lucius’ and on Hermione’s side. Consequently, I should have hated this story. Yet, I didn’t feel disgusted at it, although I admit it’s somewhat disturbing. More power to Ayla, who is competent enough to describe an obviously unhinged relationship in an almost acceptable fashion.

Read this Harry Potter fanfic starring Hermione Granger and Lucius Malfoy.

Hermione Granger/Pansy Parkinson: Coming Events Cast Their Shadow Before

December 14, 2009 2 comments

“Coming Events Cast Their Shadow Before” is a Harry Potter femslash fanfics featuring Hermione and Pansy. The author remains anonymous for the time being; as soon his/her name is revealed, this post will be updated.

Updated on January 8th, 2009: Much to my delight, it turns out the story’s been written by Ayla Pascal, whose fics I can never cease to recommend. Not even when I have no idea she’s their author!

This story follows Hermione’s love (?) story with Ron across the years, plus something else.

The fic’s style resembles that of fairy tales, which makes for a quite pleasing experience. The characterisations are totally realistic, giving you the feeling that you’re reading a true story, rather than a fictional piece. And the ending is just so … well, I’ll save the thought to myself, as I don’t want to post spoilers here. 😉

Click here to read this femmeslash fic about Hermione Granger and Pansy Parkinson.

Ginny Weasley/Voldemort: The Road Less Travelled

December 13, 2009 Leave a comment

“The Road Less Travelled” is a Harry Potter fanfic starring Ginny Weasley and Lord Voldemort. The author’s name hasn’t been revealed yet; as soon as I find it out, I’ll update this post with the info.

In this AU fic, Ginny has never forgotten Tom Riddle, so she ends up joining Voldemort and the Death Eaters.

This is a twisted fairy tale, as you’ll see when you read the first and the final sections. What we have in between these parts is a gripping story, led by a fascinating dark!Ginny.

The author avoided all of the possible saccharine traps that a Ginny-who-still-cares-for-Riddle fanfic might hide. Instead of writing a silly romance, s/he focused on the ongoing war as a way to develop the plot and the characters. This (correct) choice makes the story all the more compelling.

Click here to read this fanfic about a mischievous Ginny and her beloved Voldemort.

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