|Reviews for FINDING HIMSELF|
| Catherina Black 12/30/12 . chapter 38
You're gifted. In writing, I mean. The flow and all, the way this is clearly thought out and the time you must've sacrificed... I for one would have been ready to pay for this experience. Thank you, and good day. Become an author?
| woodswalker 12/8/12 . chapter 40
Thanks for sharing!
| YumiDoesTheMacarena 12/6/12 . chapter 21
Tonks the Practical. I love it. You show Hufflepuffs in such a wonderful light all throughout this story-though of course, individuals all have their issues. It's wonderful and I love it.
| YumiDoesTheMacarena 12/6/12 . chapter 16
I am highly amused that Hermione's mind jumped right to where mine did. Okay, good, Lucius isn't his uncle-but that's still horrible!
This is such a fun story. As a huge fan of the books and movies both, I'd be lying if I said I didn't enjoy this story's careful blend of both 'verses.
| YumiDoesTheMacarena 12/5/12 . chapter 14
Oh, that last scene has just left me sputtering with astonishment and delight. Well done! Cedric as a Malfoy-I never would have seen that coming, though I did at least wonder who exactly Lucy was related to...
But, oh, that means it was his UNCLE who cursed him. Ouch.
| YumiDoesTheMacarena 12/5/12 . chapter 9
This is a very well-written, interesting story! I look forward to reading more of it... even though it's distracting me from my own writing! But it's okay—your Cedric is pretty fantastic, after all.
| fairiekween13 12/3/12 . chapter 38
I really enjoyed this story, by far one of the best I've ever read, and trust me when I say that I've read quite a few. I particularly enjoyed Hermione's reaction to engaging in and actively enjoying sex and and sexual acts with Cedric. Not many people ever get what a young woman goes through regarding that kind of thing and it was extremely refreshing to see it done so well and realistically. Everyone was also amazingly in-character; there was never a moment when I sat back thinking "they wouldn't do that.". And I enjoyed that they were all still human; many fics try and fix everything that went wrong in canon, the poor planning and what all, but you still let your characters make mistakes and I commend you for it. I absolutely loved Lucretia Diggory, she was fabulous and my favorite character that you introduced, by far. I liked the others as well, they all felt too real not to. This fic took me roughly 16 hours to read, and it was worth every minute that I spent not preparing for my own final exams. You did a fantastic job, and it was a pleasure to read it. Sincerely, thank you.
| Noble Korhedron 12/1/12 . chapter 38
BRILLIANT! Read this on my Kindle but WHAT. A. STORY! :-D
| Harmonee 11/29/12 . chapter 38
Loved, loved this story. It is so much more complicated and complex that other fluff Hermione and Cedric pairing stories I have read here. It blew my mind away. I was brow-beating myself for not finding this story earlier here.
Can't wait for the Sequel! YAY
| chocolatexlover 11/26/12 . chapter 40
This is possibly the best novel-length fanfiction I have ever read. I'm generally infatuated with one shots and the ability to create a story I less than 5000 words, but I took the chance to read Finding Himself and I'm ecstatic that I did.
You are a brilliant author. I'm not kidding or exaggerating it. You're able to create a TRUE character - one with thoughts, flaws, and personality - and give a voice to those we barely hear of (Cedric and Hermione). Their character development was flawless in my point of view, and I absolutely adored reading them grow. Their relationship felt like a real one to me - it's not perfect, that have their own flaws and fights, but they know how to patch things together and have a real relationship.
Your parallel universe you created with Cedric is absolutely amazing. His life in this story fits with the scenes in The Order of the Phoenix, and you've managed to keep him alive and make everything fall into place, creating a spectacular story dynamic. Your own created scenes were like a puzzle piece in the real canon, and fit perfectly in the canon and your fanfiction and added depth into your story.
Your writing style is very novel-worthy. I don't know how to properly describe your style, but I was so captivated by it that I marked my time with 'And I'll read another chapter after I do this'. It's a mix of your plot and prose. It's the perfect combination.
I have this queasy-happy feeling a reader has after reason a good novel. It's a mix of sadness and happiness that its over. I think it's going to stay for a while.
Thank you for the amazing read.
| jessb1229 11/25/12 . chapter 1
Amazing story! In all honesty I normally stick to twific, and have never had the inkling to even attempt a HP story. I've always thought that the HP books held their own and I didn't have the need to expand away from the actual books and into fanfiction. I came across this story after seeing it rec'd on a couple different twific sites. Since my younger sister tends to read fic for quite a few of the different fandoms I figured might as well send her the link. While on the page copying and pasting the URL I decided to do a quick skim of the first chapter. Imagine my surprise when I realized I was 5 chapters in and couldn't walk away. I loved how you kept true to Order of the Phoenix all the while adding a bit more to it, and still making it believeable. I could truly see the story going in the direction you took it just as easily as I saw it in JK Rowling's version. Really well written and extremely well thought out. Thank you for this gem of a fic.
| NemmerlesRaven 10/28/12 . chapter 38
A remarkable and thoughtful story, interesting and full of powerful ideas and unique characters. Though I'm sure you know already, you are an extremely talented writer. Out of all the fanfiction I've read, I think you show possibly the greatest amount of thoughtfulness and effort into understanding and coming up with rationales for your interpretations. In fact, I think this story legitimates fanfiction as a genre more than any I've read - simply because while you draw significant amounts of ideas from the novels, you also do a fabulous job integrating important parts of JK's logic into your own story. I look forward to reading the sequel, and shall repeat myself ad nauseum in thanking you again for your insight, dedication, and talent in writing this work for us to enjoy.
| NemmerlesRaven 10/27/12 . chapter 32
Interesting how you inserted a bit of the formal political institution into Hogwarts with the creation of the Unanimous Voice. I'm curious about why - after all, you don't often go beyond the novels, and certainly not quite so much as you did here. Was it to showcase Cedric in his capacity as a public leader? Another great chapter, thank you.
| NemmerlesRaven 10/27/12 . chapter 28
I see more and more of what you said about Cedric being a public leader, and I'm glad that we also see some justification of Slytherin values in a culture which prizes appearances. It also struck me how stuck in dichotomies our societies tend to be, and how you reflect that in your story. Is there as intrinsic a difference between romantic and pragmatic love that society seems to think there is? Aren't they both value-oriented systems constructed by differing societal realities? And why is it that so often we think of our personalities as being two sided, where one is associated with indulging in a morally questionable emotion while the other is deeply uncomfortable and ashamed? Can't we just have mixed feelings about things? Thank you for your talented writing and your thought provoking content. Another well-written chapter.
| Guest 10/26/12 . chapter 22
A delightful handling of Mrs. Diggory's reaction to their relationship. And finally some headway on the house-elf issue, which was starting to feel like a dead weight in their relationship, something they were both being stubborn about. If I've said it once, I've said it a thousand times - your story is such a pleasure to read. You inject and juxtapose interesting and insightful ideas along scenes that would have otherwise been cliched. I particularly like how you make aspects of the C/Hr relationship unconventional, such as his use of 'Granger' or the realities of his physical infirmity, to make the romantic scenes that much more enjoyable in contrast. You find a great balance between meaningful ideas and fluff, a skill that is lacking greatly in the fandom. Looking forward to continue reading, thank you.