Reviews for Courage of the Stars
forensicsgirl chapter 27 . 8/21
PeaceForTheWicked chapter 43 . 5/14
I love Rumple, and I love the father-son relationship he has with Baelfire. I love RumBelle, and overall I love their little family that has been through more hurt than joy. I LOVE THEM, and therefore I swear I could hear my heart break watching season 3. Then I found your story, and I felt like I was saved from drowning. You gave them everything I have ever wanted for these characters. You brought them understanding, kindness and a Happy Ending – all that they deserve but are always tossed aside.

I fall in love with your characterization, completely. I love how Rumple is all sharp words and biting remark but only to protect himself; he is hurt, broken, and insecure, and that is why Rumple needs his family to remind himself of how strong and brave he is – everything that is more than the curse makes him. I love how Bae trusts Rumple with all his life, and how he never harbors even a flicker of doubt even after Bae knows his father /knows/ about the prophecy; my heart melts every time there is a precious father-son bonding moment between them, and my heart aches every time I am reminded that they all have been through so much, yet have so little time for happiness in the series.

I love how Belle and Bae have always been there for Rumple, to support him, to chase away his insecurity by assuring him that they have and will always love him. I love how Rumple can snap, get angry or shun himself away because he cares for his little family so much, and he is terrified of losing them and that being with him will put them in danger. I love how Rumple loves; he can be sarcastic, bitter and extremely hurtful, not to forget he has this bad habit of self-preservation, but look at how that man loves! As soon as he loves someone, Rumple would pour all his heart and soul for them; he would be willing to sacrifice everything for them, including his own life. There are only a few persons Rumple ever loves, but once he does he loves /deeply/.

I love how Rumple and Regina have this mutual understanding between them, yet both are too prideful to admit. I love how they never see themselves as heroes because (to me) they really are NOT – they are just two human beings who makes wrong choices in the past and are willing to redeem themselves, not for the “greater good” – but for their family. Still, I love how they will never be /entirely/ good because being so is not /them/; they can still be ill-tempered and snarky, but their eyes will soften, their smile warm and kind, and they will reach out their hands for those whom they deem as loved ones. After all, being flawed is what makes them all so /human/.

I love how this story focuses more on family bonding than on romance because there are so few stories that can truly comprehend the precious meaning of family. I love this story with all my heart because the writing is lovely, the plot is more than compelling, and the characterization is simply flawless. I don’t know if any of your reader realize this, but I love how the title instantly reminded me of the song Saturn by Sleeping at last, and that I had laughed and cried altogether at chapter 42 because “how Rare and Beautiful it is to even Exist” indeed!

Yet, I hate how I love the ending so much because it is perfect and therefore I cannot ask for more. I hate how I did not find this lovely piece of writing any sooner and how it took me so long to write a proper review. I hate that I cannot list every heart-touching, heart-warming, and heart-breaking quote/moment that I love so deeply, and that it renders me completely helpless, lost of words to say.

In the end, I both love and hate how this agonizingly beautiful story brings me such intense emotions, such lovely pain and gracious delight that my heart would weep and break and heal for these oh-so /human/ characters.
Also, I hate how I have to break your review number of 400 (please forgive me).

And I hate that I am sad because I have read all your OUAT stories and had nothing more to read (not your fault).
MoonlitShadowsoftheHumanSoul chapter 43 . 2/3
Sorry if I didn't review on the other chapters, but I was just in so much of a hurry to get to the next one. I LOVED this, way more than I should love any fic. The story was awesome, and the characters were in character, and add some Bae, Swanfire, and excellent witing, and it's easily one of my favorite fics on this site.
QueenTatooine chapter 43 . 2/1
This was a very nice story. I enjoyed seeing a story that focused on the dynamics of Bae and Rumple's relationship, and I do like how you rewrote the timeline. You do seem to have left the string hanging of the price Bae paid for his trip back in time. That is my only complaint though.
Aynessa chapter 29 . 11/10/2015
Wow! I've NEVER seen this done before, it is brilliant! Sheer brilliance!

Henry owns Pan and then replaces Pan?! GENIUS.
darkling59 chapter 43 . 8/21/2015
First, I want to say that I LOVE all of your Once Upon a Time stories. They really help me remember what the show was like before it went off the rails in Season 4 (Don't get me wrong; I liked the Frozen arc, but so many of the characterization decisions just, recently. Here's hoping to season 5, though!).

This fic in particular I enjoy for the relationship between Rumple and Bae. Even with all of the trials and pain they go through in the later chapters, the fact that they got a chance to start without that painful encounter in New York and all of the miscommunications and mistrust that plagued them during the Neverland arc somehow makes the rest of it less painful...I suppose it's because they got a chance to be a family in Storybrooke, which they never really got on the show. Your handling of the characters and plot was very good and kept me reading all the way through!

Great story & good luck on your future writing!
Guest chapter 1 . 6/20/2015
I love love LOVE your story. I totally ship swanfire and I don't really like captain hook. I also like the rumbelle. Please right more swanfire fanfictions.
HistoryBuff101 chapter 43 . 4/19/2015
I really enjoyed this story, its absolutely wonderful. The relationships between Neal and everyone else is just beautiful, and their characterization is really on par. However, what bugged me is how everyone called Neal Bae. In canon, he preferred quite adamantly Neal over Baelfire. Baelfire was his past life, a life he didn't want to remember and one he wanted to put behind him. And of course, Neal was someone he created all on his own in his new life.
I'm sure you had your own reasoning for why you did what you did. it was just alittle tic that bugged me.
newf93 chapter 1 . 4/5/2015
I just finished reading this story, over the course of the last few weeks. I seriously was sad to see it end, because it was so good! I'm ready to read it all over again actually. I liked how you wove the real events that happened on the show into your story, but tweaked it in a way that stayed true to the characters. Great job!
DontDeny chapter 43 . 4/3/2015
Just finished reading all 43 chapters in the space of a few days. This was an amazing read and I thouroughly enjoyed it. Thank you so much for the amazing ride
minorshan chapter 12 . 2/6/2015
Since I'm not too far in yet, all I can say is this well written and spot-on characterization. I could totally see this as being on the shoe (which is how I like my fics) so kudos and keep updating! :)
Anawey chapter 43 . 1/30/2015
this was wonderful! I figured somehow you'd save rumple again, but I was still in tears when he died!
xxxLeanniexxx chapter 43 . 1/5/2015
Brilliant I haven't slept a full night on days reading this .

Fantastic story
Dis-Appearing Writer chapter 43 . 1/3/2015
Ahhh! Love story, people just don't appreciate Swanfire enough
Kampe chapter 43 . 12/15/2014
This is awesome! I love your writing.
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