|Reviews for A New Life Part 2|
| Dayari chapter 1 . 9/15/2020
Hi Shy Snootles,
I know it's been a long time since you uploaded this series (Salvation and its sequels) but I hope you still check on them once in a while, because I'm finally crawling out of my hole of shyness to comment (not that my comment is more important than anyone else's! I just fear I may be too late to be heard). And I want to be heard, because I've got to thank you from the bottom of my heart for writing these stories.
I found Salvation and A New Life when I was about 17 or so. I always thought that it was so unfair that Anakin died at the end of RotJ - I understand the choice to kill him but I don't agree with it lol. I felt so bad for Luke when he lost his father right after having found him. I made up tons of stories in my head about how he might have survived and Luke could have built a close, loving relationship with him after all, and finding your fanfics was just a huge blessing in that regard. I distinctly remember the night I first read Salvation, it was a school night and I really had to sleep... But I couldn't stop reading. I ended up printing it out and taking it to school the next day, rereading my favorite sections in between classes. It was wonderful and I was so thrilled when I realized there was more!
I can't even count how often I've read A New Life over the years lol. It is simply amazing, exciting, and heartbreaking to see everyone else react to Anakin's return & I adore how you've taken the time to focus on everyone! Somehow I especially loved how much you involved Lando. He was such a godsend especially on the Falcon, breaking through the awkwardness! I also really, really love what you've done with Leia. I was so relieved when you allowed her to feel her anger fully & to express it although it hurt both Luke and Anakin. You did a really good job showing her ambivalent emotions, and she made me cry multiple times, especially when she was expressing her sadness about being left behind while Luke was so happy to have his father back. That really resonated with me.
What I loved the most though is Anakin and Luke's relationship. I've read a bunch of the other comments over the years & I have to admit I felt almost personally hurt by them xD. Yes, they both feel things very intensely in your fics, and they're very expressive and you take your time developing their emotions. But that's just a matter of your personal preference imo. I don't understand why so many readers have tried to make you feel bad for it; if they don't like it, they can just click away. Seems pretty simple to me. Anyway - I love the way you write the Skywalkers. Period.
So, the thing is, I've always had a strained relationship with my father. We were never in "chopping off hands" territory, but I have survived a lot of emotional and psychological abuse that I'm still not sure I will ever fully recover from. I always assumed things would get better when I grew up, but in some ways they got worse. My father was diagnosed with dementia shortly after I graduated from high school and over the past 12 years his condition has declined dramatically. By now, he is in a nursing home. It is impossible to have conversations with him, let alone get closure for all the abusive things he did and said. It absolutely crushes my spirit if I think about it for too long, so I generally try not to.
Anyway, I think my own fraught relationship with my father is part of the reason why I latched on to Luke and Anakin so hard when I watched Star Wars for the first time, and why I took so much solace from your fanfics over the years. You've let me live vicariously through Luke as he reconciled with Anakin and shared so much affection with him, and I am so, so grateful for that. Especially the physical affection between them, the hugs, the cuddles, and the love just felt like a giant F you to toxic masculinity & it's been so good and healing for me to read your stories about a father who is haunted by the things he did to his children, and more than willing to make amends and love them wholeheartedly and with his whole being.
I spent a good few years rereading Salvation, A New Life, and The Hardest Test (my feelings about that one would exceed the limits of this comment box xD), over and over. Imagine my utter delight and happiness when I revisited your profile a few years ago and found so many more Star Wars fics by you, all focused on Luke and Anakin! It was like rummaging around at the bottom of a chocolate box to find some unexpected but especially delicious treats left inside. :D I'm going to leave comments on those too if I can, because especially The F Word has a special place in my heart.
For now, let me just say again how much I love your fics & how grateful I am that you wrote them. I've cried over them many times; sometimes out of sadness because I know I'll never have what Luke has. But mostly out of happiness for Luke that he got his father back, against all odds. Thank you, thank you. You're wonderful and I hope you have an amazing day!
| Courtesy Trefflin chapter 3 . 6/25/2020
The ending was so perfect that I literally cried with them.
| mayawene chapter 3 . 1/26/2020
Thanks for this story
| acetwolf94 chapter 3 . 1/26/2019
I LOVE IT! ADD MORE PLEASE!
| Mari Wollsch chapter 3 . 9/28/2018
super great series xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
| Gwntan12 chapter 1 . 7/18/2018
Someone is paying for my tissues.
| creativesm75 chapter 3 . 10/28/2017
| VioletErin.26 chapter 3 . 11/21/2016
Wow. It is really intense to see all their emotions especially anakin. I really glad he and Leia got to make peace with each other.
| Window Girl chapter 1 . 8/6/2016
Love Anakin getting reacquainted with his humanity especially the crying.
| MerlinofGryffindor chapter 3 . 7/31/2015
that was one of the most incredible stories that I have ever read. I can't put into words about how amazing that was, I was crying at the end! absolutely incredible! :D x
| IsoldeAhlstrom chapter 3 . 7/20/2014
PEACE! YAY! Not to mention, Anakin's redemption, and I realized that would rhyme before I finished writing it. Anyway, great story!
| Vi-Violence chapter 3 . 5/7/2014
You really need to touch up your formatting.
| SapphiRubyCrys chapter 3 . 1/4/2014
Yippe! Love the story! :)
| Eldar-Melda chapter 3 . 7/12/2013
Once again excellency.
| guest chapter 1 . 6/24/2013
Paragraphs should not be that big... It's really hard to read it if you write in such big clumps of words... Other than that, I really like it. I read it a while ago, and while it's unimaginably mushy, it was the first Star Wars fan fiction I read. It got me back into the series (so thanks for that!). It definitely holds a special place in my heart. Sounds kind of stupid, but it does. :) Happy writing!