|Reviews for The Monster and the Man|
| Fin-Fish Jun-Tenshi chapter 12 . 7/22
Whoa, Erza is taking drugs
| Fin-Fish Jun-Tenshi chapter 16 . 7/22
| Fin-Fish Jun-Tenshi chapter 17 . 7/22
| Fin-Fish Jun-Tenshi chapter 21 . 7/22
| DD42 chapter 31 . 6/22
Well...here I am. Finally at the end of this story. And I am blown away.
This story was something else, honestly. It took a chapter or two to get into it, but once I did, I was hooked. This story was dark, edgy, sensual, seductive, and so many other things. It was so well written that I could actually imagine Jellal and Erza undergoing an adventure like this (that is, if Mashima ever delved into the dark and depraved and was a better writer. Nothing against the guy, it's just he needs to polish his plot development...but I digress). You wrote a whole new side for Jellal that fits with him so well. It's always been hinted that he has a dark side but this story truly unleashed the beast. And Erza; so conflicted but so willing to stand by Jellal through thick and thin. There's a reason Jerza is one of my favorite OTP's.
And it wasn't just Jellal and Erza that I liked in this story. I truly enjoyed Sienna and Nathalie's characters; they were the perfect foils for Jellal and Erza while having motives and personalities all their own. I even begrudgingly liked Julian York and Madame Genevieve. York was a scumbag but he was such a cold, calculating, and smooth bad guy that I couldn't help but like him. Same for Madame Genevieve. We didn't see much of her, but when we did, you showed how she held power over others. How she still could manipulate and toy with Jellal after so much time apart. This really shows how trauma like his (which many people endure in real life) can be so debilitating and haunting.
There were just so many things I loved about this story. The emotions evoked from the characters. The suspense of wondering if Jellal was would truly give into the monster that he once was. Wondering if he and Erza would make it out alive. The city itself had a life all it's own with diverse people who felt grounded within the setting you'd created. They felt like real people, not OC's that you just throw away. And then the sex scenes...wow, just...wow. Hot and steamy just the way I like them lol. Is it wrong of me for wanting to Sienna and Nathalie to have a foursome with Jellal and Erza? Lol. I kid, I kid...for the most part.
This was a damn good story and I could spend so much time trying to explain why I enjoyed it so much. But there's only so much I can put into words. So...take this review as my humble appreciation for all the hard work you put into this story and as a very overdue congratulations for having completed this story from start to finish. This story, amongst the other's I've read and reviewed, is proof of your talent as a writer. You have a gift and I thank you for sharing it us to read and enjoy.
Once again this was a fantastic, no, magnifique story with stellar writing. I'll continue to read your other works but with The Monster and the Man now completed, I find myself wanting to start a new dark adventure (amongst the other stories I'm reading and writing) lol. Perhaps I'll give Noir a go over the summer. If I do...well, I'm sure I'll enjoy that story too and you can expect a review from me once I complete it.
| HymnForTheRain chapter 31 . 5/21
Wonderful book. I enjoyed the clever backstory for Jellal. It's unique and practical (if the town of Innisfil actually existed). The relationship between Erza and Jellal is also perfect. Erza's devotion to Jellal and the intensity of their love is portrayed very strongly in this book. It's almost refreshing. All in all, I appreciate the effort you've put into this story; it's the best Jellal x Erza story I've ever read.
| HymnForTheRain chapter 24 . 5/14
I love how Erza is progressively conceding to Innisfil's rules, and very unnatural nature. Her darkness is being uprooted, and Jellal's demons only encourage it. With the town of Innisfil bringing out their worst, we see our protagonists in an interestingly new light.
| HymnForTheRain chapter 17 . 5/13
This book so far is amazing, I fell in love with it from the moment I first started reading it. I haven't read "Noir" yet, and I know this is a prequel, but I'll probably read it after this. Just because I found this one first. I'm addicted to reading, I'm pretty sure- mental illness and all, no joke- and this book is addicting. A bad combination; you'd be surprised how bad the withdrawal is with this particular combo. For something like reading.
I can't express how much I enjoy a slightly- just slightly- more extreme version of Jellal. I feel this book digs and worms its way into the deepest, darkest recesses of his mind and fucks them up. It's refreshing, almost. Erza as well. Giving into sinful pleasures, but with all of her emotions and mentality proper. She also retains good will and- quite interestingly- even goes so far as to be human. When she questions herself, and finds a dark place she hadn't noticed before, she wonders what kind of ill will would she feel if she allowed herself to indulge her (for lack of better word) sinister and immoral thoughts and emotions. Then she ignores it, decides not to indulge it, just as Erza would.
I am mostly drawn to this book not because it centers around my OTP, not because I recognized your profile, not because you're such a good writer- though those all do help. I am primarily drawn to this book because of the dark content. It's odd, really; most people enjoy happy, fluffy books that make your day, though I don't mind those either. In some twisted way, my once optimistic mind turned (almost immorally) pessimistic. I feel as if I can relate to this book somehow, not in sins or evil intent, but in the gloomy atmosphere and feeling. I'm quite the depressing and generally detatched person (as you might have guessed). Books like these bring out a certain darkness in me that I'm not quite sure about. Not yet.
I know this is probably a comment for the end of the book, but I would like to let you know what I'm thinking and how I'm feeling halfway. Please continue to write perfect stories as the one you have carved here. I look forward to reading more of the things you've written. There is only one word to describe this book. It is simply. . .
| wordslinger chapter 31 . 3/3
I loved this so much! I'm quite sad it's over as there's really no other fic like this (I would know, I've looked). It is in a class all it's own.
| wordslinger chapter 30 . 3/3
Genevieve got what she deserved even though I was surprised Erza gave him the knife to do it. But also not surprised. Eli was right but Erza was also right not to let him dig around in Jellal's head more. There's a heavy pull to fix a man one's self but Erza might find that some men can't be fixed.
| wordslinger chapter 29 . 3/3
Eli's offer is incredibly tempting. Erza is a better person than me but his persuasion tactics are suspect. Why does he care so much and is he trustworthy enough not to lay a Manchurian Candidate style trap? Idk idk
| wordslinger chapter 28 . 3/3
I enjoy Eli too much I think. I especially liked the way he made Jellal look crazy, as if he were talking to himself (because that's something I'd do).
| wordslinger chapter 27 . 3/3
"Only Erza was more beautiful than Madam Genève, but they were very similar in many ways. Both women were stunning, both voluptuous, and both had honed the ability to not only strike him dumb, but cleave him in two with just a look." Jellal loves to be destroyed. It's his kink.
| wordslinger chapter 26 . 3/3
At first it was hard for me to believe this Jellal (who is so tortured) was truly a monstrous man when he's brought so easily to his knees simply by visiting a town. But he is and you've made me believe it.
| wordslinger chapter 25 . 3/3
"How was he supposed to separate the monster and the man when he was only ever allowed to be a monster?" Oh, Jellal, that's the million dollar question. It's a circle of vicious, never ending self hatred.