|Reviews for Embracing Dreams|
| Littlen1130 chapter 48 . 7h
I love this story I hope you finish it out
| GreatStorySponge chapter 47 . 5/16
(Whoops my mouse ran away from me and ended up posting the unfinished comment without meaning. Yay for double post... ;-;. Side note- FF should really let one edit their comments.)
I am very glad you have not abandoned this story thru the years. I have been following it for quite a while now. It's gratifying to see how much you have improved as writer, as one progresses thru chapters. Especially if you compare the early ones to the latest. At beginning some characterisation (especially Naruto for some reason, not Kyuubi - you had him spot on a first introduction to us readers in my option) was awkward and as the story evolved it became more fluent, like free running creek. At this point youre writing dose not let one go. I read last five chapters in one go with no breaks, besides coffee xD.
This said, it was a big surprise for myself how annoying i personally found youre Iruka. In fist chapters he was annoyingly endearing, but as story progressed i kept on disliking him more and more. I thought the most annoying one would be Sakura, because rarely for some reason authors manage to write her well, maybe because some, who do write her - seem to dislike her. Realistically speaking tho, if you take in account how many characters you have, one of them was bound to end up rubbing one or another reader the wrong way. Dont get me wrong- you explained perfectly well his tendency for mothering, and i get where this characters is coming from and why. And you do make him self reflect on his faults a lot, but i still do not like him. Thats just a personal quirk of mine, I think im pretty much the only person who dislikes youre Iruka lol.
On that note, youre Kakashi i found A class amazing! Just the right mix off laid back, meddling ass xD. I could probably dedicate two pages just gushing over him! I wont tho, you know you made him awesome! Speaking off Sakura, i do wonder if you will bring in Tsunade (now that woman is pure awesome, made off awesome) as the girls mentor, to evolve her closer to canon verse. And who knows, maybe we will see the legendary porn writer too!
It would be nice to see some Hinata and Kiba relationship in the background. In fact lack hetero couples breaks the immersion for me in to the great world, you have going here. Maybe some Ino and well... any guy at this point would be a great read, since you paid great attention to youre characters and made the so fleshed out.
Now this brings me to my favorite Naruto-Sasuke-Kyuubi dynamics. Naruto/Sasuke - their relationship, is as bumpy, teenage awkward and well, generally right as it could be. But i cant help, but feel sorry for Kyuubi. I had a feeling he was kind off in the background of the whole time. Which is probably intentional and should be that way. What with Sasuke's past, his trust issues, viewing the fox as a threat and referring to Kyuubi as a parasite, when Sasuke met Gaara. What i mean, the guy deserves some true, honest appreciation from Sasuke. Maybe a genuine thank you, or display of trust. Something really, anything. You should reward the poor fox, for being well... such a good fox! It will honestly break my heart, if in next chapter he gets the cold shoulder. At this point, its clear Naruto and Kyuubi are two separated personalities. They always were, but in last chapters you especially highlighted it. And thats why i find Kyuubi - Sasuke relationship so endlessly fascinating.
As for Naruto, I honestly wonder if you will ever let Naruto kill someone, not Kyuubi, but Naruto. Maybe them working together and Naruto being fully aware and not pulling, stalling, nor hesitating. How will you make the character deal afterward such a heavy decision. Or maybe thats not part of the plot at all (which in return makes me wonder how Itachi will die, like in canon, or by Naruto's hand, or if he will die at all? Damn your good at making me wonder). Not that Naruto not killing anyone would take away anything from story, its hands down great. Its mostly me wanting to see how you will make Naruto react to it.
Sasuke, is a character worth of another two page review, right up there with Kakashi. Il try to make it short. This whole thing turned out longer the expected. In short, after last chapter i honestly want to know if you will let him finally be broken after such a long struggle. I hope you do (part of it, is me being a closet sadist), but bigger part of it - i want know how will it impact people who honestly care for him.
Like the ever cheerful, laid back Kakashi. Kakashi who will be left alone dealing with Iruka, and suddenly taking responsibility over a house of teenagers, that have essentially nothing to do with him, and Sasuke who is his deal. Who Kakashi made his deal when he picked him up, for who he deeply cares. I probably would guess how Naruto will react to it. After tasting dirt at rock bottom, he would claw out and stubbornly try to fix Sasuke's broken pieces, even if he cut him self and bled to death trying. He would not be Naruto if he did anything else. How would Kyuubi deal with someone who is broken. Maybe one of the reasons Kyuubi dosent like broken things is because he dose not know how to fix them. Maybe you would make him learn. And of course Itachi (i have honestly no idea where you are coming from, and where youre heading with him, im positive you know youre way). To say i want to see more of Itachi's inner working is to say nothing! You made it painfully clear, just how much youre Itachi cares for Sasuke. Maybe Sasuke is the last thing that still reminds him, his human and Itachi is terrified to let go and finally cross the line, maybe he dosent even want to cross it. Or perhaps he simply cares for Sasuke, i doubt anything like this can be called love anymore. And shows it to him the only way he can. Ether way it would be interesting to see how Itachi would deal with his broken brother. And Sasuke him self of course, how will the pieces finally fit together, and what gaps will be left.
Okay, officially THIS sheet is my longest review ever. You probably already guessed just HOW much i liked your story. Enough to give a sheet instead of review xD. If ever finish it, just so you know- you deserve a cookie just for doing that. Thank you for the great fic!
| GreatStorySponge chapter 48 . 5/16
I am wary glad you have not abandoned this story thru the years. I have been following it for quite a while now. Its gratifying to see how much you have improved as writer, as one progresses thru chapters. Especially if you compare the early ones to the latest. At beginning some characterisation (especially Naruto for some reason, not Kyuubi - you had him spot on at first intradaction to us readers in my option) was awkward and as the story evolved it became more fluent, like free running creek. At this point youre writing dose not let one go. I read last five chapters in one go with no breaks, besides coffee xD.
This said, it was a big surprise for myself how annoying i personally found youre Iruka. In fist chapters he was annoyingly endearing, but as story progressed i kept on disliking him more and more. I thought the most annoying one would be Sakura, because rarely for some reason authors manage to write her well, maybe because some seem to dislike her. Realistically speaking tho, if you take in account how many characters you have
| Rikado chapter 48 . 5/15
I've been a fan since... '09? Honestly, I have no idea how how many times I've read it over the years but I never get tired of this fic. I can't even begin tell you how thrilled I was to see that you updated. As for the last couple of chapters, I think a little part of me was still hoping Itachi would turn out to be a good guy. Oh well. Hope he gets killed soon. XD
| Narue-Nara-chan chapter 48 . 5/8
(Third time reding this fic, I like it so very much )
Than kyou for the update! This fic makes me go "AHHH!", "AWWW!" and "IUGHHHH!"
(AHHHH SO COOL, AWW SO CUTE, IUGHHH SO RAPEY WHY MUST YOU BE RAPEY KYUUBIIIII)
This latest chapter was a continous AHHHHWWWWIUGHHAWWWAHHHHH! So YaY!
Thank you for the update!
| SupernaturalHearts chapter 48 . 5/6
I am starting to fall in love with all of your Naruto fics. You have such a different outlook on the series from anything I've ever read. I kinda of hate you for the end of this last chapter though, it had my a bit teary eyed. I can not wait for the next chapter.
| Spider and the Fly chapter 48 . 4/26
YOU BETTER STILL BE UPDATING THIS. YOU CAN'T JUST END IT HERE.
I'M F***ING CRYING.
| Ciu Sune chapter 48 . 4/17
Aaaaahh! I'm caught up and it's the middle of the action and now I have to WAIT. Of course. As expected. But I will have you know that I am very much looking forward to finding out what happens next!
ITACHI YOU CRAZY AWFUL WALNUT WHAT ARE YOU EVEN.
You've been writing and posting so much recently, it's been amazing. Thank you!
| Ciu Sune chapter 47 . 4/17
Itachi you crazy nutcase what is even your motive anymore.
Sidenote: I enjoyed Gaara and Kisame's interaction? Hahaha, I dunno it was just so level-headed and normal sounding, amidst all the chaos of what's going on.
Slightly disappointed to learn that Kakashi may have duplicated Shikamaru's shadows! At least, I think that's what he meant, about wanting to go to the dark back room. Guess I'll have to see! Thank you for writing and sharing )
| Ciu Sune chapter 46 . 4/17
The infamous meeting! Or the start of it at least. More plot finally unfolds!
Okay, I think I can make it for one more chapter tonight, at least.
| Ciu Sune chapter 45 . 4/17
I'm in agreement with Kakashi on this one. Naruto...is kind of in idiot. With reality, I mean. Blind optimism is not always a good idea, you guys! Especially when you disregard someone else's very real experiences for it. Goodness it's a lucky thing Sasuke has decided it's cute. (But still, Iruka, let your kid grow up, c'mon.)
Poor Lee. He really does have the best of intentions. And I appreciate how powerful he is.
(Also, it's probably a bit petty, but I really enjoy how much of a hard time Sai is having with everyone.)
| Guest chapter 48 . 4/17
That final paragraph just blew me away... I was thrilled to find this updated as it's been many years that I started reading! :) re-read the entire fic in a couple of days XD
| Nova9 chapter 48 . 4/16
Dear Arigatomina, as a foreigner I’m a bit slower reader than the rest; I have wanted to post a big review for a while now, but first of all, I gladly join rebelghost85 in this: “Thank you for writing this. It's an incredible story”. One hell of the story :)
I’ve been reading this story and “Sacrifice” for years now : ) - they are both original, interesting and exciting, bitter sometimes and quite real for my taste. Definitely, the last chapters were worth the long wait.
These last words of the 48th chapter “He was much too cold. They could at least warm him up a little. That was what Naruto had first wanted, after all. Just to warm him up a little” made me remember those, back from the ‘umbrella episode’:
“And he'd looked lonely and cold and sad and Naruto had wanted to hug him, just warm him up a little. Because he didn't see how anyone could really enjoy being cold and alone. He'd just thought that if it were him, he'd want someone to hug him and take him somewhere warm”.
It is just too bad. So sad.
I’m glad you’ve showed Naruto helpless and blindly stubborn in his faith, clueless in his determination. He’s been following Sasuke in a real labyrinth, looking only at him and bravely ignoring all the warnings. A very irritating character, indeed. The contrast between Sasuke’s clear understanding of his own dire situation, tragedies to come and very possible death of the people around Naruto – and ever so upbeat, enthusiastic boy is very, very sharp.
Sasuke’s been right all this time. So much for all ‘convenience’ of this ‘mistake’ which is Naruto in his life. Yep, Naruto changed his boyfriend. Sasuke stopped running. Switching into protective mode. He fought the battle he had tried so much to avoid. He lost it, just as expected. Has he found out anything important about Itachi or not – what is it to the dying person? What is it for probably dead Itachi? And Naruto? For all his illusions, hopes and blind determination not to give up – what has he got on his hands now?..
The current situation looks pretty desperate; and even in case of prompt healing kisses tears Sasuke’s psyche will forever stay like that. Beyond repair, whatever Naruto can say or do or promise to him.
He’s been right, after all. Real psychos do happen. The damage is done. The bloodier and more violent the scene of Sasuke’s accidental (lethal?) injury is, the clearer is the point. He’s been wounded _through_ Itachi’s body – that’s very… symbolic. So much for whatever ‘good’ intentions for the boy Itachi had had in his mind.
Thank you. Lots of emotions! So much of everything : ) Thanks.
| lo chapter 48 . 4/15
Great action sequence! I also like how you are furthering the plot, hell, I can't wait to read more. Keep up the good work!
| Guest chapter 48 . 4/14
Very rapid updates and now you have me hooked. I really hope your pace continues because the stories you craft have a unique and great draw to them. I thoroughly enjoy how you take characters I love and ace them in a different world where they stay true to their natures but allow the environment to change who they are.