|Reviews for Opera de Romance|
| Witch-with-a-song chapter 7 . 7/13/2013
It is a wonderful story I hope to read more.
| LA Knight chapter 2 . 8/14/2011
Meh! Sunlight-Scars! Why is she wearing clubbing clothes? Shouldn't she be in pants? Unless they're going to do the mattress mambo, in which case a skirt makes a bit more sense, but still! Just wondering. Sigh.
Oh, Vanja is from Finland. Cool.
So... does she drink blood? Feed on souls? I'm just wondering because it hasn't popped up yet.
Line I found hilarious: "Red had even looked for it specifically once - in his way of looking for things, of course, which left most things overlooked." Seriously. Lol-sauce.
Also lol-sauce: "Even if they were vampires, they were still men." Amen to that. Boys.
I like that you have her thinking Nuada might be playing her. I'll admit, if Nuada told me his heart sang to see me, I'd probably melt and never see the potential for the hidden knife he could possibly want to drive into my heart. So unlike most fic authors for this fandom, Nuada's not all gushy-lovey for real right off the bat. Although I do think some of his "awkwardness" might actually be lust because she's a vampire. Vampires are, generally, lust-inspiring, even when they're gross (like in Dracula).
I also like that she's so flummoxed and intense with him not because he's a sexy guy, but because he's new. She's lived a long time, it seems like. New things would fascinate and intrigue her (kind of like her for him). So that's cool. And I do like that she's still wary of him.
Question: when he says "You were my choice," does that mean he still has feelings for Nuala, but doesn't want them? Or is this AU in that he doesn't care about Nuala in that way at all?
Line I adore: "Rationality told her that she needed to get out of here and think this over. Think about what he was really asking her. Think about all the things that would go along with what he said. All the things he didn't say."
OH! You're kidding! Her phone rang. Gah! I hate you.
Well... I'd have liked to see more touching/emotion before the phone went off. Not like he got her clothes off or anything. But... how did she feel when he was touching her? All her senses were bombarded with what? What was the kiss like? I feel kind of let down with the kiss because I was aching for it and thought it would be lush and hot and sizzling like the rest of it and it... wasn't. *weep*
Aw. "My heart is within you." I love that one.
Also, last bit I love so much: "She would come back to him. Maybe with an answer. Neither of them could know. For Vanja, it all depended on a balance. Nuada. The BPRD. How one would affect the other. How much one would endanger the other. She was not prepared to lose either. And she hoped Nuada understood that. Vanja gave him one last kiss, then turned her back on him." ARGH! LOOOOOVE.
Okay, chapter 3 comes later (but I shall read it). You evil, hypnotic witch you. I'm enthralled now. Gah.
~ LA Knight
| LA Knight chapter 1 . 8/14/2011
When I saw that he popped up and was all, "I want you to be my queen," part of me was like, "For real? Blech." But the rest of me was like, "OMGOMGOMGOMG." Which makes me feel dumb for thinking in capital letters, but it's your fault.
So, don't be offended, but this reminds me of an Anne Rice novel. Not that it's derivative or anything. What I mean is, the way she (used to) evoke such beautiful imagery. She used such lush and evocative prose. And that's what you do here. I was actually impressed. I love vampires, and Nuada, which is why I checked this out. I was hesitant at first, but never mind that. As of now, you have my loyalty.
Lines I absolutely loved:
1) "He moved a little closer, placing himself in the small rays of sunlight. And all of a sudden his skin, his face, looked absolutely alive. Not at all the resemblance to the undead he displayed in the shadows. And Vanja realized immediately that he was a creature meant for the sun. And she felt a pang of tragedy. A sadness for him, and for herself."
This part randomly reminded me of the song Sun & Shadow by Mercedes Lackey. It's about this lifebonded couple (soulmates), both of whom are under curses. Sunsinger is cursed that he sleep as if dead from dusk till dawn. Shadowdancer is cursed that if any sunlight touches her, she'll die. And they're in love. Suddenly, I thought of that song and it was just like, "Oh, no. No! That can't happen with them. NO!" So good job on getting that reaction from me.
2) "I think you'd be surprised what you could do. In my world." He moved even closer, whispering directly into her ear, "be stubborn with me if you like, but think about it. Ask yourself what about this world is worth saving."
All I can say for this one is: sizzle, sizzle. One thing is, "be stubborn" should be "Be stubborn." But still... sizzle-frickin-sizzle. Seriously. Steamy. Yum.
3) "Despite his gentleness, this kind of bridge he formed over her with his arm, it felt like a cage. For she was trapped now, trapped in his nearness, in his eyes, in his voice. Trapped in the cool, pleasant spring breeze that was his breath." MORE SIZZLE. OMG! Thank you. This is like, abstinence porn. You are killing me.
4) "The words left her mouth before she was even knowledgeable to their birth." Great word choice. Fantastic imagery, and you basically said she spoke without thinking, but much prettier in style.
5) "His voice was low and soft, impossibly close, like he was practically a voice in her head. But his breath on her cheek was as sweet as the wind blowing through the trees." OMG, the sexual tension. You are a maestro. Who ARE you? Where did you come from? New favorite. You are my new favorite. Argh! I'm a slave. *sigh*
Starting with "I can give you *this*, too," until the part where the "dream" ends... I was like, "Oh, wow. Wow. WOW. *quiver* Kiss her. Kiss her. That's what he's talking about. Kiss... argh! He left her! What a jerk! ARGH!"
I will say, this fic so far isn't very character driven. It's more... more about atmosphere and setting than characters. That's not a bad thing, it's just different. I like it. You're killing me, here, though. Seriously Must go on to chapter 2, as I'm at the end of chapter 1 now.
I do have 3 problems, though.
1) What about Nuala? Are you one of those rare, amazing individuals who is going to say that Elves do NOT believe incest is acceptable? Because that would make me love you so much. For real. But even if that's so, is Nuada still going to have feelings for his twin?
2) Was she "Your Grace" in France while she was mortal? Because Vanja (pretty name, although V-names for vampires make me itchy) isn't French. So I was just wondering.
Finally, 3) Her dress. Just... the brunette vampire in the black silk gown. So cliche. So... standard. Why is it black? Can't it be... green? Blue? Pink would totally new (although kind of weird). Why black?
So, actually, I only had 1 problem, and 2 questions. Also, I looked up Rose Red from a later chapter of yours, and I like it! I knew the old song, but I like this one too. )
- LA Knight
| CozyToez14 chapter 7 . 1/16/2011
Keep writing, MORE CHAPTERS!
| Aowyn77 chapter 7 . 2/26/2010
I finished reading your story yesterday (thank you again for the needed distraction from work) and I was blown away! LOVED the dragons and their different skills/abilities and there shape shifting. Whoo hoo!
Your attention to detail and the way you tell of Nuada's coming to power did not disturb me in the least considering we ARE talking the almost complete annihilation of the human race. Did I mention I am an artist and a very WILLING slave?
Your story got me to thinking about the things humans have done to the world and how that could foster someone like Nuada. It also gave the reader an different type of ending, not a "warm and fuzzy" ending wherein Nuada realizes his "mistake" and forgives the human race everything and tries to play nice. Don't get me wrong, these endings are good and comforting, but this was a alternative that I havent seen explored and I liked it (wanted to make sure I said that).
I am VERY interested to read the sequel and see what (ahem) develops between these two. I know life has a nasty habit of getting in the way so just know that I, along with your other fans, will be waiting patiently (!) for the next installment.
Best of luck to you!
| Aowyn77 chapter 3 . 2/25/2010
I wanted to write a review after I had had a chance to read a couple of chapters and get a feel for the story. I admit at first blush I was a little resistant to the characters in this story mainly because I have flocked to the stories with the love interest being a human female as they give me something with which to identify (sad but true).
Having said that I must say that this story is FANTASTIC. It grabs the reader from the first line and doesn't let go. The pace is smooth and the story line doesn't take the reader to a point of ridiculous considering we ARE talking about elves and vampires here.
Other stories I have attempted to read on this site are jumpy and try to fit too much in either too early without much lead in or they try to cram too much in the story as whole as if the author couldn't decide which direction to take. Your story and writing style are wonderful!
I am VERY excited to continue reading. Thank you so much for sharing your talent and your story. I know this story is an old post, but I am new to the Nuada obesession and just getting around to reading all the great stories here. For giving me, the reader such a great distraction from daily work and life, the least way I can repay you is to leave reviews as I go along to let you know how alive and appreciated your story conitues to be.
| chronicxxinsanity chapter 7 . 6/1/2009
This is a great story so far, please keep it going. I love how Nuada still stays in character as well as this follows the story line. :) Please don't stop this story.
| PLEASE chapter 7 . 2/11/2009
I LOVE this story. I really (pleasepleaseplease) update soon!
| Reinamarie Seregon chapter 6 . 2/2/2009
exciting, u changed the movie. well at least Nuada wont die but poor Red! omg he does not mind the vampire sucking his blood?
| XxXLIFEafterDEATHXxX chapter 7 . 1/10/2009
Oh this is a great story! I hope you update asap!
| ABeautifulDeath chapter 7 . 1/7/2009
I have to say, I am loving this story more and more. You have no idea how much I wanted Nuada to win in the movie. So thank you for writing this! And plus dragons totally kick ass.
| Angel Eyes CK chapter 7 . 12/30/2008
I must know what happens next! This story is so cool, makes me want to pick up a battle ax or somethings! :D
| ReflectiveMuse chapter 7 . 12/3/2008
Awesome chapter! In particular, I enjoyed how Vanja doesn't let her friends deny their own culpability even as she does her best to maintain the balance between the need to help them and her profound devotion to Nuada. Specifically, her firmly pointing out how protecting a world that only ever hated them has done nothing but wear them down-and the toll that following the same path would have eventually taken on Red and Liz's children-is beautifully executed. As for the introduction of the new characters, it's well in keeping with the pace of the story as it begins to speed up. Also, it effectively underscores the swift progress that the Fey races have already made, and the newly revealed details (such as the inclusion of dragons and the mentions of the other elven clans) fit nicely into the Hellboy-verse's atmosphere. Brilliant!
| MoonyMoonsault chapter 7 . 12/3/2008
WHY NOT feel confident about this chapter?
i mean, it had dragons in it!
hello?dragons! :D i love dragons
and of course loveley nuada *drools*
i really like how this story is working out!
the whole war thing is really interesting :)
keep up the awesome work!
| The-Lady-Isis chapter 7 . 12/3/2008
I loved Vanja's little speech to Red and Liz - it was really eloquent and passionate. I think I'm falling in love with story a little more with each chapter you know.
Keep it up!