Reviews for Head is a jungle, heart is an empty room
red roses are pink chapter 8 . 3/4/2013
God I don't really know what to say. I wish there would be more books and storys like this. I love it how your characters allway seems so real, even Isobel. I hope you'll write a new story soon, your really, really great.
salene chapter 8 . 1/12/2013
I read this all in one Sitting, it was that good. You are so very talented, this was incredible.
Anon69 chapter 1 . 1/12/2013
I didn't read this but I saw it on twitter. I agree you do deserve more reviews because you took your time to write. Well here one 3 from DE fanthom Xxx x)
Pied Flycatcher chapter 8 . 8/8/2012
Amazing. Brutal and painfully honest. I love how you get into Isobel's head here. Great story.
afanoftvd chapter 6 . 8/4/2012
"She hated them both and wanted them both so badly that she felt the urge to kill something immediately." Sad that she uses killing as a substitute for feeling. This chapter quickly moves from reluctantly sad to devastatingly heartbreaking as Isobel realizes the full depth and breadth of her mistake.

Love the poetry of "Tears gathered, treacherous armies". Wonderfully and richly written.
afanoftvd chapter 5 . 8/4/2012
Interesting how willingly Damon told Isobel how to obtain a daylight ring though he would never have told Logan Fell. His gentleness and mentorship here is in sharp contrast to the brutality of their pre-transition encounters.

Amazing how quickly isobel moved from the heartfelt relief of "Alaric's okay" to "She felt a tiny pang." Interesting that Isobel is so fixated on flipping the switch but doesn't see that she basically already has. Then her stunt with the family and the movie, brutally unconscionable.

Just brilliant how Isobel dealt with Trudy and the man. Love how you pulled that together. Same goes for the quick unearthing of Katherine. Amazing how alike Isobel and Katherine seem to be, almost like twin sisters. They have much more in common with each other than Elena, redundancy essential to survival being one of them. Katherine owning three spares... so brilliant!

Your insights into Katherine are marvelous. Gives us so much more of her motivations. Her attitude about Damon seems so heartless. Why does she even bother with him? Her comment that she barely has any humanity left, seems to be the most accurate description of how vampire humanity works, not a switch at all but more a muscle that grows or atrophies as it is used. Katherine has obviously neglected hers.

Wonderful job embellishing all the details of Isobel's life, the collection of her pets Frank and Cherie being just one of them. You've painted a fully textured, full colour, cinemascope world.
ElvishGrrl chapter 8 . 7/27/2012
I'm so very glad I read this.
I'm sorry this review isn't more detailed but my brain is still taking in this incredible story. I'm a bit floored, to be honest.
It's so disturbing and amazing.
What a great character study. You obviously excel at these!
Bravo!
afanoftvd chapter 4 . 7/27/2012
Had to skip to this chapter to find out how Isobel met Damon. Just love the layers you have added to the little tidbits gleaned from the show.

Amazing how easily Isobel plowed through John to get to Damon.

Shocking, but not really shocking, how brutal Damon is with Isobel, as if everything he does is an attempt to ward her off. You captured the incongruity of being 'turned off' so well with Damon's "He's humans so he means less than nothing to me" in contrast to the loneliness that is so obvious even to Isobel. Why is Damon's vampire face his real face? Aren't both his faces just as real?

Isobel says 'I'm sorry" so many times, but clearly she is not sorry enough. Feel sad for this girl who just can't handle the full spectrum of colours of life and prefers to live in black and white.
afanoftvd chapter 2 . 7/27/2012
[Isobel] Walked until she found a pay phone, walked further until she found one that didn't have gum in the coin slot. Wonderful way of illustrating how important Alaric is to Isobel. And of course Alaric just knowing, knowing it's Isobel on the line and his earnest, over the top response, so familiar in the Alaric we know today.

Meredith said the restraining orders said more about Isobel than Alaric. How much more we never realized. You have painted a picture here of a girl who wants the good but when she receives it just can't handle it, has to destroy it and bring things back to the comfort zone of destruction. The repeated 'She meant it, she did." always give me a sinking feeling, harbingers of the next chapter of sabotage and remorse. When she professes she has changed we believe her, she does mean it, but we also know she is incapable of lasting change.

Amazingly well written, with brilliant insights into Isobel and Alaric too. You have given them a depth and breadth that has made them that much more real.
ElvishGrrl chapter 5 . 7/26/2012
It was great to see how this all played out from Isobel's point of view. I'd forgotten some of this stuff over time.
The part in the bar where she has to try to grasp the concept of there being no switch - that was my favourite part of this whole chapter. Her reaction to that knowledge was so tangible.
I can't believe you're written a story that made me feel empathetic to Isobel, but you have.
Looking forward to Ch 6!
ElvishGrrl chapter 4 . 7/25/2012
Jesus. That was intense. (not that I expected anything less)
Your ability to write a truly f*cked up persona is astounding. Impressive. She's completely screwed up, self-absorbed and mostly unlikeable yet I'm totally sympathetic. Bravo.
Just amazing so far.
ElvishGrrl chapter 3 . 7/24/2012
This chapter of her life was a lovely collection of snapshots. She's still as messed up as before, she just has different outlets for it.
The plot thickened nicely and got thicker as the chapter went on.
I loved the phone conversation with John.
The original characters you've created, such as Ben and Henri are perfect in that they fit right in. I can totally imagine her life playing out this way.
Looking forward to reading the next installment tomorrow.
So glad I started this! :)
ElvishGrrl chapter 2 . 7/23/2012
The character studies you've done here are absolutely fascinating. My heart aches for this poor broken girl who self-sabotages everything good that ever happens to her, all over her incredibly abysmal sense of self-worth.
You have such a gift with words - her self-delusion is so tangible.
Can't wait to read more.
thanks for this!
ElvishGrrl chapter 1 . 7/22/2012
Wow, chapter one was amazing. I seriously love the way you write. Every nuance of Isobel's character in your story meshes with canon in my mind perfectly. Show Isobel could be this Isobel without stretching any credibility at all.
Love it. Can't wait to read more tomorrow.
HawthorneTree chapter 8 . 7/20/2012
Wow. Just...wow. I love your stories, they are always so good, but this one...wow. This was fantastic. Please keep writing, your Dalaric stories are great. Well done.
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