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julesmarie

The Book High

I've always said I'll read anything, and I really do mean that. Lately M/M romance has had my interest, but fantasy and sci-fi were my first loves and will always hold a special place in my heart. I also love histories and biographies.

Currently reading

The Mists of Avalon
Marion Zimmer Bradley
Shakespeare After All
Marjorie Garber
Saving Connor (Sacrifices arc, #1) - Lightning on the Wave The concept ended up being my favorite part of this one. The idea of an AU in which Harry's a Slytherin and it's his twin who's known as the Boy Who Lived fascinated me.

I'd initially put off reading this because of the daunting length of the rest of the series. But then, I realized I was searching and searching for new drarry stories just to keep living in these fantastic interpretations of a world I love. Once I realized that, I decided that 2 million+ words might be a GOOD thing, and I gave this a shot.

It was fun and the premise was every bit as interesting as I'd hoped. It was most fascinating to get to see different sides of Draco, and Snape. And to get to know Lucius a little better.

What didn't work so well for me was that we didn't get to know Connor well enough for me to not resent him. I get that Harry loves him and that he's doing his best to do the duty he's been raised to do, but having the only glimpses I got of Connor be ones where he's whining or distancing himself from Harry didn't endear him to me. And Harry having to try THAT hard to not show up his brother just made Connor seem incompetent, weak and childish.

On a related note, Harry being THAT good at everything began to seem less and less plausible. It's one thing to believe he'd been raised practicing difficult magic and so had mastered these incredibly difficult spells. And I knew already from the original books that he's an incredible flier. But add to that now that he's also gifted enough at potions to be doing 5th year work in his 1st year class and I start to want to call bullshit.

It also made me sad that Harry wasn't able to relax and let himself fit in with the Slytherins. I get that he felt like he needed to spend time watching Connor and training, but that doesn't mean he couldn't have made friends with some of his housemates (other than Draco who bullied, harassed, and pestered him into it).

I'm hoping that as the next stories get longer that she'll relax into the world and spend more time letting us get to know the characters better.