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    September 30th, 2007

    Solace

    Solace by SecretLily

    Summary: Lily Evans remained shadowed and distant from the world she loved so dearly. Control was Michael’s weakness; temptation hers. Yet, when James Potter enters her life, without so much as a warning or brief hesitation, Lily finds truth. For James Potter refused to give up on her. Work In Progress, 23,613 words.

    Why You Should Care: This fic isn’t unique in its subject matter. There are dozens of fics where Lily’s dating a guy who totally doesn’t deserve her and treats her badly. But they don’t do this well. What I love about this fic is its subtlety. This fic doesn’t go straight in with domestic violence, but plays on the surface of emotional possession, meaning that (unusally, for this genre) Lily isn’t OOC: she’s soft and passionate and interesting, and SecretLily manages to show her as a supressed character, a masterstroke in my book. Not only that, but stylistically this fic is beautiful and captures moments with soft, unexpected imagery.

    Why You Might Not Care: It’s true. This is another fic where Lily’s dating a total arsehole. And it’s incredibly angsty; I reckon this fic could do with a bit of humour to lighten the tone, but the characterization alone should be enough of a draw to read it.

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    September 23rd, 2007

    Secrets

    Secrets by Salt-Rose

    Summary: Everyone has their own secrets. Remus and Tonks slowly share theirs. Drabble Collection, 3,262 Words.

    Why You Should Care: This is an absolutely lovely series of drabbles about the relationship between Remus and Tonks — the complications of it, the simplicities, and the things you try really hard to keep from happening that can’t be stopped and happen anyway. Glorious little scenes about the process of discovering someone else. Just enough angst to constantly remind you it’s a Remus/Tonks fic, which is what — I think — what makes the ship so enjoyable for most people….

    Why You Might Not Care: Had enough of Remus/Tonks yet? If so, this is probably not a good place to go to get away from it. This is exactly the opposite of that. This is 100% Remus/Tonks. Cranky Remus/Sirius shippers beware, though there is a little throwaway for the Remus/Sirius shippers that made me smile. This is apparently incomplete — the author assures us there will be more — but each drabble is self contained, so not being complete doesn’t really affect your enjoyment of it. You’ll probably finish and long for more, though.

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    September 19th, 2007

    The Elusive Snorkack

    The Elusive Snorkack by Kethlenda

    Summary: There’s something unsaid and unresolved, something suspended in the air between them, and though she’s rarely at a loss for words she’s not sure which ones to use now.  Oneshot, 2,200 Words.

    Why You Should Care: It was a ship nobody really saw coming — that no one could have seen coming, really — and it didn’t take long for the fic to start.  Chance and circumstance threw Luna and Dean together, and while Jo has suggested they might not be forever, there does seem to be a little something sparking there.  Kethlenda writes Luna in many of the same ways JKR does, and while this piece would technically be from Luna’s POV, it’s a limited POV that follows her instead of getting inside her head.  The “Luna-ness” comes from the dialogue and the details, and I have to say it’s one of the best Luna stories I’ve read in some time; she’s terribly difficult to write well, but Kethlenda seems to do so with ease.  This is a story about transition: of people out of war and of people into relationships.  Quite nice.

    Why You Might Not Care: There’s actually very little “shippyness” in here.  It’s there, and it’s sort of the main subject, but I found the subtext more compelling.  This is more Luna’s story than Dean’s, but Luna’s the sort of character who naturally dominates almost any scene she’s in, so I’m not terribly surprised.  Even in the canon, the presence of Luna has a tendency to shift the focus: we don’t lose Harry, but he doesn’t have our full and complete attention like he usually does.  It’s funny how there are some supporting characters that just always do that.

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    September 14th, 2007

    Clouds In My Coffee

    Clouds In My Coffee by Lady Bracknell

    Summary: Parties like this are for nameless drinks and faceless people, Sirius thinks, and drowning out the world for a while so they can pretend it doesn’t exist. Oneshot, 3,327 Words.

    Why You Should Care: This is a little interlude in Lady Bracknell’s “Disaster: See Also, Remus J. Lupin, Lovelife Of” told from Sirius’ POV, and it’s hot. This is perfect pre-Azkaban Sirius, and his impressive ego is in full form. This is great little riff, with pretty girls, body language, pop lyrics, and liquor. This is exactly why Sirius obviously had no trouble getting girls. Great characterization of Sirius, and — as always — Lady Bracknell delivers us an OC that could never be called a Mary Sue. I love that this manages to be completely sexy without ever once straying past PG13 territory. MMMmmm, good.

    Why You Might Not Care: If you think Sirius has a warm, gooey centre where he’s not arrogant, then you’re wrong. There’s a little Want-Take-Have in Sirius Black, and I for one love it. He’s not a player so much as he’s a difficult person to captivate for a long period of time, and he fills the boredom any way he can. Susan goes in with her eyes open, and that makes her worthy of the attention. This is a “missing scene” from “Disaster: See Also, Remus J Lupin, Lovelife Of”, but it does stand alone very well, so I wouldn’t consider it required reading.

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    September 12th, 2007

    Sitting in a Tree

    Sitting in a Tree by Wild Magelet

    Summary: Of the many perils associated with dating Nymphadora Tonks, Remus Lupin discovers that buying her an appropriate gift for Valentine’s Day may be the most daunting.  Oneshot, 5,109 Words.

    Why You Should Care: A little Remus/Tonks interlude.  The dialogue exchange between the two of them is fantastic — Remus is Very Remus and Tonks is Very Tonks.  The age difference here is noticeable — even in the conversation — but I like this fic all the more for it, because Wild Magelet finds the ways in which the two of the work despite the gap.  This fic has been made fundamentally A/U by virtue of Deathly Hallows, but not in any way that’s really important.  It is canon in all the ways that really matter.

    Why You Might Not Care: Remus might appear to some to be a little rougher around the edges than canon, but I think this is a fair version of him.  I think Tonks is dead accurate.  Not quite fluffy, this fic contains the sort of romance that only happens in real life — the boring, simple, basic kind that lives in off-the-cuff conversations and small gestures.  There is nothing grandiose or sweeping here, only a comfortable, familiar reality.

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    September 6th, 2007

    Social Niceties

    Social Niceties by ChristyCorr

    Summary: She may or may not blame the eggnog later on, of course. He cannot foresee whether she will, and cannot bring himself to care just yet. Oneshot, 2,250 Words.

    Why You Should Care: A bit of a different spin on the coming together of James and Lily that is not so far from likely as you might think. In my experience, when two people such as these decided to bring down a wall, it’s usually with a sledgehammer and a wreaking ball. I like this piece, which slides between Lily and James POVs with surprising smoothness and dares to use parenthesis to make this more than just a few steamy minutes on the stairway, but also a story in itself. Above all, they are both completely teenagers; awkward, all hands, discovering each other physically in that unrestrained way only teenagers can. I love — love — that we never hear Lily’s answer, because we really don’t need to.

    Why You Might Not Care: This is rated R, though I’m not sure it quite deserves it. There are certainly a few moments where you see why, but there’s nothing here you haven’t seen on a soap opera, so don’t let the rating scare you away. There’s just enough in it to put you in the moment with them, but it’s a stairway. How bad could it get?

    Awards: 2008 Hourglass Award, Best Het Romance — Second Place

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    September 4th, 2007

    Disaster: See Also, Remus J. Lupin, Lovelife Of

    Disaster: See Also, Remus J. Lupin, Lovelife Of by Lady Bracknell

    Summary: Remus claims that his lovelife has always been a disaster. He’s had vases thrown at him, made girls cry in public and done very reckless things in broom cupboards. Assorted Romance, Novel Length, 91,052 Words.

    Why You Should Care: HaHA! Anything that starts out with Remus getting dumped via a passed note in the library has got to be promising. This follows the ups, downs, tos, fros, and constant trending toward complete misadventure that is Remus Lupin’s interaction with women. From his very first girlfriend through to meeting Tonks with whom he will finally take the plunge, Remus almost never plays the maudlin, noble hero we’ve come to expect of his fanon counterpart. Rather, he’s right in there looking for love, but somehow managing to get swept up in all the wrong ways with all the wrong girls more often then not. It’s delightful, and very real. This is slanted toward humor, though in moments it is as much an apt character study of Remus as any shorter, introspective oneshot might have been. All of the original characters have been created with care, and none of them slip sideways into Mary Sueism, which is a phenomenal feat all on its own. Thoroughly, completely enjoyable.

    Why You Might Not Care: If you’re in this only for the eventual Remus/Tonks, then you might be a little disappointed at how little of their relationship this fic gets into. This is about the (very lengthy and often bumpy) road of one man looking for love, and how there is rarely just one person for any of us. This is the journey Remus takes to Tonks, and the fiction rightly ends when they have finally stumbled into each other.

    Awards: 2008 Hourglass Award, Best Het Romance — First Place; September 2007 Gold Star Award for Excellence in Harry Potter Fanfiction.

    Thanks To: Christina, for suggesting this most excellent author.

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    August 31st, 2007

    Lamentations of a Starry Eyed Twit

    Lamentations of a Starry Eyed Twit by She’s a Star

    Summary: Auriga Sinistra’s not so eventful diary filled with sarcasm, self pity, and assorted proclamations of loathing for a certain Potions professor. Novel Length, Humour, 96,620 Words.

    Why You Should Care: Because this author has created some pretty priceless situational comedy, and a wholly wonderful comedic character in Auriga Sinistra. As I’ve read through this, I have never ceased to be delighted by the hijinks and tomfoolery of the Hogwarts staff, both canon and original. Sinistra is the magical version of Bridget Jones, and while Snape might not be quite the equivalent of Mr. Darcy, the combination does make for some interesting and highly entertaining anecdotal material. Sinistra is well created and incurably ridiculous in that way most people are, and all females that have struggled with their own doomed love-lives will feel a certain kinship with her. Snape by and large remains canon, though the central conceit of this piece is that he might possibly harbor some hidden affection for Sinistra, though perhaps quite against his will. Their verbal sparring is worth the price of admission, and while Auriga occasionally comes out on top, by and large she fumbles in the face of Snape’s superior cutting wit and is reduced to something awkwardly akin to “…so’s your face!” I have stolen more quotes from this fic for my notebook collection than any other fanfiction, and that’s got to count for something.

    Why You Might Not Care:  It’s still a work in progress, and until quite recently I thought it to be abandoned, though Deathly Hallows seems to have spurned the author to write a new chapter or two.  This fic occasionally tries to be something more meaningful than a humourous escapade, and those tend to be its weakest moments; this fic is at its best when Sinistra is throwing coffee mugs at Snape and purchasing Quirrell’s iguana collars for the staff Christmas gift exchange.  Snape is both completely Snape and… completely  not.  Sometimes the switches are a little too jarring, but if you’re not there for the comedy, then you’re not there for the right reasons.  This author’s strength is very clearly the setting up and writing of the funny.

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    August 30th, 2007

    Movement

    Movement by MrsTater

    Summary: Things appear to have changed. Drabble, 958 Words.

    Why You Should Care: I just like it. It’s Remus and Tonks’ first kiss, and I feel as though Remus is done quite well. He isn’t prematurely noble and self-sacrificing right out of the gate, and is even unashamedly responsible for leading them to it. This is Remus before he’s had time to think too much, and it’s easy to see why Tonks fell for him. I’d fall for him, if it were me.

    Why You Might Not Care: Oh, well. Fluff, you know. Kissing. Melt-in-your mouth romance. A small, creamy, milk chocolate truffle that makes you go “mmm…”. If this were a movie scene, it would most certainly be in a Romantic Comedy.

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    August 26th, 2007

    A Turnip For Luck

    A Turnip For Luck by Lady Whizbee

    Summary: It wasn’t as if he wasn’t interested in meeting new women. He was. It was just that there was so much pressure attached to that first conversation. He had to be interesting, and witty, and clever, and he had to have more than one interesting, one witty and one clever thing to say. And, in total, that was very hard work. After all, what could he say that was all that profound? He was just Neville Longbottom. Oneshot, 3,555 Words.

    Why You Should Care: This is a fluffy, 100% cute and 100% in character Neville fic. He’s appropriately awkward at the notion of dating in generally, but soldiers on in typical Gryffindor fashion. It’s little fics like this that make me want a Neville plushy to cuddle when I feel lonely or completely useless at relationships in general, because if Neville can put himself out there, dammit, so can I.

    Why You Might Not Care: Dating and Neville can only equal shocking quantities of fluff. You have been warned.

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    August 19th, 2007

    The Shoebox Project

    The Shoebox Project by Dorkorific and LadyJaida

    NOTE: The Shoebox Project LJ community has been hacked. The link that purportedly points to a “new” archive actually points to a keystroke-logging virus. Until the community has been restored, I’ve pointed the link to a place where you can download Shoebox chapters in PDF format.

    Summary: A multi-media Remus/Sirius extravaganze, with plenty of James, Lily and Peter thrown in to make things extra-fun. Novel Length, Probably over 100,000 Words.

    Why You Should Care: This is… this is the Remus/Sirius fanfic, people. There is no other better, no other more in depth, and no other that is more realistic. If it was canon, this is how it would have been. Dorkorific and LadyJaida never forget that these are teenagers in the 70s to whom the idea of homosexuality is not an entirely comfortable one, and the coming together of Remus and Sirius is achingly slow; at some places, they almost move backwards. But every section of this fic is so fantastically well written — like a huge collection of smaller stories that link together — that it probably wouldn’t matter if Remus and Sirius never figured it out, because there are plenty of other reasons to stay and read this. It is romantic, completely comical, but 100% real and I adore it. The characters are all fantastically written, and each has their own distinctive personality (which is often a difficult thing to find in Marauder fics) and I love it. Love, love, love it. There are notes between friends, diary entires, and dozens of fantastically drawn “photos” of the golden age of the Marauders. I love it.

    Why You Might Not Care: It’s addictive. When you start, it’s very difficult not to stop. It’s also still a work in progress, and sometimes there are significant lags in between updates. But it the end it is all worth it, because this is easily one of the top five Marauder fics I have ever read. If you are one of the very, very few people who hasn’t already found this, make some time and get over there and read it for God sakes, in case the internet collapses in on itself and The Shoebox Project disappears forever. Go. NOW.

    Awards: 2007 Hourglass Award, Best Overall — First Place.

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    August 14th, 2007

    Redeeming Time

    Redeeming Time by Minx (Thanks to gomita23 for the new link!)

    Summary: In the year after Sirius plays his trick on Snape, James and his friends confront changes in themselves, in their relationships, and in those around them. Novel Length, Oneshot, 45,725 Words.

    Why You Should Care: Another author tackles the impossible task of the Marauders during their last couple of years at school. What she does not do is give us every excruciating detail, but rather writes four stories that connect into one larger one. This is most assuredly a Remus/Sirius and a James/Lily, but it’s all told from James’ POV, which is an unusual choice for a slash fic. It makes the slash much more palatable for those of us who don’t usually read it, and what’s really well done is that James has to do some mental adjustments as he finds out the truth about Sirius, and later Remus, which is what any young man would have to do when confronted about this by two of his best friends. James has trouble adjusting, and while it might not be as much as real life, it is there where usual slash just sort of bypasses the awkwardness of the situation without a word. Also, I adore James’ parents in this fic, and for the rest of my life I will always believe that his mother was a painter and had just such a room full of paintings of James, canon be damned.

    Why You Might Not Care: The slash is all above board, and while it only just scrapes the delicate chastity of a kiss, it’s most definitely there and dominates the story. The boys seem a little too young throughout, like fourteen or fifteen year-old versions of themselves instead of sixteen and seventeen, and Peter is conspicuously and often absent, but in the end I enjoyed it despite all that, so good on Minx. Me and slash don’t typically get along so well.

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    August 6th, 2007

    A Test of Wills, or Flirting for the Socially Inept

    A Test Of Wills, or Flirting for the Socially Inept by HRH Bunbury

    Summary: She was bored. He was reading. Armed only with her wit, Tonks sets on a one woman mission to catch the attention of a sullen werewolf.  Fluffy, Oneshot, 1,861 Words.

    Why You Should Care: This is cute and fluffy and sweet and just a little funny.  Tonks takes the approach of many forward-thinking young women everywhere, and attempts to annoy Remus into paying attention to her.  Remus, it seems, is the sort of man who takes the bait.  I can’t decide whether or not this ever had the chance of happening in canon, but I don’t think it really matters to be honest.  This will make you smile just a little.

    Why You Might Not Care: It’s Remus/Tonks for those who haven’t figured it out yet, and herein lies no advanced character development, deep thinking, or reflective truths in cunningly crafted statements.  Tonks annoys Remus; Remus, it turns out, doesn’t mind.  Some things are better left fluffy.

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    August 2nd, 2007

    Untidy Black Hair

    Untidy Black Hair by RubyTuesday

    Summary: Because, really, that’s what it always comes down to, isn’t it? Falling in love in 13 steps. Romance, Drabble Collection, 1,881 Words.

    Why You Should Care: There are hundreds of thousands of millions of words collectively written by hundreds of fanfiction writers on James and Lily; who they were, how they came together, and what their short life was like. Most of them take the form of long, multi-chaptered stories that cover every excruciating detail, but RubyTuesday takes a gentler approach. We already know the story — it’s old hat by now — and she instead takes us into the small moments that highlight the journey, the easy, simple, sometimes random moments that couldn’t possibly be relevant, and yet are. This is a series of thirteen wonderful drabbles about the Jacob’s Ladder fall into love, and it’s splendid.

    Why You Might Not Care: This will not satisfy the reader who longs for Marauder adventures and the protracted, slow romantic tension of novel-length stories. It’s almost like a series of still-life portraits, like flipping back through a photo-album of James and Lily’s life. You see the pictures, and the rest you have to fill in for yourself.

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    July 16th, 2007

    To Love a Hero

    To Love a Hero by Pantz

    Summary: Tell him, tell him you love him. He’ll tell you, painfully, that he loves you, too. Oneshot, 3,169 Words.

    Why You Should Care: A lovely staccato piece about the life of Ginny Weasley as it entwined with The Boy Who Lived. It’s beautiful and sweet to watch as Ginny goes from a young girl to a young woman. Lyrical.

    Why You Might Not Care: This has not been written like a standard piece of fan fiction, and it might annoy some people. Other than that, there is no reason not to read this.

    Awards: 2007 Hourglass Award, Oneshot – Third Place.

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    July 13th, 2007

    Asinus ad Lyram

    Asinus ad Lyram by Ylime

    Summary: Moony, Wormtail, and Padfoot feel that Prongs will never win a certain red-haired girl with the tame Valentine he is writing. So, full to the brim and beyond with good intentions, they design a little Valentine of their own… Humour, 5,256 Words.

    Why You Should Care: HAHAHA! This was something read on Spellcast that I loved. It’s a fluffy, humourous MWPP misadventure, yet remarkably in character. Sirius, Remus and Peter play off each other nicely, and all manage to be exactly what they are: misguided boys. In addition, the description of the Valentines Frenzy that overtakes Hogwarts is more than worth the price of admission. And the little Valentine James gets melted my heart and made me all gooey inside.

    Why You Might Not Care: Don’t come here unless you enjoy chaos created by Marauders or if you feel the need to take the Marauders too seriously. Or if fluff makes you gag a little. And James specifically is… a little weak, character-wise. But he makes up for it when he freaks out on Sirius, so I suppose it’s all good.

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    July 1st, 2007

    Unusual

    Unusual by DeeDee

    Summary: How Ron comes to buy perfume for Hermione. 6,862 Words.

    Why You Should Care: I’m the first to admit that I don’t usually read fiction centred around any members of the Trio, and yet the summary of this intrigued me because I had wondered, while reading OotP, why and how Ron came to give Hermione perfume for Christmas. What I found when I started to read was a delightful story about two young people very slowly discovering how much they like each other. Both Ron and Hermione are kept true to canon — I find Ron especially difficult to find properly written, so to find a fiction where he rang true was a surprising bonus. Ron is exactly fifteen and entirely a boy in this story. He doesn’t know what’s going on or why its going on, as most fifteen year old boys in love generally don’t. Very good.

    Why You Might Not Care: This is a Ron/Hermione people. All Harry/Hermione shippers should immediately turn around and go elsewhere least you tear pieces of your hair out. It’s… almost fluffy. Except it’s not. Not really.

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    June 24th, 2007

    The Six Degrees of Drunkenness

    The Six Degrees of Drunkenness by BeeDaily

    Summary: Scrooge-channeling Lily runs into a bit of trouble with a bottle of Ogden’s Old Firewhisky after she finds the Marauders drunk in the Head dorms. 15,809 Words.

    Why You Should Care: Everyone’s done the “she gets drunk and kisses him finally” story, if not with Lily and James than with some other pairing. It’s been done to death, over and over and over… Yet, somehow, BeeDaily manages to make it feel fresh and new again, largely through the use of three-dimensional characters who are believable and — most importantly — imperfect. Her Lily is excellent and her James is excellent. Both characters are not only believable people, but also believable teenagers. Additionally, while wearing a fluffy exterior, this fiction manages to have a surprisingly thoughtful interior.

    Why You Might Not Care: Well, obviously it’s James/Lily, so if you have a problem with that, this is decidedly not for you. And it’s a little fluffy, so if angst is your thing, this will make you gag just a little.

    Awards: 2007 Hourglass Award, Comedy – First Place.

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    June 8th, 2007

    Darkness and Light Trilogy

    Darkness and Light Trilogy by R.J. Anderson

    Summary: A young blind woman comes to Hogwarts on a secret mission, only to find herself allied with the one man she has been warned not to trust – Severus Snape. Trilogy, Novel Length, 113,525 Words, Complete.

    Why You Should Care: Anyone who claims to adore the character of Snape should have already read this, or is lying. There are only a couple of highly respected Snape/OC fics and this is one of them for a very good reason. In lesser hands, Maud Moody could have very easily become a Mary Sue, but under Anderson’s pen she never entirely falls that way but instead becomes one of the most memorable original characters in the fandom. This fiction was written between GoF and OotP and while it has since been adjusted to reflect OotP canon, the plot carries through to Voldemort’s defeat and thus it is now firmly AU. However, the plot of this piece is one of its very best features: brilliantly and thoughtfully constructed, back before OotP it was entirely plausible.

    Why You Might Not Care: Snape is not quite canon, here. Time and nods to canon give us at least a passable explanation why that is, and creates a sort of AU Snape that turns out to be as dynamic and dimensional – if less ambiguous – then his canon counterpart. The central romance does have a remarkable age gap that’s hard to believably overcome, since Maud comes to Hogwarts as a seventh year student from Durmstrang. I think what made it work for me is that the author isn’t afraid to admit the huge differential in age and sometimes puts it front and centre, admitting that yes, it is a problem, but sometimes other things matter more. Their relationship might be a tad rushed, but only just.

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    June 6th, 2007

    Things I Could Have But Done Without

    Things I Could Have But Done Without by ModestyRabnott

    Summary: It’s strange, I think, how it seems nostalgic thinking about it now. As if it’s already a part of The Past. Follow Tonks as she adjusts to her new life as a member of the Order, and the changes that it brings. Romance, Remus/Tonks, 31,015 Words.

    Why You Should Care: A first-person POV foray into the mind of Tonks while she tries to balance being an Auror, an Order member, and a good daughter as she falls for Remus Lupin. The speed of the relationship feels right, especially for a young woman of Tonks’ age, and, perhaps more importantly, it feels true to life as the two of them are physically intimate before they become emotionally intimate. (On that note, this fic has some of the very best sex scenes I’ve read in this ship – this fic is worth reading for them alone if you like that sort of thing.) The author slips into Tonks’ voice incredibly well, and her character is perfectly aligned with what we have seen of her in canon and with her age. The dialogue is very well done.

    Why You Might Not Care: If you avoid the Remus/Tonks ship, this is not the boat for you. Also, if you’re too young (we all know that’s not going to stop most of you, but it’s the responsible thing to say) or don’t care for NC-17, then you should leave this one alone: the sex scenes are explicit (though not graphic or crude).

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