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Review #1, by TreacleTart Cursebreaking in Barcelona

14th December 2015:
Hey Branwen,

I'm finally here with a review for my Anywhere But There Challenge! I'm so sorry that it's taken so long, but I was tied up with NANO. Anyway, I'm here now and hoping to post results as soon as I possibly can. My goal is within the next week.

I'll be breaking this review down by the criteria that I used to judge the challenge so that you can see exactly how I arrived at the results.

Plot/Pace/Flow - I thought that the plot of this story was quite interesting. I love the concept of the cursebreakers traveling the world to find hidden treasure and it's one that I haven't seen explored to often. I've also never seen the cursebreakers paired up with aurors.

Character Development - I felt like I got a good idea of who Teddy and Johanna are and what their dynamic is like. With all of the action going on, I certainly could see how each of them handles stress and I enjoyed the witty banter back and forth.

Cultural Info - I liked that you included little bits about Spain like the preference in Catalonia to speak Catalan instead of Spanish and the description of the park. That being said, I wish there was just a little bit more to really help me get a feel for Spain and what it's like. Since your characters don't really interact with any Spaniards, it's hard to really say that I got a clear image of the culture.

Typos/Grammar/Spelling- This was pretty polished all the way through. I didn't really notice much in the way of typos. Just this one..

he'd had to Rome three in Rome

Good work! I'll be posting the results soon, so keep your eyes peeled.


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Review #2, by Freda_and_Georgina Cursebreaking in Barcelona

25th November 2015:
Hello! Georgina here with your first prize review! (remember that challenge we had months ago, happened)

This story was a really interesting read. I loved the puzzles and the magic in Barcelona and I really enjoyed how you had the interaction between Teddy and Johanna the entire time. It really kept things active without having too much going on at once. One minor complaint, near the end things got confusing. But the thing with that complaint is if you add more description you lose some action so I really can't complain.

I really wish I could give you a longer review but that's really all I can think of for this one-shot; it was good, nice characterization, unique plot, and brilliant action. I'm happy I could read it.

Hopefully we'll be back soon to give you your remaining (3, in case you were wondering) reviews.

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Review #3, by ValWitch21 Cursebreaking in Barcelona

16th July 2013:
I'm here to hit two ravens with one stone, reviewing for Ravenclaw and treating myself to some of your lovely writing.

What I love the most about this is how balanced ylur characters are. Johanna happens to be one of my favourites out of all your OCs, and seeing her cameo here made me really happy. HPFF needs female OCs as relatable as she is, in all her spunk and big-mouthing.

This one-shot made me want to jump on a plane to Barcelona and go waving a stick about park Guell, but sadly that isn't possible. I'll just close my eyes and base myself on your story to pretend I am!

(CLAW POWER! And again thank you for being here to oull us through the HC ♥ )

Author's Response: Aww, I'm glad you like Johanna so much! She's one of my favorite OCs to write about - she's so funny and sarcastic. I really do just love her, so I'm always happy to hear that other people like her, too. :)

Thank you so much for all your lovely, amazing reviews!

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Review #4, by ATLpaintingflowers Cursebreaking in Barcelona

12th July 2013:
Okay first off I would like to say I have no words. This was amazing. Usually when I review something, I review while I'm reading it, but this was honestly so good that I read it all in one go. I loved Jo's character, she was really quite funny and witty. I also wonder who the Weasley, Teddy was with was. I loved Teddy's career choice it was really original and uncommon, because most fanfictions have him as a Auror or professor or something of the sort. Your grammar and sentence structure was flawless, and this story flowed really well.

Author's Response: Oh, thank you so much! I'm glad you liked it so much, and I'm really touched that you were interested enough to read it despite it being one of the longer fics submitted for the Cup. :)

Thank you!

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Review #5, by CambAngst Cursebreaking in Barcelona

11th July 2013:
Hi, Beeezie!

This was really well-developed and it's obvious that you put a lot of thought into it. Not at all the type of story one expects to see in a challenge like this where time is of the essence.

Your Teddy immediately reminded me of the way you write him in your other stories. He's brave, but not reckless. He's smart, organized and put together. He's obviously hopelessly smitten with Victoire, to the point where she can take him right out of his routine. He seemed to work rather well with your original character. Each of them was able to lead or follow, as the particularly of the situation dictated.

The situation in the hidden Catalan treasure room was cleverly put together. It didn't feel overly obvious what the solution to the problem was, nor was it easy or without risk for Teddy and Johanna to retrieve the treasure. It was very realistic for the type of danger that witches and wizards seem to confront in the Harry Potter universe once they're adults.

Overall, your story was very well-developed. It didn't feel rushed the way that a lot of challenge entries do. The characters and the plot were fleshed out very well, giving it a lot of depth. You seemed to take your time to fill in the little details that make a story vivid and rich.

I couldn't find a single thing wrong with your writing. Very nice job!

Author's Response: Thank you so much for this review! I'm really glad you liked it, and grateful you took the time to review this much longer piece. :)

I'm glad Teddy reminded you of the Teddys in my other stories, because they should ideally all fit together - I don't like recreating the characters each time, so I mostly keep my fics in the same head canon universe. I'm always happy to hear that it works!

Thank you so, so much. I'm glad you liked this story so much and thought that it worked well and that the pace was solid, and I'm so sorry it's taken me way too long to respond.

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Review #6, by charlottetrips Cursebreaking in Barcelona

11th July 2013:
Wow that was like so adventurous! Literally, at some points my heart was pounding. Like when Jo hadn't gotten out of the tunnel yet and even though I was like Beeezie's not going to kill her off so quick, I must confess that I had a smidgen (SMIDGEN) of doubt about it. Just a little bit. I kept having the "sensitive topic, etc." warning in my head.

Love that Jo is so fiery. This really read like a buddy cop story where the two of them were friends, platonic, and nothing other than the adventure and friendship between them. I actually appreciate stories like this.

I was impressed with the depth that you went into in the Curse-breaking business. It's something that I wanted explored more as well so I'd be interested in seeing more of this (if you've got some on your page, I might be taking a gander at it). Teddy seems competent and so does Jo and I like that about these two. :)

In addition to getting my heart racing with adventuresomeness (I know, not a word. I have a tendency to do that in reviews.), you also made me laugh, which I love doing.

"It feels a lot like being an Auror, except you get gold at the end rather than dark wizards."
Such a tongue-in-cheek line. I really really like Johanna. I hope you have her in other stories!


Author's Response: Oh, thank you so much! I'm glad you liked it!

Jo is definitely in other stories - she's in a couple of my Teddy/Victoire stories, and she writes Scorpius a really entertaining letter in 'Curiosity Is Not a Sin.' At some point when I finish up some of my other WIPs, I'm planning to write a short story centered around her. Also probably some one-shots here and there, because she's just so much fun. Ditto something about the Cursebreaking - I don't have anything else about it yet, but I'm thinking during my break I'll probably get a lot of writing done. :P

Thank you so much for your review! I'm glad you liked this so much!

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