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In Your Dreams (Harry Potter)

Reviewed by Kathryn A on 23rd September 2009 (4)
Tags: Novel, AU, SSHG, Dreams, Prophecy, Marriage Then Love, Romance
Characters: Hermione Granger, Severus Snape

Summary: She gulped and clenched her teeth. How was she ever going to find the words to tell him his only chance of living through the next three months was - Oh, forget it! No one could be brave enough to tell him that!

Yes, yet another Hermione/Snape romance, and another one where they reluctantly marry, and fall in love afterwards. I like how brave Hermione is, how snarky and sneaky Snape is, how the story is plotty and isn't just about them; there are good parts for Draco and Neville too. I like how the theme of the story is that one person can make a difference even when they don't know they're making a difference.

I'd rate it "teen" for "adult concepts" but there was nothing graphic, more fade-to-black.

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Post-mort (Harry Potter)

Reviewed by Kathryn A on 16th September 2010 (1)
Tags: Novelette, AU, SSHG, Friendship, Romance, Epistolary
Characters: Hermione Granger, Severus Snape

Summary: A letter, deliberately delayed, reaches Hermione the morning after her N.E.W.T.s.

This author keeps on giving us insightful stories where Hermione is forced to re-evaluate her assumptions about Snape, and this one is no exception. Clever ideas, poignant moments, pacing that pulls you forward, and good supporting characters round this off to a story worth reading.

Everything I've Ever Done (Harry Potter)

Reviewed by Kathryn A on 4th March 2010 (1)
Tags: Novella, AU, SSHG, Friendship, Romance
Characters: Hermione Granger, Severus Snape

Summary: There were likely to be enough cross words when they finally met. For seven years of his teaching, Hermione had had nothing but cross words from him... Life was a puzzle sometimes.

One of the things that impressed me about this story is that this Snape is prickly, difficult and hard to know, and he remains prickly, difficult and hard to know, even when he and Hermione slowly fall in love with each other.

Another thing that is fascinatingly different about this story is that one can measure their initial attraction even before they know it themselves, not by obsession or words of love, but by how they unintentionally hurt each other with careless words, because what the other person thinks matters to them, when before, it didn't.

For Hermione, unearthing the layers of Severus Snape is like finding a crystal ball in a field of nettles; things become clearer, but they hurt while they do so. Things are never as black-and-white as she thought they were when she was a child.

Sometimes the story is a bit hard to follow, as the story isn't always linear. Still worth it, still very good.

Who Lives in Disguise (Harry Potter)

Reviewed by Kathryn A on 24th May 2011 (3)
Tags: Novella, AU, SSHG, Friendship, Mentor, Spy
Characters: Severus Snape
(279K, 49766 words)

Summary: It was the longest, shortest trip back from Hogwarts ever. (HBP compatible)

A behind-the-scenes look at Half-Blood Prince, where Dumbledore, knowing what is to come, asks Snape to train Hermione, and for Hermione to be a secret go-between between Harry and Snape. Indeed, this idea has been done before, but that doesn't mean I don't like the idea.

As ever, this author gives us excellent characterisation of both Hermione and Snape. This Snape is harsh and ambiguous and biting and brilliant, dark and bitter and dutiful. Hermione seeks truth and right, and Snape denies her at every turn. He confuses her while trying to teach her to think for herself; he is so very very adept at deceiving with the truth. When it comes down to it, what will Hermione choose?

The only frustrating thing is that this story is begging for a sequel, since it ends at the end of HPB, and there is so much more to go.