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Review: "La Petite Mort"
Title: La Petite Mort
Author: [personal profile] the_flic
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 8,500
Content/Warnings: (highlight for spoilers) *Humor, major character death per prompt.*
Summary: Severus died that night in the Shack. He goes to Heaven but he's not there to live forever. He's still got things to do to redeem himself. The Archangel Gabriel gives him the job of being Harry Potter's new Guardian Angel. Madness ensues…

"La Petite Mort" is a laugh-out-loud look at Severus Snape in the afterlife, having been assigned the role of Harry Potter's guardian angel. His irritation at this latest manipulation manifests itself in a ceaseless stream of sarcasm and biting commentary throughout Harry's one date with Oliver Wood, which drives Harry to distraction and ultimately compels him to confess his true feelings for Snape. A truly miraculous first kiss ensues, resulting first in Snape's violation of Guardian Rule #296 and then in the revocation of his guardianship. But, in true Snarry fashion, this is but a hiccup on the road to a happy ending, which author The Flic amply and ably provides. Nestled between the barbs and bluster are the tender emotions of both, making "La Petite Mort," but it is a parting gift to Severus from the Powers That Be that caps off this funny, sweet story.


Review: "My Name is Cameron Sage"
Title: My Name is Cameron Sage
Author: [personal profile] thesewarmstars
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 42,299
Content/Warnings: (highlight for spoilers) *Domestic Abuse, Non-Con, Rape, Violence/Torture - NOT between Snape and Harry, Rimming*
Summary: Things are going poorly for the side of the light, and in a last-ditch effort to fulfill his destiny, Harry goes back in time to try again.

"My Name is Cameron Sage" is a wonderful surprise of a time-travel story: long, intricate, and rich in interactions between an equally matched Harry and Snape. Realizing that Harry has been destroying Horcruxes, Voldemort whisks Nagini - his second-to-last Horcrux - away, plunging the wizarding world into a protracted battle against the Dark that they are in danger of losing. In desperation, Harry steals the biggest time-turner he can find and ends up back in 1977 with full knowledge of the location of the Dark Lord's Horcruxes. Once Voldemort has been vanquished by his infant alter-ego, he sets about systematically destroying the Horcruxes for a second time, and along the way he meets a Severus Snape only a year younger than himself. First friends, then lovers, the two become entwined in one another's lives, each offering the other an acceptance that was absent the first time around. The Snape of Thesewarmstars's stories is quietly tentative, having been told time and again how unworthy he is of love and affection, and the beauty of this tale is how Harry's love for him - and his slow dismantling of the onus of caring for young Harry Potter - transforms Snape into someone capable both of loving and being loved. Warm and somehow unexpected, this is a real treasure of a story.


Review: "Seven Steps to Heaven"
Title: Seven Steps to Heaven
Author: [personal profile] whitecotton
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 16,863
Content/Warnings: (highlight for spoilers) *Major Character deaths; DH compliant, minus the epilogue.*
Summary: Severus should have died in the Shrieking Shack and gone on to enjoy a relaxing death in hell - or heaven. However, although he managed the first task, he fell short at the second. Now he's stuck in the land of the living, invisible to all but one person: Harry Potter.

Speaking as someone for whom character death is an almost bulletproof squick, I cannot say enough good things about White Cotton's wonderful story, "Seven Steps to Heaven." It combines all that is volatile, funny, and heartbreakingly beautiful about the relationship between Snape and Harry, centering on Snape's after-life as Harry Potter's personal ghost. Visible only to Harry, Snape is required to remain within a ten foot radius of his former student - an unwelcome predicament that pushes him to needle, whinge, and otherwise torment Harry on a daily basis. Predictably, Harry takes the bait often enough that others begin to see him as the Boy Who Never Healed, and he becomes an unemployable object of pity despite his best efforts to prove himself. Yet, even as his public life is collapsing, his private life is enriched by an increasingly sympathetic Snape, whose gradual appreciation of Harry's character and unique circumstances arises in tandem with the discovery that not only can Harry hear and see him, but he can feel him as well. Thus blossoms a romance reminiscent of The Ghost and Mrs. Muir - a delicate balance between this world and the next whose end is at once joyful and poignant. You may cry, but they'll be good tears.


Review: "The Definition of Need"
Title: Definition of Need (Chan, 15)
Author: [personal profile] asnowyowl
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 11,016
Content/Warnings: (Chan, 15)(highlight for spoilers) *AU – Non-Magical, set in the US, Chan - 15, Non-Snarry Pairing*
Summary: Severus Snape lives a lonely life until he finds what it means to be needed.

One of the things that AU Snarry does at least as well as magical stories is cut to the quick of what is most compelling about the pairing, and this is what makes Asnowyowl's "The Definition of Need" such a terrific tale. It introduces us to Severus Snape, a lonely, middle-aged high school English teacher with one desire - to truly mentor a promising young writer. Disappointed time and again by students of some small talent, Snape is reluctant to give his guidance to young Harry Potter, whom Al the janitor has said might be worthy of Snape's attentions. But when Harry proves himself receptive to Snape's instruction, the two embark on an increasingly intimate meeting of minds and, ultimately, bodies. There's something true about the way that Asnowyowl brings the two into each others' orbits through their shared experiences of neglect, their soul-crushing loneliness, and their mutual yearning for connection. And, even though Harry, at 15, is a latter-day Lolita in his darkly innocent desire for Snape, it's also clear that the two are meant to be together, no matter what their relationship may destroy in its wake, including quite possibly our two protagonists. Make no mistake, Asnowyowl ends this fic at the only possible point where a happy ending for the two is possible. And for readers who don't want to think on it further it's an excellent tale. But for those readers who predict a more sinister end to the story, the groundwork has already been handily laid.


Review: "The Plant"
Title: The Plant
Author: [personal profile] thesewarmstars
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 8,415
Content/Warnings: (highlight for spoilers) *None*
Summary: Neville turns over a plant to Harry and explains that the plant told him it was Severus Snape. Harry probably should've listened.

Thesewarmstars's "The Plant" is an adorable getting-to-know-you fic that puts Harry Potter in the company of the rare and eminently spiky Giftiger lautsprecher, a plant rumored to be sentient and able to talk - to the right person. In this case, that person is herbologist Neville Longbottom, who, upon being told by the plant that it is a transfigured Severus Snape, does the only logical thing and gifts him to the newly-divorced Harry. The G. lautsprecher takes up residence on the Potter kitchen window sill, where, in short order, it becomes Harry's confidante. Beginning as a goofy exploration of Harry's latent feelings for the assumed-dead Snape, "The Plant" becomes, with Snape's eventual recovery from planthood, a lovely romance that unfolds as gently as any morning blossom. At a very manageable 8k, this is a charming story guaranteed to put a smile on your face.
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