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Review of Sr Mary Carola  
Review by viva_teammalat
Rated: E | (4.0)
Nice. While there is a certain tension in the plot, you and the nun seem to be able to connect despite the portrayed differences.

I felt a little shortchanged by the length of this article though. Perhaps you can elaborate on the initial differences between yourself and Sr. Carola.

"She came with the full regalia"- maybe you could go into a few more details, like how wide eyes you were, or how you haven't seen such elaborate paraphenalia.

Mother's character could be given more depth too- that would be very interesting. I think elaboration of her anti-catholic mindset might put the story in better context.

Despite being a little shortchanged, I had enjoyed reading this story. It's a wonderful feel-good tale. Do keep writing!
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Review of Soul Survivor  
Review by viva_teammalat
Rated: 13+ | (4.0)
Kraky the Snowman


How I noticed this story/essay:

Your friend purchased this review from an auction as a gift to you, with the
message "Merry Christmas",

First impressions- half way through reading it:

I'm not familiar with both the Church and Halloween, thus i can't remark much about the content.
No grammar nor spelling problems detected.
I found narration style a bit too informal.

What held my attention (and made me read on):

Cynthia, and her special gift.

First impressions- end of first reading:

I'm not sure what to make of it. I presume there indeed were cases of poisoning during Halloween, and you wrote your story around one such incident.

After taking a close look:

I thought the ideas presented in the paragraph "Because I’ll have a guardian angel by my side..." were not ordered optimally. Reading through it, i was puzzled for a bit before seeing the answers.
"...to grab what I assumed was the special candy..."- i found the phrase in bold misleading. I was expecting that upon pouring the contents of the bag, there would be something non-candy.

The following are extracted from a guide list in "Invalid Item"   by A Guest Visitor -
Overall, the characters were believable, but I felt a little more could be added.
Overall, the story glided, but at times stumbled.
The dialogue is excellent.

What I liked:

It seemed that my denunciation of them had only piqued her curiosity and made her all the more eager to add her thoughts to the great debate." - i thought this was a wonderful observation, expressed beautifully.
“Okay, hold my hand,” I told her as we prepared to cross the street.

What I disliked:

nothing in particular

My sugestions:

She was the type of kid who was so adorable that you couldn’t help but smile along with her." - i think this sentence is not very convincing. Perhaps you could instead describe how Amy smiled and then your readers will smile with her. Not easy, i know.
"As I returned, she was ripping open the new wrappers and devouring their contents." - this created the impression that Amy was shovelling the candy into her mouth in an uncivillised manner. The words ripping and devouring conjure an image of hurry and haste. And that they were put one after the other. Perhaps try something like "...she had already opened the wrapper of a mini Snikers bar and was contentedly munching on the candy." ?
“My tummy really hurts,” Amy stated. - maybe you can better illustrate the magnitude of the problem by telling us Amy's facial expression, posture or other details?
"...and even distributed the tainted treat to four other children as well." - i am not sure, but i think this sentence has some redundency in "even" and "as well".

These are merely my ideas. Please do give it a thought if its of any use at all before taking action. They are nowhere being near hard and fast rules.




Regards,
Yee Wei.



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Review of Last Breath  
Review by viva_teammalat
Rated: 13+ | (5.0)
Chefo


How I noticed this story/essay:

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YOur item description caught my attention. Got my curiosity up, and now i want to see what's so special about your story.

First impressions- half way through reading it:

Have i read your works before? There was a very familiar paragraph "Farnor had always believed human ignorance to be a defensive mechanism..." we'll see later if i get 50 GPs for reviewing someone new *Wink*
Your promise of this not being "the same old vampire story" is holding up very well!
Excellent narration, mostly clear and no room for doubt.
I had a bit of initial confusion with the characters :Farnor and Paenor... is it possible to change names?

What held my attention (and made me read on):

There are losts of interesting jewels of ideas within the story constantly being revealed.
I've paused reading at tha part about God and Devil to write this. I'm waiting to go back to that.

First impressions- end of first reading:

I'm impressed.
Original storyline.
Narration a little complicated, but probably can't be helped due to the nature of the story.

After taking a close look:

THere are some spelling/typing errors around.
A well thought out story.

The following are extracted from a guide list in "Invalid Item"   by A Guest Visitor -
The characters were believable
Overall, the story glided, but at times stumbled.
Excellent plot, author has done their research.
The dialogue is excellent.

What impressed me:

The setting of the story in the rise of the Ottoman Empire (i presume), and you have got a very good general atmosphere set for the time.

What I liked:

Character development. Little cues like an expression here or a gesture there added a lot to the character's depth. Good.

What I disliked:

Basically spelling and typign errors. They are teething problems and should clear up after a few more reviews.
The name confusion between Farnor and Paenor.

My sugestions:

"the leader of the infidel sat..." - plural on infidel?
"Farnor’s gaze could make a whole in a wall yet the human met it stoutly." - hole
"But beware of His gratitude less..." - lest
I found this sentence difficult to read- "Farnor paused and stared at his finely decorated with rubies goblet." How about "...finely decorated ruby and silver goblet."?

These are merely my ideas. Please do give it a thought if its of any use at all before taking action. They are nowhere being near hard and fast rules.


In summary:

I loved it. Spellbinding and made me stunned and speechless. Not literally, for i dont talk when i type...but you get the idea. Although there are slight problems with spelling and such, i think they are minuscle problems compared to the story in general. 5 stars then. But do clean them up soon to justify this fiver.



Regards,
Yee Wei.



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Review by viva_teammalat
Rated: E | (4.0)
super sleuth


How I noticed this story/essay:

By looking at a list of short stories on writing.com, sorted by least viewed first.

First impressions- half way through reading it:

Initially, i was slightly puzzled. Who is the protagonist? Why is she sad? Gradually, it starts to make sense.
Narration smooth and clear.
Did not notice any grammar or spelling errors.

What held my attention (and made me read on):

I want to know what till happen to Hattie.
How will her relationship with ViVien be like?

First impressions- end of first reading:

That was a surprisingly touching tale. Really did not expect a story with such characters to do that to me *Smile*
Very well written tale.
An uplifting story.

After taking a close look:

"...the queen of all the rest of her new family." - i found this odd. Not sure what might be causing it though.
"This time there were porcelain tears shed in sadness, but there were tears of joy." - a contradiction?
"Queen Hattie adored by all." - this sentence doesn't feel right.
First portion was in first person view, but everything else are 3rd person. I did not notice the transition when reading, so I'm neutral on this matter.

The following are extracted from a guide list in "Invalid Item"   by A Guest Visitor -
The characters were believable
Overall, the story glided, but at times stumbled
Excellent plot, author has done their research
The dialogue is excellent

What impressed me:

Your presentation of the story.

What I liked:

Point of view.

What I disliked:

Nothing in particular.

My sugestions:

"new additions to our family, andvery chair was taken." - and every.
"The attention lavished on Hattie by the little girl, filled Hattie with that same warm feeling she'd had so many years before" - does not need comma.
I saw some commas and I'm not sure if they need to exist. Maybe you want to go through the story inspecting the commas?
There are some unexpected line breaks in sentences.

These are merely my ideas. Please do give it a thought if its of any use at all before taking action. They are nowhere being near hard and fast rules.


In summary:

In general, I found this story a well written one. Slight bugs with the story, nothing serious though. Nothing to worry about, its a brand new story anyway. A bit of reviews and edits and it'll be excellent.



Regards,
Yee Wei.



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Review by viva_teammalat
Rated: ASR | (4.5)
Sarah

How I noticed this story/essay:

You gave me a review and i followed your trail back to your port.

First impressions- half way through reading it:

Narration very smooth.
The medical scenes not very convincing though. I'm not saying that its inaccurate (i dont know enough), just that it is not portrayed well enough.

What held my attention (and made me read on):

What sort of discussion is the protagonist going to have with death?
Is death going to claim her?

First impressions- end of first reading:

Beautiful, touching story.
Portrayal of Death excellent. You've given death an excellent depth of character. Emotions, musings...
I found it hard to accept that a person so near to death would be able to ask for water and go through the rest of the story.
No grammar nor spelling problems seen.

After taking a close look:

Careful to avoid the pipes and drains in her wrist he felt for her pulse.

“Feeble, but it’s there,” he said, and glanced at the monitor while reading her pulse. “Okay, heart’s started again, blood pressure coming back to normal.”

- i found this segment could do with better details. What sort of 'things' are inserted in her wrists? There are proper terms/ jargon. Also, blood pressure 'normal' sounds really...not right. How about measured in milimetres of mercury?

Your item description and title has implied the girl will not die. I dont know if its intentional, but as i read it, i never did expect her to die. In fact, i was puzzled when she started remembering about her family and how much she loved them.

What impressed me:

Portrayal of character- little details like "wistful tone came into his voice" or the well timed and described smiles.
I think Death only smiled once, but often, he speaks as if he's smilling.

What I liked:

Depth of character.
Death's musings on dying, and our inherent fear of the end.
Death's observations of th defribillator.

What I disliked:

Abby seems in better health than implied. At least, she is in a good mental state. How bad a state her body was in was not clear.

My sugestions:

Better clarify the medical terms and talk. Scattering some well place jargon might be useful.

These are merely my ideas. Please do give it a thought if its of any use at all before taking action. They are nowhere being near hard and fast rules.


In summary:

A fantastically written story. Not something i had expected to be touching, but it was very much so. It was a wonderful read, and a joy to review.



Regards,
Yee Wei.



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