This was so much better than I thought it would be when I first read the blurb and realized it wasn’t a Sterek or a Steter fic. I love how all the bullshit that happened on the show was avoided here simply because everything was out in the open. The Sheriff is my favorite character (after Derek, Stiles, and Peter, of course) and I love anything from his POV.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Oh, this fantasy AU is so good!
Fantasy novels often need chapter after chapter to build a new world that is both believable (in a fantasy kind of way) and interesting. DiscontentedWinter has managed (yet again) to create a fantasy world I find fascinating and she did it with only a little over 12,000 words.
In a nutshell: 5 Stars
I got out of bed long enough to sneak downstairs, brew a cup of coffee, dump it in a travel mug, and head back to hide in my bed where I proceeded to read this, UNINTERRUPTED by little people (the first day of summer vacation always sucks…my reading time is sadly reduced).
And she posted it all at once! Completed! None of that stupid delayed gratification! No waiting for an excruciating 24 whole
It’s like Thanksgiving and Christmas and Tyler Hoechlin’s birthday all rolled into one marvelous day.
This has so many of my favorite things. Arranged marriage, magic, tragic backstories, and Peter. Yes, he’s one of my favorite things, and I’m always happy to find a not-evil Peter in my Sterek fics.
It also has a scene that had my Tolkien heart a flutter, whether by design or by accident, I don’t even care, it reminded me of the Ents and it made me smile.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Some stories never get old. For me, those stories include anything with Wolf!Derek, especially when Stiles thinks it’s just a really cool (albeit big and wolf-like) dog curled up in his bed.
ETA: March 13, 2017:
Reading this, again. I think this must be my favorite comfort read; it’s almost embarrassing how many times I could add a ‘Date Read’ to this fic. My enjoyment of this fic is immense, but it’s not the gushing fangirl kind of enjoyment. It’s more subtle than my usual enthusiastic proclamation to ‘Just go read this!’ (though you really should go read this). No squeeing with this fic, just an incredible amount of emotions. Amusement at the kit’s initial interactions with people like Alex, who is certain the kit wants to murder him; with Deaton, who the kit probably does want to murder with each of the vet’s visits; and those poor chickens, who the kit torments with glee. There is amazement as ‘Stiles’ becomes less and less the little wild animal Derek found and more and more a real human being. A combination of anxiety and near-hopelessness as it becomes more and more likely Stiles will have his heart broken no matter what the outcome of their endeavors. And finally, happiness in an unexpected and clever conclusion that leaves me – every time – with the unique bone-deep feeling of satisfaction that only comes at the end of a remarkable story.
And I get all that for free, with one click on AO3, sent to my iPad. I get a story I come back to (often) when I feel the need to smile. I can click the ‘kudos’ button and leave a comment on AO3; I can leave a review on Goodreads sharing what it means to me that a stanger a world away from me chose to share something beautiful just because she wanted to.
And I guess if all that isn’t enough to show my gratitude I can suck it up and feel one more emotion regarding this fic: acute embarrassment every time I type in a current date in the ‘Date Read’ column.
Do you think Goodreads has a limit for that?
Original Review, January 20, 2016:
This was just…yeah, beautiful. Two nights ago I bawled my way through There Are No Wolves in California and tonight I am once more amazed by this writer (though, thankfully, this time around I’m not dripping snotty tears all over the place). I really should go to bed but I just know I’ll be searching for my next DW fix instead. Or maybe an LH fix, who knows, who cares, they are both amazing.
My random thoughts on random chapters, with my most recently added reviews on top.
March 6, 2017
Chapter 24: It’s a Shadow
Another story that twists my heart as I read it, but leaves me smiling at the end.
February 2, 2017
Chapter 36- Little Shit Kitty
Stiles is, as always, great. But it’s DW’s take on the relationship between Derek and Peter that I love the most…how Peter is “fond” of Derek, so he plays along in Derek’s plans to rehabilitate him. Peter is both sweet and sweetly evil and I loved it!
Chapter 35- Mating Runs and Chicken Wings
Loved this! Every single character was wonderful and funny and (as usual) left me wanting more, More, MORE!
And Peter, god, I love Peter.
Chapter 31- Ride Along
Derek / Stiles
High school AU
I just pissed off my hubby. Apparently, he’s not a fan of waking up to me cackling hysterically next to him while I’m reading in bed at one in the morning. This translates to him now despising Lisa Henry, AKA DiscontentedWinter, because it was chapter 31, Ride Along, from Word Soup that had him waking up to the sounds of me snort-laughing. What can I say, that shit’s funny. Derek is so sweetly awkward and Stiles is so…Stiles, this is a must-read for any Sterek shipper who needs a good laugh. I still find myself smiling fondly just thinking about Derek in this story.
Edited a few days later:
This was. . . different. . . in a really good way. The mythology was refreshing and helped reinforce the almost otherworldly feeling to the story. The wording Derek used while telling the werewolf legends reminded me of the style usually used when telling Native American stories.
I was a little nervous for the first 30-something percent. It didn’t seem like Stiles and Derek were ever really spending enough time together to make the eventual ‘romance’ part of the story believable. I hate insta-love so I was really concerned that if they didn’t start spending a bit more time together on-page I was going to end up with insta-love. Thankfully, it worked out fine. Still, I would have liked to have seen more hints of attraction earlier in the story.
In the end I still really liked this and would recommend it.