amalthia: (Merlin Morgana)
Amalthia ([personal profile] amalthia) wrote2017-01-02 07:02 pm

Favorite Stories of 2016


Merlin

Title/Author: Footloose - Loaded March
Author Summary:
The reason SAS Captain Arthur Pendragon can't keep a communications specialist in Team Excalibur because none of them are good enough. And then Lieutenant Merlin Emrys gets assigned to his squad, and Arthur does everything he can to prove that Merlin isn't good enough, either. Except he is.
Pairing: Merlin/Arthur
Word Count: 1,261,720
Review:
This is a must read for anyone in Merlin fandom. I'm glad I waited until the series finished because once I started reading I couldn't stop. I loved the military aspects, the character voices, the plot, the scope and ambition of the story isn't something you find every day.


Marvel Universe (Avengers, Thor, Captain America)

Title/Author: fullofleaves - Distance, Space, and Time
Author Summary:
If mind-controlled Barton doesn't come to spring Loki from the helicarrier, somebody else might have to. That somebody might be Tony Stark, who might not agree with S.H.I.E.L.D.'s interrogation methods and treatment of prisoners.

Luckily, with Thor's help, Supervillain Rescue Mission is a go. Too bad it starts spinning wildly out of control within minutes.
Pairing: Loki/Tony Stark
Word Count: 313,286
Review:
I had so much fun reading this series, the character voices were spot on, I loved the plot, concept, and seeing how Tony and Loki handled all the trouble they found. I could not stop reading once I started.

Title/Author: tenaya - Naked in the Eye of the Storm
Author Summary:
Loki is reveal as a Jötunn during the raid to Jotunheim. Considered underage on Jotunheim, Laufey demands him back, but Odin decides to marry him to Thor to keep him in Asgard. Loki faces many trials as he comes to terms with his new role.
Pairing: Loki/Thor
Word Count: 96,396
Review:
I could not stop reading once I started. I loved the concept, character voices, the sex was hot and this hit so many of my kinks.

Title/Author: Nonymos - Into That Good Night
Author Summary:
Steve Rogers has lived for entirely too long—long enough to see the world's end. The heroes are gone, and the Earth is pushing what's left of mankind towards the exit.

But when a makeshift team rises from the ashes, when a mysterious presence all but drags Steve there, he begins to think there may be hope yet. As they shoot for the stars one last time, Steve will get proof yet again that the future is nothing if not an echo of the past.
Pairing: James "Bucky" Barnes/Steve Rogers
Word Count: 73,540
Review:
I hadn't read a story this haunting in a long time. I loved the premise, I got tears in my eyes, the characters worked for me.

Title/Author: PeaceHeather - Odin's Son, Tyr's Son
Author Summary:
"Someone starts to notice that Odin treats Loki in ways that are neglectfull and borderline abusive and starts to feel very uncomfortable about it.

It becomes worse when people at court start to take after Odin's treatment of Loki. But they still don't feel comfortable voicing they're doubts out loud.

And then the lip-sewing incident happens and they can no longer sit idly by while this happens. So this person just stand up and calls the rest of Asgard out on this bulshit, seriously the boy just cut of some hair, it's not like it wont ever grow back on it's own again.
Pairing: General
Word Count: 217,314
Review:
I loved the character voices, the plot, and seeing Loki thrive under someone else's guidance.


Teen Wolf

Title/Author: miss_aphelion - Pack Wars
Author Summary:
Scott liked to call it the Great Pack Divide of 2012. Derek liked to call Scott an idiot.
(Or the one where Derek kidnaps Stiles to teach Scott a lesson, and ends up learning a few things himself)
Pairing: Derek/Stiles
Word Count: 158,626
Review:
I loved the character voices, Stile's use of magic, the humor, and I could not stop reading once I started. I laughed out loud more than once. I also almost cried a few times.

Title/Author: exclamation - In Your Debt
Author Summary:
The Hales need someone to take care of their catatonic uncle, but they can't afford a real medical professional. Instead, they make use of the indentured servitude program to hire a debtor at a low wage.

Derek expects to hire some deadbeat but instead he gets Stiles Stilinski, an intelligent sixteen-year-old who definitely doesn't deserve to be trapped in this system. As he gets to know Stiles, Derek is left wondering how Stiles ended up in this situation, and soon he has questions about the justification of the system as a whole.

He wants to help Stiles, but he can't pay of Stiles' debt for him and he has no power over the system that holds Stiles prisoner.
Pairing: Derek/Stiles
Word Count: 65,856
Review:
I loved Stile's character voice, seeing how he and Derek worked together to undermine a corrupt system, and I could not stop reading once I started.


Harry Potter

Title/Author: Sarah1281: When In Doubt, Obliviate
Author Summary:
When a chance meeting reveals Harry's planned fate to Lockhart, he knows what he has to do: rescue him and raise him as his own to properly manage his celebrity status. Harry gets a magical upbringing, Lockhart gets the Boy-Who-Lived...everybody wins!
Pairing: General
Word Count: 114,644
Review:
I loved the premise, the character voices, I laughed out loud more than once and I couldn't stop reading once I started. I liked Harry's matter-of-fact character voice and how being raised by Lockhart changed how Harry approached problems.

Title/Author: MzMinola - Serpensortia
Author Summary:
In which Harry Potter is sorted into Slytherin.
Pairing: General
Word Count: 185,811
Review:
I love stories where Harry is sorted into Slytherin (and the other houses too). I liked the character voices, the plot, I liked the friends Harry made in this series.

Title/Author: astolat - House Proud
Author Summary:
His house liked Draco Malfoy more than him.
Pairing: Draco Malfoy/Harry Potter
Word Count: 23,112
Review:
I've re-read this story a couple of times already. I loved the character voices, the spooky imagery, and seeing how Draco and Harry worked together to save themselves.

Title/Author: White Squirrel: The Arithmancer
Author Summary:
Hermione grows up as a maths whiz instead of a bookworm and tests into Arithmancy in her first year. With the help of her friends and Professor Vector, she puts her superhuman spellcrafting skills to good use in the fight against Voldemort.
Pairing: General
Word Count: 529,129
Review:
I loved the character voices, the premise, and seeing how year 1-4 changed because of Hermione's love of math. I could not stop reading once I started.

Title/Author: BrilliantLady - Perfectly Normal (Series In-Progress)
Author Summary:
Harry just wants to be normal, and accepted. The Dursleys' early lessons in how to accomplish that have a growing and lasting impact on how he works towards that, and so do his choices in friends and favourite teachers.
Pairing: General
Word Count: 292,059
Review:
I loved Harry's Slytherinish character traits in this story, the character voices felt real, I loved the concept, and I'm looking forward to seeing where this series goes next.

Title/Author: Dethryl - They Shook Hands (Series In-Progress)
Author Summary:
A friendly handshake in Madam Malkin's leads to an alternate but realistic universe which is eerily like the canon, featuring a cast of first year Slytherins as you've never seen them: normal children. Join Harry Potter and his new friends as they discover their magical talents and help him to explore the world that has been kept from him these past ten years.
Pairing: General
Word Count: 833,858
Review:
I could not stop reading once I started. The writing, character voices, action, and plot are top notch. This is my favorite Slytherin!Harry story. I loved how Harry embraced his house values, made friends, worked hard to achieve his ambitions. I laughed out loud more than once while reading. I can't wait to read part 6 when it's complete.

Title/Author: Aeternum - Leo Inter Serpentes (Series In-Progress)
Author Summary:
Just one conversation between two eleven year old boys goes slightly differently, and the world changes. Just how much will be different with Harry being sorted into Slytherin, and how much will stay the same?
Pairing: Draco Malfoy/Harry Potter
Word Count: 579,254
Review:
This is another one of my favorite Slytherin!Harry fics. I loved the character voices, the plot, pacing, and seeing how Draco and Harry fall in love. I also liked seeing Sirius and Narcissa Malfoy working together.

Title/Author: Bakenandeggs - Harry Potter in the Claw of the Raven (Series In-Progress)
Author Summary:
When a more studious Harry Potter enters Gringotts with Hagrid, the Goblins managed to talk to him privately - Dumbledore never saw that one coming.
Pairing: General
Word Count: 330,156
Review:
This is my favorite Ravenclaw!Harry. I love the character voices, plot, seeing how Harry much studies and practices. I love his friendship with Draco and other Slytherins. I also like how wizarding culture is treated, it feels like something real. I couldn't stop reading this story once I started and I've re-read the series a few times. I'm looking forward to series being complete, while at the same time dreading not having more to read.
catalenamara: (Loki)

[personal profile] catalenamara 2017-01-03 04:25 am (UTC)(link)
Oh yay, the second fullofleaves story is finished. I somehow missed that. I liked the first one a lot and will read part 2 soon.
yourlibrarian: Helmet Loki (AVEN-HelmetLokiClose-famira.png)

[personal profile] yourlibrarian 2017-01-03 10:43 pm (UTC)(link)
Yes! I read that one as well as Loaded March. In fact, I have another Footloose Merlin story queued up right now.