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Amalthia ([personal profile] amalthia) wrote2016-01-01 01:17 pm

Favorite Stories of 2015

Marvel Universe (Avengers, Thor, Iron Man, X-Men)

Title/Author: Mercurie - The Hangman's Hands
Author Summary:
Thor and Loki never make it back to Asgard. Now S.H.I.E.L.D. is stuck with the world's most hated war criminal on their hands and everyone wants a piece - unless they can find a way to get rid of him for good.
Pairing: Jane/Thor, Jane/Loki
Word Count: 160,905
Review: I could not stop reading once I started. I loved Jane's pov and seeing her create new inventions. I loved the plot, the character voices, the world building, and Jane's bravery. Loki broke my heart and I really felt for the guy by the end.

Title/Author: owlet - This, You Protect
Author Summary:
The mission resets abruptly, from objective: kill to objective: protect
Pairing: General
Word Count: 64,326
Review: I absolutely adored Bucky's character voice and observations. I laughed more than once and could not stop reading until I finished the story.

Title/Author: goddamnhella - Winterheart
Author Summary:
For his crimes, Loki’s punishment began in a lonely and endless winter. For Tony’s sacrifice, his imprisonment began with a rescue.

A story of ugliness and beauty, inside and out, and learning what the word ‘monster’ really means.
Pairing: Tony/Loki
Word Count: 144,515
Review: I could not stop reading this story once I stated. I loved the premise, the imagery, character voices, and the author had a great ending.

Title/Author: TheAvengersMascot - The Hardest Battles Are The Ones Most Worth Fighting
Author Summary:
It was such a small thing really, what Loki had done. But even small things can reveal so much. For Odin, it might mean he doesn't know his son as well as he thought.

In fact, he might not know him at all.
Pairing: General
Word Count: 19,040
Review: I loved Odin's pov and seeing how he viewed Loki and made amends. This was a good fix-it fic. :)

Title/Author: stele3 - Revenant
Author Summary:
Post-movie AU in which Bucky didn’t just leave Steve on a river bank...he took him.
Pairing: Steve/Bucky
Word Count: 73,461
Review: This story is amazing. I loved the imagery, details, character voices, and plot. I could not stop reading once I started. It's also one of the few Bucky takes Steve with him after the Hellicarriers go down and I loved seeing them on the run together. I loved the intensity of the guy's emotions.

Title/Author: leftennant - Captivated
Author Summary:
When a failed experiment accidentally drops Darcy Lewis into the middle of Asgard, she finds herself an unwilling guest of the God of Mischief. However, as the two of them are forced to spend time together in each other's company, she begins to wonder if being his prisoner may not be so bad after all.
Pairing: Darcy/Loki
Word Count: 166,416
Review: This story is amazing and so much fun to read! The character voices, imagery, and pacing were perfect. I loved seeing how Darcy adjusted to being stuck on Asgard and seeing how her relationship with Loki changed them both for the better. The action had me on the edge of my seat and I felt bad for Loki once he discovered the truth of his parentage. I couldn't stop reading once I started.

Title/Author: Nonymos - Screaming Mute and Seeing Blind
Author Summary:
Clint would have come to help. Like, really. If it hadn't been for just a tiny detail—the kind which causes the best laid plans to spiral into chaos.

It's not like Clint had a plan, anyway. Still, this whole slavery thing is supposed to be Loki's punishment. Maybe Clint's being petty, but it sounds more like the joke's on him.

Pairing: Loki/Clint
Word Count: 100,433
Review: This story had some amazing hurt/comfort, the sex scenes were hot, and I had so many feelings while reading about Clint and Loki's experiences.

Title/Author: amberfox17 - Wild Ambition Fortune's Ice Prefers
Author Summary:
When Thor went storming into Jotunheim he was looking to start a fight, but accidentally winds up a pawn in Odin and Laufey's plans for a permanent peace between the realms; namely, in exchange for the return of the Casket of Ancient Winters, Laufey is offering his firstborn child Loki, the Aesir-sized sorcerer, in marriage to Thor. Such a momentous decision is not to be taken lightly, so Odin sends Thor to live on Jotunheim - without Mjolnir - for a season with Loki, to get to know his prospective consort and to teach the wilful prince some diplomatic sense. Thor is horrified, his parents are insistent and no-one really knows what Loki is thinking, but he hasn't stopped smiling...

Or, a jotun AU arranged marriage worldbuilding fic, featuring a confused Thor, a manipulative bastard Loki, Jotunheim politics, a slow burn developing relationship and a motley arrangement of characters from Marvel and myth.
Pairing: Thor/Loki
Word Count: 199,729
Review: This is an amazing arranged marriage, political, and action story. I loved the chemistry between Loki and Thor, seeing Jotunheim. Loki shined in this fic, I loved his ambition and drive to keep Thor. All the characters felt like real people, I loved the world building, and the ending had me on the edge of my seat.

Title/Author: Nonymos - Sympathy for the Devil
Author Summary:
Matt Murdock is the most interesting subject Clint's had in a while.
Pairing: Matt Murdock/Clint Barton
Word Count: 35,998
Review: I was fascinated by Matt's experiences and seeing how dark Clint is in this universe, the torture/sex was the best mix of hot/wrong I've read in ages.

Title/Author: Neery - Winter's Children
Author Summary:
When their attempts to recreate the super soldier serum failed, Hydra started trying to breed Captain America clones from his genetic samples. Unfortunately, the serum's effects aren't passed down genetically, so instead of an army of tiny Captain Americas, they get a bunch of tow-headed, asthmatic, allergic, immuno-compromised little Steves.

And then the Winter Soldier stumbles across Hydra's failed experiment...

Pairing: Steve Rogers/James Barnes
Word Count: 66,888
Review: I loved Bucky's pov, the kids sounded real, and I loved all the action and adventuring.

Title/Author: Crazy_Cat_Lady - True Colors Shining Thru
Author Summary:
After touching the Casket of Ancient Winters, Loki winds up stuck in his Jotun form and without his magic. With Odin sleeping and Thor banished to Earth, Frigga decides to send Loki to Jotunheim, accompanied by Sif and the Warriors Three, to negotiate reparations and learn about his people.

But when Asgard comes under threat, Loki must seek out his adopted brother on Earth, and together they must find a way home.

Pairing: General
Word Count: 63,714
Review: I loved the plot, character voices, and seeing how Loki handled having his magic restrained. This was one of the best Loki is stuck in his Jotun form stories I've run across. I could not stop reading once I started.

Harry Potter

Title/Author: esama - Island of Fire
Author Summary:
The founding of a wizarding nation in a world of dragons.
Pairing: General
Word Count: 39,455
Review: This is an amazing story! I couldn't stop reading once I started, I loved the structure, the concept, and seeing how all these kids survived and built a home. I really wish there was more and I hope if the author writes more we get to see Temeraire show up.

Title/Author: esama - D.S.S. Requirement
Author Summary:
The Dumbledore's Army use the Room of the Requirement to get themselves a spaceship.
Pairing: General
Word Count: 30,914
Review: I loved the concept, the characters, and seeing how the students bring the ship to life.

Title/Author: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Author Summary:
Petunia married a biochemist, and Harry grew up reading science and science fiction. Then came the Hogwarts letter, and a world of intriguing new possibilities to exploit. And new friends, like Hermione Granger, and Professor McGonagall, and Professor Quirrell...
Pairing: General
Word Count: 661,619
Review: I loved the character voices, the plots, and this story kept me guessing. It also took the better part of a week to read the fic.

Title/Author: Lightning on the Wave - Sacrifices Arc
Author Summary:
Harry's twin Connor is the Boy Who Lived, and Harry is devoted to protecting him by making himself look ordinary. But certain people won't let Harry stay in the shadows...
Pairing: Draco/Harry
Word Count: 2,977,182
Review: This was by far the longest series I've ever read and I could not stop reading for almost the entire 2,977,182 words. I loved the original characters, the character growth, plot, the way magic worked in this universe. My heart broke so many times following Harry's story and the people who surround him. If you haven't read this fic yet I highly recommend you go now and begin reading, or save it for when you have a lot of time to read. I couldn't concentrate on anything until I finished and it took me weeks.

Title/Author: Lomonaaeren - An Image of Lethe
Author Summary:
When the Ministry invents a way to distinguish between Light and Dark wizards, Harry Potter is one of the first test subjects to make sure the process is working properly. His utterly unexpected result propels him into the middle of a new political conflict: whether Dark wizards have the right to mingle with ordinary society.
Pairing: Draco/Harry
Word Count: 168,375
Review: I loved the concept, I thought parts of it were hilarious, and the use of magic was fascinating.

Title/Author: Tessa Crowley (tessacrowley) - Chaos Theory
Author Summary:
Chaos: when the present determines the future, but the approximate present does not approximately determine the future. One gene varies, one neuron fires, one butterfly flaps its wings, and Draco Malfoy's life is completely different. Draco has always found a certain comfort in chaos. Perhaps he shouldn't.
Pairing: Draco/Harry
Word Count: 102,711
Review: I loved Draco's pov, the plot went from lighthearted to dead serious rather quickly and remained grim for a good amount of time. Genius Draco worked for me on so many levels. I loved the general confusion when the sorting hat placed him in Ravenclaw.

Teen Wolf

Title/Author: rosepetals42 - Untamed
Author Summary:
A Harry Potter AU where Stiles is a Slytherin transfer student and Derek is the grumpy Gryffindor who falls in love with him. There are also potions, elves, and falcons involved. Oh, and illegal use of magic. Obviously.
Pairing: Derek/Stiles
Word Count: 28,282
Review: I loved Derek's pov and seeing how Stile's managed as an exchange student in Hogwarts. I loved the use of magic, the romance felt real, and this story had so many lovely moments.

Title/Author: HurtStiles - How Do You Want Me?
Author Summary:
Stiles' hands twisted uselessly over his head as he struggled with the heavy, rusting manacles encasing his wrists. Rising up on tiptoes in an attempt to get some slack, he craned his neck upward, trying to get a better look at how he was secured. He was so focused on it that he didn't notice his visitor until the other boy spoke.

"Don't bother, Stiles. Those chains could hold a werewolf; I'm pretty sure you're not going to do them any damage."
Pairing: Theo/Stiles
Word Count: 64,464
Review: This story had me hooked from beginning to end. It's horrifying in so many ways, but I loved seeing how Stile managed to deal with his situation and Theo was actually kind of scary in this story. I cried reading this story.
elizabeth_rice: Snoopy typing on his typewriter (Default)

[personal profile] elizabeth_rice 2016-01-02 04:03 am (UTC)(link)
The TW/HP one is a fun read, I liked it, thanks for the rec.
blnchflr: Captain America Civil War (Captain America Civil War)

[personal profile] blnchflr 2016-01-02 09:25 am (UTC)(link)
"This, You Protect" (apart from Tony!Bashing) and "Revenant" are very good - Good Clint in the latter to boot.
yourlibrarian: Loki Smirk Half Crop (AVEN-LokiSmirkHalfCrop-famira.png)

[personal profile] yourlibrarian 2016-01-04 02:37 am (UTC)(link)
I'm pretty sure I read several of these from your recs. Have just downloaded a few more.