June 26th, 2012

demure

Skip Beat!, 2 recs, various

Fandom Category: Skip Beat!
Pairing: Mogami Kyoko/Tsuruga Ren
Fic Title: Always With You
Author: leavesfallingup
Link: www.fanfiction.net/s/5307219/1/
Rating/Warning(s): PG, None
Genre: Drama
WIP?: No, complete at 32 chapters, 64,979 words
Setting: after volume 24
Special Rec: 25/28

Why This Must Be Read: Kyoko and Ren star together in a commercial drama short series together, and their chemistry and the success of the shorts place them even more firmly in the spotlight. Another engaging fic for the fandom's overwhelming pairing favorite! This one's use of Kyoko's amazing ability to become her characters grabbed me. Also I enjoyed the unusual rival for her affections--it's not who you'd think! This fic does have some grammar, canon, and cultural errors, but the story and characterization kept me reading.

Fandom Category: Skip Beat!
Pairing: Kotonami Kanae/Uesugi Hio
Fic Title: Runaway Royalty
Author: leavesfallingup
Link: www.fanfiction.net/s/5354835/1/
Rating/Warning(s): PG, None
Genre: Drama, Romance
WIP?: No, complete at 33 chapters, 79,362 words
Setting: Parallel to Always With You above, it's best to have read that fic first.
Special Rec: 26/28

Why This Must Be Read: Kanae and Hio are cast opposite each other in a period film set largely in Australia. Hio dearly wants Kanae, but there's that troublesome age difference. The author handles the problem in a believable way. ^^ Another engaging drama from this author, complete with all grammar and cultural errors mentioned above. Kanae/Hio fic is truly rare, though, and that is what prompted me to rec this one. The in-fic movie takes over the story on occasion, but it's easy to skim if you grow tired of it. I mean...Kanae/Hio fic!!! *swoons*

Mods, I a ship tag for Kotonami Kanae/Uesugi Hio, please! Thank you. :D
Avengers adventures in space bros

two natasha/clint fics

Fandom Category: Avengers (2012)
Pairing: Natasha Romanoff/Clint Barton (Black Widow/Hawkeye)
Fic Title: Right Where I Used To Be
Author: sugar_fey
Link: Here
Rating/Warning(s): R (but it's really more pg15... ratings confuse me.)
Genre: UST
WIP?: No (but it should be)

Why This Must Be Read: HELLO excellently toned UST on Natasha's twenty-first birthday complete with PERFECT levels of understanding going hand in hand with under developed emotional gauges from these extremely talented yet stunted idiots. Full of awareness that this means something different, something more than what they're allowed if they weren't killers relying on subterfuge and deception. Gah. Just. Yes. Great with delivery and fraught with palatable tension.

Fandom Category: Avengers (2012)
Pairing: Natasha Romanoff/Clint Barton (Black Widow/Hawkeye)
Fic Title: Indebted
Author: sablier_bloque
Link: ao3
Rating/Warning(s): M; LOTS of trigger warnings. Straight from the author: There are mentions of underage rape, and there is a scene where an underaged Natasha uses a sexual act for an ulterior motive, but there is no underage sex between Clint and Natasha. Also warnings for graphic violence, sex, and language.
Genre: Angst/Violence
WIP?: No

Why This Must Be Read: This one is brutal. It can be a difficult read, but goddamn this girl is a survivor and fighter. Seeing Natasha through Clint's POV and how her background is simultaneously abrupt and haltingly revealed to him balances ever so carefully throughout serving as a prelude of sorts to the trust we see already built up in the movie. Clint is probably the first person that ever ACTUALLY protected her from others and herself. Just, JFC these kids!