Why I read: If I'm honest with myself, I'm a bit of a wussperv. I know it's weird for me to hide from angst given my stories, but it's true. Michelle was insistent that her parameter be something darker, so I ended up scrolling through a genre I wouldn't normally seek out. And I'm so happy I found this fic. The first chapter is downright creepy as we get the third-person perspective of a predator while he watches a woman from a distance. The next chapter shifts, and then we are in Bella's point of view. With one successful novel under her belt, she worries that her success may have been a fluke after months of writer's block. When inspiration does strike, it's dark. Really dark. Trust me when I say that the third-person narration of her predator is graphic, violent, and not at all for the faint of heart. I don't want to give much more away but the writing is beautiful, the plotline is original, and I'm pretty sure I love it.
Mission: Find something that makes my heart pump a little bit faster.
Why I read: I was looking for something suspenseful, because we don't often see that in twific, and came across this short story. It's only two chapters in, and the first chapter is heavy and (very) sad. However, the premise is very dark and exciting, which kept me enthralled. I find myself dying to know the whats, the whys and whens and hows, and am eager to uncover the mystery behind the actions. Since it's so early on, we're lacking motive and background, but you can tell from the first two chapters that there's more to it than meets the eye. Told in (what, so far, appears to be) alternating POV, this story captures the reader's attention and doesn't let go. After getting through the heart-fail of the first chapter, the underlying mysteries make me eager to read more.
Mission: Step out of my comfort zone and read a sweet "friends grow into more" fic.
Why I read: To be honest, I don't often seek out friendship fic, so this was definitely a step out of my element. This fic, however, is, to be put simply: adorable. It starts in Charlie's point of view, in a hospital room, with Renee giving birth. Bella is born shortly after, but Bella isn't the only baby that was born that day in that room. On the next bed over, Edward is born. While the wives sleep, the husbands (Charlie and Carlisle) form a bond, which inevitably leads to their children growing up together. This story unfolds as the children age, coming into their own and learning about life and love through one another. As the Cullen family forms and grows and the gang slowly shapes into what we know them as, the bond between Edward and Bella develops as well. The chapters are short and sweet, as we essentially watch the stories of six kids who experience friendship, love, and loss through one another's company.