[identity profile] rosaxx50.livejournal.com
Day 27 - A pre-series fic.

Fandom Category: Naruto
Pairing: Konan/Pain
Fic Title: Diem Ex Dei
Author: Finnimbrun / [livejournal.com profile] hieronymousb
Link: Here
Rating/Warning(s): T. Character death, violence
Genre: Romance/Tragedy.
WIP?: No. Completed MC.

Why This Must Be Read: The road to hell, as they say, is paved with the very best intentions.

This is, hands down, one of my favourite stories in the fandom and is basically my headcanon of Pain and Konan before the series starts, and everything that shapes them. The language is glorious (not a hyperbole), the loss of innocence and plunge into violence handled with amazing intensity, and just the sense of doom and war. As for the Konan/Pain relationship... this is the story that convinced me of them. The sense of longing is slow and aching, making its resolution all the more satisfying.

Excerpt )
[identity profile] rosaxx50.livejournal.com
Day 23 - A pairing where one character is paired in multiple ships.

Fandom Category: Naruto
Pairing: Haruno Sakura/Rock Lee, Haruno Sakura/Nara Shikamaru, Haruno Sakura/Uchiha Sasuke, Haruno Sakura/Uzumaki Naruto, Haruno Sakura/Inuzuka Kiba, Haruno Sakura/Hyuuga Neji
Fic Title: Cataclysmic
Author: Annie Sparklecakes / [livejournal.com profile] practiqueal
Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7014521/1/Cataclysmic
Rating/Warning(s): T. Character deaths.
Genre: Drama
WIP?: No

Why This Must Be Read: Five boys Haruno Sakura kissed, and the one she never would.

This story deals gracefully with six very different dynamics Sakura has, or could potentially have, without falling into the trap of comparing them against each other. My absolute favourite thing is the angle it takes with Sakura. Here, Sakura's life is a tragedy, and as confusing and jagged and broken as you would expect from a ninja, and the writing, in all its starkness, is definitely strong enough to support the themes.

Excerpt )
[identity profile] super-tricie341.livejournal.com
Day 14 - A fic for an Old School Fandom from back in the day.

Fandom Category: Alias
Pairing: Sydney Bristow/Julian Sark
Fic Title: The Cities arc
Author: [livejournal.com profile] auburnnothenna/auburn
Link: Belfast
Byzantium: Iterations of Burn
Boston: Running to Stand Still
Brownsville
Rating/Warning(s): M/R. Warnings for violence, death, and attempted suicide.
Genre: Drama, very AU
WIP?: No

Why This Must Be Read: This series leaves me absolutely breathless and is one of my all-time favorite Syd/Sark stories. The characterization is fantastic--the author is unflinching in her portrayal of these ruthless, complex, and morally gray super spies. Highly recommended.


Day 15: A Naruto rec )


Day 16: A FF:VIII rec )


Day 17: A Princess and the Frog rec )


Day 18: A Hunger Games rec )


Day 19: A Glee rec )


Day 20: An Avengers/Thor rec )


Day 21: 2 Marvel Cinematic Universe crossover fics )

Hi mods! I need fandom tags for Final Fantasy VIII and pairing tags for Quistis Trepe/Seifer Almasy, Pepper Potts/Phil Coulson, and Jane Foster/Bruce Banner. Thanks!
[identity profile] rosaxx50.livejournal.com
Day 16 - An epic fic.

Fandom Category: Naruto
Pairing: Hyuuga Hinata/Uzumaki Naruto
Fic Title: White Dog Night (series)
Author: Nate Grey
Link: White Dog Night
Rating/Warning(s): Teen. Disturbing family dynamics. Major character death. AU.
Genre: Action/Adventure/Romance
WIP?: No. Completed MC (though the series itself is ongoing).

Why This Must Be Read: Kiba gives his life to save Hinata, and she and Akamaru must unite to save each other. But with the biggest threat to their lives being her own clan, the only safe place for a shy girl and her little white dog may be outside Konoha's gates...

This isn't the sort of story that normally gets labelled an 'epic', I think, because it's so tightly centred on one character and her development, but I think this qualifies because of its unparalleled look at clan politics -- and the range of emotions that come with them. The author writes human nature more than he writes fanfiction, progressing the characters without it ever once seeming forced or unnatural but definitely including a dollop of humour, and that is something that makes me love the story so much.

This is actually a series of stories. The other multichapters are:
Hyuuga Secret Arts (completed, which can be read concurrently with WDN)
Rise of the Rokudaime (complete, set during WDN)
Building Clan Uzumaki (oneshot series)

There are also two sequels that feature the next generation and seem to be going in the femmslash direction (though with plenty of het too).

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[identity profile] rosaxx50.livejournal.com
Day 02 - A fic for your very first ship. My "first ship" is lost somewhere in distant memory, but Sakura/Sasuke was the first one I was fannish about, so they go here.

Fandom Category: Naruto
Pairing: Haruno Sakura/Uchiha Sasuke
Fic Title: Ripples
Author: [livejournal.com profile] yellow_mask4o2
Link: Ripples
Rating/Warning(s): T. Violence, attempted sexual coercion (not the main couple), background abuse
Genre: Action/Adventure, AU from Ch 309 onwards.
WIP?: No, completed MC.

Why This Must Be Read: Following a botched mission, Sakura is made a slave by Sound, a position that could very well alter the future…especially concerning a certain familiar missing-nin.

Ripples is probably one of the most famous Sakura/Sasuke stories in the fandom, but I thought I would bring it up again for anyone who hasn't yet read it. Defying the unfortunate bodice-ripper tropes of the premise, Ripples is a great look at what someone with sense could have done for Sasuke, if he'd had one along. Sakura's bravery and wry sense of humour, smoothly woven into the narrative, are absolutely a joy to read, and Sasuke, for once, is very well characterised -- neither over-the-top, nor white-washed.

An excerpt )


BTW, Mods, what happened to the copy-paste format thing you used to have on the community profile?
[identity profile] slr2moons.livejournal.com
Four recs in Naruto for Haruno Sakura/various men. :3 )

I'm going away for the weekend, and I've been saving these Naruto recs for the occasion. I'll be back on Tuesday with more het goodness from anime and manga fandoms! X3

Mods, I need ship tags for Haruno Sakura/Rock Lee and Haruno Sakura/Deidara. Thank you, as always!
[identity profile] rosaxx50.livejournal.com
Fandom Category: Naruto
Pairing: Hyuuga Hinata/Hyuuga Neji, Hyuuga Hinata/Uzumaki Naruto, various other background pairings both het and slash
Fic Title: Rosemary for Remembrance
Author: [livejournal.com profile] sintari
Link: LJ / FF.net
Rating/Warning(s): NC-17, explicit sex, incest, character deaths, violence, adultery, dub-con, suicide
Genre: Drama/Angst
WIP?: No

Why This Must Be Read: Rosemary for Remembrance branches off canon at around Chapter 238, but in scope follows Neji and Hinata from childhood onwards. If there is one Neji/Hinata story you ever read, or even one Naruto story you ever read, make sure it's this one. Everything about it -- storytelling, characterization, prose, plot -- is absolutely stunning . The author shows amazing insight into canon aspects of their relationship, and then takes it one believable step further, exploring the dark side of clan politics and powerplays. And as you can probably tell from the warnings, this fic is dark. It is not a typical love story. One of the best parts about Rosemary is the various ways both Neji and Hinata, the Naruto world, and the people who populate it, are separately fleshed out into full detail. The evolution of the Neji and Hinata relationship is a joy to watch, entwined with a beautiful, haunting look at the past and present of the Hyuuga clan. The author describes it as a story of two lives and it really is, but also so much more.

A short excerpt:

When you have studied someone as Neji had Hinata, it is a simple thing to dissect that person. To cut her into easily digested pieces in front of her peers. To expose every weakness, and every hidden fear.

Even virtues can become flaws under a strong enough glare.

He knew how to tear her up, and how to take her apart, because he had been watching her every move since she was three years old.

“The person lost and suffering within the Main and Branch Houses is you, Neji-niisan.”

What stung was that she could do the same to him when, as far as he knew, she had never really seen him at all.


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Fandom Category: Naruto
Pairing: Hyuuga Hinata/Hyuuga Neji
Fic Title: Raindancer
Author: [livejournal.com profile] empath_eia
Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3992371/1/Raindancer
Rating/Warning(s): T, incest, some violence, character death
Genre: Romance/Drama
WIP?: No

Why This Must Be Read: In which Hinata becomes the head of the Hyuuga Clan, Neji remains her guard, and they both deal with the consequences behind her new position. A much lighter story than Rosemary, it charts Hinata and Neji's growing closeness with gorgeous imagery. My favourite aspect of the story is how true it stays to the Hinata canon presents, working within the constraints of her characteristic shyness, while still showing an absolute steel core of strength. As Neji falls for Hinata, we do too.

An excerpt:

Courage, after all, was not about being above fear. It was about being terrified and doing what needed to be done anyway. Hinata had that ability in spades- she had never been above fear from the moment she'd been born. It was her constant cold companion.

Neji stared out into the Hyuuga dark and wished, not for the first time, that there was something he could do to make her feel safe... even for just an hour.
[identity profile] riah-chan.livejournal.com
Fandom Category: Naruto
Pairing: Tenten/Sasuke Uchiha
Fic Title: Necormancer
Author: V-Chan2k6
Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3105605/1/Necromancer
Rating/Warning(s): T
Genre: Friendship/Drama
WIP?: Complete

Why This Must Be Read: Summary- Uchiha Sasuke was holding on to something. In one chance encounter, she brought it back to life. This story is one of the best written fics that I've read. It starts a bit after the Chuunin Exam finals, before the timeskip, and uses what we know about the characters to extrapolate a believable relationship between two characters who never really interacted in the manga. There is very little shipping... it's really almost gen... but it's there and it's awesome.

Fandom Category: Naruto
Pairing: Sakura Haruno/Naruto Uzumaki
Fic Title: Full Bloom
Author: Random1377
Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3349205/1/Full_Bloom
Rating/Warning(s): T
Genre: Romance/Comedy
WIP?: Complete

Why This Must Be Read: Summary- Sakura notices something odd in the mirror, and since her mother seems hesitant to explain what's going on, she decides to find her own answers...but is she ready for the truth?

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[identity profile] super-tricie341.livejournal.com
Fandom Category: Naruto
Pairing: Temari/Kakuzu
Fic Title: Face Value
Author: [livejournal.com profile] infinitefirefly/firefly
Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3701707/1/Face_Value
Rating/Warning(s): R/M, Warnings for sexy tiems
Genre: Slightly AU, Romance
WIP?: No

Why This Must Be Read: Crack pairings don't get much crack-ier than this. She's the good guy, he's a villain--and part of the criminal organization that tried to kill her brother to boot (clearly this fic is set before any unpleasantness goes down). But oh man, does the author make this work. This is a hefty one-shot and you can't help but appreciate the time and effort she takes to set the stage for this unusual pairing. The characterization is deft and there's an interesting philosophical debate between the characters over the value of impermanence. Also, the sexy times are seriously sexy. The author draws out the tension to a delicious degree, infusing it with gorgeous sensuality and emotion. Not a hint of vulgarity to be seen.


Fandom Category: Rurouni Kenshin
Pairing: Megumi Takani/Aoshi Shinomori, some Megumi Takani/Sanosuke Sagara
Fic Title: Another Chance
Author: Eriesalia
Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/1401463/1/Another_Chance
Rating/Warning(s): PG-13/T, Warnings for drugs
Genre: Post-canon, Romance, Drama
WIP?: No

Why This Must Be Read: Aoshi and Megumi have an interestingly fraught relationship in canon. He and his men were hired to be her guards back when she was imprisoned by Kanryuu and forced to make opium. Given their history and subsequent events in canon, it's not surprising that they don't necessarily have a warm relationship. Still, their characters are an "opposites-attract" archetype that many people enjoy--she's spirited and fiercely independent, and he's the epitome of silence and stoicism. In this epic story, Megumi returns to her hometown of Aizu to see if any members of her family are left, and Aoshi, with his vast spy network of (former) ninjas, helps her with the search. Mystery and high intrigue ensue, and as events unfold, you see just how well these 2 people understand and complement each other. A truly excellent read.
[identity profile] super-tricie341.livejournal.com
Author: [livejournal.com profile] thimble_kiss: All of her stories are linked on her sidebar
Fandom Category: Harry Potter
Pairing: Hermione Granger/Viktor Krum mostly, Hermione/Cormac McLaggen, Zacharias Smith/Various HP females, and a ton of other rare pairings
Rating/Warning(s): G-NC-17
Genre: Romance, Humor, Smut

Why This Must Be Read: [livejournal.com profile] thimble_kiss writes the best Viktor/Hermione fics in fandom, hands down. Her Viktor is a thing of beauty--complexity, subtlety, ambition, chivalry, compassion, and mischievousness, all wrapped up in a sexy, Bulgarian package that will make you swoon. She handles his accent with incredible skill; his dialogue has just enough stiltedness for verisimilitude, but it is never unreadable. And her prose. Dear god, her prose. It is out-of-this-world gorgeous. Aside from Viktor/Hermione, [livejournal.com profile] thimble_kiss writes a ton of HP rarepairs (her Hermione/Cormac fics have already been rec'd on this comm). And if you're a fan of Zacharias Smith, she is your girl. You cannot go wrong with this author. She'll make you sigh, swoon, squeal, and cry with every word she writes. Personal Favorites: "Winterwhere"; "Practical Magic" and its sequel, "Tiger By The Tail"; and "Friction Point"

4 more author recs and countless fandoms/pairings under the cut )


Mods, I need a lot of new tags. You don't need one for every pairing, but a few important ones include Hermione Granger/Viktor Krum, Sakura Haruno/Kakashi Hatake, Elinor Dashwood/Edward Ferrars, Helena Bertinelli/Vic Sage and Dinah Lance/Bruce Wayne. Could I also get fandom tags for Emma and Justice League Unlimited? Sorry!
[identity profile] darklight90.livejournal.com
Fandom Category: Naruto
Pairing: Sakura Haruno x Itachi Uchiha
Fic Title: Eighty Yen
Author: rawrchelle
Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5226631/1/Eighty_Yen
Rating/Warning(s): PG-15/Mild swearing and violence
Genre: Humor, Romance
WIP?: Complete

Why This Must Be Read: Hilarity is not something I immediately associate with this couple. But take a kissing-booth, a flustered Sakura and Itachi's dry wit... well, it already had me sold.
[identity profile] redbrunja.livejournal.com
Fandom Category: Naruto
Pairing: Haruno Sakura/Sai
Fic Title: Home
Author: Fallacy
Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4736764/1/Home
Rating/Warning(s): PG-13
Genre: Romance
WIP?: No
Special Rec: 12 of 21

Why This Must Be Read: Because this is Sakura dealing with the loss of everything she ever knew and always wanted, this is Sai who learned to feel just in time for his country to fall to pieces, this is two characters crawling out of the (literal) rubble and slowly building a life together.
[identity profile] slr2moons.livejournal.com
Fandom Category: Naruto
Pairing: Tsunade/Jiraiya
Fic Title: Easer to Give In
Author: lovesrainscent
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/151265
Rating/Warning(s): NC-17 (sex)
Genre: Drama
WIP?: No. Complete at 8 chapters, 10,982 words

Why This Must Be Read: This is the first romance fic I've read involving Tsunade, and it's set the bar quite high! A fun fic, complete with temperamental Tsunade and delightfully devious Jiraiya. I rather enjoyed how Tsunade has to work for it; she doesn't just crook her finger and have Jiraiya jumping into her arms. I particularly admire how the author uses the Icha Icha books. Set in early Shippuuden.
[identity profile] darklight90.livejournal.com
Fandom Category: Naruto
Pairing: Itachi Uchiha x Sakura Haruno
Fic Title: Buy the rumour and sell the fact
Author: ColourVegan
Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5430283/1/Buy_the_rumour_and_sell_the_fact
Rating/Warning(s): PG-13/Implied risqúe behavior
Genre: Romance
WIP?: Complete

Why This Must Be Read: Basically a non-massacre AU featuring persistant rumors and an eavesdropping Fugaku. Chock-full of implications, it's all in good fun.
[identity profile] darklight90.livejournal.com
Fandom Category: Naruto
Pairing: Sasuke Uchiha x Sakura Haruno
Fic Title: AntiGravity
Author: CandyTenshi
Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5344835/1/AntiGravity
Rating/Warning(s): PG-13/Smidgeon of swearing
Genre: Romance
WIP?: Ongoing

Why This Must Be Read: This oneshot collection is just so darn fun and written in a simple style that still reveals layers of depth. The genres actually run the gamut with something for almost every fan of the couple. One of the few quality SasuSaku fics I've read in a while.

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