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Anthem Era

2013-2016

 

Addicted by Abby Young (link)
review Aimster (tumblr)
Considering I’m not usually interested in reading anything that surrounds a sexual (or romantic) relationship, I was surprised by what a page turner this fic was.
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review by Bethany (website)
The really awesome thing about fanfic, if you ask me, is that it is communal. It can be self-referential and react to reality in ways that traditional fiction can’t.
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Alcatraz 2: Redemption by Aimster (link)
review by Bethany (website)
Both of them are outsiders to this family–even though Taylor once belonged to it–and that outsider perspective works well.
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All I Wanna Do by Bella (link)
review by Bethany (website)
Ultimately, Bella took what could have been a somewhat interesting plot, in a soap opera sort of way, and wrote it in a way that makes it pretty difficult to connect to.
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Behind Walls by Cad (link)
review by Bethany (website)
There’s a lot of backstory, such as Zac’s alcoholism and nightmares, that doesn’t get explored quite as much as I would like.
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review by Elizabeth (tumblr)
It’s a plot done a thousand times and I’m always a sucker for stories that involve it.
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Bled Dry by Bethany and Amber (link)
review by A.M. London (website)
For me, the smut storytelling brings out the longing that all three men have. The longing for a true connection with someone.
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review by Elizabeth (tumblr)
If you’re not into darker things or you expect a certain ship to be endgame you should probably skip this one.
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Blue M&M’s Forever by Ellen Van Looy (link)
review by Bethany (website)
Add in some great sexual tension and a fantastic payoff for said tension, and Blue M&M’s Forever is a pretty good, if brief, little story.
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Broken by Amy (link)
review by A.M. London (website)
The more I read the story and gave the author a chance, the more I couldn’t read the chapters fast enough.
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review by Bethany (website)
I guess I’m just a sucker for stories about relationships that never quite find the right timing.
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The Broken One by Elizabeth (link)
review by Bethany (website)
Even for someone like myself, who is admittedly a huge cest fan, the idea of het cest is more than a bit off-putting.
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Brothers Keepers by Aimster (link)
review by Bethany (website)
Brothers Keepers has lengthy chapters filled with details and plot threads woven through multiple short scenes that show a full day in the boys’ ordeal.
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review by Elizabeth (tumblr)
I think the best aspect of this story for me was probably the brother’s bonds and also Zac and how determined he was to get his brother’s back, not to mention his bad ass scene towards the end.
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Can’t Win For Losing by Elizabeth (link)
review by Bethany (website)
There are plenty of secrets here, some more important than others. By the end of the story, some will be revealed, at least to a few characters.
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Contagion by Elizabeth (link)
review by Bethany (website)
With the group stationary for so long at the farm, it’s easy for various romantic entanglements to take precedence over sheer survival.
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Cricket by KT (link)
review by Elizabeth (tumblr)
Cricket is much more than the era it’s set in though. It’s the story of Christine Hanson aka Cricket an OFC Hanson sister who has a coming of age summer after a big event at a party.
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Desire by Morgan Andrews (link)
review by Bethany (website)
In addition to all of that drama, Morgan includes an interesting–and hot–erotic subplot, too.
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Devastation by Morgan Andrews (link)
review by Bethany (website)
It’s always hard to tell with Morgan, when her stories are peppered with twists within twists within twists. You never know which character will turn out to be evil next.
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Don’t Stop Me Now by Lindsay (link)
review by Bethany (website)
The characters in this story are not always likable, but they are, I think, understandable and relatable.
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Escape From The New Alcatraz by Aimster (link)
review by Bethany (website)
I actually love the basic premise of this story, because I can’t get enough of dystopias.
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review by Paola (tumblr)
You know how, in this fandom, we joke about Taylor’s impregnating powers? Well, you can guess what his role will be in this story.
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Fallout by Lindsay (link)
review by Bethany (website)
With Zac as the narrator, we have a front row seat for his downfall, and it’s a doozy..
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Follow Your Heart by Galadriel (link)
review by Bethany (website)
Overall, Follow Your Heart is a real soap opera of a story — and I am a fan of soap operas.
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Forbidden Love by Morgan Andrews (link)
review by Bethany (website)
The combination of erotica and drama make me curious to see what she comes up with next.
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Georgia Peach by Elle (link)
review by Bethany (website)
Although Elle plays a bit fast and loose with the canon details, this setting makes for a nice little teenage drama premise.
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Having My Baby by Elizabeth (link)
review by Bethany (website)
All the drama and smut take more of a center stage than the mpreg thing, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
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If Tomorrow Never Comes by KT (link)
review by Elizabeth (tumblr)
I gave this story a chance and I’m glad I did because it wasn’t like I would expect a typical Taylor and Michelle story to go.
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In the Dark by Bethany (link)
review by Elizabeth (tumblr)
I guess I just like when Bethany writes her females as having more independence than what Colby wanted.
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Infatuation by Morgan Andrews (link)
review by Bethany (website)
There are still a few other plot threads that might have been interesting to see explored, but this feels like a good place to end Zac and Gabby’s story.
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Infinity by Morgan Andrews (link)
review by Bethany (website)
It does wrap everything up nicely, even when at times it seems like Zac and Emily are destined to suffer forever.
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The Kindred by Aimster (link)
review by Bethany (website)
There’s no question this is going to be a unique story, and in fact, that attack itself subverts my expectations.
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review by Elizabeth (tumblr)
How could I skip a fic based on cloning and conspiracies?
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Kindred 2: The Lawyer by Aimster (link)
review by Bethany (website)
I know it was necessary to the series to show more characters than just Taylor, especially with such a large cast, but I’m anxious to see more of him and the rest of his family in the next book.
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review by Elizabeth (tumblr)
I have to say I may have also grown a bit attached to some characters and maybe I shouldn’t have since Aimster has a knack for killing off characters.
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Kindred 3: The Musicians by Aimster (link)
review by Bethany (website)
After the cliffhanger ending of book two, book three certainly did not disappoint!
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review by Elizabeth (tumblr)
This story didn’t disappoint me though the ending chapter did leave me needing a few days to let everything that was revealed in it to sink in.
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Kindred 4: The Nerd by Aimster (link)
review by Bethany (website)
Given how relatively short each installment in this series in, Aimster packs a lot of plot in.
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review by Elizabeth (tumblr)
I have to say though despite loving this story I kind of wish it had more Hanson’s than just Taylor’s family.
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Kindred 5: The Kids by Aimster (link)
review by Bethany (website)
The title of this fic tells you pretty much exactly what to expect, but that doesn’t really put a damper on the tension.
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review by Elizabeth (tumblr)
I have to say I liked this story better than Kindred Four but that may have been because it dealt more with the Hanson’s again and while I love the clones I’m reading the series for the Hanson’s, not them.
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Kindred 6: The Street Rat by Aimster (link)
review by Bethany (website)
As one might expect from the sixth fic in the series, The Street Rat is when I feel that this fic series really starts to come into its own.
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review by Elizabeth (tumblr)
This installment also seems to be the most bleak one from beginning to end.
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Kindred 7: The Sergeant by Aimster (link)
review by Bethany (website)
I’m starting to relate to Taylor, when he says he feels like he’s on a hamster wheel. That’s not a complaint, necessarily.
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review by Elizabeth (tumblr)
This installment also made me feel a bit sympathetic to a few of the villains from earlier stories so I’m really interested to see how long that lasts in the next story.
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Kindred 8: The Jock by Aimster (link)
review by Bethany (website)
Although up to this point, Jesse’s action movie hero vibe has made him one of my favorite clones, I find myself really enjoying Alex’s role in this installment of the series.
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review by Elizabeth (tumblr)
I just hope one of these days one of the stories doesn’t end in a kidnapping or have a kidnapping in it.
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Kindred 9: The Twins by Aimster (link)
review by Bethany (website)
Just when you think you know what’s happening in this fic, Aimster manages to throw some new curveballs at her characters.
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review by Elizabeth (tumblr)
I’m really excited for the next story in this series just to see where things go now.
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Kindred 10: The Doctor by Aimster (link)
review by Bethany (website)
This entire series is unique because, although the clones are very nearly Taylor in so many ways, they are also completely original characters.
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review by Elizabeth (tumblr)
This one though felt a bit slow at times more so than the rest but I chalk that up to there being not much action and most scenes taking place at the labs.
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Kindred 11: The Psychopath by Aimster (link)
review by Bethany (website)
For several installments now, the clones have been more major players than Taylor, and that’s fine. They’re all interesting enough characters for that.
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review by Elizabeth (tumblr)
But it’s going to be interesting to see how everyone deals with the aftermath in the next story.
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Kindred 12: The Family by Aimster (link)
review by Bethany (website)
At one point, I had thought that The Kindred might have worked better as one long story, given how brief most of the installments are, but a lot of tension would have been lost that way.
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review by Elizabeth (tumblr)
I do wish though that there had been more just a bit more to this since it was the last for now because there is a few dangling plot lines.
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Kindred: A Day In The Life, 1998 by Aimster (link)
review by Bethany (website)
With so many characters to juggle, it only makes sense to include a prequel that shows even more of the characters’ pasts.
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review by Elizabeth (tumblr)
I did always wonder how the clones handled things once Hanson became popular as well as wondering what they thought on their obviously look alike who was a celebrity.
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Kiss and Tell by Bethany (link)
review by Elizabeth (tumblr)
I found myself rooting for Taylor because despite some of his douche bag tendencies I did and still do think he had a bit of a heart of gold.
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Life After Love by Sarah (link)
review by Bethany (website)
There’s just a little too much plot to juggle here, even more than a sixty-some chapter story really needs, and some of it comes out muddled.
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Live In My Memory by Elizabeth (link)
review by Bethany (website)
What could there be to write after Zac is dead and Avery has made some peace with that fact? As it turns out, quite a lot.
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Loaded God Complex by Bethany and Lindsay (link)
review by Elizabeth (tumblr)
Besides falling in love with Zac and Taylor I may have also fallen in love with the side characters.
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Lost Without Each Other by KT (link)
review by Bethany (website)
It takes guts for them as characters, and guts for KT as a writer, to give her characters a bittersweet ending.
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review by Elizabeth (tumblr)
Around chapter three I got into the fic really well because it became clear it wasn’t just your typical Hanson cheats on his wife type of fic.
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Lost Without You by Sarah (link)
review by Bethany (website)
At times, the drama is almost cut too short, which is a shame, because there are some great twists and turns that I would love to see even more of.
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Lust by Aimster (link)
review by Bethany (website)
I can’t honestly say that I’m a fan of horror in any shape or form, and mixing it with BDSM (something I am a big fan of) makes it even more confusing.
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Mistakes We Knew We Were Making by Calla (link)
review by Bethany (website)
Calla has a real way with words and an amazing ability to tap into both my favorite tropes and strange and new kinks that I didn’t even know I had before I read them.
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Never Judge A Book By Its Cover by Mona (link)
review by Bethany (website)
I wouldn’t have minded a few longer chapters, because the story was just a bit too short for me to form a full impression of it.
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Nine Crimes by Elizabeth (link)
review by Bethany (website)
Her stories often have pretty detailed plots full of layer upon layer of drama, but she also isn’t afraid to write by the seat of her pants and go with whatever wants to be written.
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On The Road by Galadriel (link)
review by A.M. London (website)
Here’s to hoping that she is somehow inspired to finish this fan fiction. I’m dying to know what ends up happening!
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Other Than You by Selina (link)
review by Bethany (website)
It’s no surprise how the story is going to end, though. Romcoms can really only end one way, can’t they?
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review by Elizabeth (tumblr)
I immediately took to Erin’s relationship with Isaac though and I was rooting for them until the end.
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Panic In The Streets by Abby Young (link)
review by Bethany (website)
The love triangle plot is usually fairly predictable, but Madden took this story down a few unexpected roads and managed to ratchet up the drama to just the right level.
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review by Elizabeth (tumblr)
I’m used to triangle fics though the two men are usually Taylor/Zac so Isaac was a nice difference.
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Radioactive by Elizabeth (link)
review by Bethany (website)
If you’ve watched the show, it’s probably a little clearer to see where Elizabeth has pasted Hanson on and given some of the show’s plots to them.
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A Scar Away by Lindsay (link)
review by Bethany (website)
A story from Shepherd’s point of view is a pretty novel idea, and Lindsay does a great job with it.
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Shattered by Amy (link)
review by Bethany (website)
Everyone around them can see that they are meant to be together, which could be annoying, but they’re all well written characters.
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Seven Deadly Sins by Crystal and Olivia (link)
review by Bethany (website)
Because each of these stories stands alone, there’s something for everyone.
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Sound of Light by Jess (link)
review by Bethany (website)
There is, actually, a lot more to this story than just another retelling of Taylor and Natalie’s relationship.
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Stained Red by Elizabeth (link)
review by Bethany (website)
As the story goes on and all the lies come to the surface, Stained Red becomes the sort of twisted soap opera I’m used to from Elizabeth.
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Stay by Calla and Diamond (link)
review by Bethany (website)
If I have any complaint at all, it’s that the pace is sometimes almost painfully slow.
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review by Elizabeth (tumblr)
I have to say my surprise favorite character in all of this was probably Kate who hits rock bottom the hardest thanks to Zac’s actions.
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Switching Sides by Galadriel (link)
review by Bethany (website)
It’s a little much to keep up with, but somehow the drama feels smaller and more relatable than in the previous story in this series.
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Temptation by Morgan Andrews (link)
review by Bethany (website)
Gabby’s attack and torture are trademark Morgan moves, but it’s the only place where this really feels similar to her other works.
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Ten Years And Muses by Abby Young and Charlotte (link)
review by Bethany (website)
A story that nails all those girly fantasies can be really enjoyable to read, and that’s where Ten Years And Muses excels.
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review by Elizabeth (tumblr)
If you are a fan of cliches and well written lines as well as some really hot smut then I’d suggest this story.
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Ten Years And Muses — The Wedding by Abby Young (link)
review by Bethany (website)
How much can you say about a wedding, after all? As it turns out, quite a lot–especially if said wedding nearly doesn’t happen.
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That Summer by Noelle Henry (link)
review by Bethany (website)
I’m not opposed to 1D, after all, but if you aren’t a fan, you probably won’t find enough Hanson in That Summer to make it worth your time.
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Tiny Dancer Dust by Anonymous Lucy (link)
review by Bethany (website)
There’s everything necessary for a decent plot here.
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Unexpected Beautiful by Becky (link)
review by Bethany (website)
We’re meant to think this is all of our dreams come true, but if we keep reading, we’ll see why it isn’t at all.
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review by Elizabeth (tumblr)
I’d probably recommend this story to people who want to read Taylor fics were Taylor isn’t so squeaky clean or a nice guy like he sometimes is in fics.
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Watch The Throne by Selina (link)
review by Bethany (website)
For all that the story is AU, it borrows very heavily from reality–a fact that I think Selina has been rather coy about.
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White Collar Crime by Tara Marie (link)
review by Bethany (website)
It’s clear that Tara has done her research and I find myself suffering right along with Taylor as he’s thrown into a world and hierarchy that he doesn’t understand.
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review by Elizabeth (tumblr)
I liked how Tara wrote the boys brotherly bonds, something that most fics don’t really do because they show too much romance.
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You Are A Drug And It Is Quick by Juliet (link)
Although most of its elements are ones I have seen in other stories, Juliet combines them all very well.
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