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shifting your shape to my shells by hannibalisms, thor/loki + other mcu characters, NSFW, college au, abuse issues, 55k
    Loki would like to think that a random roommate is better than being alone again, but since he can't really get a word in edgewise, he doesn't know for sure.
    Chapters 1-22: Apparently, this fic was meant to be today! I had just started reading it the other day, knowing that it was a WIP, but it was about 40k and I'd been saving it for when I wanted a good college AU (which I am all about these days, because ugh so good for me, the way they can both parallel and contrast against the original canon) and then, voila!, new update while I was in the middle of reading! Yes, good. And, oh, this fic has such lovely writing, where the author somehow manages to sell me on a Loki that's more quiet and abused (which I can buy of Laufey, both in canon and in an AU fic), who's not as much of a trouble-maker or cruel, because he's still so damaged and I can see this Loki as coming from different circumstances. And, oh, I totally get why this Thor (who is such a typical bro, he's so huge and cheerful and likes video games and physically affectionate, but he's also smart and he has his own issues to work through and he has to work to be careful around others) just instantly falls in love with Loki pretty much, how the author parallels the original canon just enough that it's not meant to be a replica of that, but you almost feel... an echo of it, I suppose. This Thor is really, really good for me and I love him in a college AU setting like this and I love how fiercely he loves Loki and would protect him, even when he knows he has to step back.

But it's more than just characterization or even super hot sex--which, btw, is super hot--it's also about the author not just rambling their way through the college AU setting, there's actually progression of plot and events that happen and it feels like each scene, even if it's just about two characters spending time together, is well paced and has a point. The writing is smooth and kept me sailing right along with this fic, so I hardly even noticed how quickly I was going through it--there were times, even, when I had that terrible urge to skip forward because I was so eager to consume the whole thing, having to force myself to slow down again so I didn't miss any little details. And there are some great little details, the way the Norse mythology (or Marvel remixing of the mythology) is worked into the background, like with Loki and Thor's various family members being background characters (in the more recent chapters, oh, Loki's extended family is fantastic, he has a conversation with a cousin that's absolutely wonderful) or the foods they make, etc. It makes the AU feel that much more fleshed out, which I love!

And, oh, yes, the sex is really good, too. Because they don't just jump straight into boning each other (as much as I wouldn't have complained about that), which works with the story, because this Loki needs to take things at his own pace, make sure he's ready for it, and I love that because it respects the damage he has and how he's working through it and how it makes it so good when they first start touching each other, when they set down rules and talk about what they want from each other, when they slowly work their way towards more and more. And, oh, the most recent chapter (chapter 22, as of the time of this rec) where they make progress again, where Loki is more than okay with Thor's holding him down on the bed, where he wants this from Thor, but they've worked out how to make sure that Loki has a say in how much he wants, how they've worked their way up to getting Thor's fingers inside Loki, and it's all just so good for me. All the more so because it's doing justice to their issues, but also really hot at the same time and it's all the better for the wait and I can't wait until Loki's ready for all of Thor to be in him and, ugh, they are so hot together the way they are here.

All of this and the author does a great job of working in other characters! I recently had a discussion about how romance fics often put the characters in a bubble of isolation, that there's little interaction with the other characters from their universe, which is understandable in a lot of ways, but often leaves me feeling less than fully satisfied. While the main focus is on Thor and Loki, of course, they both have signifigant interactions with other characters, both family and friends, often about this new relationship in their lives, but often times about other things (Laufey's abuse, Loki's mental heatlh issues, Thor's own issues, etc.) and that always makes a fic just so much more satisfying for me.
    Chapter 23: And then the other school!AU fic updated at about the same time! Life was really pretty good that day. This is a short chapter, it's more summary than actively plotful things, but I liked that, because it's one of those chapters of things being peaceful and happy, which is something I want for both of these characters. Which is also what the sex is about here, showing how happy and peaceful they are, how this Loki has made so much progress in the way he lets Thor touch him, how much progress he's still making, how the build-up to more than this (even as this is perfect as it is) is really delicious. And hot. So, so super hot omg.
    Chapter 24-25: I'm glad I waited until there were two chapters to catch up on with this fic, because I think they read better to me that way, with more resolution and not so much a cliffhanger between chapters that would have driven me batshit. And I love that this fic continues to be about things getting better, that it can be about angsty things and Loki having all these issues and even being terrified, but it's still a fic about things getting better at its core. So, I read these chapters with a lot of feelings, but with a surety of where things would ultimately head, and that made it even better. But it's also lovely to have some resolution, one way or the other, in Loki's life and that things can move forward from here. As always, the writing is lovely and I find myself invested in this character and the circumstnaces, especially as it took Loki through the trial and everything that that brought up in him, all of which really resonated with me.
    Chapter 26: This fic as a whole has had several really good sex scenes, but they've all been build-up to this one in particular, which means that it ran the risk of not being worthy of all that time spent building towards it (well, there was other stuff going on as well, but the author did a lovely job of winding the events of the fic together with the events of the relationship), but, oh, no, this was totally worth the wait. It's so satisfying for both the emotional resolution and the physical resolution, that Thor and Loki are in better places in their lives, that Loki has won his court case and is just so much more settled, he's in a good place and can genuinely trust Thor. Not even just simply trusting him, but wanting him, wanting the way Thor touches him and the way he wants Thor to fuck him, the way he's not just ready for it, but eager for it. And that's wonderful that Loki can get to that point in his life, but it's also super goddamned hot, the way he's vulnerable here, the way he's so open here, but that he can trust Thor and knows that Thor wants him just as much.

It's the kind of sex that takes its time with the scene, the way it's detailed but not unnecessarily so, the way it's intimate and caring but also there's that undercurrent of just pure want. There are so many little touches here that are just so good (the way Thor's fingers work him open first, the way he says they don't need condoms and Thor curses him in that way that is clear about how very in this moment Thor is, the way Loki begs him for more and more--though, my favorite is always and forever the way Thor's fingers open him up first, the care that Thor takes with him, even when it's clear that he wants Loki just as much as Loki wants him) that it's just... asdl;fkjaslkj I can't even write a good rec for it, because it hits my buttons so well. Sex that's about the emotional connection and character insight while still being detailed and hot. This one is staying on my reader pretty much forever.
    Chapter 27: This is a short chapter, but one I was glad to see! What I liked about this fic is that the situation with Loki's father is coming to a close, but it doesn't feel neatly wrapped up, it still feels like there are so many issues here and so many things to untangle and Loki's going to still be carrying this with him for a long time, and it's not that I wish that for him, but that it feels more natural with the character. And I appreciate that it's not pointless angst for angst's sake, but instead about the ups and downs of forging a better life for yourself and dealing with all the issues you have. I also love that it's not just Thor in Loki's life, as much as Loki loves him truly, as the friendship between Tony and Loki here works to good effect, both for how Tony understands Loki in a way others might not, but also to make Loki's world feel more expanded. This was a good chapter to read today.

Dubious Intent by mintea, thor/loki, NSFW, high school au, 8.9k
    When Loki imagined how he would eventually be expelled from his prissy private school, he did not envision it being such a dull event.
    High school AU fic where Loki is a sharp, devilish little shit? Yes, give me that right now! And this fic is very sharply written, Loki's characterization really has all these cutting aspects to it and there are many clever, genuinely delightful turns of phrase in the writing here, which is always a joy when reading a school age!Loki. The only caveat I would have about this fic--other than that it's only posted 2 out of 5 chapters as of the time of this rec--is that Loki is 14 here, so the sex is underage. It helps that Loki knows what he wants and is very clearly manipulating Thor here, but he is still underage and that can be squicky to some.

But the writing and dialogue are so sharp, the relationship between Thor and Loki is that push and pull of such brothers even as Loki clearly wants Thor to fuck him and Thor clearly wants to fuck him as well, that the fic just absolutely won me over. It's already over 6k words but, wow, it really did not feel that long, it just flew by, especially with all the delicious jealousy between the both of them. Bratty!Loki is just pure joy and, wow, Loki grinding down onto Thor's erection and then blowing him was really pretty good for me, too.

untitled by thisdorkyblogthing [ mobile ver. ], thor/loki, high school au, ~1k
    Loki barely swallows a groan as he pushes himself from the wall. Thor, on the other hand, is not even trying to hide the grin on his face as he strides up beside Loki, a broad shoulder bumping into his. Loki’s annoyance spikes up with it.
    A quick high school AU that is utterly delightfuland charming, so I just had a total scream reading it. Seriously, there is such a smile on my face right now! I love this Thor especially, so cheerfully, obnoxiously charismatic and good-looking, who's that popular guy that you just can't hate, no matter that Loki really does try. Flirting and gym class and stupid teenagers, this was a lot of fun. ♥

The Glorious Conclusion of the Marvelous Story of the Time-Traveling Wolf Cadaver by MonstrousRegiment, thor/loki, NSFW, high school au, 3.4k
    One time, Loki and Thor were crammed together in the belly of a huge, bear-sized, stuffed wolf, and talked about their dicks. This is exactly as disturbing as it sounds.
    This fic was pretty amazing. Not only was it sort of a stealth high school au fic (though, not really with a lot of the same trappings, but they're teenagers and much of the fic is set in a school, sort of) but the author actually makes the "let's dump the characters into this wild au without a lot of worldbuilding and instead focus on the fun dialogue and weird shenanigans" thing work! Any more detail about what was going on wasn't really necessary, it might not have been bad either, but I found that I enjoyed the wild ride of it without needing a ton of context around it. The dialogue is so much fun with both of them, especially how Thor would really, really like to get into Loki's pants and I love that because it's such a teenage!Thor thing to do, he'd be so forward about wanting to fuck the weird, smart hot person! And Loki would be biting in return and such a nerd but a hot nerd who eventually lets Thor fuck him and then Thor meets his parents in the worst way and I could just keyboard smash all my love out for this fic.

Despite that this is turning out to be a terrible rec, the fic is such a great read at just over 3k words (which felt like less, because it was such a fun, smooth read) and there's a delightful feeling of almost controlled chaos the author is wrangling in the fic and the banter is joyful. The nerdy references are great, but also Thor's dick having a life of its own and really wanting to be in Loki, like, right now was pretty amazing. I can't tell you how much I enjoy Thor maybe not being as smart as Loki but certainly knowing how to hold a conversation and how to be a charming dick and actually kind of a great person, especially as he really wants to fuck Loki. This was a total scream to read!

The Fundamental Theorem of Shakespeare by Canute, thor/loki + other mcu characters, NSFW, high school au, teacher/student relationship, 48k wip
    Thanks to a prank gone wrong, Loki gets kicked out of a class and must sign up for a new one in order to earn enough credits to graduate. The problem? He may or may not have implied wanting sexual relations with his teacher. Fortunately, it seems as if his feelings might not be so unrequited after all. Thor/Loki, with Steve/Tony on the side
    Chapters 1-16: I admit, the first quarter to third of this fic was rough for me, it was a slow start and I had trouble getting into the characterization (the general direction was right for me, I love the idea of moody teenager Loki, but there was something that didn't quit fit right away, a lack of having a way with words, I think), so I found myself wandering away a couple of times. But I kept coming back because, hey, 36k of words and I was still intrigued and I wanted to be fair. Somewhere around the 1/3rd mark, though, that's when it started to really click for me and I got swept up in the story, tearing through the rest of it because I was utterly charmed by the relationship he was developing with his teacher, Thor Odinson. Ugh, I love a good human AU where they meet and slowly fall in love and I fucking love moody teenager Loki and I really enjoyed that the author is taking their time with building up the relationship first, with showing them falling in love, giving the characters the room to breathe and process, so that I found myself really satisfied with the pacing of the fic. Well, satisfied aside from how I want the entire rest of the fic right now, please.

And it strikes me as a little funny that I grew so fond of this AU, because I'm actually not inherently that fond of high school AU fics (though, this fandom has been warming me up to pretty much every trope out there, this one being no exception), but the idea of Thor as Loki's teacher intrigued me (despite that I'm actually not that fond of teacher/student relationships as a trope, either!) and I really, really liked that choice on the author's part. I love that Thor cares about his students, that he sees something special in Loki, that he reaches out to this prickly kid and Loki is definitely not unmoved by that, even as he remains sarcastic and moody. The rest of the details of the universe the author is building (Steve as another teacher, Darcy as Loki's friend, Tony as another student that gets on Loki's nerves but might not be all that terrible, Loki's parents and situation with his new stepfamily, etc.) make this feel nicely widened in scope as well, especially the dynamic between Tony and Loki, which I actually greatly enjoyed! I love their clashing banter, especially when it's not mean-spirited, but instead they're something like kindred spirits in a way. Sort of. A little. It's just... really charming and made me feel a lot of affection and love for the characters and reminded me that, yes, okay, human AU fics with these characters is something I kind of want all the time now.
    Chapters 17: Ahhh, I've been waiting for this one to update! And what I love about this part of the story, after Thor and Loki have realized they're going to be step-brothers, after they've put their relationship on hold a bit, it's not really that angsty or doomed. They still love each other and know that, they're just figuring themselves out right now, how to handle coming out into the open. Plus bonus scenes of Darcy and Tony actually being good friends to Loki! And then double bonus with Loki's dream of what he wants from the future (that works for me, because he's a teenager in this fic and teenagers totally daydream about stuff like this!) and a solidly done sex scene. Bless. I couldn't have asked for much more from this chapter! Aside from how I want the next one already. *kicks rocks*
    Chapters 18: I probably did make some sort of ridiculous happy hand wriggling gesture at the screen when I saw this fic updated because, yessss, I have been remiss in reading my school au fics lately, I need to get on that, and this fic reminds me of exactly what that is--I fucking love school aus! Especially with Thor as a teacher and Loki as a student! What was extra delightful about this chapter is that Loki's mischievous streak is coming up even more than usual, so he's a total delightful little shit here, especially when he knows he and Thor are alone, so he can deliberately wind Thor around his fingers and work him up. Which would have been great enough as it was, but you know what else this fic had? Thor hauling Loki up to his feet and talking dirty to him just a little bit, telling him the things he was going to do to Loki when they had a proper bed to do them in. Yes, give me that, too. And then give me satisfying sex on Thor's desk. You could almost read this as a standalone, but I think it works better with the build-up of the rest of the fic behind it. Still, I'm in the middle of several other genfics lately and so I needed something in a happier universe and something with porn. This was good for me all the way around.
    Chapters 19: You know what this chapter has? It almost has wall sex and there is severely not enough of that in fandom! So, I would have loved it just for that, because I have such a great fondness for wall sex (even if they were interrupted and don't get to finish), but there's also plot progression here, with their relationship having somehow been outed before they were ready. And, as frustrating as the cliffhanger is (because I'd like the next part now, please!), it's actually kind of a delight, because I can trust this fic to end well, I think. Even with the plot twist at the end, I'm not worried that things will end badly, instead, I can just focus on how curious I am to know where this is going and for things to finally fall in place for the characters. Especially when you get brief moments of domesticity with Thor and Loki's relationship in this chapter and, ahhhh, that's always so sweet for me.
    Chapters 20: I didn't mean to do quite so many fic update recs tonight (but I've been reading longer pieces that I'm not quite finished with yet otherwise, so updates are what I've been able to get to), but whatever. Because, when I saw this fic had been updated, I may have made a bit of a flaily gesture and dove on it immediately, snagging it to take along with me when I went out today. This chapter definitely progresses the plot along and I'm glad to see it being addressed that Thor and Loki's relationship could be explained by them being impending step-brothers, that it wouldn't be weird for them to spend time together for that. But also introduced another character and thickened the plot and even had a really sweet scene with Loki so angry he started to tear up and perceived betrayal, which I always appreciate that kind of emotional intensity being worked into fics. And just. Ahhhh, I really want the next chapter already! → Hearts in Great Demand by thoreocookie [ mobile ver. ], thor/loki, NSFW, high school au, fluff, 3.6k
    Note, at the time of this rec, the author was posting on a temporary Christmas themed url. Eventually, the fic will be moved back to this url (mobile ver.), if you're reading this rec later!
    Prompt: ”What about an AU teen Thor and Loki are on Earth where it’s autumn and they’re just having the time of their lives like going to the park and other cutesy stuff and it’s all romantic then later it’s all like wow hot damn. *failed wink*”
    Oh, boy, am I going to have a lot to say about this fic. The writing is a bit stiff in this fic, but it's the kind that will smooth out with practice and already the author knows how to nail down the sheer charm and heart to make a fic like this work. I can't tell you how genuinely happy and warm-hearted this fic made me feel, how utterly fucking charming it was, and how the characters mapped onto modern teenagers so well! The characterization was perfect and utterly joyful, from Thor's obnoxious teenage boy enthusiasm to Loki's cranky teenage boy not so secret affection. It's delightful how much I love high school au fluff that keeps the spirit of the characters like this!

There are a bunch of things I loved here, the silly things teenage boys do in the fall (and any time Thor just scoops Loki up to run away with him, an author will have my heart), but also OH MAN that sex was just what I needed. Thor rimming Loki, who has trouble being openly affectionate despite his genuine feelings, who enjoys the sex, but it's not until Thor's balls deep in him that he can express it and, ahhhh, it's a perfect combination for me. I was just happy after reading this, it was perfect for when you want something happy to read on a chilly, cold day. ♥

Deuces Are Wild by CalamityCain, thor/loki, somewhat nsfw, human au, college au, 1.5k
    When Thor found him, Loki was a battered survivor on a long lonely road. Tying your heart to such a troubled creature can only bring trouble. But Thor is willing to risk it, even if it means changing his ordinary world forever.
    God, I am just starving for mortal AUs in this fandom, so seeing this fic pop up on AO3 was lovely. It's a short, poetically worded piece that worked for me because the point was the flowery style without trying too hard with it. Not all fics can pull the style off, but I liked it here, it's a pretty piece, with just the right amount of feeilngs and hints of porn in it. It's vague and hints at some darker stuff in the past, but it's about the moment and the immediacy, so the fic doesn't need to explore them here and so I enjoyed it for what it was.

A Little More Than Mammals by RazzleDazzle, thor/loki, NSFW, high school au, 4.4k
    "IMAGINE HIGH SCHOOL AU WHERE THEY’RE GROUPED TOGETHER FOR A PROJECT AND LOKI IS TRYING TO TYPE UP THEIR ANALYSIS AND THOR IS JUST KISSING HIS NECK TRYING TO DISTRACT HIM OK."
    Oh, god, high school aus are my kryptonite in this fandom. Or at least one color of the kryptonites I have in this fandom. And this was such fun, especially with Loki's caustic attitude and Thor's cheerful dickery and Loki's fantasies of Thor's dick in his ass while jerking himself off and there were so many delightful moments of humor and just. Horny teenagers who want to fuck all the time, who do finally fuck, and lines that made me laugh irl and everything is good and happy and porny. This was such a great thing for me to have, bless this fic.

untitled by takemetothedungeons [ mobile ver. ], thor/loki, high school au, ~1k
    Love letters and roses and small gifts in his locker. He walks away, trailing the remaining chunks of paper after him and inwardly compiles a list of good pranks to calm himself.
    This was short and cute, just a fun bit of fluff to read and I am super weak to things like high school AUs and Thor wooing Loki, because he totally likes that kid, even if Loki doesn't believe it at first and rips up all the letters he gets. And I just really want all the high school ridiculously fluffy dates, so this helped scratch that it a bit. ♥

Untitled by insouciant, thor/loki, high school au, 1k
    Thor stumbles upon his best friend Loki's final senior project for his photography class.
    Oh, man, speaking of things I love forever! High school AUs, I NEED THEM ALL. And this one was a really sweet, darling one that's just the right amount of feels and fluff! It's pure adorableness and the reason why I love reading about stupid teenagers in love, who are stupid about it until they stupidly stumble over their stupid feelings and blurt them out stupidly. This fic was utterly darling for that. ♥

doctrinam by Shinkirou, thor/loki, NSFW, high school au, 2.8k
    Loki finds it somewhat hard to help when Thor’s focused more on getting in his pants.
    The beginning of this fic is a little stilted and stiff, but it's basically set up for a high school setting pwp, so it's difficult to find the balance between enough detail to set the story up and too much that feels like it's distracting from the point of the fic. Once Thor and Loki settle into the tutoring session, though, the fic settles with them and, boy, do I love high school AU fic. It's not necessarily even about the school part (though, that is fun) but about them living in the same house as normal human brothers, it's adorable and totally fun. But! Also there is Loki knowing how to reward Thor for studying properly as he tutors him, which goes exactly how you think it's going to go, and I fucking loved that because, yes, give me that, that's super fun. And I love how Loki can truly motivate Thor here, how Thor knows that this will help him study and he knows that Loki's not (entirely) doing it to be mean, but there's still that delicious teasing tension between them, until Thor can finally get the answers right and Loki will let Thor fuck him. It makes the fic light-hearted and joyful to go along with the really satisfying sex, especially when it's drawn out and playful and stopping/starting several times to make sure Thor pays attention to the study notes. And there's such a lovely comfortable physical intimacy between them here, sometimes that's almost as satisfying as the sex itself. Almost.

All in Good Fun (Really) by Canute, thor/loki + other mcu characters, high school au, 6.6k
    Loki Laufeyson is currently living by himself in an apartment, works at a convenience store that sells pretty convincing models of doombots, and spends practically every afternoon at the diner situated conveniently in front of the Avengers tower. Somehow, a superhero takes an interest in him.
    Speaking of fic that's making me nearly writhe around in my desire to know more about it! This is such an interesting universe, where Loki is a high school student in a world where the Avengers are real and the fourth wall is broken (or at least cracked) several times and there's obviously some connection between Thor and Loki, but what? Is the original Loki dead and reincarnated as a Midgardian teenager? Is he hiding his memories from himself/have his memories taken away? Is the original Loki still out there somewhere? Does this Loki look exactly like Thor's brother? Or is Thor's brother another character in this universe instead? Despite that none of these questions are the point, I do love when a fic can make me just viciously curious about the world building being done, because I love that kind of thing!

As for the fic itself, ahhhh, I am so enamored of a high school student!Loki and how he's just a bit emo and obviously a sarcastic little shit, but that's all covering a wary, gunshy personality underneath, because he's not entirely sure how to interact with people. Yes, good, give me that always. And there is just so much charm and delight in this fic, where his life is difficult in that way that makes you smile (an uptight boss at work, a chaotic best friend, the Avengers suddenly dropping into his life and bringing up complicated feelings) and you just want to hug the hell out of the little shit! And he's got evil impulses that are hilarious! And his interactions with Thor are darling!

There's something so wonderful about being able to read an AU where it's light-hearted and there's the beginning of a romance between Thor and Loki, where they keep bumping into each other through circumstances of fate, where this is just... everything that makes me feel good about this fandom. It's cute and funny and pure charm, everything I want from a fic like this. And now I want more of it, please. :D?

Blind by mrhiddles, thor/loki + other thor characters, NSFW, human au, college au, light bondage, 11k
    Thor's in a frat and Loki's not. It's close to finals and a year to graduation and Loki finally accepts one of Thor's badgering attempts at getting him to attend one of Thor's parties. But Thor back peddles when he realizes Loki is more interested in some of the darker aspects these parties can offer.
    God, I just tore through this fic in just about a single sitting, because it was such a delight to read and the writing was so smooth and the characters fit this world so perfect, they entirely felt like Thor and Loki! Fandral and Sif were also used to really good effect in this universe, whether distant or vaguely antagonistic, but we see even from Loki's point of view, that they're not terrible people, even while the fic maintains a realistic sense of how they just... would be Thor's friends, not Loki's. I love when fic can capture that while not villainizing Loki unfairly, while capturing what makes his relationship with Thor work, all while both characters feel like themselves, and this fic was entirely satisfying for that! And I love when a fic can take a story idea that could so very easily be contrived, especially when it contains truth or dare games, but instead makes it feel like relatable people and it's interesting to watch the events unfold! There's some deliberate awkwardness, but not so much that I cringed while reading it, that it balances college kids being ridiculous college kids with how I still like these characters.

It also balances the dynamic of Thor and Loki falling in love, the undercurrent of attraction between them that I felt rather than was told about, which is not always an easy thing. The fic also has a fantastic sense for those little details worked into the story that give it depth and show the passage of time through flashes and light mentions, which flows really naturally from one moment in their lives to the next. Time passes the way life passes, I felt. All in a fic that's fairly light-hearted and short and could have been almost a snack-like thing instead of a meal, but somehow wound up being a lot more than that. It's the way Thor and Loki interact, the brightness of Thor's personality and entire being that still gives him intelligence and depth, the prickliness of Loki's character while not being a horrible monster. It's a perfect fic for what you get out of it, everything about this is just incredibly smooth sailing and I think it might be my favorite of this author's fic yet! It was just such a marvelous read. ♥

SHIELD Academy: Loki Hates People by blueberry01120, thor/loki + steve/tony + avengers + greater marvel universe characters, nsfw, high school au, 441k
    Loki never asked his mother for a new life, to move to America, to start at a new school, or for a step-brother. He certainly didn't ask for said step-brother to be built like the Norse god he's named for, and he didn't ask for his body to react anytime said step-brother touched him. Well, it doesn't matter that Loki didn't ask for any of it because that is his new life, and he better learn to deal with it.

SHIELD Academy is one of the top schools in the nation, but the students are even more colorful. Loki makes "friends"—using that term flexibly—fast, and that's all great except for he's falling faster.

Loki hates people, has always hated people, for a reason. It looks like those reasons are his life now.

    At the time of this rec, fic one and fic two were a single fic and this rec will reflect that. The splitting of the two was a good idea, as the first fic stands really quite well on its own and I give a pretty hearty rec for it, as it's super fun and solidly focused up to that point.
    I'm going to approach this rec a little differently than I usually do, mostly in the way that I'm going to lean more towards a review, rather than a straightforward rec, because my recommendation for this fic isn't going to be for the whole thing. When I first started this fic, I thought that it might have a chance at being the high school au of my heart, because I allow a lot of leeway in characterization because high schoolers act differently than adults, plus part of the reason I read au fics is for the chance for the characters to have grown up in different circumstances. The first ~250k of this fic is pretty charming in its way, it's a fun, trope-heavy (in a good way, for what I'm looking for in high school au fics) teenagers in love with each other but are stupid about it way, but after that... it goes off the rails pretty spectacularly. If this fic had been a third of the length that it is, I may have just dropped it and wandered off, but, seriously, 250k words of fic is really a lot! So, once you hit the end of chapter 12, it's a solid stopping place, as there's resolution between the characters and you end on some pretty satisfying sex. You can read chapter 13, but it'll leave you hanging in the middle of some storylines, so chapter 12 is the better end.

I'll admit, I haven't read all of the updates since I started reading, I managed to get to about chapter 18 before I honestly couldn't go on (I want to try again someday, but for now, I can't go any further) because the fic loses any internal consistency that it had up to that point. The fic definitely has a problem with writing characters that behave in believable ways, even for a high school au--characters like Charles and Erik who are far too involved in the students' lives to maintain healthy boundaries that teachers need to do, the school gym teacher arranging a violent fight between two students, Loki's descent into drug use comes out of nowhere (especially considering we're in his head the entire time) and his behavior becomes so noxious that I genuinely actively disliked the character at times, his treatment of the people around him (especially Thor) is extremely hypocritical (his lashing out at Thor being friends with Jane, then turning around and cheating, but the fic seems to think that Thor is often the bad guy in the relationship) and none of the characters around Loki give any indication that there's a problem with this behavior. Even accounting for an unreliable narrator (which would be entirely like Loki), the characters around him all love him and think there's little wrong with him in any real way.

As much as I want to allow leeway for this being an au, the fic doesn't really capture the spirit of the characters--this is especially noticeable when other Marvel characters are brought in (none of the X-Men felt right, but they're cameos, so I don't mind them being used as props), but it also misses the spirit of both Thor and Loki's characters. But where the fic really lost me was when it started throwing in drama just for the sake of drama, none of which felt organic to the story or had motivations that felt believable--Loki starts taking drugs for no real reason that I can tell, Loki's uncle Nal is allowed into his life despite that no one wants him there (Loki doesn't care for him, Loki's mother doesn't approve, so... why is he still there?) as well as he gives sociopathic advice with no subtlety that I don't understand why Loki listens to him, etc.--as well as the fic loses the ability to transition from one scene to another, making it difficult to keep up with what's happening, which I could handle if the fic had returned to cuteness for a significant amount of time after it was all done.

Because when this story is about dumb teenagers in love, it's actually really delightful. When Loki is hanging out on the sofa watching tv and Thor comes along to flop down onto him and then they're horny teenagers fucking on the sofa because no one else is home? SO GOOD FOR ME. When they're dancing around each other at first, Loki not willing to believe that Thor would have feelings for him, all that build-up in scenes that are actually quite well balanced in the beginning, they don't drag on forever--and the author has a knack for writing in a style that lends itself really well to super smooth reading, I could just go and go and go--but you also still genuinely get a sense of the daily lives of high school students, which added to just how long it took for them to get together and how satisfying it was when they finally did. When they're at the gym and Thor's distracted because Loki is bending into all sorts of positions while doing his yoga, I fucking loved this fic. When Loki is just completely turned on by Thor, because he's huge and gorgeous and could just haul Loki right off and he loves that about Thor? It's such fun.

When the fic is focusing on the build-up to the relationship or the two of them actually working their relationship out, when things are going well (not necessarily 100% smoothly, but things aren't utter chaos), this fic is really charming and cute. The first 250k of the story--which is A LOT OF STORY, for serious--is definitely worth reading, I genuinely recommend it. After that, the fic goes steadily further and further offcourse and I don't think it can be saved by this point, it's gone on too long with the fic trying to inject too much drama for the sake of drama without any of it feeling organic. I know this is a much more harsh review than I usually do (and I often make a point of saying that I do recs not reviews, because I am genuinely recommending whatever fics I do recs for), that I'm making an exception for this fic because it's a special case, but I do so because I'm serious about how the first 12 chapters are a really lengthy, fun high school au fic and I think the author really has promise, if they had more discipline and cared more about making their story be the best it could be. I wrote this rec/review the way I did because I want people to read those first 12 chapters and come talk to me about feelings and stuff! You do have to just simply roll with a lot of the premise, but I think it's worth it for the first half of this fic and, honestly, it did genuinely help satisfy my desperate desire for all the high school au Thorki fic.

Go, Thor, Go! by blueberry01120, thor/loki, nsfw, high school au, crossdressing, 11.2k
    Loki is a cheerleader. His not-brother Thor is a football player. Thor likes cheerleaders and may or may not have a weakness for Loki (read: definitely has a weakness for Loki which Loki knows all about). Very sticky pompoms follow.
    This fic has a few caveats that I want to mention first--the fic has talent for writing things that are fun and just roll right along, but has no sense for how to transition scenes and what makes sense to the author is often not quite fully conveyed to the reader, leaving me often thinking, "I didn't follow that conversation shift...." Things that are clear in the mind of the writer are not always laid out clearly for the readers, which distracted me a few times. But, at the same time, I read this 11k of fic like it was nothing and I enjoyed it a lot! The author definitely does better with keeping the story more contained instead of sprawling out of control, which makes this a much more fun read. And it's a high-school AU fic, it just embraces the tropes and attitudes of a modern high school AU and runs with it, which I freely admit that I eat up that kind of thing.

But the other reason I found myself really charmed by this fic is that Loki really does just do whatever the fuck he wants in this fic, whether that's wearing a cheerleading skirt because he wants to or seducing Thor because he really wants his adopted brother's cock and wants it now or whether it's being an absolutely nasty little shit. Because he really is! But he's a charming nasty little shit and that's just Loki through and through. I felt like the spirit of the main characters was captured pretty well here and this fic did something that will make me love it forever: Thor's control finally snapping, when Loki goads him one too many times, and fucks his brother up against a wall. After all the times Loki has thought about getting Thor's dick in him, finally it happens and it was really quite satisfying and hot for me. It hit all the right buttons and was just a really fun, light-hearted piece for when you're in the mood to happily embrace all the things that come with a high school AU.

Day 3: Gaming/watching a movie by norsebackriding [ mobile ver. ], thor/loki, NSFW, high school au, human au, 1.3k
    Loki finished his homework and studying early tonight. He had no idea what to do with himself. He got out a book, but he was too restless to read. He considered going for a walk, but that seemed uninteresting. Still, he had so much energy to burn off…and he knew exactly how he wanted to do that.
    The writing is a bit stiff around the edges and the formatting could use some polishing, but this is a high school au where they're such obnoxious fucks that it fills me with glee. The author seems to have a lot of the same headcanons about modern teenage Thor/Loki that I do, so this could have been written just for me! Plus, there's Loki just desperate for Thor's cock and a very taste sex scene so, you know, that's the way to my heart. I'm looking forward to seeing this author progress!

high-school reunion super-short au by lambscreams [ mobile ver. ], thor/loki, high school au, ~1k
    Contrary to what the entire high school thought, Thor and Loki rather got on at home.
    So, I was browing around tumblr tonight, as is my wont lately, and stumbled over these pictures of Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston and, after the initial burst of swearing about how they make me want to reconsider shipping that rpf ship, I settled in to read the short Thor/Loki modern AU. And, ahhhhh, it's such a delightful story to go with the pictures and I love that it keeps the spirit of their difficult relationship, and yet gives them a totally fantastic ending. God, I love this fandom.

Loki the Teenage Witch by Miss Synph (Synph), thor/loki, high school au, ~1k
    Loki could magick the polish onto his toenails, but where would the fun be in that?
    This fic is very short and doesn't actually have much in the way of high school antics, but it still managed to be delightful and charming even in less than 1k words. It's really just a scene of Loki being a manipulative little shit and using magic to call Thor to him for a trivial task, just because he clearly likes being doted on and being the center of Thor's attention. And that's what I loved about the fic, for all the trappings that are delightful, it's the way Loki wants all of Thor's attention and you can feel that without the fic having to tell you, that's what I really love.

hold me a little closer by DailyDrabble (EliraWinter), thor/loki, high school au, ~1k
    Loki has a bad day at school and Thor's there afterwards to make him smile.
    Ahhhh, things I always need: Short fics that are like little bursts of sunshine on my rainy days! This is a quick piece, but it's adorable and a high school AU and Loki's grumpy until Thor comes around and can't help feeling better and just. There are warm and fuzzies all wrapped around me now.

Untitled High School AU (WIP) by lokilaufeyson, thor/loki, nsfw, high school au, 1.3k
    Thor's a jock, Loki's a quiet studious loner who happens to have a crush on Thor. Thor would never be caught dead with Loki, not romantically, but things happen.
    I have a weakness for high school AU fic. And this fic definitely caught my attention for that (because the other two school AU fics I'm reading hadn't updated in, like, a couple of days, so I was hungry XD) and I'm glad it did! It's really almost more of an excerpt of a longer story, or the beginning of one, but if you take it in that vein, it still stands well on its own. Basically, it's just a chance for the quieter, studious Loki to take note of popular, athletic Thor and can't stop thinking about him, can't stop thinking about what it would be like for Thor to fuck him, masturbating to the thought of it, and then feeling extra awkward the next day. It's not super porny, but it was just enough to be satisfying and I would really love to see the author write more in this universe, give us a proper fic out of it.

Three Weeks Before Hell by smileybagel, thor/loki eventually + odin/laufey, high schook au, 11.7k wip
    Odin and Laufey are set to wed in New York. Their sons are not so happy about this arrangement. In fact, they already hate each other. They have hated each other since they were toddlers. And now, they must become brothers.
    I have an intense love of high school AU fic in this fandom, I try to hunt down as many of them as I can find, because, ahhh, I want all the pissy emo teenager Loki fic in the world, okay. And so I finally settled in to read this one the other night and I'll admit that it tries too hard much of the time, it never reaches the natural flow needed to fully pull off a fic like this (the demonization of Loki's mother, while Laufey is a good father in this fic particularly didn't sit well with me), but if you concentrate on the parts set in the current day (rather than whenever Thor and Loki were kids), there's a lot of potential here and that's where the fic is the strongest. I fucking love pissy emo teen Loki, which this author does well and, once I'd finished what there was of the fic, I definitely wanted more.

The fic has several cute scenes--Thor trying to cook, which Loki is scornful of and of course is far better at it, taking over, while Thor watches and, uh, appreciates the scene was a favorite of mine--but it hasn't been updated in over half a year, so it's likely abandoned, sadly before we got to any Thor/Loki resolution. But, if you love high school AU fics, this is a fun one to read when you're hungry for something like this and looking for a "fun angst" sort of fic.

Hogwartvengers 'Verse , thor/loki + multiple mcu pairings (read the tags for invidual pairings in a given fic), 200k for the entire fic, probably about ~30-50k for the parts I'm recommending?
    A Hogwarts AU in which the Avengers are Hogwarts students.
    This is another rec that's going to deviate a little from what I usually do, by doing a partial recommendation for a fic instead of one for the whole thing. This is a really expansive universe and the author does a lot of really cute world-building, even if I have to admit, I skipped anything that wasn't related to the Thor characters. You won't have trouble following along if you're only going to read for the Thor/Loki stuff, it's pretty easy to skim and keep an eye out for when your relevant characters show up and it works perfectly well that way--not that there's anything wrong with the rest of the fic (I read the first one, with Tony and Bruce, which was very cute!), just that it wasn't what I was looking for.

What I was looking for, however, was the Thor characters in Hogwarts in a SUPER CUTE OMG EVERYTHING IS DARLING series, which is exactly what I got out of this fic. It's fluffy, but in a really charming and delightful sort of way, the kind that just made me feel all warm and fuzzy while reading and I could trust that things would end well for the characters, that the time they took to get together was all right because it was building towards something really good. And, yeah, it does take awhile for Thor and Loki to get together, especially since Thor is in a relationship with Jane for several fics, but it's done really well and makes it all the sweeter for when they do finally get together.

One of the best things about that build up is that it wasn't about miscommunication the entire time--for awhile, sure, there's some elements of that in there, but more often it was about timing. The relationship between Thor and Jane wasn't just there to be an obsticle to get over, it was a genuine relationship, they genuinely loved each other and it was well done (from what I could tell, I admit to skimming, as it's not my pairing, but it was cute from what I could tell!), both characters were treated well. And then it just simply took time for their feelings to settle, for Thor to get over her, for Loki to get used to the idea of maybe having a chance. I am perfectly content to wait when an author does it like this fic did--you know it'll happen eventually, the waiting is a necessary part of processing their feelings, and there was a significant amount of time afterwards where we see the actual relationship and them being SUPER ADORABLE OMG.

The other thing that was really good for me is that they weren't just off in their own little corners with each other, but that they often interacted with Sif+W3 and Darcy and even the other Avengers they were friends with. There are scenes of Loki having a friendship with Sif and with Darcy that just really did me a lot of good because they were so sweet and everyone was fond of the other person! And I am always in favor of Loki having friendships with other people (especially while he's in love with Thor and they're sympathetic/understanding about it, but also just because he gets along with these people and they like each other), but I have an extra weakness for when he's friends with Sif, so this fic definitely got me right in the heart.

Everything about this fic is just really cute, sweet, warm, and fluffy! If you're not into that, this fic probably won't change your mind, it's all about the adorable and nothing too terrible happens, it's just kids in a magical high school, growing up. Oh, there is also evil!Odin and the fic does do the whole "you're not related by blood, so it's not incest, there's nothing to make you actually brothers" that ignores that it's still emotional incest, but those are very minor quibbles in what's otherwise a sweet fic about the characters in Hogwarts, growing up, and eventually living their lives together. The epilogue 12 years later is just INTENSELY WONDERFUL for, yes, give me the happily ever afters for always!

30: Voyeurism by amberfox17 [ mobile ver. ], thor/loki, NSFW, high school au, some crossdressing, 2.2k
    Thor sits back in his chair and carefully adjusts his webcam until all that can be seen is his chest. He’s done this often enough that he knows where to sit, and he also knows where to stand so that nothing will be seen apart from his crotch. He’s got about an hour before dinner, and he’s locked his bedroom door; so as long as he’s quiet, no-one will interrupt him while he’s ‘studying’.
    The thing about high school Au fic is that it has to hit a certain balance and blend of things to work, but when it does, I just really love the fuck out of asshole teenagers. And this was charming as hell, the teenage boys unknowingly chatting each other up on-line and Loki in red lace panties and the wanking (and the brief bits of fucking mentioned later) were nicely hot. And the other lovely thing is that these characters were recognizable and that a story like this often runs the risk of giving me secondhand embarassment, especially when they realized who each of them was, but this side-stepped that neatly and instead just made it delightful and fun!

untitled by cavaleira [ mobile ver. ], thor/loki, nsfw, human au, high school au, 2.2k
    ”Are you playing The Sims again? Why do you like that game so much?” Thor asks when he walks into the study and sets his backpack down on the floor.
    Oh, this was pure joy and happiness and adorableness to read! It's asshole teenagers in love, not realizing they're basically flirting through a game of The Sims and it's charming as hell! I read the whole thing with a smile on my face and a bounce in my step, it's just purely good, as Thor starts enjoying teh game and then watching Loki's game of the two of them's avatars and then Thor going after what he wants, when feelings come up to the surface. Bless. ♥

Praxis by Rynfinity, thor/loki, nsfw, human au, high school au, crossdressing, 1.3k
    This is all taking far more work than he'd anticipated. Not, of course, that he has any plan whatsoever of admitting he might have underestimated his brother. Not even to himself. Honestly, Loki isn't even sure he could underestimate Thor. For real.
    Oh, I enjoyed this a lot, it's a fun and light high school au where Loki is doing his damndest to seduce Thor and just being an entirely teenaged little shit about it. It's great fun for Loki and for the setting, one of those that made me smile every time Loki was pleased with himself just as much as he was exasperated with hismelf at the same time. Totally fun and joyful to read.

Long After the Thrill by asktheravens, thor/loki (unrequited) + loki/sigyn + thor/sif, NSFW, high school au, 9.9k
    Loki never can say no when his adored older brother asks him for a favor, but going on a double date turns out to be nothing like he expected.
    I'm not sure why high school AUs intrigue me so hard in this fandom, but somehow they do, possibly because the characters are basically in the teenage span of their lives, so it fits for me. The other thing I really like is when a fic can be used to get at the spirit of the characters, as this one does, the way Loki looks at Thor, the way this is a Loki pov piece and yet it still feels like Thor is the center of the universe--not in a bad way, but just that he's popular (for a reason) and Loki constantly thinks about him, which hits just the right notes for me. This fic does everything right, from Thor & Loki to Loki vs Sif to this version of Sigyn, who is wonderful.

It's a bit of a hard sell of a fic, because Loki is in love with Thor and it's not meant to be resolved (which you can feel from the beginning and I think anything else would have required another 20k at least or else would have run the risk of reading like a cop out to me) and Loki basically has sex with Sigyn instead, but I love it and it's wonderfully written. The author does really well with mapping the characters onto teenagers, keeps just enough assholery to be hilarious teenagers, and gave me feelings. It's not precisely a happy fic, but it's not an unhappy one, it's sort of... vaguely melancholy, but not in a soul-crushing way, like it's not the end of the world, and sometimes the mood of a fic like that can do a lot for me, so long as my delicate flower heart remains intact.

untitled high school ficlet by pro-antagonist [ mobile ver. ], thor/loki, mildly nsfw, high school au, 2.3k
    In the darkness, with Thor’s body pressed in so unexpectedly close, Loki’s composure disintegrated into something far less collected. Unable to meet with Thor’s unwavering stare, Loki looked around the bedroom for anyone who might be lurking in the shadows. Was this really happening? He could hardly believe it.
    Oh, I have such intense affection for high school AUs like this, where Thor is popular and loved and adores Loki, where Loki's biggest problem seems to be his attitude and mistrust, but he desperately wants Thor and yet cannot believe the attraction is mutual. The joy here was in how utterly Thor was in himself and Loki, how he knows he wants Loki, he doesn't hesitate about expressing it and just entirely is who he is. It's the dynamic between them that I love mapped onto high school students in a way that works, and adds some lovely touching and kissing in, as Loki settles onto Thor's lap and they finally properly kiss. It's a wonderful fic.

? Three Weeks Before Hell by smileybagel [ Thor ]
? pairings/characters: Thor/Loki eventually, Odin/Laufey, high school AU, 12k
? summary: Odin and Laufey are set to wed in New York. Their sons are not so happy about this arrangement. In fact, they already hate each other. They have hated each other since they were toddlers. And now, they must become brothers.
? rec: I have an intense love of high school AU fic in this fandom, I try to hunt down as many of them as I can find, because, ahhh, I want all the pissy emo teenager Loki fic in the world, okay. And so I finally settled in to read this one the other night and I'll admit that it tries too hard much of the time, it never reaches the natural flow needed to fully pull off a fic like this (the demonization of Loki's mother, while Laufey is a good father in this fic particularly didn't sit well with me), but if you concentrate on the parts set in the current day (rather than whenever Thor and Loki were kids), there's a lot of potential here and that's where the fic is the strongest. I fucking love pissy emo teen Loki, which this author does well and, once I'd finished what there was of the fic, I definitely wanted more.

The fic has several cute scenes--Thor trying to cook, which Loki is scornful of and of course is far better at it, taking over, while Thor watches and, uh, appreciates the scene was a favorite of mine--but it hasn't been updated in over half a year, so it's likely abandoned, sadly before we got to any Thor/Loki resolution. But, if you love high school AU fics, this is a fun one to read when you're hungry for something like this and looking for a "fun angst" sort of fic.

SHIELD Academy: Loki Hates People by blueberry01120, thor/loki + steve/tony + avengers + greater marvel universe characters, nsfw, high school au, 441k
    Loki never asked his mother for a new life, to move to America, to start at a new school, or for a step-brother. He certainly didn't ask for said step-brother to be built like the Norse god he's named for, and he didn't ask for his body to react anytime said step-brother touched him. Well, it doesn't matter that Loki didn't ask for any of it because that is his new life, and he better learn to deal with it.

SHIELD Academy is one of the top schools in the nation, but the students are even more colorful. Loki makes "friends"—using that term flexibly—fast, and that's all great except for he's falling faster.

Loki hates people, has always hated people, for a reason. It looks like those reasons are his life now.

    I'm going to approach this rec a little differently than I usually do, mostly in the way that I'm going to lean more towards a review, rather than a straightforward rec, because my recommendation for this fic isn't going to be for the whole thing. When I first started this fic, I thought that it might have a chance at being the high school au of my heart, because I allow a lot of leeway in characterization because high schoolers act differently than adults, plus part of the reason I read au fics is for the chance for the characters to have grown up in different circumstances. The first ~250k of this fic is pretty charming in its way, it's a fun, trope-heavy (in a good way, for what I'm looking for in high school au fics) teenagers in love with each other but are stupid about it way, but after that... it goes off the rails pretty spectacularly. If this fic had been a third of the length that it is, I may have just dropped it and wandered off, but, seriously, 250k words of fic is really a lot! So, once you hit the end of chapter 12, it's a solid stopping place, as there's resolution between the characters and you end on some pretty satisfying sex. You can read chapter 13, but it'll leave you hanging in the middle of some storylines, so chapter 12 is the better end.

I'll admit, I haven't read all of the updates since I started reading, I managed to get to about chapter 18 before I honestly couldn't go on (I want to try again someday, but for now, I can't go any further) because the fic loses any internal consistency that it had up to that point. The fic definitely has a problem with writing characters that behave in believable ways, even for a high school au--characters like Charles and Erik who are far too involved in the students' lives to maintain healthy boundaries that teachers need to do, the school gym teacher arranging a violent fight between two students, Loki's descent into drug use comes out of nowhere (especially considering we're in his head the entire time) and his behavior becomes so noxious that I genuinely actively disliked the character at times, his treatment of the people around him (especially Thor) is extremely hypocritical (his lashing out at Thor being friends with Jane, then turning around and cheating, but the fic seems to think that Thor is often the bad guy in the relationship) and none of the characters around Loki give any indication that there's a problem with this behavior. Even accounting for an unreliable narrator (which would be entirely like Loki), the characters around him all love him and think there's little wrong with him in any real way.

As much as I want to allow leeway for this being an au, the fic doesn't really capture the spirit of the characters--this is especially noticeable when other Marvel characters are brought in (none of the X-Men felt right, but they're cameos, so I don't mind them being used as props), but it also misses the spirit of both Thor and Loki's characters. But where the fic really lost me was when it started throwing in drama just for the sake of drama, none of which felt organic to the story or had motivations that felt believable--Loki starts taking drugs for no real reason that I can tell, Loki's uncle Nal is allowed into his life despite that no one wants him there (Loki doesn't care for him, Loki's mother doesn't approve, so... why is he still there?) as well as he gives sociopathic advice with no subtlety that I don't understand why Loki listens to him, etc.--as well as the fic loses the ability to transition from one scene to another, making it difficult to keep up with what's happening, which I could handle if the fic had returned to cuteness for a significant amount of time after it was all done.

Because when this story is about dumb teenagers in love, it's actually really delightful. When Loki is hanging out on the sofa watching tv and Thor comes along to flop down onto him and then they're horny teenagers fucking on the sofa because no one else is home? SO GOOD FOR ME. When they're dancing around each other at first, Loki not willing to believe that Thor would have feelings for him, all that build-up in scenes that are actually quite well balanced in the beginning, they don't drag on forever--and the author has a knack for writing in a style that lends itself really well to super smooth reading, I could just go and go and go--but you also still genuinely get a sense of the daily lives of high school students, which added to just how long it took for them to get together and how satisfying it was when they finally did. When they're at the gym and Thor's distracted because Loki is bending into all sorts of positions while doing his yoga, I fucking loved this fic. When Loki is just completely turned on by Thor, because he's huge and gorgeous and could just haul Loki right off and he loves that about Thor? It's such fun.

When the fic is focusing on the build-up to the relationship or the two of them actually working their relationship out, when things are going well (not necessarily 100% smoothly, but things aren't utter chaos), this fic is really charming and cute. The first 250k of the story--which is A LOT OF STORY, for serious--is definitely worth reading, I genuinely recommend it. After that, the fic goes steadily further and further offcourse and I don't think it can be saved by this point, it's gone on too long with the fic trying to inject too much drama for the sake of drama without any of it feeling organic. I know this is a much more harsh review than I usually do (and I often make a point of saying that I do recs not reviews, because I am genuinely recommending whatever fics I do recs for), that I'm making an exception for this fic because it's a special case, but I do so because I'm serious about how the first 12 chapters are a really lengthy, fun high school au fic and I think the author really has promise, if they had more discipline and cared more about making their story be the best it could be. I wrote this rec/review the way I did because I want people to read those first 12 chapters and come talk to me about feelings and stuff! You do have to just simply roll with a lot of the premise, but I think it's worth it for the first half of this fic and, honestly, it did genuinely help satisfy my desperate desire for all the high school au Thorki fic.

Hogwartvengers 'Verse , thor/loki + multiple mcu pairings (read the tags for invidual pairings in a given fic), 200k for the entire fic, probably about ~30-50k for the parts I'm recommending?
    A Hogwarts AU in which the Avengers are Hogwarts students.
    This is another rec that's going to deviate a little from what I usually do, by doing a partial recommendation for a fic instead of one for the whole thing. This is a really expansive universe and the author does a lot of really cute world-building, even if I have to admit, I skipped anything that wasn't related to the Thor characters. You won't have trouble following along if you're only going to read for the Thor/Loki stuff, it's pretty easy to skim and keep an eye out for when your relevant characters show up and it works perfectly well that way--not that there's anything wrong with the rest of the fic (I read the first one, with Tony and Bruce, which was very cute!), just that it wasn't what I was looking for.

What I was looking for, however, was the Thor characters in Hogwarts in a SUPER CUTE OMG EVERYTHING IS DARLING series, which is exactly what I got out of this fic. It's fluffy, but in a really charming and delightful sort of way, the kind that just made me feel all warm and fuzzy while reading and I could trust that things would end well for the characters, that the time they took to get together was all right because it was building towards something really good. And, yeah, it does take awhile for Thor and Loki to get together, especially since Thor is in a relationship with Jane for several fics, but it's done really well and makes it all the sweeter for when they do finally get together.

One of the best things about that build up is that it wasn't about miscommunication the entire time--for awhile, sure, there's some elements of that in there, but more often it was about timing. The relationship between Thor and Jane wasn't just there to be an obsticle to get over, it was a genuine relationship, they genuinely loved each other and it was well done (from what I could tell, I admit to skimming, as it's not my pairing, but it was cute from what I could tell!), both characters were treated well. And then it just simply took time for their feelings to settle, for Thor to get over her, for Loki to get used to the idea of maybe having a chance. I am perfectly content to wait when an author does it like this fic did--you know it'll happen eventually, the waiting is a necessary part of processing their feelings, and there was a significant amount of time afterwards where we see the actual relationship and them being SUPER ADORABLE OMG.

The other thing that was really good for me is that they weren't just off in their own little corners with each other, but that they often interacted with Sif+W3 and Darcy and even the other Avengers they were friends with. There are scenes of Loki having a friendship with Sif and with Darcy that just really did me a lot of good because they were so sweet and everyone was fond of the other person! And I am always in favor of Loki having friendships with other people (especially while he's in love with Thor and they're sympathetic/understanding about it, but also just because he gets along with these people and they like each other), but I have an extra weakness for when he's friends with Sif, so this fic definitely got me right in the heart.

Everything about this fic is just really cute, sweet, warm, and fluffy! If you're not into that, this fic probably won't change your mind, it's all about the adorable and nothing too terrible happens, it's just kids in a magical high school, growing up. Oh, there is also evil!Odin and the fic does do the whole "you're not related by blood, so it's not incest, there's nothing to make you actually brothers" that ignores that it's still emotional incest, but those are very minor quibbles in what's otherwise a sweet fic about the characters in Hogwarts, growing up, and eventually living their lives together. The epilogue 12 years later is just INTENSELY WONDERFUL for, yes, give me the happily ever afters for always!

A Little More Than Mammals by RazzleDazzle, thor/loki, NSFW, high school au, 4.4k
    "IMAGINE HIGH SCHOOL AU WHERE THEY’RE GROUPED TOGETHER FOR A PROJECT AND LOKI IS TRYING TO TYPE UP THEIR ANALYSIS AND THOR IS JUST KISSING HIS NECK TRYING TO DISTRACT HIM OK."
    Oh, god, high school aus are my kryptonite in this fandom. Or at least one color of the kryptonites I have in this fandom. And this was such fun, especially with Loki's caustic attitude and Thor's cheerful dickery and Loki's fantasies of Thor's dick in his ass while jerking himself off and there were so many delightful moments of humor and just. Horny teenagers who want to fuck all the time, who do finally fuck, and lines that made me laugh irl and everything is good and happy and porny. This was such a great thing for me to have, bless this fic.

untitled by takemetothedungeons [ mobile ver. ], thor/loki, high school au, ~1k
    Love letters and roses and small gifts in his locker. He walks away, trailing the remaining chunks of paper after him and inwardly compiles a list of good pranks to calm himself.
    This was short and cute, just a fun bit of fluff to read and I am super weak to things like high school AUs and Thor wooing Loki, because he totally likes that kid, even if Loki doesn't believe it at first and rips up all the letters he gets. And I just really want all the high school ridiculously fluffy dates, so this helped scratch that it a bit. ♥

Untitled by insouciant, thor/loki, high school au, 1k
    Thor stumbles upon his best friend Loki's final senior project for his photography class.
    Oh, man, speaking of things I love forever! High school AUs, I NEED THEM ALL. And this one was a really sweet, darling one that's just the right amount of feels and fluff! It's pure adorableness and the reason why I love reading about stupid teenagers in love, who are stupid about it until they stupidly stumble over their stupid feelings and blurt them out stupidly. This fic was utterly darling for that. ♥

Go, Thor, Go! by blueberry01120, thor/loki, nsfw, high school au, crossdressing, 11.2k
    Loki is a cheerleader. His not-brother Thor is a football player. Thor likes cheerleaders and may or may not have a weakness for Loki (read: definitely has a weakness for Loki which Loki knows all about). Very sticky pompoms follow.
    This fic has a few caveats that I want to mention first--the fic has talent for writing things that are fun and just roll right along, but has no sense for how to transition scenes and what makes sense to the author is often not quite fully conveyed to the reader, leaving me often thinking, "I didn't follow that conversation shift...." Things that are clear in the mind of the writer are not always laid out clearly for the readers, which distracted me a few times. But, at the same time, I read this 11k of fic like it was nothing and I enjoyed it a lot! The author definitely does better with keeping the story more contained instead of sprawling out of control, which makes this a much more fun read. And it's a high-school AU fic, it just embraces the tropes and attitudes of a modern high school AU and runs with it, which I freely admit that I eat up that kind of thing.

But the other reason I found myself really charmed by this fic is that Loki really does just do whatever the fuck he wants in this fic, whether that's wearing a cheerleading skirt because he wants to or seducing Thor because he really wants his adopted brother's cock and wants it now or whether it's being an absolutely nasty little shit. Because he really is! But he's a charming nasty little shit and that's just Loki through and through. I felt like the spirit of the main characters was captured pretty well here and this fic did something that will make me love it forever: Thor's control finally snapping, when Loki goads him one too many times, and fucks his brother up against a wall. After all the times Loki has thought about getting Thor's dick in him, finally it happens and it was really quite satisfying and hot for me. It hit all the right buttons and was just a really fun, light-hearted piece for when you're in the mood to happily embrace all the things that come with a high school AU.

Deuces Are Wild by CalamityCain, thor/loki, somewhat nsfw, human au, college au, 1.5k
    When Thor found him, Loki was a battered survivor on a long lonely road. Tying your heart to such a troubled creature can only bring trouble. But Thor is willing to risk it, even if it means changing his ordinary world forever.
    God, I am just starving for mortal AUs in this fandom, so seeing this fic pop up on AO3 was lovely. It's a short, poetically worded piece that worked for me because the point was the flowery style without trying too hard with it. Not all fics can pull the style off, but I liked it here, it's a pretty piece, with just the right amount of feeilngs and hints of porn in it. It's vague and hints at some darker stuff in the past, but it's about the moment and the immediacy, so the fic doesn't need to explore them here and so I enjoyed it for what it was.

Hearts in Great Demand by thoreocookie [ mobile ver. ], thor/loki, NSFW, high school au, fluff, 3.6k
    Note, at the time of this rec, the author was posting on a temporary Christmas themed url. Eventually, the fic will be moved back to this url (mobile ver.), if you're reading this rec later!
    Prompt: ”What about an AU teen Thor and Loki are on Earth where it’s autumn and they’re just having the time of their lives like going to the park and other cutesy stuff and it’s all romantic then later it’s all like wow hot damn. *failed wink*”
    Oh, boy, am I going to have a lot to say about this fic. The writing is a bit stiff in this fic, but it's the kind that will smooth out with practice and already the author knows how to nail down the sheer charm and heart to make a fic like this work. I can't tell you how genuinely happy and warm-hearted this fic made me feel, how utterly fucking charming it was, and how the characters mapped onto modern teenagers so well! The characterization was perfect and utterly joyful, from Thor's obnoxious teenage boy enthusiasm to Loki's cranky teenage boy not so secret affection. It's delightful how much I love high school au fluff that keeps the spirit of the characters like this!

There are a bunch of things I loved here, the silly things teenage boys do in the fall (and any time Thor just scoops Loki up to run away with him, an author will have my heart), but also OH MAN that sex was just what I needed. Thor rimming Loki, who has trouble being openly affectionate despite his genuine feelings, who enjoys the sex, but it's not until Thor's balls deep in him that he can express it and, ahhhh, it's a perfect combination for me. I was just happy after reading this, it was perfect for when you want something happy to read on a chilly, cold day. ♥

Day 3: Gaming/watching a movie by norsebackriding [ mobile ver. ], thor/loki, NSFW, high school au, human au, 1.3k
    Loki finished his homework and studying early tonight. He had no idea what to do with himself. He got out a book, but he was too restless to read. He considered going for a walk, but that seemed uninteresting. Still, he had so much energy to burn off…and he knew exactly how he wanted to do that.
    The writing is a bit stiff around the edges and the formatting could use some polishing, but this is a high school au where they're such obnoxious fucks that it fills me with glee. The author seems to have a lot of the same headcanons about modern teenage Thor/Loki that I do, so this could have been written just for me! Plus, there's Loki just desperate for Thor's cock and a very taste sex scene so, you know, that's the way to my heart. I'm looking forward to seeing this author progress!

Avengers/Thor: untitled by anonymous - This fic slightly changes the ending of the Thor movie and then goes from there--where Loki doesn't have a chance to let go, so Odin hauls both sons up onto the shattered Bifrost and drags them both back home. It's a short fic, but it's beautifully written and Loki's raw emotional wounds and Thor's reaction to finding out Loki is Jotun and then acting on instinct and then sexytimes, all of it had this really good, natural flow to the feelings and emotions between them here. I would have loved this just for giving the movie a happier ending, one that was soooo good for me, and the lovely writing, but then bonus sexytimes on top of that? Yes, thank you. Plus, you know. Any time Loki's like, "You'd never love a Frost Giant." and Thor's response to that is to fuck him to prove him wrong? Yeah, I'm going to be there. (Thor/Loki, NSFW.) Avengers/Thor: Is there poison in that which is sweet to drink? by anonymous - I kind of feel like screeching my feelings to the sky again after this fic because, goddammit, this kinkmeme is going to provide me with everything I need to be ridiculously in love with these characters and this fandom. The prompt: Odin never stole Loki from the giants. The first time Thor and Loki meet is when Loki comes to Asgard to steal Thor's hammer, only Thor catches him in the attempt. Rather than killing him outright, Thor captures him because Loki is so small and pitiful for a giant. And, oh, it's short but it's so good, where Loki is young, he doesn't know as much as he may know later, but he's smart and thoughtful, to Thor's brashness and openness. It's in keeping with the characters, it has some beautiful language, and, oh, the sexytimes and the ending. So perfect. (Thor/Loki, somewhat NSFW.) Avengers/Thor: Being Adopted Runs in the Family by anonymous - This is another one of those fluffy angst sort of fics and I just... look, it's about the Avengers discovering that there's a reason Steve survived the ice and it's because he's Thor and Loki's kid. Oh, shit, I ate that up like you would not believe. And this is a charming fill for that prompt, including some bonus Tony --> Bruce that's also really cute and just fun all the way around. Plus, bonus points for Loki clearly having feelings about his kid having been given up for adoption. (Thor/Loki, a bit of Tony/Bruce implied.) Avengers/Thor: Unbridled by griseldajane - Thor has always been prone to berserker rage, losing himself in bloodlust… the one thing that could calm him down was Loki. This fandom knows me so well. And I really liked this fic, where Thor's pushed himself for these Midgard battles and tumbles over the edge into a berserker rage (which is one of the reasons Asgardian battles can last for so long) and the Avengers have no way to stop him, not until Loki shows up and is like, ugh, you idiots, fine, I'll clean up your mess. Yesssss. And Thor is pure strength and Loki has to be quick to get in close and make Thor realize it's him and it's dangerous and it's not about overpowering him, but reaching him and it's so tasty for me. But it's also the aftermath, where Thor and Loki are complicated, and the author does a lovely job of capturing both sides of Loki--the side that shrieks to be free and the side that deeply wants to stay. It's the ending, the aftermath in this author's hands, that really made me fall in love with this piece, rather than just ending it simply when Thor's berserker rage ended. (Thor/Loki.) Avengers/Thor: A Light in the Heart by AraSigyrn - Thor searching for Loki is one of my favorite genres in this fandom (I have a lot of favorite genres in this fandom, okay) and this one is no exception. When he finds the woman in a bar, the way people don't notice her and yet are gravitating around her, it's really kind of beautifully written. I love this fic for surprising me with the dynamics of it, especially in how Thor reacts to Loki, I love it for the lovely writing and the pull between the two of them. And, well, kissing of course. But mostly the language of the piece and, oh, Thor, sometimes my heart feels too full to handle when I read Thor pov fic on Loki. (Thor/Loki.) → First Dates and Diapers: A Tale of Teenage Angst (and Babies) by wicked_writings [ chapter 2 + chapter 3 ]

PAIRINGS/CHARACTERS: Thor/Loki, implied Steve/Tony, Clint/Natasha, teen mom!Loki, high school AU
    Thor sulked through his first two periods of class. He kept waiting for the dark-haired boy to walk through the door, but to his total and utter disappointment neither Geography nor Economics was improved by the appearance of his elusive new crush. He settled for tuning out the teacher and daydreaming about those gorgeous green eyes instead.
    This is an update rec, so it will focus on/link to the current chapters, rather than the fic as a whole.
    The thing about this fic is that they're teenagers here, so the Thor characterization works for me in a way it wouldn't in a more canon-based fic. This Thor is much more tongue-tied and less arrogant about himself than canon!Thor would be, but it's because he's a teenager and he's in complete lust with someone that he suddenly cares a whole lot about and, when you're a teenager, that just completely throws your world upside down and makes you behave in ways you wouldn't normally. And these two chapters are pretty much pure Thor lusting after Loki, just being instantly and ridiculously in love, wanting to know everything about him and can't stop thinking about him, and can't stop thinking about what he'd like to do to him, either.

It's got all the fun things about high school AU fics that I love, I adore the group of friends that hang out together and how well they get along, and how Loki slides easily into that dynamic. Not without some waves being made, which is cute when Steve and Loki hang out for awhile and that makes certain people Very Unhappy, which is just more fun. And that's what this fic does, in a way that I'm having difficulty explaining--it's fun and ridiculously charming and a delight to read! I feel light-hearted and joyful while reading it! And that's something special to find in fandom.

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