1. My Mum—She's my Alpha (person who reads the story while it's still being written). I know everyone says you can't trust your mother to crit for you, but they haven't met mine. She's always honest. If something isn't working, she tells me so. While she doesn't catch some of the writerly things, she is an avid reader. She knows if a story is working and if it isn't. As well, she listens to me whine and complain when I'm having an awful day. That's always handy =)
2. Tina—My second line of defence against suckage. She's great for brainstorming and helps me out tons (probably more than she knows). She's always asking me questions about my story, which helps me think about things in a different way. Her crits are always amusing and very thoughtful. Like me, she tends to comment on whatever she's thinking at that moment, which I find extremely beneficial. I honestly don't know what I'd do without her critiques.
3. Mel—My newest critique partner. While Mum and Tina look more at content, Mel is definitely my go-to girl for line edits. She spots repetitive words like nobody's business. I don't even know how she does it. As well, she looks for consistency errors. She often asks hard, but wonderful questions. In addition, she's great at brainstorming sessions. Quite frankly, after she's been through my chapters, my story feel so shiny and clean.
4. Chris—While not an official critique partner, my fiance is very helpful. He helps tidy up sentences that aren't working and helps out with grammar (a lot). =)
In addition to these four wonderful critique partners, I also have several betas who read for me. As you can see from my CPs, each of them have their own specialities. If you remove one, I lose that aspect of a critique. All together, they are perfect critique partners.
So do you have critique partners? Betas?