By J. K. Rowling. Published by Bloomsbury.
Well the kids are usually awake at midnight on Friday nights anyway, so we all got dressed up as witches and queued up outside WHSmiths to get our copies of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Six days later I have finished it and so here’s my review.
I loved reading this Harry Potter – I’d say this or the third one, The Prisoner of Azkaban is my favourite, definitely. It is enjoyable to read the whole way through. I have to say I was worried after the fifth book, which seemed to be all doom and gloom and Harry getting more and more moody. I thought the moodiness might carry on, but in this book he has really grown up and J.K. Rowling has done a brilliant job of maturing the students.
There was a lot of snogging in this book, which is great as it adds a touch of reality amongst all the Dark wizard stuff going on, and you can tell the film company is just going to love all that. I wish I could see the actor’s faces as they read this knowing what is likely to come in the filming of it!
My main problem with this book is the title – The Half Blood Prince, and the suspense over who he is. It turns out to be disappointing, and not all that relevant to the plot either.
It also suddenly went from snogging to the end climax with not much of a build up to it. I actually felt that this book could have benefited from being longer and more of Harry’s other friends being involved would have been good.
The ending – well what can I say about the ending. I just can’t wait till the last book – I just hope it’s going to be much longer as there still seems to be a lot to fit in and more loose ends to tie up.
I want to say something about the ending, but it might give a clue as to who dies, so scroll down only if you don’t mind guessing.
I have a bit of advice for reading this book. Don’t find out who dies and what happens at the end before reading it. My husband knew beforehand and I’ve honestly never seen him cry like that before! However, I was in shock so it was easier to bare. I still feel sad and in mourning though.