BOOK REVIEW: Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling

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Title: Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince
(Harry Potter Series #6)
Author: J.K. Rowling
Genre: YA, Fantasy
First published: July 16th 2005
Finished reading: March 23rd 2015
Pages: 608
Rating 4,5

“It is the unknown we fear when we look upon death and darkness, nothing more.”

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I’m still trying to complete my Harry Potter series reread and the other day I was able to finish the sixth book in the series. In Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince, the main characters are about to come of age in the wizard world and it shows. At the age of sixteen, the main characters are given more responsabilities and the world they live in is becoming more dangerous every day. Harry and Dumbledore have to face new challenges as they are trying to defeat the Dark Lord… J.K. Rowling‘s prose is brilliant as always. Although the series gets darker as the main characters grow up, it only feels like a natural development and I guess it’s part of the charm of her novels. Relationships develop and romance starts playing a role, but it doesn’t distract from the main story. Harry’s adventures are more dangerous than ever, and the battle against Lord Voldemort is not without victims… Like the rest of the series, Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince simply delivers.

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WARNING: Spoilers! I’ve tried to keep this summary short, but it’s almost impossible to keep it without spoilers… Please don’t read this summary if you haven’t read the previous books yet!

Harry Potter is starting his sixth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraf and Wizardry, and things are not getting easier. After He Who Must Not Be Named showed his face at the ministry, people no longer think that the young wizard is lying about his return, but Harry is not sure it’s a good thing. People are becoming afraid, and there even has been talk about closing Hogwarts… Some people call him The Chosen One, but he has other thoughts in his head. Dumbledore is going to give him private lessons this year, and Harry is full of questions. The headmaster promises him that he can join Dumbledore on his quest, but there are other things going on at Hogwarts as well. What is Malfoy exactly up to? And what about the mysterious potions book and the half-blood prince?

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The Harry Potter stories continue getting darker and more dangerous as Harry ages, and this sixth book is definitely no longer suited for the younger readers. Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince is no less brilliant than the previous books though, and anyone who loved the first five titles will enjoy this second-to-last installment as well. J.K. Rowling managed to give us yet another magical adventure with an ending that will leave you in tears or at least shocked…

WWW Wednesdays #32 – March 25th

wwwwednesdaysOriginally featured at Should Be Reading and now hosted by Sam at Taking On A World Of Words, WWW WEDNESDAYS is still about answering the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?

siegeandstormI started reading Siege And Storm, the second book in The Grisha series, the other day and I’m absolutely loving it so far. I loved reading Shadow And Bone last year, and now I finally own a copy of both sequels I’m excited to be reading more of Leigh Bardugo‘s work. Hopefully it stays this good!

  • What did you recently finish reading?

harrypotterandthehalfbloodprinceellaenchantedI finished Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine the other day to complete the fairytale retelling square in my 2015 Bookish Bingo Challenge… I cannot say I was blown away with it; it was an ok read but there are a lot better fairytale stories out there. I’ve also managed to finish my Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince reread, so now I’m only one book away of completing my HP series reread! It’s always great to revisit the adventures of Harry Potter that J.K. Rowling has invented.

  • What do you think you’ll read next?

ataleoftwocitiestheshockofthefallMy hubby got me a kindle for my birthday (yay! ❤ ), and I went a little e-book crazy! I have so many new reads I’m super excited about that it’s impossible to choose what to read next… I will probably start with The Shock Of The Fall by Nathan Filer to take a break from the YA Fantasy genre. Afterwards, I will most likely finally pick up my copy of A Tale Of Two Cities by Charles Dickens as part of my TBR Pile Challenge.

WWW Wednesdays #31 – March 18th

wwwwednesdaysOriginally featured at Should Be Reading and now hosted by Sam at Taking On A World Of Words, WWW WEDNESDAYS is still about answering the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?

darkwitchI technically haven’t started this first novel of The Cousins O’Dwyer Trilogy yet, but since I will be in a few hours I guess I can could it as my current read. 😉 I’m not sure when I will be able to finish Dark Witch though, because tomorrow is my birthday! Almost 27 already, when did that happen?! I will be celebrating both the fact that I’m getting old AND the fact that this weekend will be probably one of the last hot and sunny ones… So I probably won’t be having a lot of time to read in the next few days.  Nora Roberts will have to wait haha.

  • What did you recently finish reading?

17212231Iheiroffire finally finished Inferno by Dan Brown today between baking (lemon brownie!) and cleaning… Like I suspected, Brown has yet again used the same format as his previous books. It’s not like it’s a bad general, but it does get repetitive. More in a full review that will probably be published somewhere next week. I’ve also finished Heir Of Fire by Sarah J. Maas a few days ago, and I will be waiting for the publication of the fourth novel which is hopefully this September. Definitely a series worth checking out!

  • What do you think you’ll read next?

harrypotterandthehalfbloodprinceataleoftwocitiesThe best remedy of feeling yet another year older is to revisit a classic from my childhood… I’m most likely going to reread the sixth Harry Potter book after finishing my current read. Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince… I’m excited to revisit this one! 😀 Afterwards, I will most likely finally pick up my copy of A Tale Of Two Cities by Charles Dickens.