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Old 07-16-2005, 06:29 AM
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Post First Review of Half-Blood Prince (spoiler-free!)

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After getting my book, quite eventful that was, I quickly got home and read it. Here's my review. I probably could've written more, but it's freezing over here and my hands are like, frozen, and it's really hard to not reveal the plot or anything about it.

- Christina (Kurisuchiina)

Before getting Half-Blood Prince, I had not been subjected to any spoilers. All I knew was that somebody was going to die, as it's somewhat common in the Harry Potter books, and that the Half-Blood Prince was not Harry or Voldemort. By the first couple of chapters, my jaw was dropping. It was quite dark, and for me it was shocking. My jaw dropped lots of times during this part, and there were plenty exclamations of "NO WAY!" and "OMG!" coming from my bedroom, which in turn got my mother running in being all like "What happened?!". As I previously said, it was quite dark, the death rate for this one is much higher than with the other books. However these deaths are only lightly mentioned, and it adds to the dark and foreboding mood of the book, but it's well used. Witches and wizards seem terrified that something bad will happen to them, some even disappearing without any reason or mention.

For those wondering, yes, there is a bit more romance in Half-Blood Prince. I saw the word 'snogging' come up often. I'm not going to specify which ships, you can the book and find out. I liked how Half-Blood Prince has some ties with Chamber Of Secrets, specifically speaking, Tom Riddle's diary. It's interesting how JK Rowling figured out how to tie it in, and well, it's exactly what someone would to in extreme lengths to achieve immortality. When I got about half-way, there is lead as to who exactly the Half-Blood Prince. At this stage, I personally felt a little let down as the person who they assume may be the Half-Blood Prince, is someone who isn't even a character. This feeling soon disappeared when I began to reach the ending.

I quite liked Half-Blood Prince, in my opinion is somewhat kind of a prequel as well for a particular character. We discover the history about this certain character, and I personally found it very interesting. I won't reveal who this character is, you're just going to have to read the book!

In Order Of The Phoenix, Harry was incredibly angsty and just generally snappy, it was like he had a male form of PMS constantly. I understand that his 5th year may not have been the best, but at times it made me want to put my book down, not read it, and strangle him. It was a bit over the top personally. Fortunately, Harry seems to have calmed down in Half-Blood Prince, and he isn't so snappy and angsty. It's like JK Rowling decided to give him tranquilizers and sedatives or something.

But that was good, never once during Half-Blood Prince did I want to put the book down. I found that Order Of The Phoenix was a little long-winded, not a book I'd want to read in one sitting if I felt like it and had the time. Half-Blood Prince, although shorter than Order Of The Phoenix, in my opinion, was much better. There are probably some who would disagree with me, but each has their own opinion. Order Of The Phoenix did make me cry, but not as much as Half-Blood Prince did. I've never cried about a book or anything happening in a book prior to Order Of The Phoenix and Half-Blood Prince. I'm not going into too much depth as to why I was crying, but as we all know, a character dies. It's who dies and who kills them that is completely shocking!

I'd write more, but I'm afraid if I continue writing I'll end up writing spoilers! Half-Blood Prince was a great book, it's by far my favourite in the series so far. It was definitely worth the wait. Now I can't wait until the 7th book comes out!
Thanks Chris!

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There are four more excellent (and slightly more detailed) reviews, here.

Note that there aren't any major spoilers, but a few minor plot details are mentioned.
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Old 05-06-2006, 07:08 PM   #101 (permalink)
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the book was sad but yet so good, i cant wait for the next book
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Old 06-19-2006, 08:27 AM   #102 (permalink)
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i love hbp its the best one so far in my opinion!!! i just cant wait for the last book it betta come out soon lol!!!! I JUST CANT WAIT THAT LONG LOL!!
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GREAT book!
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Old 04-05-2007, 05:58 PM   #104 (permalink)
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The death made me cry
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when i first got my book i waz up all nigyht reading my friends thought i was mental reading through night and day

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This book, i can say, is the most interesting after deathly hallows. It's so wonderful how JK tied the things in it with the previous books.
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This book, i can say, is the most interesting after deathly hallows. It's so wonderful how JK tied the things in it with the previous books.
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Great review!
Wow, I really want to read Half-Blood Prince now.
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The review is VERY COOOL !!!!!!!!!
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Old 12-06-2009, 11:37 PM   #111 (permalink)
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I so need to read it. I heard a few spoilers *oh no!* about it.
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It is my second favorite. My favorite is still azkaban but I did enjoy it. I cried a lot to but that shows what a great book it is (:
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