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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!
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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 07-16-2005, 06:49 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Terrible the worst Harry potter book in existence BLOOD FOR THE BLOOD GOD!!!
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Old 07-16-2005, 06:50 AM   #3 (permalink)
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WOW!, is all I can say, I am dying here!!!! It is 1 45 am here, but I have to wait until NOON to get my book :'(. Very nice review, it makes me even more interested. Ahhh!!!!! I am going to die, if the death is that bad, and the person that kills them is even worse!!!!! I am scared *hides under the computer desk*

Thanks again for the great review and enjoy your wonderful T-shirt. (they are cool, I have one myself)

EDIT: I forgot in all of the hype, where are you from?? And exactly how long did it take you to read the whole thing?

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Old 07-16-2005, 06:54 AM   #4 (permalink)
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This sounds so good from this review!The book is coming out in 9 minutes here in my time zone and its really....how you say,aggervating that the time wount fasten.

Mine's in the mail and I can't wait to read it.Now that I have a thought on what to look for I am more happy to read it.

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Old 07-16-2005, 06:56 AM   #5 (permalink)
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nice review...IM SO EXCITED

and barnes and noble better hurrry up and get me mine
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Old 07-16-2005, 07:13 AM   #6 (permalink)
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great review, makes me wish i hadnt cheaped out and reserved me a copy
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Old 07-16-2005, 07:20 AM   #7 (permalink)
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OMG, I want my book now, I can't wait any longer
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Old 07-16-2005, 07:26 AM   #8 (permalink)
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I Pre Ordered it and i gotta go to the bookshop to get it!!! i an sooooo hyped! nice review! i cant wait!!!
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Old 07-16-2005, 07:28 AM   #9 (permalink)


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I'm reading mine as I type (taking a short break to digest info). Completely not fair that that person's already done, but it doesn't matter, because I have the book and another 2 hours of solitude. Congrats on winning!
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Great review. I'll definately wont be able to write a review. Perhaps if I had gone to a midnight party and purchased it at that then perhaps I could of conjured up one but I decided to pre order so at the moment it is nearly 8.30 am and I am waiting for my book to arrive but I dont really know what time at. I never thought anything could stop me from sleeping but this book has. Just thinking about the fact that I dont have it yet makes me very sad. I want the book!
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Old 07-16-2005, 07:41 AM   #11 (permalink)
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I am half way through and all I can say is yes, it does have shipping in it.
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Old 07-16-2005, 07:42 AM   #12 (permalink)
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^^^ That is soo depressing :sad: I wish I could teleport a book to you so taht you would be happy. I don't have one yet myself, noon, like ten hours away!!!!
Well I am off to do what I have been doing for the past month and a couple of days, read OoTP, I started at the beginning and have read one chapter every night, and tonight I get to finish it, I planned it so that on the eve of the BIGGGGEST book release ever I would be up-to-date on my Potter. So sleep, errrm, stay awake, and I hope your book comes soon!!!!!!
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Nice Review!

I soo can not wait to read this book! But I pre-ordered mine and then I got an e-mail saying my book won't be here til wednesday! *sigh* Oh well I'll be waiting!!
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It's 12:46 am here in California, I have soooo long to wait! I thought about just going to bed so time will pass quicker for me, but I can't sleep! I read a spoiler on accident somewhere earlier, and I just hope it's wrong or else I will DIE!

I feel like it's Christmas Eve! lol
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The suspense is really, really, really killing me.
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*sniff* it's only about 1:05 AM here! WAAAA i have to wait MORE than 12 hours! well, maybe not, but you know what i mean. *sob* no fair... some countries get HBP sooner than me!!
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I finally got mine, at 12:18 am, here in California! Yes! I can't wait to read it!
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I got my book at midnight!! (it'd currently 4 in the morning) I'm only up to chapter 7, mostly because every few seconds I'd get up and run into my sister's bedroom (who is also reading it) and say "WHAT ARE YOU UP TO?"

So far, it's kinda suprising, but not shocking and definately not what i was expecting.
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I never will get mine. But rading reviews just lead me into fruitless temptation, although I know the book'll never exist in my shelf!

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I finished mine in 3 hours 52 minutes XD

Debating whether to send in a review or not... probably won't in the end, that's okay...

My little sister fell asleep reading it and is on.. lemme go check... page 368.

All I'll say for now is that the expression 'Oh my God' comes into play way more times then I expected it to.
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Old 07-16-2005, 09:54 AM   #21 (permalink)
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It's a bit more of a cliff-hanger to me, here it's not out til July 30th in our bookstore in town, yet it made want more to grab a copy as soon as it comes out or as soon as I can. Coppies are limited you know.
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My reaction while reading the book is constantly "Woah" every five minutes. JKR is revealing a lot, especially feelings between characters is suddenly very out in the open. Much more then in previous books.
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I m waiting for my copy to arrive...........
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I loved it!! by far the best book i think!!

Bbut so SHOCKING!! and in some parts HILLARIOUS!!! hahahahhaha!!

but i seriously cried! it was so heartwrenching....

now all i need is the last book...
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