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Thursday, November 29, 2012
Name: Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince  (Harry Potter #6)
Author: J.K. Rowling
Genre: YA, Series
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The war against Voldemort is not going well; even the Muggle governments are noticing. Ron scans the obituary pages of the Daily Prophet, looking for familiar names. Dumbledore is absent from Hogwarts for long stretches of time, and the Order of the Phoenix has already suffered losses.

And yet . . .

As with all wars, life goes on. Sixth-year students learn to Apparate—and lose a few eyebrows in the process. Teenagers flirt and fight and fall in love. Classes are never straightforward, though Harry receives some extraordinary help from the mysterious Half-Blood Prince.

So it's the home front that takes center stage in the multilayered sixth installment of the story of Harry Potter. Here at Hogwarts, Harry will search for the full and complex story of the boy who became Lord Voldemort—and thereby find what may be his only vulnerability.
.(goodreads)

REVIEW:

Half Blood Prince is my second favorite book in the series. I believe it sets the mood for the next book, Dumbledore's death shows the trio how inevitable a confrontation with Voldemort is, and how important it is to work together and destroy him. During times, Harry made me mad when he doubted Snape. I am a HUGE Snape fan, so naturally, I was very mad at his sudden outbursts of anger towards Snape. Because of what happens in the end of the book, Harry gets even more irritating towards Snape and I found it hard to finish the book without yelling. :) Regardless of that, I found Harry's relationship with Dumbledore during those last days so heart breaking, because it is just so horrible what happens next. Dumbledore's calm state of mind towards knowing he will die, either soon or in a year, will never cease to amaze me. He accepts death so easily, he even pleads Snape to do it, and without any fear or remorse. I really enjoyed that. 

Also, I cannot stress how much Snape should get rewarded for being such an amazing spy and actor! To have deceived, not only a TON of people but, the greatest dark wizard of all times is quite a feat! His emotions when confronting Dumbledore in the Astronomy tower gets me every time! He was mad and sad at the same time, mad at Dumbledore making him kill his only friend, and sad for not having another choice and no going back! I really enjoyed the memories Dumbledore showed Harry, I particularly loved the one in the orphanage and the one with the horcruxes. It was fascinating reading about Voldemort as a child/teenager. One of the things I enjoyed the most was when Harry showed his potions book to Snape and it has Ron's name there written in horrible handwriting that looked like "Roonil Weezbil", and Snape asked him why it was there, to which Harry replied "It is my nickname, how my friends call me" and Snape replying: "I know what a nickname is!!" LOL. 

Deathly Hallows will also be a hard book to read. It is so emotional and sad, even though I have read the series like 10 times, it never fails to get to me!



Link: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1.Harry_Potter_and_the_Half_Blood_Prince

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