Harry Potter Through the Eyes of a First Time Reader: Part 6

This is the sixth post in my "Harry Potter Through the Eyes of a First Time Reader" series! In each part of the series I will provide a review and commentary on each Harry Potter book. Don't worry--I know some of you haven't read it, so just like all my reviews, there will be no spoilers here!

Title: Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
Author: J.K. Rowling
652pages, published September 2006
Genre: Young Adult
Source: Personal collection

From GoodReads:
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.

The sixth book is now my second favorite of the series so far, after Goblet of Fire! Though this book was long,  it held my attention and kept me guessing right up until the end. I had no idea who the Half Blood Prince was, though I had a few guesses, all which turned out to be wrong.  The only unfortunate thing for me with this book was that I knew the big ending--I had heard about it when the book came out and everyone was upset about it. So I knew what was going to happen, but not how it happened, who did it, or any details.  Despite knowing the outcome, I was still shocked at who did it!

One thing I've been consistently impressed with in this series is the amazing cast of characters. They're all so multidimensional, real, and interesting. Though my favorite character is still Hermione, Snape is really standing out to me as a wonderfully written, multifaceted, fascinating character. I just can't quite figure him out yet, and that's what I like about him.

This book left me itching to read the next book! So excited that I'm finally starting the last book in the series, and that I've completed all six book in just over seven weeks. 

My husband and I also watched the movie for this book, and I must say it was VERY well done.  My favorite movie of the series that I've seen so far!

On to Book 7...

Happy Reading!