Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J. K. Rowling

Hey everyone I hope you are having a lovely Monday. I'm continuing with my binge of the Harry Potter series. This is the second last book in the series so I'm very close to getting it all done.
When I first started reading the series I didn't have much hope for finishing it. Now that I'm almost done I'm truly enjoying reading it more and more. I am starting to understand why there is such a devoted fan base. I'm still not the biggest fan of the movies but I can enjoy the books a lot more now.
So for those of you who have read the other books let me tell you a bit about it:

Harry is once again back at Hogwarts school for Wizards but now things are getting heated. Dumbledore has personally taken on the responsibility of teaching Harry to make sure he is ready when the Dark Lord returns to fight him. He is given many tasks by his headmaster that he has trouble taking seriously.
All around him he finds clues that lead him to believe that his enemy Malfoy is plotting against the school. And when people around him start becoming cursed and poisoned he believes he has enough information to confirm his suspicions. But he has cried Death Eater in the past and his friends are careful not to encourage him.
Along with a new professor teaching potions Harry comes across an old text book for potions class. Inside there are notes describing how to make better potions written by the mysterious 'half-blood prince'. When Harry follows these instructions he finds himself learning more and becoming head of his class for the first time in years.
But the book also holds dark spells that lead Harry down a much darker road. His friends notice this and try to separate him from the book but in a bad situation Harry may be able to use it to give himself an advantage.
As the secrets of the past reveal themselves through his teachings Harry must decide who to put his trust in. When everything comes to a close it is nothing like Harry could have expected.

I found this book interesting after the first couple chapters were over. It's not that the first chapters weren't good it's just that the story really takes off once Harry gets back to Hogwarts and starts actually doing things.
Harry's character in this book was a lot more purposeful than the last one. We're finally starting to see the end goal of the series as Harry is finally taken seriously as a character. It's nice that the story is finally taken a serious, lone term, goal that will continue in the last book.
Plot: A-
Pace: B
Setting: A
Characters: B+
Ending: A-
Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Have a great day everyone and happy reading!
- K

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