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

Reviewed by Samantha, age 16, Illinois

As Harry enters his sixth year of school at Hogwarts, he is already faced with a bunch of problems. Voldemort has returned to his full power and is out to finish what he started. Wizards and witches are disappearing and dying every day. Harry and his friends search the obituaries looking for familiar names and hoping for the best. Harry struggles to learn more about the Dark Lord, with the help of Hogwarts Headmaster Albus Dumbledore, to find You-Know-Who's vulnerability.

But Harry's life isn't all about the war. School goes on, friendships become stronger, and Quidditch matches help release extra energy and stress. Sixth year students learn how to Apparate. Throughout the learning process, some students may lose some eyebrows. Hermione Granger, as usual, is on top of everything. Ron, of course, is behind. Romance blooms and couples form. But with all this excitement comes a tragic end to an unexpected character.

J.K Rowling has outdone herself once again. Her talent captivates the reader and makes him or her want more. Her style never gets old. She reveals small pieces of information that open up many more doors to explore. Jo never lets her readers down.

Overall, this fantasy novel receives 5 stars. The action, romance, and fantasy really make the reader think twice. New worlds and new ideas can be discovered. Your life may be changed as mine has been. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince is definitely HOT, HOT, HOT!!

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February & March Magazine Issues

March 15, 2012

The February and March issues of Sweet Designs Magazine are now online, featuring a combined 53 new articles and features!!

- Cover: Stephanie Lynn reflects on 5 years
- Cover: India (of Darn-licious knitwear)
- Life in the dumps (moving in with my bf)
- The difference between men and women
- Angels among us (parts 1 and 2)
- Arts graduates & the dark night of the soul
- Triple threat (how I survived my teen yrs)
- Dating isn't easy (my true story)
- How to turn not-so-great gifts ... (fashion)
- Ten reasons to love being single
- Taking the big leap (college)
- Valentine's Day (not what you'd expect!)
- The last of the cold (hopefully) (fashion)
- A month full of love
- Ten tips for successful airline travel
- Reasons I love writing for SDM
- Who needs love?
- They're not all the same
- The life I'm glad I don't have (fiction)
- Professional dress/ finding Fendi (fashion)
- An airport anniversary: a true story
- Inappropriate Facebook photos
- The perks of a big city (college)
- A night(mare) to forget (part 2)
- The Anita Blake series (book review)
- Saving June by Hannah Harrington (book)
- Under the Mesquite by GG McCall (book)
- The Lullaby by Sarah Dessen (book)
- If I Stay by Gayle Foreman (book review)
- My sweetheart (original poetry)
- Isn't it funny (original poetry)
- The stranger (original poetry)
- A winter wonderland (original poetry)
- One night valentine
- The thick envelopes (college acceptance)
- Southern love
- Healthy hair and vitamins
- It's a date (dating idea alternatives)
- The 30 hour famine
- School's out forever!
- Marching right back into spring? (fashion)
- Dear John
- When TV shows depict your life
- 3 Fun ways to rock spring's hottest trends
- Neglected teeth
- Starting something new
- Guy movies
- To hesitate or dive in?
- Deadly, by Julie Chibbaro (book review)
- Beastly, by Alex Flinn (book review)
- I don't care (poetry)
- Together, alone (poetry)

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