Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was better than Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Coming from me, that pretty much falls into the “damning with faint praise” category. There were some parts of this book I really enjoyed, especially some of the character development with the Weasley kids. Overall though…well, if you don’t mind obscenities or spoilers, my complete thoughts are in the rant below.
Why the hell is half of this book Harry & the gang wandering around in the woods. We get it. Things are really bad, they can’t find the stuff to defeat Voldemort, people are dying, etc., but did we really need so many chapters of Harry being angst-ridden and sulky in the goddamned woods? And the ending…the fuck was that? Harry defeats Voldemort with a pussy-ass spell because of a loophole?! Really?!
That being said, there were some parts I really liked. Fred & George became more like people and less like caricatures. Ron developed a backbone and grew up. The battle at Hogwarts was well done. Neville, oh my god, Neville. The way he turned out made me so happy. I was even OK with Snape’s redemption. Sadly, I remain disappointed in this ending to what began as such a promising series.