J.K. Rowling did it again, with another fantastic Harry Potter book. This book was really good and addictive. I give it 4 1/2 stars.
Lets start out by saying, as you might already know I loved the first Harry Potter book. This one started out a lot better than that one. I liked how they incorporated the Dursleys into the start on the book. Harry is just ending his summer vacation, and he is having a better time than he did before he went to Hogwarts. The Dursleys treat him better, but only because they are scared of his magical powers. One night, Harry gets a warning from a elf named Dobby who says that he shouldn't return to Hogwarts. After Harry gets locked in his room, the Weasleys save him. They have many troubles getting ready and going to Hogwarts. Once they get there, they realize that something strange is going on. People keep getting frozen by Dark Magic. Follow Harry through a tough time trying to solve the mystery of the chamber of secrets.
This book had a nice realistic mystery element. I used to love mystery books like Nancy Drew, and this book had the same traits. The clues were presented quietly and turned out fitting together. I like how side characters, like Ginny and Colin Creevey have an important part in the end. The story had the same novelty as the first one, and can teach kids many things, like about anagrams.
I didn't really understand how Mr. Lockhart got the journal in the first place. It was hard to picture the Harry without bones in one arm, so that interested me. Visualizing was really easy, since it was all so descriptive. The conversations were unique and every character has a different voice. Most people call this fantasy, but I say it was a lot of mystery too. There were some "flashbacks" as well.
This book is probably okay for kids ages 10 and up to read alone. As a teenager, the end kind of scared me. The vocab isn't too extensive, and it could get almost anyone to like reading.