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This book was conjured up to be great - but was sort of disappointing.
on 15 July 2015
This review and others can be found on Olivia's Catastrophe: http://olivia-savannah.blogspot.nl/2015/07/harry-potter-and-sorcerers-stone-review.html
I have finally gotten round to reading something that has been on my TBR list for a long time. The Harry Potter series! Previous to this, I had never seen a single movie or read a single book. I decided that the fandom surrounding it and the love for it must be worth something, and decided I better read them.
The first thing that surprised me about this book was that it was written in third person. For some reason, I was completely expecting it to be a first person book :/ Oh well, that didn’t take anything away from the novel! It was easy to read, and I read through it quickly. There was only one thing I didn’t like about the style, and that was that it seemed kind of childish. I was worried when I started this that I wasn’t going to like it because most people grew up reading these. But I have been promised as the characters age, so does the style. Either way, I do believe this was something I would’ve enjoyed more as a child. It was definitely a more middle grade kind of feel.
I think this book was dripping with creativity. J.K. Rowling manages to bring in ideas and new terms that most of authors would go a little over the top with so that we feel lost in this new world. But everything seemed so clear here, and I loved the ideas she brought to light. Honestly, the writing of this book was genius, and the author should be commended for that!
I think my main problem with this book was that I was not connecting with any of the main characters. Harry, Hermoine and Ron were all pretty cool but I didn't really feel much for any of them. And the plot was slow in coming, which was a shame too. I just got the impression that for the first 75% of the book, nothing much was happening :/
The plot was good enough for me, coming steady and meaningfully. There was nothing that blew me away, but nothing I strongly disliked either. It was a light, quick, enjoyable read. But it wasn't anything too enticing I will keep reading this series! (And soon I can start watching the movies.)