Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter #2) by J.K. Rowling
The Dursleys were so mean and hideous that summer that all Harry Potter wanted was to get back to the Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. But just as he's packing his bags, Harry receives a warning from a strange, impish creature named Dobby who says that if Harry Potter returns to Hogwarts, disaster will strike And strike it does. For in Harry's second year at Hogwarts, fresh torments and horrors arise, including an outrageously stuck-up new professor, Gilderoy Lockhart, a spirit named Moaning Myrtle who haunts the girls' bathroom, and the unwanted attentions of Ron Weasley's younger sister, Ginny. But each of these seem minor annoyances when the real trouble begins, and someone -- or something -- starts turning Hogwarts students to stone. Could it be Draco Malfoy, a more poisonous rival than ever? Could it possibly be Hagrid, whose mysterious past is finally told? Or could it be the one everyone at Hogwarts most suspects . . . Harry Potter himself?
Hardcover, First American Edition, 341 pages
Published June 2nd 1999 by Arthur A. Levine Books
Current Goodreads Rating: 4.39 Stars
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets had a better range in story development from the last, but was still a bit sparse in areas. It was not a dry as the desert, but not as full of flavor as it could have been. I enjoyed the story, but some instances could have been expanded to hold more depth both into the characters and the story developments.
I stayed confused with all the warnings for the majority of the book because they were dropped in with no build up to even try to guess their direction. It held more excitement than the last and was extremely creative, but it still seemed like it was holding back and trying to not overwhelm and swallow us into the story. I wanted more because it had such great potential with a great story line.