Thursday, January 16, 2014

Book Review: Howl's Moving Castle - Diana Wynne Jones

Howl's Moving Castle (Howl's Moving Castle, #1)
Sophie has the great misfortune of being the eldest of three daughters, destined to fail miserably should she ever leave home to seek her fate.  But when she unwittingly attracts the ire of the Witch of the Waste, Sophie finds herself under a horrid spell that transforms her into an old lady.  Her only chance at breaking it lies in the ever-moving castle in the hills: the Wizard Howl's Castle.  To untangle the enchantment, Sophie must handle the heartless Howl, strike a bargain with a fire demon, and meet the Witch of the Waste head-on.  Along the way, she discovers that there's far more to Howl-and herself-than first meets the eye.

4/5 stars (really liked it)
So I have to admit that I watched the movie before reading the book, which is not what I usually do.  I LOVE, LOVE the movie and I LOVE, LOVE the book.  Although both have their differences they are both very entertaining.  I love the characters of Sophie (old Sophie more so than young Sophie), Califer and Michael.  As well as Sophie's two sisters Lettie and Martha.  Howl is likable and not likable at the same time, he is so vain and not at all nice at times.  But as Sophie finds out, he is more than he seems.  I love seeing Sophie grow as the book progresses.  I will definitely read the other books in the series.


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