Sunday, December 16, 2018

Audiobook Review: Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
Publisher: Recorded Books
Release Date: November, 4th, 2008
 Audiobook narrated by Jenny Sterlin
My Rating: 

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A Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book and ALA Notable and Best of the Year in Young Adult Fiction, Howl's Moving Castle is by acclaimed fantasy writer Diane Wynne Jones amd was transformed into an Academy Award nominated animated motion picture by Hayao Miyazaki. On a rare venture out from her step-mother's hat shop, Sophie attracts the attention of a witch, who casts a terrible spell transforming the young girl into an old crone. 
I knew that Howl's Moving Castle was a movie, but I didn't know that it was actually based on a book! I only found out because it was on sale with Audible a few months ago, so I snapped it up. This book actually came out in the late 80s, so it's a bit dated, but the way it's written makes it not feel dated because it does feel like it's written in an earlier time so it doesn't feel like the modern time makes a difference.

I liked this book a lot, but I will admit that once Sophie gets to the Castle it does start to drag a little bit. Poor Sophie! This girl has to endure a lot of stuff, and that's even before she gets turned into an old lady just because of a spiteful witch. It was also interesting to see how because Sophie has turned into an old woman, she starts to just not have filter like she did when she was a young woman. That did kind of make me laugh.

Sophie interactions with Howl, Michael and Calcifer were probably the best part of the book. I loved how she bullied Calcifer, but I just wanted her to be able to tell Howl what was going on. I think it was because of the spell she couldn't, but I just wanted them all to be truthful with each other.

Howl was a little bit of an interesting character with all his aliases and how he keeps on getting women to fall in love with him. This comes into play later in the book with the side plot with Sophie's sisters Lettie and Martha having used a spell to switch places. Since Howl starts seeing a girl then Lettie, which causing a big thing because Sophie wants to know which Lettie. Also because his apprentice Michael is also in love with a girl named Lettie. DRAMA!

It was also super interesting to me how the mechanics of the moving castle actually worked, and how they were essentially portals to not only different places but to different dimensions. That was probably my favorite part about the book.

I was really happy with the end of the book, and I was really glad to see Sophie's character development. If you are looking for a cute fantasy novel to read, I would recommend this one.

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