Monday, July 26, 2010

Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

 Sophie was the eldest of 3 girls, which everyone knows means she is doomed to be unlucky. She is pretty sure that it is just her bad luck turning up again when she is cursed by the evil Witch of the Waste and turned into an old woman. However when she becomes a cleaning lady for the famed Wizard Howl, she thinks perhaps she might be able to find a way out of the curse and maybe even out of her bad luck!

I had seen the anime that was based on this book before reading it, so I basically knew what was going to happen. Even so, it kept me on my toes with interesting plot developments and laughing at the absurdity of some parts and Sophie's dry (but witty!) humor. The characters were great, and more fleshed out and interesting than in the anime. The writing is quick and light, but drags you in and won't let you go until you finish the story.
5 Stars

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