Howl’s Moving Castle (Book) Review

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I’ll be honest, it wasn’t until last year that I even knew Howl’s Moving Castle was not only a fantastic animated film, but also a book! I found a copy in a 2nd and Charles Free Book Bin and snatched that baby up immediately, and I’m so glad that I did! This book was pure magic. ❀ I feel like if you’re a fan of the Miyazaki film, or if you enjoy light-hearted whimsical stories like The Last Unicorn or Stardust, that Howl’s Moving Castle might just be right up your alley. πŸ˜‰

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β€œIn the land of Ingary where such things as seven-league boots and cloaks of invisibility really exist, it is quite a misfortune to be born the eldest of the three. Everyone knows you are the one who will fail first, and worst, if the three of you set out to seek your fortunes.”

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Having grown up in a small hat shop and expecting a very uneventful life due to the social stigma of being the eldest, Sophie has her world turned upside down due to a witch’s curse that transforms her into an old woman. But perhaps the Witch of the Waste’s curse is just what Sophie needs to push herself out of the dull fate she had previously accepted for herself. Setting off to find a cure for the curse inflicted upon her, Sophie winds up finding much more than that. Witches and wizards, shapeshifters and fire demons are only a sample of the strange characters she’ll meet as she is forced out of her comfort zone. She’ll venture to moving castles and palaces and more in an effort to undo the Witch of the Waste’s magic, and she’ll do it with a sassy attitude to boot!

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The characters in this story are all so quirky and fun, and the book has a lovely light and humorous tone to it. I think the whimsy of it really made this book one of those special sort of “Feel Good” reads for me. πŸ™‚ I’m not usually a re-read sort of person (only due to there being SO MANY books out there to be read) but this is one I would consider re-reading in the future.

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β€œIt is quite a risk to spank a wizard for getting hysterical about his hair.”

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Diana Wynne Jones weaved quite the enchanting story, so I would definitely like to read more of her work in the future. She was very imaginative and created a lovely fantasy world with entertaining characters to fill it. Apparently there are two other books related to this one, so I plan to check those out one day, too!

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11 thoughts on “Howl’s Moving Castle (Book) Review”

  1. I really enjoyed the movie, and then I read the book and was mad at some of the things they changed?? I can’t even remember the details, it was so long ago, but I have the feeling it was things that were badass on Sophie’s part and then she was made more passive in the movie for some reason…does this ring a bell at all?

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    1. Ya know, it’s honestly been a hot minute since I’ve watched the movie, but if memory serves correctly, you’re right. She’s definitely sassy and blunt and not here for anyone’s crap in the book and I love her for it. πŸ˜€ Your comment really makes me want to re-watch the movie while the book is still fresh in my memory to better compare the two. πŸ™‚

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  2. I’m so happy to see that you enjoyed this book! It’s one of my all time favourites. ❀ I just adore the characters and the writing feels very magical and cozy. I haven't read anything other by Diana Wynne Jones yet, but I plan to. Great review! πŸ™‚

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  3. Confessions, I’ve never actually seen all of Howl’s Moving Castle. I’ve only caught snippets of it. I was surprised when I found out it was not only based on a book (I’m assuming the book came first), but by an author I knew! I read this book called Dogsbody when I was a kid by DWJ, and it’s another one that’s amazing. I have this on my TBR list, too!

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