Howl's Moving Castle -
Diana Wynne Jones

Howl's Moving Castle Review

Sophie is the eldest daughter and as such is not meant for a great life. But when the Witch of the Waste turns Sophie into an old lady, she leaves home and ventures to the castle belonging to The Wizard Howl, eater of woman's hearts. But not everything is as it seems and Sophie is thrust into adventure after all. Can Sophie save herself from the curse and help Howl along the way? Or is she doomed to be an old lady for ever.
So many people may know this title from the Studio Ghibli film, and honestly it is one of my favorite movies. So when I finally got the chance to get my hands on the novel, I knew I had to read it. One thing to note if you are a fan of the movie is that the novel and the book are not the same. The basic premise is the same but there are quite a few big differences. Not that it was a bad thing, it's just something to keep in mind. The one thing that bothers me the most in novels is when the ending just happens so abruptly. When novels end so abruptly it doesn't give you the satisfaction that you crave after reading something so good, especially if it is relatively long. For the length of this book, the ending was very abrupt. It is not a satisfying ending, or at least not in my opinion. When the characters have to face so many obsticles together and figure out so many mysteries, they can't all be concluded and have a nice happy wrap up in the last 20 pages. It just feels forced. However, that is really my only complaint about the novel. The story is imaginative and builds a fantastic world full of magic. I happened to find this in the kids section of my local book store and I do think kids would have a harder time reading this one but I could be wrong. Overall, a good read!
Rating: 4 .5/5
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