I have been wanting to read this since Jenny of Jenny’s Books educated me on the MUSTS of knowing this author.
I wrote all about my attempt to participate in the first DWJ Week way back when in my review of her short story collection Mixed Magics. <– click on that underlined part Miss Mad…
I enjoyed Mixed Magics and I must say that Howl’s Moving Castle is just as delightful.
Delightful and LIVELY. Lively was the word I used to describe Mixed Magics and it applies here, too. Especially the beginning. I was grinning and giggling and very much excited to continue once I began. Ms. Jones just writes extremely engaging and SMART stories.
So this time around, “they” declared March as DWJ month and tweeted and twitted about it with hashtag #dwjmarch. I was a bit late to the party and was proud of myself for getting my hands on this book. Finally. AND reading it in March. Though I had to finish it in April.
I’m not going to yap too much what it’s about. An eldest daughter realizes that because she is the eldest, her chances of adventure are non-existent but things end up happening to her anyway. I’m actually liking the story even more reflecting on it.
Question for you parents of 11 year olds… Is this the perfect book for an 11 year old niece of mine? I’ve been just the wretchedest of aunties and forgot her birthday. I know, I feel horrible. So much for vying for FAVORITE-AUNT.
I actually am thinking of sending her the non-perishable ingredients plus recipe for Coconut Custard Pie – I just don’t know if she likes coconut! oh well, I think I’ll do it anyway…
SO then, let me know if you think I should buy this for the poor niece of mine who has been treated shabbily by Auntie-Care and do have a delightful day!
NEVERMIND. I believe this will be PERFECT for her. (I just read that post of Jenny’s again that I link to above…)