Teaser Tuesday: 'Howl's Moving Castle' by Diana Wynne Jones

It's Tuesday and I'm going home tomorrow, which means this term has actually come to an end. It's been a particularly long one and especially the last two weeks have been ridiculously long and intense. Teaser Tuesday is hosted by MizB over at Should Be Reading.The rules are simple:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

This week I'm using Howl's Moving Castle by Diane Wynne Jones. As I said in my Mailbox Monday post yesterday, I completely fell in love with the Studio Ghibli movie over the weekend and am now reading the book. The review should come somewhere this week, probably Thursday.
Sophie has the great misfortune of being the eldest of three daughters, destined to fail miserably should she ever leave home to seek her fate. But when she unwittingly attracts the ire of the Witch of the Waste, Sophie finds herself under a horrid spell that transforms her into an old lady. Her only chance at breaking it lies in the ever-moving castle in the hills: the Wizard Howl's castle. To untangle the enchantment, Sophie must handle the heartless Howl, strike a bargain with a fire demon, and meet the Witch of the Waste head-on. Along the way, she discovers that there's far more to Howl—and herself—than first meets the eye.
And here's the teaser:
'Howl shrugged. "What an outspoken old woman you are! I've reached that stage in my career when I need to impress everyone with my power and wickedness. I can't have the King thinking well of me. And last year I offended someone very powerful and I need to keep out of their way."' p.20
I absolutely love Sophie so far, she is indeed very outspoken. As such I'm not surprised it was Studio Ghibli that made it into a film rather than Disney because most of their films feature a lot of strong female protagonists. I also adore Howl, he's such a drama queen and so powerful at the same time! I love it.

So, what are you teasing with?


  1. I really need to read this one.

  2. I think this is the best Diana Wynne Jones book I've read. Sophie is such a great character. My teasers this week are from The Chance by Robyn Carr and House of Ivy & Sorrow by Natalie Whipple. Happy reading!

  3. Sounds like a fun story with unusual characters. I especially like the outspoken old woman. I'll bet she's really funny.
    My Teaser is from SNOW FENCE ROAD.

  4. OOh interesting teaser! Hope you're enjoying it!

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    Have a GREAT day!

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  5. Sounds interesting! Thanks for stopping by :) Followed back

  6. I am intrigued by the back-story in your teaser.

  7. Loved the book, loved the movie (and surprisingly was okay with all the changes), now I just need to grab the companions! Great teaser :)


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