(Sophie and her hats!)
Howl’s moving castle by Diana Wynne Jones
rating: five stars
Sophie is the eldest of three sisters. When their father dies, their step mom has to manage the hat shop alone. She dispatches the two youngest and keeps Sophie at the shop where she has always belonged. Sophie feels like it is here duty to accepted her situation and let her self be shut off the world and more and more sheltered and lonely. One day, while selling a hat, she angered the infamous Witch of the waste who turns her into an old lady. Sophie run away to find a wat to counter the spell. Desperately she goes to Wizard Howl’s moving castle even if the rumors describe him as eating maiden’s hearts.
I recently re-read this amazing book. It brought back so many memories because this is the book which got me into fantasy. It is just so well written and the characters are addictive. No wonder the great Miyazaki made it into an anime! And for once the “movie” was as good even if it did not entirely follow the plotline.
This is an excellent start into fantasy for me because it is Jane Austen vibes meets Terry Pratchet. So yes I could go on and on about how awesome this book is but it would be even better if you go read it xD
(Scene taken from chapter 2 with Kata, Dexion and little Henry. Is it me or my background skills are somewhat better? Still perspective is not my cup of tea xD)
The Stars Askew (Caeli-Amur #2) by Rjurik Davidson
Rating: five stars
This book is a sequel to Unwrapped Sky (which I already did a review on). It takes place right after the events in Caeli-Amur and things are not going so well after the revolution. Houses have retreated themselves in villas and Varenis has cut all communication and exchange with the free city. In that context, one of the leaders of the rebellion, Aceline, is murdered and Kata investigates. At the same Maximillian has awoken and learns how to deal with a not so god Aya in his head and Armand is on his way to Varenis in hope to find a way to restore peace in Caeli-Amur.
I was so excited to read this book, I really enjoyed the last one. My only critic of the last book was that we don’t know that much on the world around Caeli-Amur but this second one clearly fills in the blanks (even though they are still some). We definitely learn a lot more in this book on the history and especially on Aya’s story because it was a point that was a bit blurry in the last book. We also understand a bit better how the world work and how everything relies on Varenis and we do see more of the outside of Caeli-Amur.
The plot is centered on the assassination and how everything is linked to it (no no this is not a spoiler I swear!!!). The writing is good and fluid which is pretty amazing because some of these fantasy books out there, especially high fantasy, have very heavy writing, you know what I mean?
Okay I have to speak about Dexion. Finally! A minotaur is almost a main character!!! I really loved how he was depicted, kind of brutish but wise at the same time, it was exactly how I thought a minotaur would be! And please his interactions with Kata are just so full of wits, fun and can they just please be together in the next book? One more thing I loved is to see that Kata created a sort of ersatz of family with Dexion and Henry, at the beginning of the book that scene just melted my little heart into a bit pile of honey.
Ho and yeah I still dislike Maximilian but that is personal xD but one character I did not believe I could like is Armand. In the first book he was only a secondary character but in this one we get his point of view and a bit more info on him. And without any spoilers I was very sad to see how he evolved.
Yep I did give it five stars and it totally deserves it because it is not getting enough hype and it was great. I do hope there will be at least a third book!
Hey everyone I hope you enjoyed the review, I might have a little hectic posting calendar in the upcoming weeks because I’m fully into writing my dissertation but I will post at least once a week 😉 Until then have a lovely week!! See ya!