Friday, October 30, 2009

REVIEW: Random Magic by Sasha Soren

Book Summary from
When absent-minded Professor Random misplaces the main character from Alice in Wonderland, young Henry Witherspoon must book-jump to fetch Alice before chaos theory kicks in and the world vanishes. Along the way he meets Winnie Flapjack, a wit-cracking doodle witch with nothing to her name but a magic feather and a plan. Such as it is. Henry and Winnie brave the Dark Queen, whatwolves, pirates, Struths, and fluttersmoths, Priscilla and Charybdis, obnoxiously cheerful vampires, Baron Samedi, a nine-dimensional cat, and one perpetually inebriated Muse to rescue Alice and save the world by tea time.

Click here to read a writing sample from Random Magic.

My thoughts...Imagine yourself in a vivid dream.  One where things are real, but dreamy, extra colorful, animated and magical.  Now you are ready to enter the world of Random Magic. 

I have not watched the movie Alice In Wonderland in years, but I do remember the characters and certain aspects of the story.  All of my preconceived notions about this book were wrong.  Alice is not the main character in the story as I expected.  The story is so much more than a girl in Wonderland. 

For me, the prologue was confusing and the first few chapters were mainly background informataion about howHenry,our hero,winds up in Edgeland.  Now we arrive at chapter 3 and we meet Winnie.  This is where the story  really takes off.  Winnie is a doodle witch and she helps Henry navigate through her magical world in search of Alice.  Sasha Soren takes the reader on an incredible journey.  The descriptions of the locations and beings they encounter are incredible, you can tell the author is an artist because she writes with all of her five senses.  You really feel like your are there. 

There are many strange and unusual characters in Random Magic.  First off, this is a love story.  For me, this wasn't obvious until half way through the story. I noticed significant character development with Henry and Winnie and I grew more attached to the characters as the story progressed.  Several other characters thoughts pop into the story occasionally, while at times I did find this annoying, it helped with the story development and visual imagery.  One of the other characters I enjoyed was Professor Random, he does not play a big part, but I loved his absentmindedness. 

The ending concludes Henry's adventure, for better or worse, but leaves enough room for an additional story. Actually any number of characters in the book could have their own story. 

I enjoyed being part of this book tour and interacting with the kind and lovely Sasha Soren.   Be sure to click the Random Magic link on the sidebar to continue to follow the tour. 

For more information on Sasha Soren and her book, please visit her website.

Want more Random Magic? Check out these posts...

Random Magic Book Trailer
Character Quiz
The Garden of Muses
Interview with Sasha Soren


Tales of Whimsy said...

Great review! I'm definitely going to link back to this one.

Michelle Greathouse said...

Great post. :)

I like the way you compared Random Magic to a dream world.

I agree that the writing is very vivid - the book played out like a movie in my head. :)


Elie said...

It felt like a story you would read aloud as a bed time story. Thanks for reading my review.

Unknown said...

Interesting review. I am now on Chapter 5 and agree that the prologue was pretty confusing. The story is just beginning to get interesting and so far I like Winnie. Never expected it to be a love story so that's something for me to look forward to. Thanks for sharing

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