Review: Random Magic by Sasha Soren
Friday, February 4, 2011
Published: Beach Books LLC (January 1, 2010)
Source: I received this book from the author for an honest review.
GoodReads Summary: 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.
My Thoughts: Let me preface this review with a little about Sasha Soren. She is definitely one of the quirkiest, most wonderfully random people I've met in my very few months as a blogger. This is a good thing, you guys. When she contacted me and asked me to review Random Magic and participate in a blog tour, I was overjoyed. She possesses an uncanny attention to detail and a deep love for her characters. I knew when I cracked open Random Magic, that I would have a bunch of in-your-face, clever quips and humor.
At the risk of being entirely cliche and corny stating the obvious, Random Magic is very much that: RANDOM.
I had a pretty difficult time registering the first ten pages in my brain. I had no idea who any of the characters were, nor their role in the story, nor what the purpose was. Thankfully, once I got into the world of Winnie and Henry, I was a bit more at ease in my reading journey. I love the fact that the author writes her books the same way that she writes her emails. Very conversational.
Winnie was an interesting heroine. She's one part fierce, two parts ADHD, and a large helping of WTF. She constantly kept Henry on his toes and I really admired that about her. Though she was difficult to follow at times, I just let her do her thing and eventually it (well, most of it) came to me. Henry, God love him, was such a meek thing at first. He let Winnie boss him around, but luckily grew a pair towards the end. I was always rooting for Henry, having been shoved into a situation about which he hadn't the slightest clue what to do.
There were an ABUNDANCE of secondary and tertiary characters. I couldn't keep them straight, nor did I necessarily understand what purpose they served. I did, however, have a soft spot for the Count and Countess De Morgue and wish I could've seen more of them and read a bit more of their back story.
The issue I had with Random Magic is that I think that Sasha Soren is a bit too clever. I didn't understand the reason for this and that and I feel like that lessened the quality of my experience. I can honestly say that there were some parts where I felt like I didn't understand the punchline, but was just laughing along to save face. I feel like if I was a little more experienced, literarily (I know, I know), I would've GOTTEN more of the jokes and quips.
All in all, an interesting, fun, and punny read... it just fell short for me.
Seriously though, you guys: WHAT is Nicole Kidman doing on this cover?!