Author: Sasha Soren
Publisher: Beach Books
Release: January 1, 2010
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.Random Magic looked totally and completely cute. And it was, it was a whimsical, light read that kept you wanting to read more the entire time. Though, it was a lot more in-depth and complex than I would have thought it to be. It is certainly a different breed of book.
Winnie and Henry are great characters, Winnie especially. She is quirky and funny, and keeps you wanting to read, even when you are thinking about setting the book down. Henry, though he starts off timid and shy, blossoms as a character and really moves the story along as well.
Sasha Soren certainly has a unique writing style. She is able to spin the tale on its head all the time, while using description that makes you feel as though you are in the same world as Winnie and Henry, throughout the entire experience. The writing quirky and whimsical, yet it is confusing at times, however, and uses a lot of diction and terminology I am not familiar with.
Though it starts out really confusing and strange, Random Magic quickly starts to become a fun read that keeps you engaged the entire time. I admit, there were times I had no idea what was going on, but the characters and vivid world kept me engaged and reading with speed and ease. Once you get past the first bit, it should be a breeze finishing off the rest of the book.
After reading Random Magic, I am sad that there isn’t more to enjoy. I thoroughly enjoyed being entranced by Winnie, Henry, and their fantastical world. I’m looking forward to whatever else Soren comes up with, as I’m sure it will be an enchanting tale, as Random Magic certainly was.