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Random Magic Paperback – January 1, 2010
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About the Author
Sasha Soren is a freelance writer/producer, screenwriter, copywriter, author, and lyricist.
She has been known to shoot the occasional odd film as well. Or paint the odd painting. Or write the odd song. Some of them are very odd, indeed. She believes in random magic.
Favorite phrase: Ars longa, vita brevis. Or the other way around, if it's just been one of those days...
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Top Customer Reviews
I loved the characterization. I felt as if I knew Winnie and Henry - I really grew attached to them. There were times when I felt annoyed and exasperated at Henry for his cowardice, yet I warmed up to him eventually. This was mainly because he is not like the usual male protagonists. (Or maybe I like men being weak....hmm..) We usually have females behaving like damsels-in-distress but here it was the other way around :) Towards the end, Henry grows a lot as a character. He evolves from a terrified boy to a brave young man .I think this has already been said by other reviewers as well, but Winnie has to be the best character in the book. She is brave, determined, funny and totally "kick-ass" , if I may say so. She always has the perfect solution,always knows what to do. Her solutions don't make sense all the time, but that's what makes it so funny.
The prologue , though not so much related to the plot still adds to the enjoyment of the book. I adored the description of the haunted mansion. I believe that the vivid and colorful descriptions of the settings and the characters are one of the best aspects of the book. It brings every character , every setting alive .We get to meet so many different characters from different stories and myths - not just Alice but so many others. The incredible thing is it never got too overwhelming for me. Usually I am uncomfortable with too many characters.
I can totally see this book as a Tim Burton. In fact the book played like a movie in front of my eyes. I haven't enjoyed such an adventurous novel for a long time. I was blown away by the author's imagination. What a world she has created! This book is non-stop fun - we meet new characters in every chapter, visit new places and have adventures alongside our protagonists - Henry and Winnie.
Random magic is magical, funny and an adventurous ride from start to end! It is crazy imaginative , witty and so very clever. More than anything , the book is a great escape.The book lives up to the title - it is random and it is captivating. You will find yourself drawn to the world that the author has created. I was hooked right until the last page.I LOVED it ! I can't say that enough times. Random Magic, for me , was one hell of a fun ride!
The book's brand of humour may not be everyone's cup of tea , but it sure is mine!
Humorous, Enchanting, Crazy and Random , ofcourse.
Together the pair search high and low, encounter strange creatures in forests, seek help by vampires, face a group of pirates, and challenge a furious red queen, to find Alice. Will they be able to find her before the sand in the hourglass runs out and save the world by tea time?
Winnie is definitely my favorite character of the many presented in Random Magic. She is brave, determined, witty, and always one step ahead of everything, no matter how confusing her reasoning may be. I wish I could spend a day in Winnie's thoughts and see the world as she does. Henry came in close second for me; he was an interesting character and I truly enjoyed watching him grow as a character, evolving from a scarred and shy little boy into a courageous young man.
My favorite elements of the story are the vividly described settings and the brilliant way Sasha Soren integrates characters from other stories and myths into Random Magic. I appreciate the whole concept of incorporating Alice from Alice in Wonderland without it actually having the same storyline or a remake of the story. I enjoyed seeing Alice being presented in a different light instead of the fairy-tale we are all used to. Random Magic follows Henry and Winnie's adventure in finding Alice, where Alice is more of a secondary character who finds herself in a different book than where she belongs.
Sasha Soren is a wonderful story teller that has a unique writing style. She created a magical world, enchanting, imaginative and filled with fun and adventure. Her readers will feel as though they are taken along for the ride, side by side with Henry and Winnie throughout their journey. Sasha Soren's novel is wonderfully random and captivating, which stays true to the title of Random Magic.
After reading this novel, I can undoubtedly say that I believe in Random Magic. I would definitely recommend Random Magic to anyone who enjoys Young Adult fiction, with lots of fun, magic, and adventure.
5/5 - Must Read!!! Loved it!!!
*Disclaimer: I recieved a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.*
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