Saturday, March 13, 2010

Random Magic by Sasha Soren

Random Magic
by Sasha Soren
Published: 2009

Genre: Action, Fantasy, YA
Paperback: 420 pages
Rating: 5

Description from the amazon:
When absent-minded Professor Random misplaces the main character from Alice in Wonderland, young Henry Witherspooon 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 two-bits:
In-a-word: faboo

Truly an adventure of astronomical proportions!

Funny to the extreme! If you blink your eye while reading this you might miss a tickle or two.

I loved how bits of greek mythology, shakespeare, twain, poe, vampires, pirates, witches, whatwolves, and other new and notable characters and creatures are thrown into this jambalaya storyline.

All in search of Our Alice. Alice who is not in Wonderland as she should be.

This is me, while reading the book. I couldn't help it. The whimsy in me connected with the story so well.

Velvet sighting:
A character is introduced as Red Velvet Blazer - LOL. (prologue, page 8)

Loved this bit:
Along with the wacky bits there are some thoughtful and beautiful passages in the book. Here is just a snippet...

The sea was beautiful, blue, limitless, and blind. She went by many names, but belonged to no one but herself -- and every unwary soul that trespassed the blue depths was hers. It was a promise forged when time was young.

She slept, dreaming, her fingertips curled against her cheek. Her great body, they called Ocean, and her long limbs, the sea. Her hair and fingers streamed out into harbors and rivers, but she lived an exile of her own choosing.
(chapter 27, page 226)


* check out the Random Magic dress for my Book Fashion weekly

* check out the Random Magic book trailer for a bit of whimsy:


I should mention that I won this book Thanks to Allison at Well-Read Reviews last year. With this book sent via Sasha, I got a set of reader's notes. I picked out a few to share with you that are non-spoilery.

Sasha's reader notes:

=> Only 2000 copies of the first edition of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland were printed, then discarded as waste paper.

=> The invention of the word game of "doublets" is attributed to Lewis Carroll.

=> Professor Literati's eyes are the color of absinthe, a drink which was popular with artists, writers and poets in the 19th century. Absinthe is also referred to by the moniker "The Green Fairy."

=> The book Winnie and Henry read in the library is Der Struwwelpeter, a ghastly/funny children's book of cautionary tales published in 1845. Mark Twain translated the book into English in 1891.


* part of Alice in Whatsitland (see schedule)

* wanna be a part of Alice's adventure in Whatsitland? join the challenge!

*** Giveaway ***

Win this book.

Open to all.

Offer ends: April 11, 2010

To do:

Read the complete list of Sasha's Sayings here.

Comment below with your email and tell me:

Which Sasha Saying grabbed you?

+1 Which one tickled you?


Contest has ended - winner is here



  1. I knew you would like this one!

  2. I read the list! This saying grabbed me: "Never underestimate the seemingly small and weak – atoms are some of the smallest things in the world."

    Thank you very much for the giveaway - the book sounds really interesting, and I'd like to read it.

    anthy_stl [ATT] yahoo [DOTT] com

  3. And, having read the original Brothers Grimm fairy tales, this one tickled me: "Life really is a fairy tale – as written by the Grimm Brothers."

    Thank you again!
    anthy_stl [ATT] yahoo [DOTT] com

  4. Can't wait to read this one. Glad you liked it.

  5. It's so nice to see a review of this book that wasn't on a book tour-I'm glad you liked it. It sounds really cute.
    Here are the two sayings that jumped out at me:

    -Sometimes a frog is just a frog and
    -Your life is your fairy tale.

    email: buckeyegirlreads @

  6. Well the saying that grabbed was the one which was missing the vital word.

    The saying: "Madness is relative"

    of course we all know that is nearly correct but should actually read:

    "Madness is relatives"

    Carol T (International entry)

    buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

  7. * Your feet can only follow your heart.


  8. "Madness is relative" grabbed me.
    "Inside every woman, there is a queen" tickled me (I am in love, so it was easy!)


  9. I liked * You can’t always spot witches by their pointy hats.
    throuthehaze at gmail dot com

  10. You only give up when you do.

    +1 Into every life a little magic must fall, but if magic's playing hooky,
    then it might be an orange. and Sometimes a frog is just a frog.

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  11. Sounds interesting. Would love to read this.

    Grabbed me: "Inside every woman, there is a queen"

    Tickled me: You can't always spot witches by their pointy hats.

  12. This book sounds like fun,I love a book that makes me laugh and this one definitely sounds like it could.

    Which Sasha Saying grabbed me? Every day mirrors are magic, so be careful – they reflect everything back as exactly the same…but it’s all backwards.

    +1 Which one tickled me? Life really is a fairy tale – as written by the Grimm Brothers.

  13. Which Sasha Saying grabbed you?
    * In chess and life, sometimes a sacrifice is the one thing that wins the

    +1 Which one tickled you?
    * Our souls are oceans, that's why human tears always taste of salt.

    aikychien at yahoo dot com

  14. "Your life is your fairy tale."

    +1 - The tickle: "Kindness is stronger than kings."

    educhico AT gmail DOT com

  15. The saying that grabbed me was: Death isn’t always the end, but love is always the beginning.
    +1 The one that tickled me: Life really is a fairy tale – as written by the Grimm Brothers


  16. Which Sasha Saying grabbed you?
    Your words reveal the colors of your soul

    +1 Which one tickled you?
    Love is the most elusive but most powerful magic of all

    joanapatriciadias AT gmail DOT com

  17. Grab: Always believe in yourself, even if no one else does; especially if no one else does - 'cause they're wrong!

    Tickle: The difference between living a life and living a lie is a single letter – so sometimes it’s worth checking your spelling.

    agcestrela [@] gmail [.] com

  18. Seems like a wonderful book!
    Count me in for a +2

    1)Madness is relative

    2)Our souls are oceans, that's why human tears always taste of salt.

    goncalo DOT mil AT gmail DOT com

  19. Which Sasha Saying grabbed you?
    Your life is your fairy tale.

    +1 Which one tickled you?
    In chess and life, sometimes a sacrifice is the one thing that wins the game.



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