Uhyesplease: A couple of weeks ago, the Author asked me in an email to check out Random Magic and join her book tour. After reading the synopsis – I knew I had to ask my friend, Erikasbuddy – aka Greta – to do a dual review with me! So after opening our super sweet books (with presents!) we got to the task of reading. Can I start out saying that every time I open a book I want it to be good. It always starts out with 5 Stars – because I know this is the Author’s BABY! I mean, I’ve participated in Nanowrimo (and doing it again this year, gulp!) but I’ve never written a book! I give any published author, self-published or blockbuster publishing house some MAD PROPS.
We checked out the reviews on Random Magic and they are great! We thought we were in for a treat of all tricky-treats!
Greta: But, have you ever gone to a movie that you thought would be off the hook and you wound up coming home and saying “What the hell was that about”?
Uhyesplease: Oh yeah – been there, done that. Have the ticket stub and the headache that goes along with it. Can anyone say “The Number 23” with Jim Carrey in it?
Greta: Hey! I liked that movie!! What? Are you questioning my awesome tastes? OK… Ok….What about this -Have you ever had a friend who is just sooo obsessed with Lady Gaga and you being the good friend learns a couple of the big chorus lines just so you can sing along in the car. But in secret you just don’t understand who on earth can love such a bizarre woman? (Greta loves Lady Gaga and this means Uhyesplease has to learn lyrics to please her)
Random Magic is a lot like a Lady Gaga Meat Dress. Bizarre, out there, and leaving you a bit confused and craving Beef. (And it’s what’s for dinner)
Uhyesplease: Mmmmm…..Beef and Gaga…..What are we talking about again?
Greta: Well, I was going to tell you what I thought about the book but now I’m really wanting to go to The Sizzler. Anyways, quit sidetracking me! So, Random Magic is almost like an acid trip. (Uhyesplease: Careful kids, drugs aren’t cool – JUST SAY NO!) At first you don’t understand what’s going on because you’re slammed with like a gajillion characters all doing their own little thing. And then Alice from Wonderland plops in and fills your head with even more nonsense. It’s about as bad as watching Dumbo look at those colorful elephants go marching on parade. (And gave me a bit of a headache)
I don’t know how on earth to describe this book. I’d like to say that I understood it. I’d really like to hang out with the cool kids and their thick glasses and say it was tre’ cool. But folks, that would be lying. And in my opinion you shouldn’t lie when giving a review.
I just didn’t get it.
Uhyesplease: I have to agree with you, Greta. I wanted to like it – I even OD’d on G&Ts to maybe make more sense of it, but I couldn’t. Different strokes for different folks, I guess.
Greta: What the hell are G&Ts? Greta and Tay Tay? Uhhh…. I don’t know if maybe it was my age. Or maybe it was my lack of coolness.(Uhyesplease: Dude – you are the coolest person I know! What does that say about me!? Greta: SNORT! That you need to get out and meet more people hahas!)But this book just left me frustrated and actually wanting to give up. (Uhyesplease: *confession* I kinda did…. Greta: GASP!!! lolz!) I have to give it to the author though. She tried. There were just too many loopholes and subplots to keep up with that I was just unable to wrap my little ferret brain around it all.
I’ve read in other reviews how people thought this was the Sundance of the indie book world. But ladies and gents, I’m not cool enough to go to Sundance. (Plus, I hear its cold there)
Uhyesplease: And they wear tank tops with big furry UGG boots. Maybe this book would be the coolest there!
Greta: Yeah, it probably would. I quite frankly would wind up with the knock-offs and an untreatable foot disorder. It would be really bogus! But, what I do know is I am still a fan of Alice in Wonderland even if this book tried to force me to cement over the rabbit hole. Like I said, I don’t hang out with the cool kids. I just sit back and watch them pull up their skinny jeans and sip their lattes.
Uhyesplease: And for those of you who read the book on the tour, here are a couple of questions for you – Discuss:
1. Do you think the cover captured the true spirit of the book? What would you have chosen to put on there?
2. Did Winnie remind you in any way of Pippi Longstockings?
3. In the book there are several hints of Wonderland and various Fairy Tales sprinkled throughout. Which was your favorite?
4. How old did you think Winnie and Henry were?
Thanks again so much for reading this book along with me, Greta, I couldn’t have done it without you! Also please note that she wrote most of the review. I love being the noble side kick!
And thanks to Sasha for letting us read and review. We hated that we couldn’t give you a bunch of kick ass flaming books, but this one was quite over our heads.
PS – The chocolate was delicious!
Greta: And my cats said ‘nom nom nom’ to the tissue paper it was all wrapped in 🙂