Author: Mike Russell
My rating: ⭐⭐⭐ 💫
Genre/s and tags: Adult, Contemporary, Fantasy/Supernatural, Magic Realism
Content warnings: Graphic depictions of violence/murder (one scene depicts a woman being sawed in half), mentions of child abuse, mentions of domestic violence, mentions of suicide, mentions of genocide
Does magic exist? Charlie Watson thinks it does and he wants to tell you all about it. Before he was famous, Charlie Watson decided to write a book to share with the world everything he knew about magic. This is that book. You will discover why Charlie always wears a top hat, why his house is full of rabbits, how magic wands are made, how the universe began, and much, much more. Plus, for the first time, Charlie tells of the strange events that led him from England to the Arctic, to perform the extraordinary feat that made him famous, and he finally reveals whether that extraordinary feat was magic or whether it was just a trick.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher
in exchange for an honest review!
I’ve read Strange Secrets by Mike Russell last year and I enjoyed it a lot. So when I was asked to review a new book from him, I was excited to dive in!
Magic is a strange yet funny and heartwarming story that will make you think about magic and the world, and will make you wonder just how real magic is.
My thoughts on Magic
What you need to know, first of all, is that this book is sort of a personal account of Charlie Watson and his strange journey with magic. Charlie, our protagonist, is directly talking to the readers and telling us about his various encounters with different people, telling us about his thoughts and feelings. As a result, I was able to fully connect and understand Charlie as a character. He’s kind, innocent and childlike, and although that can be a little annoying at first, it’s impossible to hate him. He goes through many changes and the readers are right there with him. At the end of the book, I loved his character arc!
The plot is truly strange and interesting, and yet it has a heartwarming touch to it. I felt like it was a little bit dragging at the first few parts, but once the conflict has been introduced, it has been an exciting turn of events. Charlie met a lot of people who made him realize different things, people who made him question whether magic is real or not, and people who made him think about the existence of everything.
There are also a couple of issues talked about in the book. Bullying was a recurring theme and I love the subtlety of various characters overcoming it. Suicide/depression was also talked about in the story, but I feel like the author could have expounded more on that.
Overall, this was quite a nice read and I recommend it to those who are looking for a little magic!
Quotes from the book
You have to be brave if you want to know the truth. You have to risk being disappointed.
First of all, this book was about how magic exists. Then it changed into a book about how magic doesn’t exist. Now I don’t know if magic exists or if it doesn’t exist, but I really want to find out.
She’d had enough of men being in charge of her. She wanted to be independent.
Have you guys read this book yet? What did you think? Tell me in the comments!
Catch my interview with author Mike Russell later this week!