Book Review: Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

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Book Review: Dorothy Must Die by Danielle PaigeDorothy Must Die (Dorothy Must Die, #1) by Danielle Paige
Published by HarperCollins on April 1st 2014
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Young Adult
Pages: 452
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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four-stars

I didn't ask for any of this. I didn't ask to be some kind of hero.\r\nBut when your whole life gets swept up by a tornado - taking you with it - you have no choice but to go along, you know?\r\nSure, I've read the books. I've seen the movies. I know the song about the rainbow and the happy little bluebirds. But I never expected Oz to look like this. To be a place where Good Witches can't be trusted, Wicked Witches may just be the good guys, and winged monkeys can be executed for acts of rebellion. There's still a yellow brick road - but even that's crumbling.\r\nWhat happened? Dorothy.\r\nThey say she found a way to come back to Oz. They say she seized power and the power went to her head. And now no one is safe.\r\nMy name is Amy Gumm - and I'm the other girl from Kansas.\r\nI've been recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked.\r\nI've been trained to fight.\r\nAnd I have a mission.\r\n

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“I hate to break it to you, but just because someone has pretty hair and a good skin tone and a crown instead of a pointy hat doesn’t mean she’s not the baddest bitch this side of the emerald city.”

\r\n \r\n\r\nThis one had been sitting patiently on my Kindle for awhile, and I kept passing it up. I’m not sure why – I’m a fan of The Wizard of Oz, I may have a small obsession with the play Wicked, and I usually enjoy stories that take classics and put a spin on them. So it was no surprise that when I finally did start reading, I couldn’t stop.\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nI liked Amy right away. She was spunky, she was smart, and she clearly deserved so much more than she had been dealt in life. I was a bit taken aback by how dark this book was, but it was a pleasant surprise! The squeaky clean Dorothy now wears skintight leather versions of that famous blue and white checked outfit, and she drinks too much. The Tin Man is a killing machine, and the Lion is even more ruthless, feeding off of the fear of others. The Scarecrow is no longer sweet and cuddly, as he uses his brain for some pretty horrific inventions. This definitely is not the Oz from your childhood! The so-called “wicked” witches may just be good (or are they?), and the magic of Oz has changed many things. You can’t be sure who can really be trusted.\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nI didn’t realize that there were several novellas that preceded the book until I had finished it and went looking for the sequel. I have so far read the first three novellas, and I would definitely recommend reading them before you start the book. Especially the first two – you’ll get extra insight into how Dorothy ended up the way she is, and also understand Jellia’s character a bit more.\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nDorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige wasn’t what I was expecting. It was action-packed and filled with characters that I either loved or loved to hate. It was a smarter, more complicated story than I had anticipated, with splashes of humor and sarcasm, and it even managed to surprise me a couple of times. I found myself genuinely drawn into the story, and since it ended in a cliffhanger, I’m anxiously waiting to start the next book. I have a feeling that there are a lot more twists and surprises in store!

four-stars
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Jessica’s addiction to books began at age 4, going on weekly trips to the library with her mom. After being a young fan of Sweet Valley High and The Baby-Sitters Club, she discovered the thrill of reading a book that made her want to leave the light on and check under the bed. Her all-time favorite author is Stephen King, but she will read just about anything! Jessica never leaves home without her e-reader, and considers it the best gift she ever received. Her other hobbies include running and going to Disney World as often as possible.

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