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Book Review: The Wicked Will Rise by Danielle Page

Posted on 09/16/2015 in Book Review / 1 Comment

Book Review: The Wicked Will Rise by Danielle PageThe Wicked Will Rise (Dorothy Must Die, #2) by Danielle Paige
Published by HarperCollins on March 31st 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal Fiction
Pages: 293
Format: eBook
Source: Library
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In this dark, high-octane sequel to the New York Times bestselling Dorothy Must Die, Amy Gumm must do everything in her power to kill Dorothy and free Oz.\r\nTo make Oz a free land again, Amy Gumm was given a mission: remove the Tin Woodman’s heart, steal the Scarecrow’s brain, take the Lion’s courage, and then Dorothy must die...\r\nBut Dorothy still lives. Now the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked has vanished, and mysterious Princess Ozma might be Amy’s only ally. As Amy learns the truth about her mission, she realizes that she’s only just scratched the surface of Oz’s past—and that Kansas, the home she couldn't wait to leave behind, may also be in danger. In a place where the line between good and evil shifts with just a strong gust of wind, who can Amy trust—and who is really Wicked?\r\n

The Wicked Will Rise by Danielle Page is the sequel to Dorothy Must Die. Since I really liked that one, I was eager to begin reading. However, right before I started, I discovered that there is a bit of controversy surrounding the author and the packaging company. This might be old news, but it was new to me.   The Dorothy Must Die series is packaged by Full Fathom Five, which is a publishing company started by James Frey. Remember him? He’s the author who was schooled by Oprah, after it was discovered that his memoir A Million Little Pieces was mostly fabricated. From everything I have read, Full Fathom Five has been accused of treating authors pretty poorly – small advances, penalties if they admit to working with the company, etc. Basically bullying and exploiting the employees.   http:// via GIPHY   If you’re anything like me, you spend a lot of money on books. I typically don’t put a whole lot of thought into exactly where that money goes, but I know that I don’t want my money going into this guy’s pocket. Since I downloaded this book from the library, I felt somewhat better, but it definitely got me thinking. Will I purchase any more books in this, or any other series affiliated with Full Fathom Five? Should the author be punished for being affiliated with them? As a reader, should entertainment ever win out over moral ground? Obviously I have more questions than answers, but for now, back to the book review!   This is the second installment of the Dorothy Must Die series, and it still surprised me at times with how dark it was. I really love that it has taken a beloved, classic story, and turned it on its head in such a fun way. I didn’t love it as much as I did the first book, but that usually seems to be the case for the second book of a series – we resolve a few things that were left hanging in the first book, get to know the characters a bit more, and set up more action for the third.   This time around, Amy really has to figure out who she is, and who she wants to be. She has to conquer the self-doubt that plagues her (and who hasn’t been there?).  She has to figure out if she wants to be “good” or embrace the darkness that might be inside her. And she has to figure out who she should trust. That’s a lot of growth and maturity for a poor girl from a trailer park in Kansas.   The Wicked Will Rise by Danielle Page was a fun read. There were a few revelations, a few surprises, and another cliffhanger of an ending. I want to keep reading, I love this series! But my biggest takeaway from this book was serious thought on where our responsibilities lie as readers (and bloggers), and just how much we should let social media and what we read on the internet infiltrate our opinions.  

“You can’t just cover your eyes and pretend like terrible things aren’t happening simply because you can’t see them,” -Danielle Page, The Wicked Will Rise

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