Dorothy Must Die *Bianca’s Review

Posted May 7th, 2015 by in *Review / 1 comment

Dorothy Must Die *Bianca’s ReviewDorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige
Also by this author: Mera: Tidebreaker
Series: Dorothy Must Die #1
Pages: 452
Format: Hardcover
Read in: Feb. 25th-April 1st
Add to: Goodreads

I didn't ask for any of this. I didn't ask to be some kind of hero.

But when your whole life gets swept up by a tornado - taking you with it - you have no choice but to go along, you know?

Sure, 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.

What happened? Dorothy.

They 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.

My name is Amy Gumm - and I'm the other girl from Kansas.

I've been recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked.

I've been trained to fight.

And I have a mission.

4.5 Stars

When I first started Dorothy Must Die I couldn’t get into it right away. I was eager to read it but with the reading slump I was in a wanted an instant pull. When that didn’t happen I put it off for a while and was thinking of waiting until much later to read it. When some free time cleared I jumped right in and am so glad I did. It ended up being a pretty great read and although it might be a while before I can get my hands on the next one I am definitely eager to read it.

I find story re-tellings extremely interesting. It was fairly common for me to find re-tellings that were just more modernized versions. I love finding these twisted re-tellings (another fave Splintered). Danielle Paige took the world of Oz and developed an even more intriguing story. The beloved characters become something dark and twisted. Note I am not a huge Wizard of Oz fan and have only seen the movie ages ago but nothing was the way it should be. Who is good and who is wicked is too hard a question to answer and does Wicked always have to equate to evil/bad?

Although I feel I ended the book knowing as much about the characters as I did the beginning (not very much) I feel like Paige has a lot in store for readers. It feels a lot goes unanswered. Like why did a tornado bring another girl to Oz? Why Amy? Who is trustworthy? Etc. There is a lot for Amy to learn about herself and others.  Paige makes each page so easy to visualize and I am ready for more action, more humor, and possibly a little romance.



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