Review: Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

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Title: Dorothy Must Die  (Dorothy Must Die  #1)
Author: Danielle Paige
Release Date/Publisher: April 1st 2014 by HarperCollins
Finished: February 13th 2014
Pages: 432-ARC-given for review
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Synopsis from 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 blue birds. 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 the yellow brick road, though—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:
Remove the Tin Woodman’s heart.
Steal the Scarecrow’s brain.
Take the Lion’s courage.
Then and only then—Dorothy must die!

What I Thought

I was given an advanced copy of this to review by Harper Collins Canada, thank you!

I have been wanting to read this one since I heard about it! Who wouldn’t love a dark story about Oz and what happened after Dorothy left?

I really liked Amy, our main character. She’s had to take care of herself and her mom and learned to be strong because of that. But when she goes to Oz there’s still so much she has to do once she finds out about Dorothy, which was good because she had to work for it, it wasn’t instant. She’s not wimpy which was great, she’s someone normal who has potential and has to try her best to do what’s right. There’s death and violence but she holds up pretty well and I just plain liked her.

Oz is actually kind of creepy, especially when you see some of the people under Dorothy’s influence. The Scarecrow for instance does experiments and things to people, and the Lion is just plain vicious. Dorothy is the worst of course, if someone disobeys her they get killed or tortured or sent to the Scarecrow for experimenting fun. On the other hand I liked some of the people in the Order of the Wicked, like Gert. They were supposed to be the bad ones, but everything seems reversed here. I think there might be a possible romance in the future, which I’m kind of hoping doesn’t happen so this book can focus on the story.

I just loved the whole story and how everything was twisted. There’s so many secrets that people hide and also a bunch of action to keep the pace up. You should really read this, especially if you were a fan of the movie.

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4 comments on “Review: Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

  1. I’ve been hearing a lot of good buzz about this one but yours is the first review I’ve read. I was already intrigued but reading your thoughts really made me want to check this one out for myself! It sounds perfectly creepy and addictive 😀 Glad you enjoyed this one Kelsey, thanks for the lovely review ^^

  2. This looks so good! 🙂 I love the fact that it sounds creepy. I have not read many good creepy books! I love how this sounds like a sequel type thing and a new spin on Oz. I will probably get this in Harcover for the cover art! 🙂

    Great review xx

    Alex @ The Shelf Diaries

  3. LOL, yes! This book does have the best title ever. I’ve never read an Oz spin-off (no, not even Wicked! *runs* *hides*), but this one will probably be the first. Who knows, maybe it will spark a new thing for me, and I’ll binge read them all!

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