Monday, March 9, 2015

Review: Dorothy Must Die (#1) by Danielle Paige

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Summary 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, and I've been given a mission:

REMOVE
The Tin Woodman's heart,

STEAL
The Scarecrow's brain,

TAKE
The Lion's courage,

And then—

DOROTHY MUST DIE.


My Review:


Ah! This book was ten times better than I expected, I'm just so used to retellings not working.

The fact that this book turns the story of Wizard of Oz on its head made it work so well. It turned the main characters, Dorothy, the Lion, the Tinman, the Scarecrow, and even Toto into evil characters that creepy you out in every one of their scenes. I would love to see a TV show or movie made about this, it would be so creepy and ruin a lot of childhoods, lol.

I really connected with the main character, Amy (and her pet rat, Star, lol), and felt that she was a great main character (plus no duel povs, score) that did not make stupid mistakes all the way through the book. Plus, the Order of the Wicked is amazing because you get to see the other side of the story. You never know to trust in Oz because the ideals of good and evil have been screwed up.

I recommend checking this awesome series out and picking up the second book when it comes out. If only for the beautiful covers. :)

My Rating:

Four Stars Out of Five.

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