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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

Dorothy Must Die
by Danielle Paige
HarperCollins
ISBN: 978-0-06-228069-5
Suggested Ages: 13+
Buy from Indigo

Description: 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!



Random Thoughts
  • Really liked the intro, it hooked you in right away and left you not wanting to put the book down
  • Fabulous idea for a storyline, but felt this might have worked wonderfully as a standalone book rather than series material
  • Pleasantly surprised by a plot point near the end - really didn't see that one coming
  • Amy is a likeable character that you cheer for. She is tough, yet flawed and very realistic.
  • With all of the things I didn't love about the book, at least it kept me interested till the end
  • Great title and intriguing cover will get plenty to pick up the book
  • Story drags a lot and we are not really given a lot of clues as to why everything went to pot in Oz - or at least that makes a lot of sense
  • Intrigued me enough that I will read the rest of the series - unless the next book goes nowhere too. Pacing was off. It was very slow, than really fast paced. Just felt out of synch
  • Honestly I felt a little disgusted by making all the loveable characters from the Wizard of Oz into such horrible characters - just a little though, since it in a unique idea
  • I think this book has a lot of potential, just needed more work and again, this would have probably worked better as a standalone
  • Intriguing descriptions of the physical changes in the Tinman, Lion and Scarecrow - felt like something Tim Burton might have come up with

Memorable Passages/Quotes

"They were always predicting disaster around here, but although nearby towns had been hit a few times, Dusty Acres had always been spared. It was like we had cliche to shild us -- Tornado Sweeps Through Trailer Park,  Leaves Only and Overturned Barbeque. That's something that happens in a movie, not in real life."

"Girl gets whisked away to fairyland and all she can think about is going home? Sure, she missed her auntie Em. But you'd think her aunt would be happy for her to have gotten out of Kansas. Personally, I'd always thought Dorothy should have clicked her heels together and wished for something better than a trip back to Nowheresville."

"The top was clingy and it had some sort of bra thing built in that made my flat chest look a little less flat. Say what you will about these witches, but they valued style."

3 Dewey's

I received this as part of the Indigo Insiders program and am in no way required to read, review or try to sell

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