Thursday, April 17, 2014

Dorthy Must Die - Review

by Danielle Paige

  Dorothy Must Die (Dorothy Must Die, #1)

Series: Dorothy Must Die (Book 1) 
Published: April 2014
Hardcover (pgs 452)

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!

I've been anticipating this book for a few months. I've never been a huge fan of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (I have a fear of monkeys) and I've never read the books. Even so, I have a deep love for the musical Wicked and have wanted to read those books for years. After reading this book I have a new appreciation of Oz and I really want to read the original Oz books. (I've downloaded them all for my Kindle as of yesterday) 

Part of what I loved about this book was the author throws us right into Oz. There are a few short chapters that introduce us to Amy and her life in Kansas, but then it is all Oz. It could be really hard to hook a reader because obviously we are familiar with the world and even some of the characters. Paige does a great job of using the familiarity of Oz to show just how dark and twisted the land of Oz has become. It truly is dark and twisted too! (In all the ways that make me want to keep reading though)

Amy was such a good main character too. She is spunky and brave which makes for some great dialogue. Its obvious there is going to be a lot of complex character relationships and plot points going forward just from this book! There is just a dash of romance in this story which was the right amount for the amount of action and the personalities of both characters. I felt a little misdirected as things came to a close at the end of this first book, but hopefully there will be some more explanation about that in book two.

As far as format goes, I enjoy books with short chapters. I love to take books along with me places and read a few pages throughout the day. Therefore, I like short chapters so I have clear stopping points. I know this bothers some people though. This book has a lot of chapters and they are usually short. I, personally, do not think it disrupts the story or bother me while reading.

This is one of the best books I've read so far this year and I'm already dying to read book two. I've heard there is a novella though so you can bet I'll be checking it out asap. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who likes darker fantasy.

Rating: 5/5 

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