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Dorothy Must Die

by Danielle Paige

Overview (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:

The Tin Woodman’s heart,

The Scarecrow’s brain,

The Lion’s courage,

And then—


My Thoughts:  Oz is actually one of my favorite fictional worlds.  On my list of fictional places to visit, it’s right up there with Hogwarts and Narnia.  The fact that Dorothy Must Die is a twist just made me more excited to read it.  Have I mentioned my slight (read:  major) obsession with fairy tale twists?  Unfortunately that also meant my expectations were much higher than normal.

The plot was more enjoyable after reading the prequels.  You can read Dorothy Must Die without reading them, but they explained more and you understood what was going on in Oz and why it was wrong.  The story continuously moved forward without seeming like it was slow or boring.  There were even a few twists that shocked the heck out of me.

The main character, Amy, was great overall.  There were a few instances where I just wanted to slap her.  She hesitated a few times too many for my taste, but I understand why she did it.  It was just mildly annoying at the time.  I loved Gert and Nox.  They were my favorites, bar none.  The other characters had more of a story than I expected and it never felt slow.

As you’ve probably guessed, I am a big fan of Dorothy Must Die.  I read both of the prequels (No Place Like Oz and The Witch Must Die) before reading Dorothy Must Die.  I couldn’t help thinking how different Dorothy Must Die would seem to me if I hadn’t read those prequels.  If I’m being completely honest, I would not have enjoyed it as much as I did.  You really need to read the prequels first and I don’t really like that.

Ultimately, I really enjoyed Dorothy Must Die.  I would highly recommend Dorothy Must Die, especially if you’re a fan of the world of Oz.  As it stands now, Dorothy Must Die would definitely end up on an all time favorite books list for me.

5 out of 5 Bookmarks = I really loved it and can’t wait for The Wicked will Rise!

Don’t forget to read the prequels first:

Interested in buying this book?  Amazon or Barnes & Noble




1 Comment

  1. I did not read the prequels and I didn’t like it quite as much – so maybe I should go back and give them a shot and see how I feel about the book after that.

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