Review: Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

sayTitle: Dorothy Must Die (Dorothy Must Die #1)
Author: Danielle Paige
Publisher: Harper Collins
Release Date: April 1st 2014
Pages: 452
Read it in: 2 Days
Source: A treat to myself from Waterstones

Synopsis: 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 bluebirds. 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 a yellow brick road – 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.

My Review:

I couldn’t wait to start this book, and therefore I was so, so happy when it was the 3rd book to receive the most votes in the Make Me Read it read-a-thon! I was super intrigued  by this book, I love the movie and I have an overwhelmingly huge desire to read the books also,  but with a basic knowledge of Baum’s books, I knew I had to read and hopefully love this twist.

I love twists, and retellings. My dissertation at University was on retellings and twists, so this was absolutely up my street. I loved the idea that somehow Dorothy had done more harm than good to the land of Oz and I was definitely not disappointed in Danielle Paige’s explanation of what actually happened to Dorothy and what Dorothy was doing to Oz. It was so very clever. And believable, in a sense. No one wants to believe Dorothy is evil, of course, but the story that Paige created sounds very possible.

Lets talk about the girl who is given the task of killing Dorothy. Amy Gumm. Okay, I giggled at first with the last name, but quickly got over it as we delved deep into the world of upside down Oz. I thought Amy was a great main female character. Absolutely brilliant, she wasn’t perfect, she had flaws but when the going got tough, she got her act together. I loved following her thoughts as she trained up and eventually wound up in Dorothy’s palace.

The other characters in the novel were also great, I never knew who could be trusted which is brilliant as all anyone ever says is do not trust anyone. So it was great that as the audience I struggled to figure out who I could and couldn’t trust – though I think I was pretty good at it, closer to the end. The whole thing was written so well that I really did get lost in this upside down world.

I’m somewhat disappointed by the fact that the blurb tells you that in order to kill Dorothy, Remove the Tin Woodman’s heart, Steal the Scarecrows  brain and Take the Lion’s courage, and yet this isn’t the mission that Dorothy is given! Now, I understand why what happens, happens the way it happens, but still… I was expecting this to become apparent much sooner in the book. Clearly I was wrong, but it didn’t take much away from the story because when it was added, it was clear why Amy wasn’t told this before hand! Argh, it’s just so good in an annoying way, ha!

Seriously though, Dorothy Must Die ends on such a cliffhanger. I’m annoyed that I don’t have access to the sequel, The Wicked Will Rise, but mark my words! I will get my hands on it as soon as I possibly can!!

Overall,

Absolutely loved this book and I need to get my hands on the sequel as soon as! And really, that’s all I can really say as an overall!!

4.5stars

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