Review: ‘Dorothy Must Die’ by Danielle Paige

Review: ‘Dorothy Must Die’ by Danielle PaigeDorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige
Series: Dorothy Must Die #1
Published by HarperCollins on 2014-04-01
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance
Pages: 464
Format: Hardcover
Source: bought online
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!

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This isn’t your typical Oz at all. It’s so dark and demented and creepy! Imagine a garden maze where flowers have human ears.. O_O D So did time pass by the same as on earth? Why wasn’t she crying for home? Why didn’t she think about anything else? Why didn’t she question where the magic came from? I felt it dragged out for so long and I couldn’t see why some scenes were included. It was very long and it didn’t need to be. I actually thought it would be a stand-a-lone but I guess I had too high of an expectation. Who are these maids and are they human?


I’m also very interested in seeing how Amy and her mother’s relationship will play out. There’s so much darkness in her that I gasped out loud. So selfish! I just couldn’t understand what she was thinking. Amy getting recruited by the wicked order was the part where I DNF’d it. I felt it boring, I wanted more action and oh did I also mention that she was attracted to her love interest way too quickly? Dorothy reminded me of a mean girl with magical powers. The Tin Man, Lion and Scarecrow were all twisted and if you keep on reading, you’ll know why.


I loved how fast-paced the writing is. Once you start, you don’t want to stop. Also, I love how dark and creep-tastic Oz really is. There’s an almost insane-like quality to the people and even Dorothy herself. Overall, if you’re looking for a darker Oz and a slow story line, grab this one..You know you’re going to want the rest of the series.


reading progress



I didn’t know what was worse: to have your shot and screw it up, or to never have had a shot in the first place. (5)
It was the kind of beautiful that can almost seem ugly; the kind of beautiful you don’t want to touch, because you know it might burn. (27)
Welcome to Oz. (29)
I hate to burst your bubble, but ignorance is no excuse. (84)
Why does there have to be a beginning and an ending? If you ask me, it’s all middle. (122)
Sometimes only pain can heal. (125)
You had to trust me. But you also have to learn not to trust anyone. Even me. (126)
It’s your choice. It’s not magic that makes you who you are. It’s the choices that you make. (155)
Showing is sometimes better than telling. (173)
You’re afraid to do anything but wish for things to happen to you. (187)
Forgiveness can you places, I guess. But sometimes you need to light a fire. (200)
What kind of person is so hard on the inside that she cries diamonds? (247)
Those who have sacrificed always have the most to lose. (298)
No matter how tough you think you are, there are certain things that just get to you, and they’re usually the little things. The ones you don’t expect. (414)
They changed because of the things that they value most. Or…the things they value most have been changed. (445)




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