Review – Dorothy Must Die

Title : Dorothy Must Die (#1)
Author : Danielle Paige
Publisher : Harper
Published : April 2014
Page : 452 pages
My Rating : 4/5

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—


Thought on This Book :

What happened? Dorothy.

This book was one of the books that I’d eyed ever since its first release. Blame the title for that. It bears Dorothy’s name in it, which you could know as the girl from L. Frank Baum’s classics children tale. The book is somehow like the continuation of the classics story, but with twist and rather darker theme. A good choice for my Halloween read last month.

Despite my excitement about this book, apparently I failed to write the review sooner. My bad. The last three weeks had been tough.

The story took place in Oz, sometimes after the classics tale, where Dorothy was back to Oz as a princess and ruling the place she once saved from the terror of wicked witches. But she’s not that kind Dorothy like the classics tale depicted her anymore. Power had consumed her and she turned her to a cruel person. She’s sucking the magic of Oz just for her own sake. This condition made some people wanted to revolt and freed Oz from her and her followers’ cruelty.

Some ‘wicked’ witches formed their alliance for the revolution. Some people decided to ‘wait’ for the other girl from Kansas, whom to her they believed she could break Dorothy. And so, the story went with the arrival of Amy Gumm to the Oz.

One thing I liked about this book was the main character. Amy is not typical whiny female main characters. She’s smart and strong despite her messy family background. She is a skeptical person but still a kind girl. She made a good heroine, and I like the way how she told us the story from her point of view.

The other thing I like is the little amount of romance in this book. Thank you, Danielle Paige, for not showering this book with cringe worthy lovey-dovey scenes. Of course this book has its own romance but it isn’t prolix and didn’t take too many pages/scenes. Therefore I enjoyed those few romance enough. I think too much romance wouldn’t suit this kind of genre, personally.

The plot was good. It was well-written and nothing bad that I could say about it. But I think it’s a bit too long for the first book only. I mean, why didn’t just end the story in one book? Everything went smooth and great and the conflict is well-built but the end was just ruined it. Maybe the author wanted to build the suspense with that “cliffhanger”, I don’t know. I hope the second book will be good continuation of the story and can make me understand why the story got so long.

Nevertheless, it was a really good read. I’m going to read the prologue, No Place Like Oz (Which is only available in digital copy). And of course waiting for the second book! Much excitement!



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