Friday, April 25, 2014

Review: Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

Publisher: Harper Collins
Series: Dorothy Must Die #1
Pages: 452
Received: Received a copy from Harper Collins Canada in exchange for an honest review

Release Date: April 1, 2014
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Goodreads Synopsis:

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!

My Review:

Oh how excited I was for this book, a story about what happened to Dorothy after what we know to be the end... I couldn't say no to something like this. I do believe that Danielle Paige has an interesting idea with this story, but though I enjoyed parts of the book, I also felt that there was too much going on at times. The story started out well, really getting readers interested in the history of Oz, following the story that we all know. But after some time, the story becomes confusing when everything starts happening at once.

Amy is a great character, she has this sarcastic streak to her which I love and I definitely felt had a great humour to it. I like that Amy has the attitude that gets her in trouble a lot and she is the type to react quickly to certain things, she is a great MC, and I believe that she will have more great adventures in the future of this series. But, I wanted a little more of her to the book though, there were a lot of secondary characters that it seemed took away from Amy and her mission. The characters that we all know and love from The Wizard of Oz come back with a darker streak to them, I thought it was interesting to see how things can change so easily when you get what you want.

Danielle Paige has a great amount of action happening in this first book that I believe will keep readers intrigued. Oz has become a dark place and I do think this series has brought an interesting view on a follow up to the much loved story. The main thing that made this book difficult to love was that there was too much going on in one book (especially with the fact that it is the first one in a series). There are too many aspects that all come out in this book, and not everything is explained in detail.

As much as I wanted to love this book, there were a few issues that I had. I enjoyed the story but I think Danielle Paige put too much in one book, and that some of the issues should have been outlined over the entire series. I am still a little interested to see what will happen next, and see more of the action that Danielle has with these loveable characters. The ending left me confused and wondering exactly what Amy is supposed to do. I hope there are more explanations along the rest of the series.

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