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Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

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—


This is another book, I bought at Harper Collins. I bought it because I LOVE fairytale re-tellings and the YA people from Harper Collins said it was good so I shrugged my shoulders and went: why not?
The book is good, it’s refreshing, the main character has that lovable sarcasm to her, there’s a hot guy (obviously) who can kick ass, it’s got witches and spoilt brats and it’s worth a read

My rating 95%


What really annoyed me about this book was the cover. It’s one of those flimsy covers that:
I do not like this AT ALL. I am a perfectionist when it comes to books and I aim for each one to be in PERFECT condition so you can understood why this bugs me.

Amy Gumm is the main characters and she is one of those social outcasts with a crappy mum. What struck me in this book is the recognition that she has to forgive her mum and get rid of her anger. Amy is so filled with hate and annoyance and it seems that throughout this book, she is trying to come in terms with it that even though she has a crappy mum, she has to realise that she is still her mum and learn not to use anger to use magic.

Ms Paige twisted this book really well. It was almost as it she open a jar labelled Wizard of Oz, emptied it, shuffled it around and put it back in another jar labelled, “Dorothy Must Die”. Everything was opposite. Dorothy became selfish and demanding, Glinda became manipulative and all the bad witches banded together to be the revolution (viva la revolution!). Oz is in tatters and everyone in it have to play suck up to the spoilt teenager in pigtails (Dorothy). LOVED IT.
Loved how creative it was, I loved the witty, sarcastic banter that Amy just seems to blurt; it was awesome! I loved Nox and his kick ass fighting and his vulnerable side, I just wished he wasn’t so stiff. If you’ve read the Throne of Glass series, Nox is very much like Chaol and I HEART CHAOL!

Let’s talk about that last scene, where Dorothy was just about to be killed. This annoyed me so much! I feel as if Dorothy could’ve just died right there if Amy didn’t say anything and just have taken her by surprise and stabbed her.  If that happened then, we wouldn’t that whole having to take the Tin Woodman’s heart, steal the Lion’s courage, take the Scarecrow’s brain and then, killing Dorothy.
It was like after 350 pages of a simple goal: killing Dorothy and training Amy to do that, just went to waste. Now, we have Queen Ozam back who was freaking Pete (who was cute) and that just confused me and then the Wizard is the good guy and we have all these doubts about the Revolution. It was all very frustrating!
In conclusion, we’re left with a cliff hanger and 2 years until we have ALL our answers.


But I DID enjoy this book and I DO recommend it.


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