DOROTHY MUST DIE (Dorothy Must Die #1) by Danielle Paige
452 pages, hardcover
Available now (April 2014)
Review copy provided by publisher for honest review
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.
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!
First Date: Amy’s one of those people that I just want to take under my wing. She brings out the Mama Bear in me so the least I can do is buy her dinner on our first date! She lives in a crappy trailer with her useless mother, is bullied at school and doesn’t have much prospect of escaping the deep, dark hole she’s currently existing in. But then along comes a tornado to change everything.
Second Date: When she wakes up, she’s in Oz but it’s not the Oz Amy remembers from the movie, and it’s not little Judy Garland dancing around in her sparkly red kitten heels. It’s a power-hungry vamp who’s draining Oz of its magic, supported by a ‘roided out Lion, a crazy-as-a-loon Scarecrow and parts-is-parts Tin Man. Dorothy in her skin-tight and boobalicious (but still blue-and-white checkered) dresses with her mesmerizing shoes and glossy hair was a bit over-the-top but then, it seems Dorothy’s gone a bit around the bend. Amy’s recruited by some Wicked witches to kill Dorothy, learns some magic of her own as well as some ninja-like moves, flirts with the hot-but-dark-and-brooding guy and goes undercover with the mission to take out Dorothy ASAP (spoiler: this does not happen…in this book, anyway).
Third Date: Well, that ended abruptly. Yes, I realize it’s a trilogy but not as much happened in this first book as I expected, though it’s a pretty solid set-up for the next two books (and hopefully, no soggy middle story). I liked Amy’s growth in this book, how she moved from a downtrodden, bullied young girl to a young lady who’s more confident in her abilities and who has purpose in her life. She’s not just going through the motions anymore. A satisfying date, all in all. I think we’re better off friends but I’ll check in on Amy and see if she checks everything off that list of hers.
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