Book Review: Dorothy Must Die

Hey there guys!

Today I bring to you a book review of my most recently finished read!

It is Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige.

Here’s the little synopsis on the back, since I’m terrible at summarizing stories without giving any spoilers: (from its amazon page)

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 a road of yellow brick—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. And—Dorothy must die.

I thought this book was a really cool and modern take on the classic tale of The Wizard of Oz. I really liked how it was done and there were twists and turns throughout the book that were really cool.

I was really curious about how this book would play out because I have such a soft spot in my heart for the Wizard of Oz I loved seeing the evolution of Oz over time and how so much has changed throughout the time since Dorothy first landed.

I really liked the setting and how everything was described, the world building was so good, and almost felt quite magical and surreal, even though there wasn’t any magic left in Oz hehe. I also loved the characterisation of Dorothy’s companions, the tin man, the scarecrow and the lion. Their transformation from the original story from now was really cool to see, even if it wasn’t a positive change, it made sense for the story and it was really awesome to see.

Dorothy basically turned evil and power hungry after getting a taste for magic and she needs to be stopped.  Oz is a pretty bleak place to be in general and things need to be changed, and Amy Gumm is going to help with that!

The thing that I didn’t like was that the beginning was really slow and it took a little while for me to fully get into. Also, I am pretty sure that you’re meant to read the entire series all at the same time, which I am probably not going to do because it honestly wasn’t my favorite book ever and want to move on from this world. I was kind of mad that it finally started to get good at the end and then it was over, which makes sense if you’re writing a series, but yeah. That last little paragraph of that little synopsis above that was on the back of the book didn’t even happen, in this book, so you’ll have to tune into the second one if you’re interested in that part of the story.

Also another minor thing I didn’t like was the main character, Amy is a great character, don’t get me wrong but I just didn’t really identify with her very much, I thought she was cool but she seemed kind of weak and complained a lot and there just wasn’t that much I could relate to her about, if you know what I mean. I like pretty much all of the other characters but I felt like Amy just wasn’t my cup of tea.

Long story short, I really enjoyed the book, I loved seeing the evolution of Oz and how everything has changed over time and how the magic has shifted and I really enjoyed where the plot went I thought the plot was interesting and stayed true to the original Wizard of Oz essence, which I really enjoyed. I didn’t quite like the pace of the book and the main character was tough for me to relate to or even route for. It is a series that I more than likely won’t be finishing, or at least not right now!

If you like this sort of thing, I do recommend you to give this read a try! Also, let me know if you have any good book recommendations to read next!



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