Book Review Time!!!!! I love writing book reviews because books give me happiness in my life so whenever I finish a book, I get super excited to talk about it! Today I am writing about the latest book that I finished called Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige.
I found out about this book last summer. I was visiting Barnes & Noble aka. my favorite store in the entire universe and I saw that on a table they had excerpts of this book. I grabbed one because it’s free and I figured why not? I was sitting on my porch reading it and I was completely fascinated by the story. I was sad when the excerpt ended and I immediately added this book to my good-reads list. I actually ended up buying this book when I went home with my boyfriend one weekend so it was sitting in near my desk and as soon as I finished Horns, I picked up this book.
I rated this book four stars on Goodreads. I absolutely loved the story! Our main character is Amy Gumm. She is from Kansas of course and she is known to be the “trailer trash” of her high school. She comes from a harsh life in the fact that her mother is addicted to medications and is unemployed. Amy often takes care of herself. She is sent home from school one day and a tornado whisks Amy away to Oz. She is shocked by the nature of Oz. It’s completely different from the original story. Dorothy is ruler of Oz now and she is completely ruthless. There is a lot of violence in this book. I was definitely not expecting that from this novel. One such death includes a munchkin being burned to death with acid in the form of bubbles. Amy is captured by Dorothy initially but escapes and ends up joining the Wicked Witches. She forms an alliance with the Wicked Witches and with their help they intend to take on Dorothy and help save Oz.
That’s the gist of the entire story. What I liked about this book is the descriptive details in the story. In each scene, I was picturing what it looked like in my head. The new Dorothy, how Oz looked destroyed, the glitter red disco balls & the constellation floor in Dorothy’s ballroom. It was told vividly where I could easily picture in my mind what Oz looked like. I also really enjoyed the characters. I like Amy a lot. I think she comes from nothing and really rises to take on Dorothy. I think her character is realistic too. Many of the choices she makes in the novel, I would definitely have done if I were in her situation.
I don’t want this review to go on forever and I certainly don’t want to spoil anything, but if you’re looking for something new to read, Dorothy Must Die should definitely be on your list. I loved the characters, the reinvented Oz and I can’t wait for the sequel! It’s called the Wicked Will Rise and it’s being released March 31st 2015. If you’re a fan of Oz, I think you will like this but even if you’re a newbie to the world of Oz-like myself, you will still find this book to be wildly entertaining.