REVIEW: Dorothy Must Die (Dorothy Must Die #1) by Danielle Paige

3 Jan

Read as part of the Fairytale Retelling Challenge hosted by The Daily Prophecy.

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 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.

MY RATING: 4 of 5 stars

MY THOUGHTS
This is the first book in The Dorothy Must Die series. Its a debut work by Danielle Paige

Remember Oz? That magical place that Dorothy found herself in after that tornado…you remember the colour and vibrancy of that amazing place? Remember the magic? Remember this?

Now, forget all that and enter Oz like you’ve never imagined. Everything that could have gone wrong, has gone wrong. The yellow Brick Road is crumbling and everything has gone to shit.

“Oz has changed,” Gert said. “The trees don’t talk. The Pond of Truth tells lies, the Wandering Water stays put. The Land of Naught is on fire. People are starting to get old. People are forgetting how it used to be.”

This is Oz now. A forbidding, gross wasteland of ash, rubble and death.

It’s a dark and it’s grim and nothing is as it seems.

“Up is down, down is up. Good is Wicked, Wicked is Good. The times are changing. This is what Oz has come to.”

The Characters

This book has a lot of characters but Danielle writes them all so well that they blend in naturally and it doesn’t seem like you have to many names to remember. They are mostly likeable and you get attached to them.

I liked Amy Gumm. I enjoyed reading about her growth from start to finish. She is a relatable character and didn’t come off as an annoying ‘Mary Sue’. She was real. She had doubts about herself and the world but deep down she had strength.

At the beginning of the book I felt sorry for her. Awkward high school with bullies and biased teachers. Her father was absent and her mom was an alcoholic and a druggie. It was sad to read. Can you imagine a world where you have no one but your addict mom’s gross pet rat for company? That sucks.

The supporting characters were also great to read about. Most were witty, cool, fun and sassy…and in a world where ‘sass’ is a crime, that’s saying something. Others were evil psychopaths who deserved to have pianos dropped on their crazy heads. *cough* Dorothy *cough*.

Then enters the guys. First came Pete then came Nox. Then came me cringing that there might be a Love-triangle. I can’t really talk about Pete without giving spoilers but he’s cool.
In the beginning I didn’t like Nox (the hinted love interest) but by the middle I kind of just ended up enjoying the scenes where he was. Sure, he’s the typical tall, dark, broody and strong male lead but I quite liked him. He had a back story that brought a knot in my chest.

Dorothy is a cold and evil bitch that isn’t above torturing anyone and anything. Be it man, munchkin, flying monkey or even rats. I freaking hated her. The bitch must seriously die. Screw her and her stupid magic shoes. Crazy bitch!
What happened to her you ask? Well, you’re just gonna have to read to find out. But I’ll tell you this…magic has a way of corrupting even the sweetest of hearts. (Forgive my rant)

The Plot
So the blurb got me, I was curious to see how the author would pull it off. Come on. Dorothy as the villain? Count me in. I loved it. I love the story. I love Danielle’s writing style and the voice was pleasant. Everything sat well with me.

I’m sure by now you can tell that it’s a dark story. There is exciting and enjoyable magic mixed in. It wasn’t lacking in the action department. Okay, fine…the fights were badass. But with action and the whole premise of the story, it came with gore and a lot of Oh-god-please-no moments. I just couldn’t stop the “feels”.
One second I’m laughing at Amy’s sarcastic personality and the next I’m cursing and tearing up at the whole “Game of Thrones” vibe it gave me. It was a welcome ride and gave me such a rush.

Once Amy found herself in Oz, every moment was like this…

I was so engrossed and swallowed up in her journey. From surviving a tornado to training to the face off, I was hooked. I just couldn’t get enough.
The best part of this was that, though there were hints of romance and love, it didn’t get in the way of the overall plot. It was just enough to give me my fluff fix but not too much that it made me want to roll my eyes and hurl.

I can’t stand stories where the characters get so caught up in pleasing their genitals and bumping uglies that they forget about their duties and responsibilities. Um like, hello…quit your unnecessary making out and freaking save the world already you couple of horn-dogs.
You’re like the chosen one, for pete’s sake. So, I’m glad that the author made sure the romance didn’t get in the way…at all. I personally loved that.

Anyway, as this is the first book in the series, you’ll have a lot of questions and most of them won’t be answered. (Freaking cliffhangers) It’s a long read but that’s necessary to set the foundation and premise. Introducing the world, the characters and all.

All in all, I definitely would recommend this one to anyone who likes dark fairytale retellings and fantasy. There are great plot twists and most will blow your mind. It was a good read and I was tempted to give it a 5 star rating. I can’t wait to start reading book 2.

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-Dee

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3 Responses to “REVIEW: Dorothy Must Die (Dorothy Must Die #1) by Danielle Paige”

  1. Jess @ Curiouser and Curiouser January 3, 2015 at 11:25 pm #

    Great review! Dorothy Must Die is on my TBR, and by the sounds of it I’ll definitely have to check it out for the Fairytale Challenge this year!

    • Dee January 3, 2015 at 11:56 pm #

      Thanks. You have got to read it. I really enjoyed the story.

      I also need to check out what the other bloggers are reading. Don’t know what to read now lol

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