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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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Days of Blood & Starlight (Daughter of Smoke and Bone #2) by Laini Taylor.

9 Aug

Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love and dared to imagine a world free of bloodshed and war.

This is not that world.

Art student and monster’s apprentice Karou finally has the answers she has always sought. She knows who she is—and what she is. But with this knowledge comes another truth she would give anything to undo: She loved the enemy and he betrayed her, and a world suffered for it.

MY RATING: 5 Stars

MY THOUGHTS
So Laini Taylor does it again in this sequel to Daughter of Smoke & Bone. Her writing is so exceptionally captivating and I found myself almost about to cry by the events in this book. It is a world of devastation and terror, tears and blood. A world where you will find yourself wondering if a time existed when happiness was a thing.
I love how Laini just pulls you in with her words and let’s you feel the pain and emotion of the characters. While at the same time squeezing in some humour and witty conversations that make you smile and sometimes even laugh or just go like “wow”.
For example the passage below, you will see for yourselves 🙂

“Let’s see. You know how, at the end of Romeo and Juliet, Juliet wakes up in the crypt and Romeo’s already dead? He thought she was dead so he killed himself right next to her?”

“Yeah. That was awesome.” A pause, followed by “Ow,” suggested elbow punctuation on the part of Mik.

Karou ignored it. “Well, imagine if she woke up and he was still alive, but…” She swallowed, waiting out a tremor in her voice. “But he had killed her whole family. And burned her city. And killed and enslaved her people.”

That is how most of the book is…just amazing.

The Seraph and the Chimaera are still battling it out and its more pain and heartbreak for our dear Karou as the age old war continues.

It is war like you have never read it, or heard of it. You will cry, curse, scream and drop down to your knees asking “why? Oh why is this happening? but at the same time you will just continue reading, hoping and praying that the sun will shine through the darkness and Karou and Akiva will eventually find their way back to each other.

From the bottom of my hurting and hopeful heart I would just like to say Laini Taylor is a Goddess among mere humans. I really enjoyed this and hope those who haven’t read it up to now will enjoy it too.

-Dee

Angelfire (Angelfire #1) by Courtney Allison Moulton

9 Aug

First there are nightmares.
Every night Ellie is haunted by terrifying dreams of monstrous creatures that are hunting her, killing her.

Then come the memories.
When Ellie meets Will, she feels on the verge of remembering something just beyond her grasp. His attention is intense and romantic, and Ellie feels like her soul has known him for centuries. On her seventeenth birthday, on a dark street at midnight, Will awakens Ellie’s power, and she knows that she can fight the creatures that stalk her in the grim darkness. Only Will holds the key to Ellie’s memories, whole lifetimes of them, and when she looks at him, she can no longer pretend anything was just a dream.

MY RATING: 3 Stars

MY THOUGHTS
For me Angelfire was not particularly a bad read. I just found myself failing to finish it at some points during my reading. Usually I am able to finish a book in two days or three days tops…but for this particular one I took longer than a week to go past half the book.

I have to give it points for having a powerful sword-wielding bad-ass girl as the main character. Ellie is strong and hardcore when she is not being a total teenager who is always thinking about partying and watching movies with her pals.

The book has enough action-packed scenes and with just the right amount of romance (okay not so much), mystery and at times terror.

The only thing I had a problem with was that I found Ellie to be a little too realistic a character, don’t get me wrong on this one. “Real” is good in some books but putting a real teenager in a book about an immortal warrior was just stretching it. She is responsible for saving people and is supposed to be the “vanquisher” of reapers but yet Will, the main guy, had to constantly remind her to not slack off so much. More often than not she preferred throwing parties and buying tight dresses than trying to perfect and improve her should be butt-kicking sword skills.
And I am not a very stylish person so I found the whole “designer label” and name dropping thing a bit unnecessary

    . At some points it was all “Chanel” this and “BMW” that. I wouldn’t have minded it all if I was reading another girly book like “It girl” or Gossip girl, but in this type of book it all felt out of place.

    All in all, if you are a lover of the Angels and Demons YA Genre, reincarnation, slice of life novels and Egyptian mythology then you should give this book a chance. Who knows you might just like it.

    -Dee

Book Update

5 Aug

So this is just an update on the “book” that I am writing. I wrote a post that I was going to attempt writing my own book and I have opted to go for the Young Adult Genre. It is all still just a work in progress obviously and I don’t really expect anything much from my followers.

The story is about a girl, Faye, who has been having a recurring nightmare for weeks and though she tries not to let it get to her it starts to affect her life and just when she thinks it can’t get any worse a mysterious young man comes into her life. His arrival tears her life apart and makes her doubt everything that she knows. He opens her eyes to a world of magical creatures she never could have imagined and an evil that is determined to destroy the world.

I just posted Chapter One on My writing for anyone who is interested in reading it and hopefully becoming a follower.

Hoping to read what people think.

-Dee

Obsidian (Lux #1) by Jennifer . L. Armentrout

8 Feb

obsidian cover

Book #1 in the Lux series

Starting over sucks.

When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring…. until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.

And then he opened his mouth.

Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something…unexpected happens.

The hot alien living next door marks me.

You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon’s touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades.
If I don’t kill him first, that is.

My Thoughts:

If you have not read this book already, you best get yourself a copy. I finally get what the hype has been about and boy am I glad to be one of the people who have read it and loved it.
I know that after reading that synopsis, you will have doubts about this book but trust me, you will want to read this one. It is that good. When my sister recommended it to me, I was like “Aliens, seriously? OMG” I was so not looking forward to it. But once I finished chapter one, I didn’t want to stop.
Before you even think it, NO we are not talking E.T type of alien, I am thinking it is Chace Crawford kind of alien. No tentacles or other disgusting bug traits.

I really like Katty or “kitten” as Daemon calls her, she really knows how to stand her ground, just my type of character.
Trust me on this one, you will not regret it. it is funny, witty, hot and just absolutely divine.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Daughter of Smoke and Bone #1) by Laini Taylor

5 Feb

Daughter of smoke and bone

“Once upon a time, an angel and a demon fell in love. It did not end well”

Around the world, black hand prints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.

In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grows dangerously low.

And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherworldly war.

After my sister recommended this book to me, I had no choice but to read it because she has that great a taste in books and I just had to trust her. I always do. Of course it turned out that she was right and I was just so hooked, couldn’t stop reading until I finished..it was that intense.

The story follows Karou, an art student who fills up her sketch book with monsters and all her friends her “wowed” each time she shows them. The monsters obviously are real but her friends just think she has an overactive imagination, being an artist and all.

Of course like with every Young adult novel out there, you should expect a ridiculously hot and sexy guy as the love interest and boy does Akiva deliver. This guy is so hot, it should be illegal and I am sure it is in some countries because he would cause road accidents just by crossing the road. Or even cause death because you can just stop breathing just from looking at him. That attractive yes. *Fans herself* It was funny how people reacted to his attractiveness. I am still laughing. lol

If that is not enough to make you want to read this then maybe this will do, when I started the book, I literally lost interest in anything else (well maybe except calling and texting my boyfriend and all that “lovie-dovie” stuff). You know when a book is so good and the weather outside is just perfect so you get under the sheets and just do nothing but enjoy it. And each time someone talks to you, you almost get upset like you can just bite their head off for disturbing your happy time? Yeah, I was practically acting like a weirdo when reading this book. Well more than the weirdo I am, that is

The great thing about this book and one thing you should note is Laini Taylor’s way of writing, she is so good it is crazy. Not only does she bring out every emotion out of you at just the right moment but she also invites you into her world, imagining everything just as close to what she set out as possible. She has a way with words that just leave you thinking “Wow, why can’t I write stuff like that?”.
I especially loved how she defined love, not as a luxury but as an element.

“Love is an element. Like air to breath, earth to stand on”

That was just beautiful, well for me at least and that is probably because I am a sucker for love.

I definitely would recommend this book to anyone who loves Fantasy young adult because it is that good.

Now it is on to the second one because I can not wait to find out what happens next.

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