Thursday, November 13, 2014

Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige



by: Danielle Paige
Review by: Zairra DC

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.

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, and I've been given a mission:

The Tin Woodman's heart,

The Scarecrow's brain,

The Lion's courage,

And then—



The first time I laid my eyes on Dorothy Must Die when I dropped by the bookstore, I was immediately attracted to it, with the whole bloody writing all-over that classic gingham dress cover and unique yet slightly norbid title, who wouldn't be? It was like it was calling to me, and with that I immediately felt like I just had to read this book. Danielle Paige, how do you do it?

I liked how Dorothy Must Die was based on the original Oz but had a modern and wicked twist to it. Oz isn't the same anymore. It's filthy, dark and dangerous; and Amy Gumm, the pink haired badass and misfit with more issues you could imagine, immediately gets caught up in this anti-Dorothy resistance.
The story would capture the reader's attention and fill you with excitement and thrill. It was a rollercoaster of emotions, from misery to exhilaration and everything in between. It didn't disappoint!

I loved the main character, Amy Gumm, that even with her failures and awkard moments, she still had a strong will and voice. She has this sass surrounding her but with this independent side of her too; She doesn't let the hot and enigmatic guy tell her what do; She isn't afraid to give anyone a slap on the face; and she's tired of girls like Dorothy.

Dorothy is the queen of all things vicious and wicked. She's left her good girl image in the past. The other characters in Dorothy Must Die were also really influential, and in less skilled hands, I wouldn't have felt Amy's distress with her trust and relationship issues with the other characters (Round of applause!).

Dorothy Must Die may be a YA novel but don't let that fool you. There are murders, violence, and some really twisted issues.

To sum it up, in Dorothy Must Die expect a strong heroine, a deceitful villainess and total girl power.
It's a woman's world in Dorothy Must Die.

Ps. One of my favorite books! So much potential and I just know it would hit big in the future! 5 stars!


Magic always wants to be something different from what it already is. Now that made sense to me. It reminded me of myself.

No matter how tough you think you are, there are certain things that just get to you, and they’re usually the little things. The ones you don’t expect. 

I didn’t know what was worse: to have your shot and screw it up, or to never have had a shot in the first place. 

With all the magic in Oz, with all the magic the witches had taught me, there was one trick I still hadn’t mastered: how to make people stay.
(I liked alot of quotes from Dorothy Must Die because they're just so accurate and relatable! THE LAST ONE THOUGH.)

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