Title: Dorothy Must Die (Dorothy Must Die #1) by Danielle Paige
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 bluebirds. 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 yellow brick road – 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.
RATING: 4.5 WICKED STARS
An insanely creative new retelling of one of the most loved stories out there, although Dorothy Must Die is definitely far from being a fairy tale. Take everything you know and forget about it because Dorothy, Glinda, the Tin woodman and all the other original characters, THEY’RE ALL EVILLLL and as it turns out, the once wicked witches are actually the good guys. Wait what?
Right is Left and Up is Down.
The events that take place are quite gruesome and the author wastes no time showing anyone mercy. It’s one hell of a ride. The book starts out by introducing our pink haired heroine, Amy Gumm, who somehow ends up getting punched in the face by a pregnant girl at school. We then learn how miserable her life is and then suddenly a tornado hits and off she’s gone into the land of Oz. I especially loved how the tornado scene was written. It was exceptionally detailed which made it so exciting!
It’s kind of hard to describe how enjoyable this book is without giving away too many details. So let me assure you that you can expect crazy characters, awesome action scenes, intense and cruel situations, magic, no dreadful love triangles and a kick ass female lead who accepts her flaws and always wants to do the right thing. (Though sometimes I felt like she complained many just a little too much *shrugs*)
I just ordered the second book and can’t wait to see how the Wicked Will Rise. Hopefully it will be better than the first.
*featured image from here