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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2014 Full Fathom Five, LLC (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers

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Interesting concepts, lacking in the execution

First off, if you're looking for a 100% standalone novel, this is not it. While it doesn't exactly end in what I would term a cliffhanger, the conclusion raises a lot more questions than it answers and the main character narrating the story puts it right out there that it's not over. Another small warning if you're buying this for your kid -- while this appears to be firmly in YA territory, be aware that there are several bloody bits and language that would get a movie rated R. So if that bothers you, consider carefully before you buy.

So about the book itself. I found this one to be a rather mixed bag. There are a lot of interesting concepts going on in this book, but I didn't really feel like any of them were fully realized or explained. Since there are apparently going to be sequels to this book, I realize you can't spill all the beans straight off, but at the end of this book my knowledge of how Oz came to such a pass is still pretty negligible. You learn early on that, surprise! Dorothy and cohorts are now the evil rulers of Oz. What never gets explained satisfactorily is why. It's suggested throughout the book that the Oz books we know and love weren't wrong, that everything did happen that way and that Dorothy used to be good and has changed. There's a hint that she developed an addiction to magic, but her becoming a sort of magical junkie doesn't fully explain the depths of corruption and sadism to which Dorothy has sunk. To be fair, I have just noticed today that there is a prequel novella available for the Kindle on Amazon which may answer some of these question.

Several other things bothered me about this book as well. Our narrator and main character gets bullied from page one and that pretty much goes on throughout the book. She gets bullied into joining the revolution, she gets bullied for being rubbish at training in the beginning (like, wow, you're a teenager from a world in which you don't have to defend yourself from anything more serious than a high school shoving contest, why aren't you the uber warrior we need?!), she gets bullied for not being the hard as nails, nothing before the cause soldier that she was kind of forced into training to be. Adversity makes a story, but seriously? Do we need to ream the girl at every turn when there can be no reasonable expectation for her to have adapted so well to this world in so short a time?

Overall, I'm giving this book 3 stars across the board. The narrator wasn't bad and did seem to bring across the teenager attitude the main character had. This was occasionally annoying as teenagers are occasionally annoying, but I can't fault her for playing her part to a tee. The premise of this book was and still remains intriguing to me and the writing itself was adequate. It could be entirely possible that the sequel to this book, whenever it comes out, will kick much more butt than this one did. I really hope it does. I'd love to see Amy Gumm come into her own, start making her own decisions and her own plans. I'd love to see her fight back on her own terms and not just follow someone else's idea of what's best. She definitely didn't do those things in this book, but I think there's still hope for her yet.

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Like American McGee's Alice But for OZ

What other book might you compare Dorothy Must Die to and why?

I would compare (as I said in the title) this book to American McGee's Alice. It is a dark twist on a classic world that we all know.

Which scene was your favorite?

My favorite scene is one of the first that takes place in the land of Oz where Amy climbs a hill to get her first view of what Oz has become. A crazed looking Glenda the good witch is hovering high in the sky while she forces the munchkin people (Enslaved by Dorothy and her minions) to harvest the magic from the land which has turned the Oz landscape into a grey, barren wasteland.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Murder, over the rainbow.
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The Emerald City is about to be painted red.
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Lions and tigers and bears will die!

Any additional comments?

This is a fun YA novel for those that enjoy the twisted fairy tales. The author actually has a handle on the English language and doesn't pander to people who don't know how to speak it. (I'm looking at you Divergent)

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Could have been better but overall, not a bad book

Would you be willing to try another book from Danielle Paige? Why or why not?
I'm 50/50 on this one. The book was okay and the writing wasn't bad. I wasn't impressed but I liked it enough to finish it.

Did Devon Sorvari do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?
Dorothy, the Tin Woodman, Gert, and Amy were very distinct. Everyone else was so so.

Could you see Dorothy Must Die being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?
I could totally see this turn into either one. The story is interesting, there's a lot of guesswork, and of course there is the twisted version of Oz, which is very appealing for the screen. I can't really think of who should play the characters though...

Any additional comments?
Overall it's a decent book. The pacing needs improvement, the romance between Amy and Knox should be better developed, and there were several scenes were I felt like throwing a shoe at Amy for being so dang on stupid, but other than that, it's good.

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I kept rolling my eyes

I tried to enjoy this book. However, Amy's attitude, angst, and complaining irritated me to no end. It was so annoying. Every turn left me wanting to scream because the main character was always complaining, or getting frustrated, our getting angry with someone. She was definitely a character I did not like.

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A Snarkfest

How could the performance have been better?

The reader chose to use a very sarcastic, snarky tone for Amy, which didn't work for the entire book. I definitely saw Amy as sarcastic in the beginning, but I felt that she underwent many transformations in Oz, which made the snarkiness annoying. I wanted to click my heels three times to end this book.

Any additional comments?

I had so much hopes for this book, but none of the characters were likable. I really wanted to like Amy as a heroine protagonist, but the sarcastic voice used in narration prevented me from forming any sort of relationship relationship with her.

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The Land of Oz has been turned on its head

What made the experience of listening to Dorothy Must Die the most enjoyable?

The land of Oz has been turned on its head and it's up to the girl from Kansas to set things to right... No not that one, she's the problem and must DIE. Danielle Paige has delved into the dark side of magic in the first of her Oz series.

The mystery of who is good, who is bad and what or who really controls Oz is fascinating with twists and turns keeping me on the edge of my seat. The reveal at the end of Dorothy Must Die leaves me intrigued and impatient for book 2.

As Rumplestiltskin from Once Upon a Time says "magic always has a price." What is the price Dorothy must pay for her use of magic? Only Daniellle Paige can say.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Amy Gumm
I like seeing Amy blossom as she finds her potential

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The reveal at the end of the book had me jumping out of my seat

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Saw the poster for this book at Wicked (Bdwy)

I already downloaded book 2. Looking forward to it. I am a 37 yo man, and thoroughly enjoyed hearing a new version of what happened 30 years later!

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Topsy Turvy

While its slow to start its an interesting take on what happened after Dorothy left Oz. Yoy always wonder what happens after the story ends and this is it. Can't wait to start the second book.

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Paige twists Oz into a dark place filled with nigh

Any additional comments?

I loved the dark Oz that Paige created from the blacken fields, silent forests and enslaved monkeys. Gone are the smiling tin man and adorable cowardly lion. The Scarecrow will make you shiver. We meet Dorothy, the Wizard and spend time in the Emerald City. As a child, I dreamed of traveling to Oz, but Paige’s Oz will make you long to click you fuzzy slippers as you cry, “there is no place like home.”

Amy does not live on a farm. She lives in a trailer park with her drug-addicted mother and is tormented by the high school “mean girl.” She does not have a lot of confidence and we get to see growth in her throughout the novel. At times, she is a little abrasive, but I felt her frustration at being thrust into a battle and not knowing the players. There is a hint of romance and at first; I thought we were going to get a triangle, but no worries on that count. If romance is necessary for your reading pleasure, you may be a tad disappointed as this one takes a back seat to the action, suspense and mysteries of Oz, Dorothy and the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked.

While not without flaws, I had to admire Paige’s take on Oz, and hope the next novel gives us more answers as to what went wrong and who is responsible. The tale’s ebb and flow for the most part was well paced. It dragged a little in the middle, and I felt it lost direction. However, the ending was deliciously paced and intense. Paige weaved in magic, contraptions, and spells while giving me a panoramic view of Oz. Where this fell a little flat for me is in the execution. While the world of Oz is dark it often boarders on ridiculous taking away the darker tones I would have appreciated. The novel for all its wonder did not provide many answers and was more of an introduction. I am hoping that book two digs a little deeper and answers questions. I would love to see Tim Burton get his hands on this. It would make quite the twisted movie.

Devon Sorvari narrated, and I felt her pacing, tone and voice added to the tale. She did an excellent Dorothy and made me want to slap the snot out of her. Amy could be annoying, and Devon did an excellent job of showing her frustration, fear and determination.

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get ready for sequels!

This story has no ending. just a clifhanger for tge sequels. no resolution. im ok with a series, but each book should have a beginning middle and end. this one does not.

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  • Damarnie stuart
  • 04-09-21

amazing

i love this book its amazing and super calming and well told if you like harry potter and stuff like that this book is great for you

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  • WhoFramedJessicaRabbit
  • 10-13-20

A great read, so a great listen

the storyline is an exciting change to the traditional happily ever after with this classic tale.
what if it wasn't a happily ever after?
Listen to this audio book and find out. ;)

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