[BLOG TOUR] REVIEW: Yellow Brick War (Dorothy Must Die #3) by Danielle Paige


Yellow Brick War by Danielle Paige
Series: Dorothy Must Die #3
Published by HarperTeen on 15th March 2016
Pages: 270
Source: *Received from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review*

In this dark, action-packed third book in the New York Times bestselling Dorothy Must Die series, Amy Gumm—the new girl from Kansas—must do everything in her power to save Kansas, kill Dorothy, and make Oz a free land once more.

Amy Gumm’s mission to take down Dorothy Gale is not going according to plan. Dorothy has found a way to bridge the worlds of Oz and Kansas, and if the power-hungry dictator of Oz has her way, Kansas will be destroyed forever. Now, Amy has to team up with the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked to save her home, restore the balance between the magic and nonmagic worlds, maybe get the guy—and kill that not-so-sweet Kansas farm girl once and for all.

In the third installment of the New York Times bestselling Dorothy Must Die series, Danielle Paige’s twisted versions of beloved Oz characters are back, including the biggest, baddest, most famous of all: the Wicked Witch of the West.

Welcome to the other side of the rainbow. Here there’s danger around every corner, and magic shoes won’t be able to save you.
This sequel! I, just, wow. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I was rather worried when I saw the size of the novel as I just felt so much needed to happen, but I was thoroughly surprised by how much Paige packed into those small number of pages. And this cover! I am very thankful to Harper360UK for sending me the hardcover edition, as it is absolutely beautiful, especially under the dust jacket.

After Amy was faced with the wizard and Dorothy, which resulted in them being abandoned in Kansas, Amy is unsure what to do next. With no magic and no way of getting back to Oz, Amy returns home and starts back at school again, to find herself making unlikely allies. Now Amy must find her way back to Oz and kill Dorothy once and for all.

"What if, that afternoon in the trailer, my mom had decided just that once to take care of me?... Was what I'd gained in Oz - strength, power, respect, self-reliance - worth what I'd lost?"
Yellow Brick War by Danielle Paige, Hardcover page 21

Throughout this series we have certainly seen Amy grow more confident and take control. She is independent and is starting to believe in her own abilities and what she is capable of. Alongside this, I am pleased to see her giving people a second chance, like her mother and Madison; it just shows her bravery and her compassion, alongside how she displayed a more emotional side in this novel. I believe there was only a tiny problem I had with this sequel, and that was that I did struggle a little to reconnect with Amy as she did come across as arrogant at points, although I do understand that Paige did this on purpose due to the plot and the question of whether she is becoming like Dorothy,

The plot was peculiar, addictive and fast-paced. Paige does not disappoint in making the plot of these novels twisted and magical, yet leading you in numerous directions and still keeping you from becoming confused. Alongside this, it is the imagery that makes me love these novels so much. Constantly throughout the whole novel I can picture the scenes occurring as Paige does a fantastic job of painting the images to her readers. It was so addictive, action-packed and on-the-edge-of-your-seat, I just did not want it to end.

And that ending! I thought this was a trilogy! I am so very pleased, but now I have to wait another year, and I have so many questions!




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Danielle Paige is a graduate of Columbia University and currently lives in New York City. Before turning to young adult literature, she worked in the television industry, where she received a Writers Guild of America Award and was nominated for several Daytime Emmys. Dorothy Must Die is her first novel.

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