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REVIEW: Dorothy Must Die (Dorothy Must Die #1) by Danielle Paige

Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige
Series: Dorothy Must Die #1
Published by HarperCollins on 1st April 2014
Pages: 452
Source: *Received from Publisher in exchange for an honest review* (Thank you!)
Purchase from: Amazon

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.

I've been trained to fight.

And I have a mission.
Spine-tingling and nail-bitingly magical, a dark and fierce take on the future of Oz. The cover is simple yet beautiful and self-explanatory, dark and gruelling it becomes incredibly intriguing.

Amy Gumm is just a normal girl living in Kansas, not the most popular she prefers to keep to herself. Though when she is driven to the edge with her mothers behaviour, a tornado soon wipes through Kansas depositing Amy into the Land of Oz. Though once a happy and magical place, Amy soon discovers the sweet and innocent girl who everyone once loved has now become the Wicked and the Wicked have become the Good. Soon Amy is picked up by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked who soon put Amy to use, with a mission that only she can accomplish. To kill Dorothy.

"A chill shot down my spine as I remembered that things were never easy around here. Good and evil were always changing places with each other."
Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige, Paperback page 252

Amy Gumm was an intelligent and witty character who was fun and interesting to read about. She wasn't one to depend on others as she continuously tried her hardest, never just giving in; she always had good intentions in mind. My favourite character had to be Pete, from the very beginning he was mysterious and unpredictable, his movements and opinions could never be justified and he always left you more confused than ever.

"You reminded me that there was still Good here. Even if it was just the promise of Good"
Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige, Paperback page 389

The character who intrigued me the most was Dorothy herself, though we are told about her past, her true motives are still concealed. I am looking forward to learning more about her past, but most importantly 'why?'.

"So now sunlight was dictated by the condition of Dorothy's skin. Perfect."
Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige, Paperback page 330

The plot was full-to-the-brim of action and adventure, alongside violence and some gruesome scenes of which are far from the perfect image of Oz. Danielle Paige did a truly brilliant job of bringing the Land of Oz to life, the imagery and descriptive language was flawless as I found myself continuously imagining the events and scenes.

An incredibly engaging and on-your-seat thriller that continuously kept you guessing, Danielle Paige executed Dorothy Must Die perfectly, especially with that ending! I just have no words to explain my emotions right now, except that I need the sequel now! (And I need to see the cover soon.)



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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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