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REVIEW: The Wicked Will Rise (Dorothy Must Die #2) by Danielle Paige

The Wicked Will Rise by Daniella Paige
Series: Dorothy Must Die #2
Published by HarperTeen on 31st March 2015
Pages: 293
Source: *Received from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review*

In this dark, high-octane sequel to the New York Times bestselling Dorothy Must Die, Amy Gumm must do everything in her power to kill Dorothy and free Oz.

To make Oz a free land again, Amy Gumm was given a mission: remove the Tin Woodman’s heart, steal the Scarecrow’s brain, take the Lion’s courage, and then Dorothy must die....

But Dorothy still lives. Now the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked has vanished, and mysterious Princess Ozma might be Amy’s only ally. As Amy learns the truth about her mission, she realizes that she’s only just scratched the surface of Oz’s past—and that Kansas, the home she couldn't wait to leave behind, may also be in danger. In a place where the line between good and evil shifts with just a strong gust of wind, who can Amy trust—and who is really Wicked?
The Wicked Will Rise, I must warn, felt a lot like a filler book; that rather frustrating book between the first and the third and final book that leaves you thinking, 'and how has that answered any of my questions?'. Though I enjoyed it to an extent, it did not blow me away like the first novel, and I certainly did not dog-ear as many pages in this book as I did the first (and I dog-eared A LOT in the first book!). I do love the covers of the series, they are intricate yet dark and creepy, even the novellas have amazing covers! Just look at them all!

This sequel begins straight where Dorothy Must Die left off. With Amy's push to find the members of The Order, whilst trying to complete her task, she is constantly on the look-out for when Dorothy will appear again unannounced. But as Amy learns more about the mysterious land of Oz, the lines between good and evil begin the blur, and its every woman and man for themselves.

I feel it is easier to list what I liked and disliked in this novel as bullet points, as my thoughts are everywhere!

What I liked:
  • Amy: She was amazing, just like in the first novel. She was fierce, determined, and powerful. But she had a caring and humorous side that allowed you to connect with her.
  • The imagery: Paige seriously builds a world that you can truly envisage. It grabs you instantly and takes you far away.
  • The action: Oo! There was so much. It was full on from the very start, she had battles with Dorothy and when you realise there are too many pages left, the ending just leaves you speechless.
  • Finding out more about Princess Ozma: She is such an intriguing character, I was so pleased to learn more about her, but also see her friendship with Amy blossom.
  • There were Unicorns: Ahh, dream come true!
  • I liked how everything was not easy-peasy: There was always something happening that you did not expect, although they do not solve everything in the next moment which was refreshing to see, let alone the mind tricks this book played on you.

What I did not necessarily like:
  • I found it a little slow at times, especially in some places that they were in for far too long.
  • This book is only 298 pages long! The first book was around 450 so I feel we were unable to have the connection with this novel like we did the first.

Therefore I did enjoy this sequel, however I was a little disappointed. But that cliffhanger, it was amazing. However, guess when the sequel comes out... 2017!!! We have to wait two years with that cliffhanger!

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