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Review: Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

dorothy-must-dieI know I’m really behind on book reviews, but I’m dedicating time today to sit down and write some. Today I will be chatting about Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige. I picked this book up solely because I was invited to participate in the Dorothy Must Die Readalong (which happened several months ago). To begin I should mention I have never read the original Wizard of Oz, but I religiously tuned in once a year as a kid (and even now) when it’s on TV. Honestly this book was not on my radar until the readalong so I had no idea what to expect or what the story was about. Now that I have read it I feel like I would enjoy the  novellas in the series, No Place Like Oz and The Witch Must Burn (due out Nov 11th).

The story takes place several years after Dorothy has taken over the Emerald City. New to Oz is Amy Gumm, who is mysteriously transported to Oz the same way Dorothy was, tornado. This time Oz is not all shiny yellow brick roads and happy munchkins, but a very dark dystopian landscape. The first person Amy meets is Pete (who turns out not to be Pete at all)! Next she meets Indigo, who I really loved, but then that thing happened….yeah.

Amy was basically summoned to Oz on a mission. Her mission was to kill Dorothy.

Your mission:


The Tin Woodman’s Heart.


The Scarecrow’s Brain.


The Lion’s Courage.

And then-


Dorothy joins The Revolutionary Order of the Wicked and is trained to kill Dorothy. The first book ends with Amy and her allies in a huge battle pitted against the evil Dorothy. 

The characters were so well written, the dystopian Oz was amazing, however, I still think there were too many lulls in the plot. With that being said I’d love to eventually read both novellas and I look forward to the next book in the series which was recently announced!


The Wicked Will Rise, the second book of the trilogy is due March 30, 2015. In the meantime make sure you check out both novellas, Dorothy Must Die, and this interview USA Today recently had with Paige.

I rated Dorothy Must Die  3/5 stars.

xoxo Gwen

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