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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

DOROTHY MUST DIE by Danielle Paige

"Review My Books" Review by Paola @ Don't Fold the Page

DOROTHY MUST DIE
by Danielle Paige
Hardcover: 464 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins (April 1, 2014)
Language: English
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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:
Remove the Tin Woodman's heart.
Steal the Scarecrow's brain.
Take the Lion's courage.
Then and only then—Dorothy must die!

Oh, Dorothy. I wanted to like you. Everyone kept telling me how great you were but guess what? They were wrong. 

Dorothy Must Die takes place after The Wizard of Oz and things are a little...different. Our beloved Dorothy is now an evil ruler. Oz is grim and desolated. The Wicked Witches and the Good Witches are deceiving.  But don't you worry! There's still hope. Amy Gumm, a pink haired self-sufficient teenager from Kansas, ends up in Oz via cyclone and she's the key to everything. For some unknown reason, she's recruited to kill Dorothy by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked, an organization made out of good-or-maybe-bad-we-don't-really-know characters. Oz will be back to being the place we all know and love as soon as evil Dorothy is out of the picture. 

As promising as this story sounds, the execution left a lot to be desired. I'm not familiar with The Wonderful Wizard of Oz but I know the key elements of the story.  I was really excited to read this retelling but the 464 pages were agonizing rather than enjoyable. Simply put, Dorothy Must Die didn't live up to the hype. 

Unfortunately, the story didn't keep my attention. I was literally falling asleep while reading it. If that's not a sign that things are less than stellar, I don't know what is. I kept waiting for that moment where the story would pick up but it never happened.  It was too long and too boring, which is a lethal combination. Amy is not a terrible main character but I couldn't connect with her.  I didn't care what happened to her and that only made the reading experience a lot less enjoyable. 

One thing that really bothered me was the blurb in the back of the book. This is what it says in case you don't own a copy:

Your Mission:
Remove the Tin Woodman's heart.
Steal the Scarecrow's brain.
Take the Lion's courage.
And then --- Dorothy must die.
Only you can make Oz a free land again.

Why on earth would you put something in the back of the book that doesn't come into play until the last few pages of the book? I kept waiting for the "mission" to start or to be introduced. Yes, you know Amy must kill Dorothy early on in the story but the rest? Nope. No one tells Amy there's more to her mission than dealing with the evil ruler of Oz.  Even though this book is the first one in the series and I understand that it sets up the story, I wanted so much more from it. I tried to like it but I just ended up feeling very disappointed by more than one aspect of the story.

Not everything was terrible, though. I liked that the story didn't shy away from being really dark. Dorothy is creepy and a great villain. I loved the broken relationship between Amy and her mother and the way it develops throughout the story.  Overall, the story had some cool moments but they weren't enough to win me over. I'm not even sure if I'll pick up the second book in the series. 

Honestly, I can see why some people might enjoy this one. If you're a huge The Wizard of Oz fan, give this one a chance. If you're not, it might still be enjoyable as long as you're not looking for a super fast paced novel.  I knew pretty early how I felt about the story so I'll let you decide whether or not you want to skip this one. 

As a quick side note, this novel includes a minimal amount of profanity and some violence. And you might get bored out of your mind while reading it. A couple of things to keep in mind before you add it to your TBR! 

Paola @ Don't Fold the Page

15 comments:

  1. Thanks for the honest review! I will skip being bored out of my mind, thank you!

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  2. I just didn't like this book. But the student I gave it to enjoyed it so there's that! I was quite irritated with the blurb after finishing the book, too. Don't put it on the back of the book if it's not going to happen. Sure, it'd be a great pitch for an agent or publisher but not for me as a reader.

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    1. Right? It doesn't make sense :I I'm glad someone enjoyed it, though!

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  3. I'm really on the fence about this one, since some people enjoyed it and others didn't. But leaning towards skipping it and reading more generally liked books instead.

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    1. It depends so much on your patience and taste in books. I was too bored to care about the story or the characters. :(

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  4. This is exactly how I felt about the book! Why put something on the back if it doesn't actually apply to that book? So annoying!

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    1. I DON'T KNOW! Ahhhhh. I can't begin to tell you how angry I was when I found out that the story itself had nothing to do with that blurb.

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  5. I'm super bummed about this because the idea looked so good! Stupid main character chicks that we don't just LOVE. Oh well :(

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    1. :( I really wanted to like this one. You might enjoy it, though!

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  6. Well, I'm always sad when I let books go, but I have to say, I'm glad I didn't get to this one. You've all convinced me that it isn't something I'd care for! Thanks for the review, Paola!!

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  7. I bought this one and started reading about a month ago before putting it down in the middle and still have yet to pick it back up. I'm a huge Wizard of Oz fan but this novel lacked the spark that the original story held for me. I honestly don't know if I'll finish it or not :(

    Nice review!

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    1. Thanks! :) I think you shouldn't force yourself to read it if you don't like it so far. Like you, I wasn't really into it and I could've read something better instead of finishing this one!

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