Wednesday, June 4, 2014

REVIEW: Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

Dorothy Must Die (Dorothy Must Die, #1)
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!

When a tornado goes through the trailer park where Amy lives, she's taken to the land of Oz. Only, it's not the happy munchkin land seen in the books and movies. It's a much darker, messed up place. Dorothy is not the farm girl anymore and has taken over Oz.
Oz is a mess and the only way for things to return the way things were, is to kill Dorothy.
And Amy is the lucky girl to do it.

This book was one of my most anticipated books of the year and, along with that, there's so much hype surrounding the book, but this book kind of disappointed me. I did like this book, but I expected so much more!

The first issue that I had with this book was how quickly Amy grows used to Oz. Almost right away the tornado takes Amy to Oz, and I was okay with that, but I got the feeling that Amy was okay with this way too early. At first, she believes that she's hallucinating/dreaming because she's in frexing Oz, what else would you think? But she quickly believes that,yes, she's actually in Oz. I just would think that it should take a bit longer to believe that you're in the actual land of Oz, but I guess that's just me.

It also took me awhile to get into the story and connect with any of the characters, but this is probably more my fault than the book's fault. I just happened to have read a majority of this book in public places and/or places that I had difficulty concentrating in, so that might have been why I had a difficult time getting into the book. I was, eventually, able to get into it and connect with the characters (probably when I wasn't reading in nosily public places or trying to read standing up). When this happened I was able to enjoy the story and I actually ended up really liking it! I found the screwed up world of Oz oddly intriguing! So, in the second half or so of the book, I really did enjoy it. But I did have an issue with <highlight to view spoiler> the fact that the whole book was a lead up to Amy killing Dorothy and then... it doesn't happen. It just kind of disappointed me, since that was the whole point of the story, but I guess there would be no sequel if Dorothy actually died.<end of spoiler>

To be perfectly honest, there wasn't much action in this book. It was mostly Amy in training and Amy waiting. That was fine, although it did get dull, I did enjoy it but I kind of wish there was...more.

The only reason why this book didn't get a higher rating is how disconnected I felt throughout the book. which is, that I said, mostly my fault, so I'll probably have to reread this sometime. I will definitely be reading the sequel! I did enjoy this book enough to continue! I also get the feeling that what I what, more action, will be in the sequel!

I hereby give this book
3.5 Wheels!
Meaning: I liked it,but it wasn't as amazing as I thought it would be.

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