Friday, September 23, 2016
Librarian Book Review: Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige
It happened just like the movie/book said. Dorothy went to Oz and then returned to Kansas only to discover that she wanted to go back to Oz. When she went back, however, something had changed. Dorothy had changed and she was no longer the sweet girl we know her as--she was a magic hungry tyrant. Amy Gumm is transported to Oz where she finds a world unlike the one in the story. This world has been slowly destroyed by Dorothy and her desperate desire for more magic. Amy is recruited into the Order of the Wicked with the directive that she is to stop Dorothy's tyranny by any means necessary.
I love twisted fairy tales, and it was interesting to see how the author would twist this story. She takes Dorothy from the sweet girl from Kansas and turns her into a tyrant. Everyone is afraid of Dorothy and the evil of her minions the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Lion.
The story is well developed and the characters are interesting. Over and over Amy is told to trust no one, but when you need to trust someone who can you trust. This novel is fast paced and action packed. Amy is constantly stumbling into one deadly situation after another while trying to get her footing in this unusual land. The book is definitely a lead in for the other books in the series. You don't get the a solid conclusion in this novel and much is left up in the air.
Overall, this is a fast paced action packed novel for those who love twisted fairy tales. This novel will take you back to Oz--a much more dangerous place than ever before.
Cautions for Sensitive Readers:
Sex: Some kissing
Drugs/Alcohol: There might be some drinking at a party.
Violence: Some graphic violence and gore.