Review: Dorothy Must Die

Title: Dorothy Must Die

Author: Danielle Paige

Date of Publication: April 1st, 2014


Goodreads Summary:

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 bluebirds. 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 a yellow brick road – 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.

My Review:

This book had a lot of weird! Anddddddddd I’m all about weird! I read in a lot of reviews that this is pretty Tim Burtonesque, and it is not! I love Tim Burton, but his stuff is more darkly whimsical… this was different! It had some straight up dark aspects which I was like, “oh man that’s awesome!” There was also humor mixed in, and I would find myself smiling as I read.

What I liked about the main character Amy was she felt like a real teen! Not another old lady in a teen’s body like a lot of author’s like to write. She had immaturity, but was still able to be strong and adjust to this new world.


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Dorothy and Glinda are real pieces of work, The Scarecrow is a freak, Tin Man is a creep, and Cowardly Lion is straight up a real beast! I loved it!

There were some other great side characters such as Ollie, Maude, and Knox. I wanted to learn more about Knox, so I can’t wait to see more of him in the next book! There was a twist that I would NOT have guessed, if I hadn’t read the prequels. Overall, definitely a 5 star read, and I need to start the next book now!


Have you read this book?


15 thoughts on “Review: Dorothy Must Die

  1. This is a lovely review. Sadly this is just a serious that I have never really felt all that interested in. I’m glad a lot of people seem to enjoy it though. It does seem like an interesting take on some of the classic characters from the Wizard of Oz series.

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