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Review: The End of Oz

Title: The End of Oz

Author: Danielle Paige

Date of Publication: March 14th, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

Ding dong—Dorothy is dead.

I watched as the Emerald Palace crumbled to the ground, burying Dorothy, the Girl Who Rode the Cyclone, under the rubble. And now that the rightful ruler, Ozma, has been restored to the throne…

Oz is finally free.

My name is Amy Gumm. You might remember me as the othergirl from Kansas. When a tornado whisked me away to the magical land of Oz, I was given a mission: Dorothy must die.

But it turns out girls from Kansas are harder to kill than we look.

Now the Road of Yellow Brick is leading me away from Oz to the dark world of Ev, where I have a new, powerful enemy to deal with: the Nome King. And—surprise—he has a gingham-clad bride.

With my magical shoes and a shrinking group of allies, I have one final chance to fulfill my mission, and save not only what’s left of Oz, but Kansas, too. As the line between Good and Wicked blurs even further, I have to find a way to get rid of Dorothy once and for all—without turning into a monster myself.

Dorothy once said there’s no place like home. Can I stop her from destroying mine?

My Review:

This was an excellent ending to this fun series! All the books including this one has had the perfect blend of light and dark. One of my favorite aspects here were the Wheelers!!!! I loved them in Return to Oz, and the author made them seem so much creepier and awesome in this one!

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I have always loved the bond between Knox and Amy, but I felt it was really good here, and there were some super cute moments! The author has extraordinary world building skills, I could visualize all the details throughout this series, but even a lot more in this one. There were some pretty creepy stuff in EV, and the descriptions were on point.

“We all have a witch somewhere inside us.”

This one is also told in dual POV between Dorothy and Amy, and Dorothy’s chapters were all kind of crazy because she IS crazy! And the Gnome King was a freak as usual. I’m seriously going to miss this series and all it’s quirks!

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Review: Yellow Brick War

Title: Yellow Brick War

Author: Danielle Paige

Date of Publication: March 15th, 2016

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Goodreads Summary:

Once upon a time, there was a girl from Kansas named Dorothy.

You might know her as the Girl Who Rode the Cyclone. She ended up in Oz, where she became friends with the Tin Woodman, the Scarecrow, and the Cowardly Lion. But the temptation of magic was too much for her. She let it change her. Her friends became twisted versions of their former selves.

The magical land of Oz is now a dark and menacing place.

My name is Amy Gumm. Tornadoes must have a thing about girls from Kansas, because I got swept away on one too. I also landed in Oz, where Good is Wicked, Wicked is Good, and the Wicked Witches clued me in to my true calling:

Assassin.

The only way to stop Dorothy from destroying Oz—and Kansas—is to kill her. And I’m the only one who can do it.

But I failed. Others died for my mistakes. Because of me, the portal between the worlds has been opened and Kansas and Oz are both in danger. And if I don’t find a way to close it?

Dorothy will make sure I never get to go home again.

My Review:

This one was a whole lot of fun! I think the best part was that we are introduced to the Nome King! Return to Oz is one of my favorite movies ever made with this character, and who is one of the main characters in this book? You guessed it! The Nome King! He is just as awesome and devious in this one.

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I also liked that half the book is spent back in Kansas. Amy comes home to her mom, who has started to improve herself as a person while Amy was missing. Madison who was once an enemy becomes an unlikely friend, and she is really funny!!

As with the other books, there is plenty of action, Amy trying to control herself from becoming a monster, cute romance, and darkness mixed with humor! I need the last book now!

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Review: The Wicked Will Rise

Title: The Wicked Will Rise

Author: Danielle Paige

Date of Publication: March 31st, 2015

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Goodreads Summary:

In this dark, high-octane sequel to the New York Timesbestselling Dorothy Must Die, Amy Gumm must do everything in her power to kill Dorothy and free Oz.

To make Oz a free land again, Amy Gumm was given a mission: remove the Tin Woodman’s heart, steal the Scarecrow’s brain, take the Lion’s courage, and then Dorothy must die…

But Dorothy still lives. Now the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked has vanished, and mysterious Princess Ozma might be Amy’s only ally. As Amy learns the truth about her mission, she realizes that she’s only just scratched the surface of Oz’s past—and that Kansas, the home she couldn’t wait to leave behind, may also be in danger. In a place where the line between good and evil shifts with just a strong gust of wind, who can Amy trust—and who is really Wicked?

My Review:

I wasn’t sure how the sequel was going to be, since I really enjoyed the first book! But… it lived up to being a great second book! Amy is also growing as a character and discovering more things about herself, her power, and Oz.

Again, this book was awesomely dark mixed with humor, which was the perfect combo. There was one absolutely sad part at the beginning where I wanted to punch the Cowardly Lion in the face. I will say that he may or may not get what he deserves.

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I never knew which way Amy might go in, because there seems to be a darkness growing in her when her emotions truly come out. So, I can’t wait to see how she handles this problem in the next book.

Ozma is still a basket case at the moment, Pete I loved/hated him, and Knox was great! We are also introduced to Polychrome and Bright, which I read their novella already, and they are interesting characters to say the least. Book 2 does end on a cliffhanger where I have to know what is going on!

 

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Review: Dorothy Must Die

Title: Dorothy Must Die

Author: Danielle Paige

Date of Publication: April 1st, 2014

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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!

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Review: Dorothy Must Die: Short Stories

I’m starting Dorothy Must Die as a group read for September, so I thought I should read these prequel novellas since they were on Overdrive!

Title: No Place Like Oz

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Mini Review: Dorothy is on her second trip back to Oz, and she does not want to return to Kansas ever again. Her aunt and uncle journey with her, and the demise of Dorothy was excellent! 5 stars!

Title: The Witch Must Burn

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Mini Review: Loved, loved, loved this one! I really like Jellia and Knox. I want to read more about Knox! Glinda is also a real piece of work. 5 stars!

Title: The Wizard Returns

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Mini Review: I normally hate the Wizard. I just have never liked his character, and James Franco made it worse in his adaptation and douche bag of a character. After reading this, my opinion has not changed of the Wizard, only intensified. He’s an idiot! However, the story was excellent. He never went away in his balloon. Instead, he lost his memory, and we learn more about him along the way. Very interesting! 5 stars!

Title: Heart of Tin

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Mini Review: I actually started with this one since the Tin Man is my favorite. Well, he was an odd one here. He lets his actions be overpowered by his obsession with Dorothy. It was dark and showed just what obsession can do to a person. 5 stars!

Title: The Straw King

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Mini Review: I was hoping that this one was going to be dark like Heart of Tin, but it was actually more about some history of OZ. It was still great, but I really wanted to see the demise of the Scarecrow! I definitely do not like Glinda! 4 stars!

Title: Ruler of Beasts

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Mini Review: I really loved this one! Return to Oz is one of my favorite movies ever, so Nome King, yes! I liked the Ozma/Lion team. I thought they worked great together! But as again, Glinda needs to get out of here! 5 stars!

Title: Order of the Wicked

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Mini Review: This one was really good! This one was very character driven, which was pretty awesome to get me so invested in a novella! I hope to see a lot more of these characters in the series! 5 stars!

Title: Dark Side of the Rainbow

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Mini Review: I absolutely love the cover on this one! There was more of Dorothy in this, and I really liked the main character Polly. I did find Polly to be naive at times, but it was just how she was. The world in this one was magnificent! 4 stars!

Title: The Queen of Oz

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Mini Review: Again, back to Return to Oz (the movie), which I loved Mombi in it. Collecting heads? Awesome! That doesn’t happen here, though. Anyway, I’m going off course here. But I love the character, Mombi, and this novella did not let me down. It is told between two parts, Mombi and Pete. And it was pretty darn interesting uncovering things about these characters! 5 stars!


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