Thursday, May 15, 2014

Review: Dorothy Must Die

Dorothy Must Die (Dorothy Must Die, #1)
Title: Dorothy Must Die
Author: Danielle Paige
Pages: 452
Genre: Retelling 
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: April 1st 2014
Synopsis (via Goodreads): 
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!

A book about an evil Dorothy! When I read this it sounded so unique and awesome that I got so excited. Then I started to see all my friends and other bloggers raving about it so I got even more excited! But now I am very sad. I am sad because this book just did nothing for me. I know I might be one of the only ones who thinks this but I just found the book very boring. 

The book started off rather slow and I could tell it was trying to give you a background of the story but it took about halfway through the book for Amy to actually start interacting with Dorothy on a regular basis. Once Amy started interacting with Dorothy in the palace I was expecting for the story to finally pick up. There was more action and adventure finally happening in it  but by this point it just was not grabbing my attention. Once I got down to the last 100 pages I forced myself to sit down and not move till the book was finished because I just needed to finish it and it was no longer enjoyable what so ever. When I read the title Dorothy Must Die I thought this was going to be some type of badass book but it was not.

I do give the author tons of credit for originality though. An evil Dorothy taking over Oz is a genius idea. The author did pull me in for the next book though since she left the book off on a wow moment making you wonder who is good and who is wicked. 

 I could tell that this book was definitely a set up for the rest of the series so I am really hoping that the unique premise will finally pick up and become more adventurous and intense. 


  1. Hmm. Yeah it doesn't seem like very many people loved the book all that much :/ I WAS SUPER EXCITED when I found out but everyone said the same thing--boring and super slow. Sigh.

  2. Hmm. This does not bode well. I have it on my wish list, but will definitely not buy it unless I read a sample first. I have far too many books to read. I don't need to add to the pile with a mediocre book I'll never get around to. Thanks for the head's up!
    Tammy @ Bo's Book Nook

  3. Awww that's always sucky when a book doesn't live up to your expectations. I think I've been seeing mostly mixed things on this one so it sounds like a hit or miss kind of read. The slow pacing might bore me though I don't have the biggest patience but I guess it depends if there are other things to keep my interest like a compelling character etc. I will still give this one a try but it's good to see different opinions!