2014 EVENTS:
Holly Bourne, Non Pratt and James Dawson - 30th October
Becca Fitzpatrick - 15th November

Friday, 22 August 2014

REVIEW: Dorothy Must Die - Danielle Paige

Friday, 22 August 2014
GENRE: Faiytale/Fantasy
PAGES: 464
PUBLISHER: Harper360
FORMAT: Paperback
BUY IT: Waterstones
RATING: 4 Stars

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.

This. Is. AMAZING!

From the first page I was utterly hooked by this fabulous spin on the Wizard of Oz classic. It's been some years since I read the original novels, but reading this bought it all back. Amy's narration was compelling, at times I felt sorry for her, sometimes wanted to tell her to run away and always rooted for her to best her enemies and come out on top! It really is an incredible book, as soon as I finished it I wanted to reread it, and I know it's a book I'll read many, many times. The way it takes characters we all know and transforms them into something totally unrecognisable was so clever, and despite the macabre nature of the plot, Amy's sarcasm adds a element of humour and fun to stop it being too dark. It would work so well as a TV show!

- Gem.

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