Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

Dorothy Must Die

Title: Dorothy Must Die
Author: Danielle Paige
Genre: Fantasy
How I got the book: I bought it

Summary (from Amazon):

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 a road of yellow brick—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. And—Dorothy must die.

My Review (may contain spoilers!):

This book was completely unlike the movie, The Wizard of OZ–which is a good thing.

I’ve read retellings before and they’re always quite similar in a way to the original. Dorothy Must Die simply borrows a few main characters and turns them completely into her own. To me, that’s exactly the way to do it. Kudos to Danielle Paige!

In this version of the story, Dorothy is completely evil. She has the Scarecrow, Tinman, and Lion on her side as well as Glinda. The Wicked are the good guys as they recruit a young woman, Amy Gumm, from Kansas to help them out. Amy is supposedly the only one who can kill Dorothy.

I honestly have no complaints about this book. The only thing was that it was pretty gory at some parts. I sometimes wondered if I was reading a horror novel instead. But I have a weak stomach, so that may just be me.

Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige gets 5 out of 5 stars.

Favorite Quote:

“Those who have sacrificed always have the most to lose.” –Danielle Paige, Dorothy Must Die

Be sure to check out my Goodreads to see what I’ll be reading next!

NaNoWriMo Prep Workshop

Prep Workshop

Last night was the first of two NaNoWriMo prep workshops. It was a free webinar hosted by Spreecast.

Four authors were there–Kami Garcia, Ellen Hopkins, Danielle Paige, and Jonathan Maberry–to discuss their own writing habits and give advice to the rest of us. The advice stretches from NaNo and beyond.

It was informative and definitely cool to see what best-selling authors have to say about certain things such as characters, world-building, etc.

I took notes in my NaNo notebook because… Well, why not?

So I thought I would share the video in case any of you missed it or forgot about it or whatever the reason, but you still wanted to be part of it.

You can view the video at Spreecast.

It’s about an hour long, but definitely well worth it.

The next workshop is about diversity in characters in which authors Dhonielle Clayton, I.W. Gregorio, and Miranda Paul gives us tips and tricks.

That workshop is Tuesday October 20. You can RSVP to the free webinar here to check out which time is right for you, depending on your time zone.