Review: Dorothy Must Die

Apr •  4 •  2014

I received this book for free from FTC: Exchange for honest opinion, Paragraphs Books, Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Dorothy Must DieDorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige
Published by HarperTeen on April 1st 2014
Genres: Young Adult- Supernatural/Paranormal
Source: FTC: Exchange for honest opinion, Paragraphs Books, Publisher
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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!

So, if you know me then you know how much I’m a big fan a classics. In fact, when I was a little girl, I adored The Wizard Of Oz. I remember ABC even doing a special on it and how excited I was to watch it. Now, when this little pretty fell into my hands, I knew I was in for an adventure.

Plot: This plot is simple. This is based on The Wizard Of Oz. So if you know they classic, then this book will be easy to follow. I really enjoyed how the story had similar situations just like the classic did but with a twist. The plot twist in this book gives the story it uniqueness. Once I got a feel for the main character and the plot, it was so easy to fall into and enjoy.

Dorothy/Amy: One thing I love about this story is how well-rounded Amy is. Amy is not your typical gal either. She comes from this rough life of property and missing parents. To see her become herself with the story, to overcome many of her fears is amazing. The author does a great job in creating this weak…yet strong voice for Amy. She has a growth in the story that just pushes the reader to see more.

Ending: With all that is happening in the story, Amy has a lot to accomplish. I like that not every part of the story is given away at once. The reader is given pieces of it to revel in, yet it also makes the reader more intune with the characters. Make sense? The ending comes together beautifully and I can not wait to see what the next book has to offer.

Like many other re-tales, Dorothy Must Die begins with a bang. Lots of action and drama, Dorothy Must Die is an rousing adventure that is pleasing to the readers. Powered with a freshly written perspective, Dorothy Must Die is awesome!

I give it 5 BITES!

Happy Reading!


  1. YAY!! I’m so glad you loved this! I read the first 4 chapters back in November and it was killing me knowing that everyone was having to wait to get a taste of Amy and the new Oz. My schedule has been crazy lately so I’m only halfway through the book right now but my initial vibes from the chapter sampler served me right. I’m loving it! Amy has a great voice and fits into this world perfectly.

  2. I just ordered this book and I can’t wait for it to get here!! I love the cover and the whole idea of it. I’m glad to hear you liked it. Hopefully I can start reading it soon!

  3. Oh my goodness! I’ve seen this one around! It sounds really good! I’m going to have to get this one!