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!

YWC book review header


This was one of my most anticipated reads of 2014 and when it was most voted for in my What’s Next? post last Thursday, I went out and bought it that evening. I finished it on Sunday. It was good. Really, really good. I admit, I was doubtful at the beginning. Amy kept whining about how miserable her life was (granted, it was pretty awful) and I was tempted to DNF after the first chapter. I’m SO glad I didn’t.

First off, I loved Paige’s interpretation of Oz. In this version, Oz is wasted and bleak. The Scarecrow and Tin Man and all have been corrupted and the wicked are fighting for…good? I loved the good-is-bad-and-bad-is-good aspect. Danielle Paige totally reversed the character of Dorothy. The story is that she came back to Oz looking for attention, became a tyrannical princess and eventually took over.



The blurb is actually kind of misleading and I think it matches for the second book better. Amy isn’t assigned to steal the Lion’s courage, Scarecrow’s brains, etc. until the very last chapter. This book is focused more on Amy coming to Oz, training with the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked and being assigned to assassinate the power-hungry Dorothy. I didn’t mind that, but I just wanted to let you know.

I did enjoy the romance, though. I was quite worried about a possible love triangle but it was for nothing. Danielle Paige, if you are reading this by any chance, THANK YOU! I have a deep hatred of love triangles. The love interest, Nox (weird name, right?), has a great sense of humor and guys, that is fabulous.

Just in case you haven’t figured it out yet, I loved this book. I’ve been having great luck with retellings lately and this one did not disappoint. I had a few quibbles but otherwise I am thrilled to give this five stars. If you’re looking for a delicious darker read, this is for you. Can’t wait for the second book!

YWC gif verdict header


16 Comments on {Review} Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

  1. Emily @ The Loony Teen Writer
    May 22, 2014 at 6:15 am (3 years ago)

    I SO WANT TO READ THIS BOOK. It’s being published in Australia next month so that’s exciting. Retellings in general really excite me 🙂

    • Sam
      May 22, 2014 at 12:45 pm (3 years ago)

      You should definitely read it. I thought maybe it was being overhyped and it would not live up to my expectations but it did! And also, fairytales are awesome.

  2. alexsarahlouise
    May 22, 2014 at 2:56 pm (3 years ago)

    I love the new theme hun! 😀

    I did not realize that the blurb was so misleading! I thought it was all about taking Dorothy down not getting there in the first place I suppose if the world building and development is good enough, It would be okay!

    I am really glad you liked this one. I think I am gonna get it when I get paid! It is good that it lived up to your expectations since it was so long awaited for you! 😀

    Thanks for sharing {& great review! 😀

    Alex @ The Shelf Diaries

    • Sam
      May 22, 2014 at 8:09 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks, Alex! I’d say about a third of it is trying to assassinate Dorothy, but the rest is mostly Amy arriving in Oz and being trained.

      • alexsarahlouise
        May 22, 2014 at 8:16 pm (3 years ago)

        I think I will pick this one up purely based on the fact that it has good reviews all round. Thanks for the info hun! 🙂 xx

        • Sam
          May 22, 2014 at 8:29 pm (3 years ago)

          Hope you enjoy it!

  3. Aimee
    May 23, 2014 at 10:45 am (3 years ago)

    Words can’t describe how excited I am for this! It looks fantastic and I can’t wait to meet Nox and his sense of humor. 😉

    • Sam
      May 23, 2014 at 11:10 am (3 years ago)

      It. Is awesome. I hope you enjoy it!

  4. Cait @ Notebook Sisters
    May 28, 2014 at 3:20 am (3 years ago)

    I own this and I’m SO excited to start it! (Just have to finish Alienated first. xD) I loooove retellings…as you probably know from my blog. lol! But this one looks awesome, especially with the good vs. bad being all mixed up and stuff. HUZZAH! So great to see another raving review.
    Thanks for stopping by @ Notebook Sisters!
    Cait @ Notebook Sisters recently posted…Blog Party Day #3: We have a GIFing discussion and do our TagMy Profile

    • jessieamb@hotmail.com
      May 28, 2014 at 11:36 am (3 years ago)

      Yay! I have a feeling you’ll enjoy this one, Cait! Retelligs are awesome.

  5. kimbacaffeinate
    June 2, 2014 at 4:58 pm (3 years ago)

    I enjoyed this too and agree her interpretation of OZ was pretty cool. I listened on audio and look forward to what happens next.
    kimbacaffeinate recently posted…Branded by Laura WrightMy Profile

    • Samantha
      June 3, 2014 at 11:38 am (3 years ago)

      I haven’t heard the audio version, but since this is definitely something I will REREAD maybe I should check it out?

  6. Veronika
    June 3, 2014 at 6:39 pm (3 years ago)

    This was one of my favorite books in 2014 so far. It was quite original and creative but like you said the last few sentences of the blurb aren’t at all necessary, it would have been more fun to find out what Amy will have to do while reading the book. This way I already knew that nothing will work unless she does these things. I highly recommend you to read No Place Like Oz sometimes, I loved the insight into Dorothy’s mind, I even felt sorry for her and on some level I can see why she became like she did, and who pushed her to be this way.
    Really good review. 🙂
    Veronika recently posted…Sarah Strohmeyer – The Secrets of Lily GravesMy Profile

    • Samantha
      June 3, 2014 at 8:19 pm (3 years ago)

      I definitely plan on checking out the novella! I don’t usually read companion novellas but I NEED something to tide me over until book 2


1Pingbacks & Trackbacks on {Review} Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Comment *

CommentLuv badge