Book Review: Dorothy Must Die (Dorothy Must Die #1)

Posted November 3, 2014 by booksbeautyandcoffee in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

Dorothy Must DieBook: Dorothy Must Die (Dorothy Must Die #1)

Author: Danielle Paige

Published: April 1, 2014

Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, Retellings

Summary: 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, and I’ve been given a mission:

The Tin Woodman’s heart,

The Scarecrow’s brain,

The Lion’s courage,

And then—


My Review: Holy. Shit. This book, you guys. I can’t even explain. I’ve said that exact same thing about some other books on this blog, I can’t remember which one, but I definitely have.

I honestly thought I was going to love this book. The cover was just perfect, the name was hilarious to me for some reason, I’m probably just a weirdo for that, and I just loved the idea of the story. Just the summary on goodreads made it sound awesome. And like I guessed I would love it, I loved it.

Amy, the most recent girl to fall out of the sky in Oz, is just bad ass. In the beginning, she annoyed me just a tad, not for any reason in particular, but as soon as she dipped out of Kansas and went to Oz, I fell in love. I’m in love with practically every single one of the characters. Even the bad ones, Tin man, Scarecrow, and Lion, I love them all. And Dorothy. Oh my god, Dorothy. She was just funny to me. I think we were supposed to be afraid of her and to hate her, but I just loved her. It was something about her that was just too funny.

This is probably the best “fairytale” retelling-ish book I’ve read this year. It’s not exactly a retelling because it basically picks up right after the end of the original story. Y’know, when Dorothy wasn’t a psycho bitch and all. I just can’t picture this skippy, over the top happy little thing being a dictator.


She’s like the Kim Jong Un of Oz.

Another thing that was just perfection was that Paige didn’t only change Dorothy into a crazy ass girl, but she also turned all of her friends as well. The lion is a fear eating monster. The tin man is casually leading a metal death army. And the scarecrow is experimenting on the flying monkeys of Oz. Oh, and Glinda has gone bat shit too. It’s all just good, good times in Oz.

Overall, this book deserves way more than just 5 pumpkin cats, but I don’t have a little picture for six, so we’re just gonna go with five. Everyone needs to read it. And the second, The Wicked Will Rise, comes out March 31st! I’m so excited. So so so excited.

Rating: 5 pumpkin cats

five pumpkins cats