Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

Amy is just a girl trying to get out of Kansas. One night, a tornado strikes her town and she’s transported to the land of Oz. Sounds familiar, right? Amy finds out that Dorothy (the first tornado-traveling Kanzite) actually returned to Oz and became a tyrant. She’s got Glinda the “good” witch sucking all of the magic out of Oz. After being saved from execution by the Order of the Wicked, Amy is given one option: kill Dorothy.
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I seriously love this cover so much. Even before I’d heard all of the hype, I knew just from the cover that I wanted to read it. Alas, I was doomed to be disappointed. Just to be transparent, I brought this book with me to Disneyland. We would hit up the park in the morning and then go back to the hotel around one or two to rest/nap and then head back out around six until the park closed. I tried to start reading Dorothy Must Die during that break time and I had a really hard time staying awake (mostly because of not enough sleep and physical exhaustion). So it took me a REALLY long time to get into the groove of the book. I don’t know if the beginning would have grabbed me in another circumstance, but I felt really underwhelmed by it.

So it didn’t grab me right off the bat and I also felt like the voice and tone of the book was really immature. I didn’t find myself liking the main character. Honestly, I thought she was an idiot. If I land in an ominous world that I’d never been to before and a native tells me not to do something because it’s against the rules, I’M NOT GOING TO DO IT. Her actions just aggravated me so much throughout the entire book. That, and she’s just so selfish. EXTREMELY selfish.

If I don’t like the main character, I can usually just ignore it if the plot is really interesting or if I really like some of the secondary characters. Neither was the case here. The plot was predictable and really slow in parts. The book’s flap promised a kind of quest where Amy would need to go and collect the tin man’s heart, the lion’s courage, etc. But these items aren’t mentioned until literally the last chapter of the book. The idea of Amy having to go on this gruesome scavenger hunt really appealed to me so I was extremely disappointed that it wasn’t a part of the first book. At the same time, I’d resolved about 3/4 through the first book not to finish the series, but now that they’ve finally introduced this portion of the book, I’ll probably have to at least read the next one. And honestly, that kind of ticks me off. It’s like click-bait!

Overall, I felt that this book had so much potential but it really didn’t live up to it. So much hype. Too much hype. Also, one more thing. I still love the cover, but does it bug anyone else that Dorothy’s shoes are white? I mean, we ALL know that they’re supposed to be red. Awkward.

Overall Rating: 2
Violence: Heavy, moderately graphic.
Language: Moderate
Sexual Content: None
Smoking/Drinking: Mild

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28 thoughts on “Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

  1. Dorothys shoes are Silver in the book. MGM changed the color because they wanted to take as much advantage of technicolor as possible.

    Also, the second book is just as slow and boring. She gets the Lions courage in the first 3 chapters, and then spends the rest of the book either wandering or resting.

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    1. That’s good to know about the second book. And regardless of what color the slippers were in the original book, I’m pretty sure in this book they describe the slippers as being ruby? I could definitely be wrong though.

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  2. I had the same problem with the book, where the back cover made it seem like she was going to be on a quest to get all of these things and it never happened until the last few pages. I was really annoyed by that.

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  3. I bought this book a while ago but haven’t picked it up yet. I actually loaned it out to a friend who read it and really enjoyed it and decided to continue on with the series. She said that everything describe on the bookcover of this book seems more relevant to what happens in the second book. It seems a little odd and I’m definitely not planning on reading this one anytime soon. Sorry you didn’t like it, but great review 🙂

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  4. One point – in the original Wizard of Oz book, Dorothy’s shoes were silver. They were only turned red for the film because it was one of the first filmed in color and they wanted the shoes to pop on screen.

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      1. Nope, they are silver.
        ‘At that moment Dorothy saw lying on the table the silver shoes that had belonged to the Witch of the East. “I wonder if they will fit me,” she said to Toto. “They would be just the thing to take a long walk in, for they could not wear out.” She took off her old leather shoes and tried on the silver ones, which fitted her as well as if they had been made for her.’

        It’s a common mistake because of the film, they made the red shoes famous. 🙂

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      2. Oh, sorry. I meant in Dorothy Must Die I’m pretty sure they’re ruby. Like in the scene where the main character is combing Dorothy’s hair…but I don’t have the book in front of me so I could still be wrong.

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  5. Ugh, you are the second or third person I have seen give this book such a harsh review which is lending credence to it just not being that good of a read. I am disappointed because I seriously love fairy tale retellings. Likely going to skip this one and only pick it up if the later books turn out to be better.

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      1. Worst feeling ever, going in expecting a well done story only to be disappointed. Oh well, hopefully the next book you read will be much better =)

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      2. Ahhhh, I have those on my TBR list! The covers are just so gorgeous and fairy tales!!!! I need to read them, like I needed to read them yesterday. Though I am going to be knocking off a hyped series starting on the 6th, there is a community read through of the Throne of Glass series going on and I figured I may as well take part. That plus finishing Wheel of Time (I am on book 11 of 14 right now and half way done with it) is going to be crazy amounts of pages, but going to be so much fun which makes it worth it!

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