Series Review: Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

Book 1: Dorothy Must Die
Book 2: The Wicked will Rise
Book 3: Yellow Brick War
Book 4: The End of Oz

Overall Rating: 3/5

Synopsis: After Dorothy came back to the Oz, everything changed for the worst. Now Amy is brought in to right things, but how can she defeat Dorothy, when she is not even sure who is good and who is bad.

Review: Usually in my Series Reviews I try to put my two cents in each book within the series. For this series, I’ll try to do an overall review for all four books.

I first picked up the series two years ago with Dorothy Must Die, and I loved the new take on the famous heroine. Even with all the controversy with the author, I still wanted to give this series a try because I’m a fan of The Wizard of Oz. I enjoy fairy tale re-tellings as much as the next person, but the fact that Dorothy, the heroine of The Wizard of Oz, is more wicked than the Wicked Witch of the West, so definitely I had to see what it was all about. For me, the first installment had me at the first chapter. I enjoy the new heroine, Amy Gumm and I love seeing all the characters I loved in the old classic, but with the twist. I think Paige did a great job creating a new heroine for readers to love. Amy is the opposite of Dorothy in terms of personality and characteristics, but she’s a tough cookie that has a tough life. I also love the other characters that Paige included, it’s still a bit confusing on who to trust and such, but I’m enjoying the mystery. It was also great seeing the yellow brick road, munchkin land and all the other beautiful places in Oz. It might not look the same as I was used to, but the differences made Paige’s world different from Frank Baum’s world. I don’t really want to go into details on Paige’s world building, but I think she did a fantastic job in this first book.

The second book, The Wicked Will Rise, is also a great read, not as great as the first book, but an enjoyable sequel. There really wasn’t much that was happening to the characters that the author didn’t go through on the first book. Amy must still focus on her goal in defeating the evil Dorothy and her minions. The pacing in this book was rather fast-paced and a lot of things happen that made you want to look forward to the third book. I appreciate the romance in this second book, since it wasn’t the focal point of the story, but at the same time it was a cute added bonus. Basically, the first and second book was a great read until the last two books kicked in.

I think the third book, The Yellow Brick War, for me is the game changer. When this book was released, I was so excited because I thought this book was the last installment. I was sadly disappointed. Seriously, everyone thought this series was going to be a trilogy, and I was shocked that when I finished the book, it left with a cliffhanger. To be honest, this series did not need a fourth book, this story definitely could have ended with this last book and I think it would have been a fantastic ending. I’m really not sure why Paige thought it was a good idea to include another one, but I think everything could have been wrapped up nicely with the third installment.  I found this book to be slower than the other two books, only because the story line was stretched out to include the fourth book. The battles almost became repetitive as Amy gets taken out of battles in order to find Dorothy. As I said there is a cliffhanger at the end so beware!

Finally, the last book, The End of Oz, was even a greater disappointment as the previous, only because the ending totally gave up on me. I’m not really sure if Paige is going to do a spin-off series, or she enjoys toying with her readers, but I don’t really want to go into that. I’m not really a fan of this book out of the whole series and I really think the inclusion of this book is an afterthought. The one highlight for me in this book is Lang, I love her, a lot better than Amy in this book, but I’ll explain that later. Lang is an amazing character and the epitome of an Anti-heroine. Other than that, the book was bleh. Even Amy’s character became very bland and she seemed to loose herself with her relationship with Nox. I wish that there was more of a concrete ending to the series, but even if there will be another book, I’ll most likely skip it.

***********************SPOILER ALERT!!*********************

Ending: I hate the ending. Let’s just say she was able to defeat Dorothy.

 

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