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review 2017-04-14 22:57
#25 - The Wicked Will Rise by Danielle Paige
The Wicked Will Rise (Dorothy Must Die) - Danielle Paige

It was a nice continuation to the series. Some parts were weird and I could not really understand what the author was trying to do... but the story is not over, so I guess I will have some answers in the next books.

 

I love seeing new characters, and I love the fact that I could identify them. I'm not done with the original Oz books yet, I still have a bunch to read. But it was nice to meet the daughter of the Rainbow and Button Bright. I really, really love this retelling (almost as much as I love the original story... almost)!

 

This second book was not as great as the first one though (and was also way shorter), but it was still really pleasant. I'm excited about the rest of the series!

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text 2016-12-02 06:34
November Wrap-Up
Me Before You - Jojo Moyes
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them - J.K. Rowling
Dorothy Must Die - Danielle Paige
The Rest of Us Just Live Here - Patrick Ness
Six of Crows - Leigh Bardugo
The Wave - Morton Rhue,Todd Strasser

I read a total of 6 books during the month of November. Not that good ! I'm still trying to adapt to my new home/job/life and I don't have as much time to read as I would like. Still, I enjoy all the books I read this month!

 

3 Stars

 

    

 

4 Stars

 

    

 

5 Stars

 

 

 

I'm still 6 books behind on my reading challenge, I'm not sure I'll be able to complete it this year... We'll see :)

 

I hope you had a great month! December is here, which means.. Christmas time!!

 

Thanks for reading,

 

Line.

 

 

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review 2016-07-05 05:04
Great Concept, ho-hum execution (both text & audio)
Dorothy Must Die (Dorothy Must Die #1) - Danielle Paige

So, imagine a world where Baum's books (and that movie) are present and beloved -- but also, are non-fiction (not that anyone who isn't from our world gets that). I think that made sense. Anyway...in modern-day Kansas, there's a girl, Amy Gumm, who isn't having the best time. Her mother lives (well, exists) in a drug and alcohol-induced stupor. She has a pet rat (who she hates), and not much else in her life, other than a dream of getting out.

 

This being a story about Oz that starts in Kansas, a tornado hits. And, lo and behold, it transports Amy, her trailer house and the rat to Oz. But it's not the Oz Dorothy landed in anymore.

 

There's a new ruler -- Ozma and the Wizard are out (well, Ozma's technically in charge, but she's not). Magic is being changed -- corrupted, stolen. The realm is in ruins -- Oz is a dystopia, and the Tin Man, Cowardly Lion and Scarecrow are mutated, monstrous versions of themselves and Dorothy is behind it all. Amy is recruited -- as an otherworlder, it has to be her -- by a group of rebels to kill Dorothy.

 

 

It's got all the makings of something interesting, and just isn't. It's not bad, it's just dull. The excesses that Dorothy and her friends indulge in are predictable and unimpressive. The last chapter or so really only existed to push things into a sequel.

 

Actually, I'm just going to stop at this point -- I don't care enough to carry on. And if I did, I'm afraid this would come across as a critique or a tearing-down of the book. And I don't want it to be, because I wasn't provoked enough to do that. I was generally (not wholly) unmoved.

 

As far as the audio performance goes -- I just didn't appreciate whatever Sorvari was doing. The narration seemed angry, clipped. And yes, that matches Amy (especially early on) -- fine. But I don't need to hear 14 hours of ticked off descriptions of scenery, character appearances, etc.

 

I may, if the Library has a copy, get around to the next volume -- but I'm not going to worry too much about it. It wasn't a waste of time, I liked bits of it, but on the whole -- it just didn't do anything for me. The story was okay; the narrator was frequently annoying, but otherwise was okay. With such a promising premise, it's disappointing that nothing much was done with it.

Source: irresponsiblereader.com/2016/07/01/dorothy-must-die-audiobook-by-danielle-paige-devon-sorvari
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review 2016-06-24 00:43
Dorothy Must Die - Danielle Paige

Let me start off by saying: If there were more than 5 stars to rate this book, I would rate it 10 out of 10 stars. First, the cover is amazing to look at. The word "DIE" across Dorothy's dress made me want to read it even more. The concept of the book is STUNNNING. The only downside I have about this book is that I should've picked it up sooner. What was I waiting for? I was simply missing out of pure greatness. I literally couldn't put the book down without guessing what's going to happen next. The story was so great that I was debating on whether or not I wanted to add it to my favorites shelf. However, at the end of the book, I realize that I NEEDED to add this to my favorites. The ending was definitely a big surprise that I would've never guessed. This book is something that nobody could easily forget. It's the traditional Wizard of Oz story twisted into something so magnificent that I can't explain in words. As I'm writing this review, my face is just in awe. I loved Amy and all the characters. If an author can make me love the evil characters as well as the good characters, that's when you know the book deserves an A++++++. The word choices that author was using was so great that I felt like I was inside Oz myself. I really need to hug this author one day.

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review 2016-05-26 23:03
The Wicked Will Rise by Danielle Paige
The Wicked Will Rise (Dorothy Must Die) - Danielle Paige

I enjoyed this book.  It wasn't as great as the first book in the series.  Some parts of the book annoyed me a little bit and some parts were extremely predictable.  I did enjoy the characters.  I love seeing the original Wizard of Oz characters in this creepy evil way.  It is such a great concept and it's my favorite part of this series.  

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