I have just finished the most amazing book and couldn't wait to review it. "Dorothy Must Die" by Danielle Paige, is such an amazingly dark and different take on "The Wizard of Oz". I know the title kind of makes you go what in the world, but once you read the description and start reading it you will be so hooked and in love with this book.
Here is the summary to this amazing book taken from Goodreads...
"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.
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!"
The Oz that you have read about as kids or watched come to live before your eyes in "The Wizard of Oz, is so much different then anything you could have imagined. The Wicked Witches are good and the Good Witches are bad, plus the Tin Man, Lion, and Scarecrow, that we have all come to love are a whole lot darker than they used to be. You also get to met new characters as you follow Amy as she tries to make sense of the world she was dropped into.
This is the beginning of a series and what a way to start a new series. The detail that Danielle puts into her imaginary Oz will have you feeling and seeing this new dark world come to life. This book should be read and enjoyed by everyone and anyone, who love remakes on classic stories. I won't give anything away, but there are a lot of descriptive death scenes and torture scenes, but if you can get through them, then you will not be disappointed.
Rating: 5/5 Casts of Tin Man.......