Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige
Dorothy Must Die is a scary and thrilling retelling of the famous story of Wizard of Oz. First of all, I must say I love the title and I love the cover. I find it so interesting and captivating. The story starts just like Dorothy's story started. A girl, called Amy, from Kansas gets blown away to Oz through a tornado. However, Oz is not what the movies and the books described it is the complete opposite. As she tries to go along the Yellow Brick Road and meets goth Munchkins and wingless monkeys she can't help wonder what happened. What the citizens answer? Dorothy happened. Amy gets sent to the Emerald City as a prisoner and is almost going to get killed when she is rescued by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked.
"Sometimes only pain can heal."
Good and Bad are reversed in the story, as the Wicked are actually doing good while the "good" are the ones destroying Oz and taking the magic away. Amy is trained by Nox, a hot and mysterious sorcerer. They seem to have something going on, but it does not take away the drama of the whole story. I might have liked to see more action between them, but in reality it was good that the romance was subtle and not extremely there. Amy is sent to kill Dorothy, by pretending to be one of her maids and get close to her. Not only does she have to start living in the castle, where the love-sick Tin Man has become Dorothy's guardian, the Lion who loves to devour people and the Scarecrow whose obsession of getting more intelligent has turned sadical.
"No matter how tough you think you are, there are certain things that just get to you, and they're usually the little things. The ones you don't expect."
The story is freaky and scary and really really entertaining Amy, is not the typical character she is rough and yet is such a girl. She doesn't understand who she is, making the story believable The "love" story is not forced and the whole mystery about what Oz has become is really intriguing. The story is a bit strong, there is innocent murdering and blood and guts yet it is written in such a romantic way that the story seems to be a fairytale itself.
I simply can't wait to read the next one.