Ok. You guys remember the Dorothy Must Die series? It was one of the more popular spoofs on a classic back in 2014, and I did actually review it here.
To quote from my own review, I called Dorothy Must Die, “good but nothing groundbreaking”, and I feel like this applies perfectly here as well. Essentially, this series is starting to become a little tedious. It’s a little like the Divergent series. Once upon a time, the adventures of Tris and the gang were mildly interesting, but after they’ve split the last book into two movies, it’s become somewhat of a chore to sit through.
In a similar vein, the Dorothy Must Die series is starting to feel like a money grabbing cash cow. I don’t want to be rude or offensive, or say that the writing is bad – indeed, I quite enjoyed the writing – but after numerous prequels, sequels, novellas, e-books, extras, etc, I’m getting a little sick of it. There’s really only so much Paige can do with the world of Oz before it gets old.
Originally, intended to be published in 2017, this book was changed to be published in 2016, and probably as a result of the rushed date, it’s only 280 pages long, which is bordering on yet another novella. It feels almost exactly like a movie that has been split into two parts and yep! There’s a fourth book.
Amy has changed a lot, which is both good and bad. Bad because she’s turned into a family hating bitch that – sorry – I just can’t get behind. Good because she’s changed, and that means the series is going somewhere.
The first quarter of the book was interesting enough, but after that, it felt like filler and more filler. The writing got progressively more rushed and it felt sort of sloppy to read.
If you’re set on reading the whole this series, then I would definitely recommend you read Dorothy Must Die, which is enjoyable, at least. In my opinion, this series should have condensed book two and book three into one book, rather than creating two short novels with lots of filler. Unless the fourth book contains crucial plot development, the whole thing could say everything that needs to be said in two books.
So yeah, I’m a little disappointed at this book, and I don’t think I’ll be reading book four. With so much filler and such rushed writing, it just feels like a largely time wasting exercise.
Thank you to Harper Collins for the review copy!
In this dark, action-packed third book in the New York Times bestselling Dorothy Must Die series, Amy Gumm—the new girl from Kansas—must do everything in her power to save Kansas, kill Dorothy, and make Oz a free land once more.
Amy Gumm’s mission to take down Dorothy Gale is not going according to plan. Dorothy has found a way to bridge the worlds of Oz and Kansas, and if the power-hungry dictator of Oz has her way, Kansas will be destroyed forever. Now, Amy has to team up with the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked to save her home, restore the balance between the magic and nonmagic worlds, maybe get the guy—and kill that not-so-sweet Kansas farm girl once and for all.
In the third installment of the New York Times bestselling Dorothy Must Die series, Danielle Paige’s twisted versions of beloved Oz characters are back, including the biggest, baddest, most famous of all: the Wicked Witch of the West.
Welcome to the other side of the rainbow. Here there’s danger around every corner, and magic shoes won’t be able to save you