Friday, 14 November 2014

No Place Like Oz (Dorothy Must Die 0.1) by Danielle Paige


No Place Like Oz (Dorothy Must Die #0.1)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
In this digital original novella, Dorothy travels back to Oz to reunite with old friends, but her story may not have a happy ending. No Place Like Oz is a prequel to the forthcoming novel Dorothy Must Die.

After returning to Kansas, Dorothy Gale has realized that the dreary fields of Kansas don’t compare to the vibrant landscapes of Oz. And although she’s happy to be reunited with Aunt Em, she misses her friends from the yellow brick road. But most of all, Dorothy misses the fame and the adventure. In Kansas she’s just another prairie girl, but in Oz she was a hero. So Dorothy is willing to do anything to get back, because there really is no place like Oz. But returning to the land she left comes at a price, and after Dorothy is through with it, Oz will never be the same.

Perfect for fans of Alex Flinn, Marissa Meyer, and Gregory Maguire, No Place Like Oz is a dark reimagining of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum. Building off of its rich mythology, Danielle Paige creates an edgy, thrilling story for teens that chronicles the rise and fall of one of the literature’s most beloved characters. This digital original novella is a prequel that sets the stage for the forthcoming novel Dorothy Must Die.


No Place Like Oz by Danielle Paige

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



No Place Like Oz (Dorothy Must Die #0.1)(Source: I own a copy of this book.)
I’d like to start this review by saying a big ‘well done’ to Danielle Paige, because not once during this story, did I ever doubt that this was Dorothy Gale, which in itself is pretty impressive!

Dorothy was as I expected her, and I did feel pretty sorry for her at points. I totally got where she was coming from when everyone who heard her story thought she was crazy, and when girls started being nasty to her because her aunt and uncle couldn’t afford to buy her a beautiful new dress. I could also see why she would want more from life than to farm pigs.
Dorothy did become awkward, rude, and drunk on magic as the book progressed, but I could even see how that happened, at the end of the day she was just a normal 16-year-old girl with a heck of a lot of powerful magic at her fingertips, and that’s unlikely to be easy to cope with.

The storyline in this was good, although this felt more like a full-length book to me rather than a novella! So much happened, and so much was revealed, and I really got sucked into the story. I’m not sure where the next book goes from here, but there was a lot of information in this book, which I can only guess will become important in ‘Dorothy Must Die’.
I really loved how well the author had managed to bring Oz back to life in this book though, and how well she had done to make this so convincible as a ‘Wizard of Oz’ story, so again, a big well-done!

There wasn’t any romance in this one, but the story didn’t lack for it.
The ending to this was really good, and things happened that I really didn’t expect. I’m really intrigued as to where the story goes from here!
Overall; great ‘Wizard of Oz’ story,
8 out of 10


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