Dorothy Must Die (Dorothy Must Die, #1)
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Dorothy Must Die (Dorothy Must Die #1)

3.91 of 5 stars 3.91  ·  rating details  ·  805 ratings  ·  286 reviews
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...more
Hardcover, 452 pages
Published April 1st 2014 by HarperTeen
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Khanh (Destroyer of Dreams)
Welcome to Oz. Take a look at the Yellow Brick Road. Like it? Good. Now run away, run faaaaaaaaaaar away. Pray for a tornado to take you back to Kansas, because man, Oz is fucked up as shit.
“Oz has changed,” Gert said. “The trees don’t talk. The Pond of Truth tells lies, the Wandering Water stays put. The Land of Naught is on fire. People are starting to get old. People are forgetting how it used to be.”
But let's get back to the beginning, what the fuck happened?! How did Oz get to...this?

The S...more
Wendy Darling
4.5 stars Well, color me surprised--this was excellent! Such a great reimagining of a skewed Oz, with interesting characters, awesome and imaginative use of magic, lots of humor and gore, and genuine emotion. And it's just plain fun.

Abrupt ending, and a couple of other little quibbles, but it's really exciting to have a debut author burst into the scene with such a confident, smart debut. Easily followed if you aren't so familiar with the original books or films, but also so many layers to appr...more
Emily May
"I realized, looking around for the first time, that we weren’t in Dusty Acres anymore."

Disappointment #1: This book was extremely boring for about 80% of the 432 pages. I was tempted to call it slow at first because it certainly felt like it, but I guess stuff was constantly happening - I just didn't care about any of it. Occasionally I would perk up because I read an interesting page and then I would go back to forcing myself to absorb the words properly. It was a lengthy and difficult slog,...more
Krista (Nawanda Files)
The CW is developing this book and it's time to get excited!!! Not only does this book sound awesome but it's going to (maybe-potentially) be on TV!

And I just really want to see Dorothy die.

Is that too much? ;)


UPDATE: 4/1/14

So good!!! Lots of action and twists that I didn't see coming. One of the most brutal and violent YA books I've ever read, which just makes it that much more epic since it's set in Oz. And Danielle Paige knows her L. Frank Baum. I've read probably 10+ books about Oz an...more
Litchick (is stuck in the 19th century)
I won't be reading this. Not because of the author, but because of this:
I think "Dorothy Must Die" was one of the titles I initially thought had the most potential among some of the newer releases in YA for this year. I find the quirk in the title rather humorous and have seen variations of it before (a.k.a. "Hello Kitty Must Die," etc.) But sadly, Danielle Paige's debut really didn't impress me all that much.

It's the very definition of what I call "great premise, lacking execution." But that's not to say that I disliked it collectively. No, it left me quite disappo...more
Brigid (evil owl master)
Apr 03, 2014 Brigid (evil owl master) marked it as to-read
Shelves: ya-fantasy
I think I'll probably be borrowing this from the library, since I don't want to give Full Fathom Five any of my money.

Here's an actual review by my blog partner, who was able to force herself to finish this, and not a moment too soon because I've been putting it off all day and I just can't.

Here's what I have to briefly say: at first the writing was so perfect for me that I likened it to none other than Stacia Kane and I was wrong. What made me think of the similarity was that the opening was completely amazing, the relationship Amy has with her mother was heart breaking, and the way Amy was treated at school...more
Holy fucking amazeballs I did not expect this too be so good.

Let me be honest. I hate The Wizard of Oz. HATE IT!!!. Hated it so much I never read the book, wanted to gouge out my eyes while watching the movie and any rendition of it, I snuffed my nose at. I did read Wicked and I liked it. But just further cemented my hatred for Dorothy, and her gang, including the wizard.

In Dorothy Must Die, Oz is not the happy, magic filled place it used to be. Good witches are wicked and wicked witches are go...more
Jaime (Two Chicks on Books)
OMG!!!! I. Loved. This! Now I'm dying for book 2. It reminded me a little of the SyFy series Tin Man mixed with Wicked and the new Oz movie. And it was dark and demented and I loved it! Wish there was a bit more romance though. Hopefully in book 2!
Shelby *evil queen wannabe*
I did want this book

Until I saw this
Jillian (Bookish and Nerdy)
Initial thoughts (full review to come and video review):

WOW. WOW. This reimagnined Oz is fantastic. One of the best "retellings" I've ever read. A great twist on a classic. The good guys are bad and the bad guys are good. AND I LOVE IT. Dorothy is nuts. She is a sociopath as are all her friends. I didn't think this book would be as disturbing, but dang, this was kind of disturbing. OH LORD. I HIGHLY, HIGHLY recommend this. The HYPE is so well deserved for this new trilogy. THAT CLIFFHANGER THOUG...more
Amy White Gilman
I love re imagined stories. So when I heard about this book I was all over it like white on rice. After listening and reading this book i think it has potential but just didn't quite get there for greatness. It was kind of slow and drug out in parts. It did have good world building and se intense action. I like it but not OMG like or even love. This book is just ok but I am interested for more. More thoughts to come.
Howdy YAL
Really 2.5 stars

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Fact: My sister was so scared of The Wizard of Oz that she almost deprived me of the experience of watching said film when I was a kid.

Till my mother told her to get over herself (ice cream helped too).

I, on the other hand, loved that movie. I still watch it when it airs on TBS in the fall every single year and I have to say I was excited about Dorothy Must Die even though it’s through a packaging company owne...more
I don't know what's worse about Dorothy Must Die - the fact L. Frank Baum must be rolling in his grave right about now, or the fact a book about killing freakin Dorothy literally put me to sleep.
Wendy Higgins
Fantastical and full of fun! Such a cool stinkin' idea. Danielle Paige is a doll and she's got a new fan. *points to self* :-)
Apr 10, 2014 Leah marked it as wtf
Zero of my dollars go to James Frey and his shitty book-packaging company, Full Fathom Five.

More info on what a "book packaging company" is:
When I'd first heard about this book, I'd been ready to dismiss it. Why? Because it's the latest in a long line of novels released through James Frey's fiction factory, Full Fathom Five. I hadn't really kept up with everything he'd released, as there were quite a few books and I'd never been truly impressed with his initial offering, I Am Number Four. It squeezed in far too many elements that are overused in the YA genre of the time period. Now don't get me wrong: I know that FFF-esque productio...more
4.5 Stars for One of the most fantastically entertaining books I've read!!
Jessie Potts
This was such an interesting concept — how could I not grab it up immediately? Dorothy is the bad guy in this (a power-hungry tyrant!), and her trio of friends? Also bad guys. The evil Lion, the heartless Tin Man and the evil Scarecrow are all obstacles our hero, Amy Gumm, will have to defeat. This YA has it all: action (a ton of it!), fantasy (Oz!), good guys (Revolutionary Order of the Wicked!) and romance (spicy hero named Nox). It was super fun to read, and this is the debut! Danielle promis...more
Valeria Andrea
Sep 25, 2013 Valeria Andrea marked it as to-read
Shelves: english, youngadult
Blood-stained white & blue checkered dress.
Stuti (Turmeric isn't your friend. It will fly your ship
But sometimes you need to light a fire.

If only. Dorothy Must Die was one of the most anticipated debut novel of 2014 of mine, and so far, it's been the biggest disappointment for me and my three bags of wool. It was barely a flame, not even able to attract a moth like me, driving me to skip it at times for Archie comics and I don't even like them. Not to say it was a drag(it totally was but I'm being nice), but it's the same fairytale-the Wizard of Oz- extended, instead of retold with imaginatio...more
Rin Chupeco
As much as I think this book has promise and a really interesting plot, I can't bring myself to support anything James "A Million Little Pieces of Lies" Frey is spearheading, mostly because he

1.) is a liar;

2.) has a ripoff Hunger Games book Endgame book coming out;

3.) owns a writer sweatshop that takes advantage of literary hopefuls and uses their writing ability to wave his wanger about; and

4.) is a bully (see #3)

A very well-written explanation found here.

A list of books from his fiction facto...more
So you think Dorothy clicked her ruby slippers and went back to Kansas to live happily ever after, right? WRONG! Dorothy made it back to the Land of Oz, manipulated everyone and became the Land's biggest bitch ever. EVER!!!! Meanwhile, in a Kansas trailer park, Amy Gumm is alone -save her mom's pet rat- bracing herself for a tornado. You can guess what happens next. She wakes up in Oz, follows the yellow brick road and finds out that life in Oz suuuuucks ass. Her adventure begins when she realiz...more
So dang good. RTC.
Ta§chima Cullen
Nov 07, 2013 Ta§chima Cullen marked it as to-read
This sounds kind of amazing.
Ranee Stemann (Just a Hunch Book Blog)
This novel had a really strong beginning. I loved the character of Amy when she was rooted in Kansas, her life quite an intriguing mess that made me really want to follow along with her on her adventures. And then she was swept up by a tornado and dropped into Oz. And from there the story began to go downhill.

I liked the idea that each of the gifts bestowed upon Dorothy, the Tin Woodman, the Scarecrow, and the Lion ended up becoming their downfall. But aside from that, Oz was completely lacklus...more

Umm ... I really don't know what to say about this story. I'm not really into retellings but the title got me. And being that the Wizard of Oz was one of the first movies I ever owned I wanted to see what this was all about. I mean come on a bad Dorothy who wouldn't want to read this.


But Dorothy isn't the only evil character. Glinda the Good Witch, Lion, Tin Man, and Scarecrow are evil too. I mean what is going on with the land of Oz!? Everyone who lives there is scared to death. And the only pe
Boricua Reviews
(NO SPOILERS!) So I'm doing the moon walk because I'm done with this, lol. I gave it 5 out of 5 stars as you can see. Dorothy Must Die has been one of the most anticipated and hyped up books of 2014 and I must say it holds up to the all the talk.


This book starts out with Amy Gumm, a young poor girl from Flat Hill, Kansas. She's having a ruff go at life and is being tormented by Madison Pendleton, her childhood nemesis an one of the more popular girls in her school. Back at home in the tr...more
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About Danielle Paige

7305254 Danielle lives in NY. Before turning to YA, she worked in television & was nominated for several Daytime Emmy's. Dorothy Must Die is her first novel.
  • Prophecy of Oz (Prophecy of Oz, #1)
  • Beware the Wild
  • The Vanishing Season
  • Snow Like Ashes (Snow Like Ashes, #1)
  • Stitching Snow
  • House of Ivy & Sorrow
  • (Don't You) Forget About Me
  • Stray
  • Kiss Kill Vanish
  • Princess of Thorns
  • Burn Out
  • Winterspell
  • Illusions of Fate
  • The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles #1)
  • Dear Killer
  • The Fall
  • The Girl from the Well
  • Gilded Ashes (Cruel Beauty Universe)
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