As a huge Oz nerd (I learned to read by reading the original 14 Oz books by L. Frank Baum and collect Oz like cHooooooly cow, this book was brilliant!
As a huge Oz nerd (I learned to read by reading the original 14 Oz books by L. Frank Baum and collect Oz like crazy, it doesn't get too much nerdier than that) I was... well, I was very on the fence. I WANTED Dorothy Must Die to be good, but I had a strong feeling it might just be "meh", no matter how fantastic the ARC packaging was.
Boy, was I blown away like a farmhouse in a twister!
This book exceeded every expectation I had and was one of the absolute best adaptions of Oz to come out of the last 20 years. That's saying a lot. Dorothy Must Die is our 2010's equivalent to 1985's Return to Oz, a very dark, non-musical (loose) sequel to the MGM musical that was based on both the second and third Oz books (The Marvelous Land of Oz and Ozma of Oz, respectively). Even though it's a modern sequel where everything is really, REALLY twisted (many people get killed in gory ways; prepare yourselves) and Dorothy is a tyrannical, crazy psycho... this is Oz. I could see how Danielle Paige could view the marvelous land of Oz as a place that could get so twisted after a few key events. It's totally conceivable, which is mind-blowing.
This book is definitely for the older teen crowd and up, not pre-teens. It gets intense. PEOPLE LITERALLY EXPLODE/MELT HORRIBLY. I really enjoyed it, though. The only problem I had was with the romance bit. I think that should have either been more of a build up or could have waited until a later book. It was just suddenly, Yes hello I'm the teens-in-love couple we are here now yes. It was just too sudden for me? Though maybe others were ok with it; I don't usually read teen romance, so it just threw me off (but not so much as to take away a star, because the rest of the book was BRILLIANT).
I couldn't believe how much I was grinning at her references to the original Oz books, the famous 1939 MGM musical, and even the costume design of Wicked on Broadway! I think there was even a reference to Ozma's Labyrinth, which only ever appeared in an unaired pilot for a 2001 show that didn't happen called Lost In Oz. Talk about dedication to obscure references! If you're not familiar with the original 14 Oz books, that's ok, it won't hinder your reading of Dorothy Must Die. But if you are, like myself, it'll add a whole new depth to Ms. Paige's choices. Here's some of the awesome things I loved and what they were references to: - Tin Soldiers (Captain Fyter; made me gleeful when I finally realized!) - a Tin Soldier with a bicycle body (the Wheelers) - Amy Gumm (Judy Garland, who played Dorothy in the movie musical, was born Frances Gumm) - Pete (I'm not going to say what he corresponds to, but I guessed it early on and was SO HAPPY I was correct because it is GENIUS) - all the guests mentioned at Dorothy's ball are actual characters from the original series! - Mombi disguising Amy as a maid (Mombi did to that herself in The Marvelous Land of Oz) - Grandma Gert's protective kiss on Amy's forehead (The Good Witch of the North, aka Ms. Paige's Gert, does this to Dorothy upon her arrival in Oz) - JELLIA FREAKIN' JAMB, Y'ALL
(I could go on much longer, but those were some of my favorites and I don't want to be typing forever. That'd be A Fate Worse Than Death.)
I want to hug this book. That's all it comes down to. I can't WAIT to read the rest of the series! But now we play the waiting game. In the meantime, let's all go read No Place Like Oz, the novella e-book prequel to Dorothy Must Die. This book was a fantastic debut by a new author, Danielle Paige. Can't wait to see what happens next!
P.S. - (Can reviews have a postscript...? Oh well.) Goodreads user Wendy Darling wrote an EXCELLENT review of Dorothy Must Die over on her site, so you should go over an read it, too! Just avoid looking at Dorothy's shoes too long. It'll have dire consequences if you do. http://www.themidnightgarden.net/2014......more
This was an interestingly odd read. There's a little of something for most everyone. History? Check. Superheroes? Check. Interesting villians3.5 stars
This was an interestingly odd read. There's a little of something for most everyone. History? Check. Superheroes? Check. Interesting villians? Check. Many unanswered questions? Most definitely check!
I bought this book not quite sure what to expect. I'm a HUGE fan of The Dreamer: The Consequence of Nathan Hale, Part 1, so I thought I'd check out this other graphic novel about the Revolutionary War. This book was better than I thought it might end up being! I'll be reading the second volume as well. If you like history, suerheroes, and action-packed graphic novels and a bit of the odd or supernatural, this book might be something you'd like. A good graphic novel for both middle school readers and older....more
I mean seriously, where do I even start? It's so good. "Hitty" is based on an old peg doll the author and her friend saw in an antique storeTHIS BOOK.
I mean seriously, where do I even start? It's so good. "Hitty" is based on an old peg doll the author and her friend saw in an antique store. The doll's face had such personality that Ms. Mead was left to wonder just what the doll's story was. In answer to this question, Ms. Mead wrote this charming book, and the friend that was with her in the antique store, Dorothy Lathrop, provides fantastic illustrations.
Telling the tale is Hitty, a little ash wood peg doll who, over the course of 100 years, is lost, found, stolen, and goes on many adventures and witness quite a few historic events. In elementary school I had read Rachel Field's Hitty: Her First Hundred Years, which is a picture book adaption of Rachel Mead's original book. I had loved the illustrated edition, and when I found the original book at Borders one day a good few years later, I freaked. I was so excited! And my high expectations were more than met when I read the book. It's a darling little gem from 1929, and quite deserves the Newberry Medal it won. It's a great book, and one I know I'll definitely pass on to any children I may have in the far future.
I first got this book probably in the late 90's--maybe 2000 or 2001 at the latest. So before I was 10. I bought it down in colonial Williamsburg in onI first got this book probably in the late 90's--maybe 2000 or 2001 at the latest. So before I was 10. I bought it down in colonial Williamsburg in one of the shops there when I visited my great aunt, who lives very close to the historic part of the city (as well as Busch Gardens; a dream for any little kid who also loves history!) because colonial Williamsburg plus ghosts? Sign me up!
This books was a fast read, even when I was a kid. But I still remember some scenes from it rather vividly. It's a book that I've never been able to shake from my memory. It just kinda sticks with you after you read it. For that reason I'd give it 4.5 stars; it's a little simple and very much a typical early 90's style of kids lit, but nonetheless manages to be an engaging story that keeps your mind and fingers racing through the story, eager to find out the mystery and see if Jayne can help the ghost, Sally, or if Jayne will share Sally's 200 year old fate.
Basically, everyone should hunt down a copy of this book for a light yet gripping read. 4.5 stars!...more
Such a great book! Once again Klein does for Macbeth what she did in Ophelia for Shakespeare's Hamlet.
As an avid fan of Macbeth, I've often mused on wSuch a great book! Once again Klein does for Macbeth what she did in Ophelia for Shakespeare's Hamlet.
As an avid fan of Macbeth, I've often mused on what made Lady Macbeth so ambitious and crafty, leading to her husband's murderous deeds and eventual insanity. And why does Shakespeare go out of his way to have Lady Macbeth mention to her husband, "[...] I have given suck, and know / How tender 'tis to love the babe that milks me." (1.7.54-55) yet explicitly avoids giving the couple children while giving children to literally every other male adult in the play? Lisa Klein took these questions and expanded on them, giving Lady Macbeth a daughter, Albia, the book's heroine, who is rejected by Macbeth for being a girl and having a crippled leg. Abandoned on the moor, Lady Macbeth's lady in waiting saves the child, spiriting her away to live with her two sisters in the woods. Thus begins the events that lead to the bloodbath that is the play we all know.
It was really great seeing how Klein interwove the plot of the play and explained things and then threw in total surprises that worked so well. Quite a few of her ideas were also my accepted headcannon of background info. The only reason it's not getting 5 stars is because I didn't quite buy the budding romance between(view spoiler)[ Fleance (hide spoiler)] and Albia, and only started to right at the end AND THEN THEY PART WAYS. AGAIN. So I didn't really get a chance to buy into that relationship. And some burning questions were set up towards the end (or even earlier) yet left unanswered. Just how did Albia's girdle magically protect her? What was Luoch's fate? Did Malcolm go out in search of Albia (view spoiler)[after Fleance helped her and Luoch escape (hide spoiler)]? Did Macduff find Wee Duff? Who finally ended up with the crown? Did Colum and Caora pair off?! It was so good, but I just want these questions answered!
If you haven't read this book or Ophelia, you need to. Right now. Go ahead, I'll be hear waiting until you return.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
This book is brilliant! It's sets up much of what is to come in the later two books (and the late-written fourth book) and is a fresh take on historicThis book is brilliant! It's sets up much of what is to come in the later two books (and the late-written fourth book) and is a fresh take on historical fantasy YA. Everyone who appreciates something unique should read it. Definitely one of my favorite most under appreciated books and series ever....more
I literally laid on my bed just starring into space for a good five minutes after reading this book, then tweeted that I had end-of-series depression.I literally laid on my bed just starring into space for a good five minutes after reading this book, then tweeted that I had end-of-series depression. A tweet that Jessica Day George retweeted.
This book was fantastic. An excellent finale to the series. Every character was unique from all others that have come in the previous two books in the series, Princess of the Midnight Ball and Princess of Glass. It was honestly a perfect finale to a perfect series. On a scale of five stars, I'd give it 10. Some things were predictable, of course, but the ride to the predictable points was an enjoyable one,and some truly unexpected things did happen, and there may have been a red herring thrown in that was kind of not so much a red herring after all. So it was completely brilliant.
I could wax poetic all day on the things I loved about this book and this series, but I'll conclude with how awesome it is that Jessica Day George puts the knitting patterns in the back of each book in the series. I mean seriously, the Princess series is easily the only teen series that does that. Unique and original, just like everything about this series. This will forever hold a spot on my shelf with Robin McKinley, the The Children of Green Knowe series, and Jane Yolen!...more