Last weekend I picked up this book on a whim at my local independent bookstore. I was looking for a book that was original and something different tha...moreLast weekend I picked up this book on a whim at my local independent bookstore. I was looking for a book that was original and something different than what I’ve been reading lately. After reading the summary I thought Dorothy Must Die would definitely meet my qualifications. Not only did the title stand out, but the awesome cover design drew me in too.
In Dorothy Must Die Oz is in ruins because Dorothy returned and took over the crown. She wants all the magic for herself and will stop at nothing to have total control, even if that means destroying Oz in the process. Then a tornado drops Amy in Oz and she’s recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked to kill Dorothy and bring Oz back to its glory days.
It took a few chapters to get into the story, but once things started picking up I really enjoyed it. I love how Danielle Paige used the well-known story of The Wizard of Oz as a jumping point for her book. Paige’s story was original; only some of the same characters, the land of Oz and the previous story for reference was used. I loved how I was able to experience Oz in an entirely different way.
I thought the world building was amazing, Paige’s description skills are incredible. There were parts of the book were I had a hard time liking the main character, Amy, but as the book went on she really grew as a person which helped me grow to like her by the end.
I loved how the story has you question what's really good and what's wicked. I liked how it really opened up the definition of each word and makes you think about how far you'd go to do the right thing in the end.
When I first started reading Dorothy Must Die I thought it was a standalone novel, but it’s actually a trilogy! The ending answered a few of the questions, but left enough open to continue on into the next book. I'll definitely be eagerly awaiting the release of book two!
One thing I found definitely strange was what was on the back cover of the book. What was written was what drew me to buy the book and want to read it, but it pretty much gave up the big discovery at the end of the story. It really didn’t even feel like a ‘discovery’ since it was already clearly written on the back of the book. I found myself going wait, I thought we already knew that?! I mean it doesn’t give away everything, but definitely a big chunk!
Quote: "You don't have to know every turn of the road in order to walk down it."
Even though there were parts of the book that felt a little too drawn out, I found the majority of the story to be relatively fast paced. I loved going on this journey through Oz with Amy and seeing the original story’s characters and setting in a completely different way. I honestly wasn’t expecting to like this book as much as I did! I definitely recommend it if you’re looking for a unique and awesome retelling-like-book, then you should totally pick up Dorothy Must Die! (less)
I seriously love Mindy Kaling's sense of humor. I've loved her work on The Office and The Mindy Project so I definitely knew I needed to read this.
I l...moreI seriously love Mindy Kaling's sense of humor. I've loved her work on The Office and The Mindy Project so I definitely knew I needed to read this.
I loved getting a glimpse into Mindy's life, both past and present. She talks about her childhood, college, working on The Office and fun things like guys, movies and other randomly clever things too.
A problem I have with a lot of memoirs is how slow moving they can be, but this book was fast paced and honestly difficult to put down. Some chapters have fun lists like 'My Favorite Eleven Moments in Comedy' and musings like 'Why Do Men Put on Their Shoes So Slowly? which really help with the quick pace of the book.
Mindy Kaling's memoir, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) is full of her quick wit, sarcasm and one-of-a-kind 'Mindy-ness'. So many times while reading I couldn't help but bust out laughing. This book wasn't only funny, it was easy to relate to too. If you're looking for a fast-paced, light and funny memoir then I definitely recommend this book.
I totally need to check out the audiobook version too; I'd love to hear Mindy narrate it! (less)
This was the first time I've ever read a graphic novel and I must say, I'm totally regretting not experiencing this genre until now! I'm so happy that...moreThis was the first time I've ever read a graphic novel and I must say, I'm totally regretting not experiencing this genre until now! I'm so happy that Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children: The Graphic Novel was my first dip into this new reading experience.
I loved when Jacob was with the peculiars that the illustrations would be in vibrant color versus the black and white pallet when he was outside of the loop. I thought it added a little something extra special to the book that showed how Jacob really comes alive when he's with his friends.
So many times during this graphic novel I found myself absorbed into Cassandra Jean's absolutely beautiful drawings. The color, style and just overall vibe did a seriously incredible job at capturing the overall peculiar feeling of the Miss Peregrine's series.
If I hadn't read Ransom Riggs' novel before reading the graphic novel I don't know if I would have enjoyed it as much, but that's probably only because I loved Riggs' detailed writing and getting in-depth details about the characters.
I wasn't sure how I'd like Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children: The Graphic Novel, but I ended up totally loving it. The combination of Ransom Riggs authentic writing style and Cassandra Jean's incredible illustrations just completely blew me away. The graphic novel added a completely new view to the original book that I couldn't help but adore. This book is an awesome artistic addition to Riggs' writing that would be perfect for lovers of the original novel and even to someone who hasn't read the book, but loves (or wants to try out) graphic novels. I'll definitely be looking into other graphic novels by Cassandra Jean! (less)