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No Place Like Oz

(Dorothy Must Die #0.1)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  7,147 ratings  ·  899 reviews
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 reunit
ebook, 125 pages
Published November 12th 2013 by HarperCollins (first published November 1st 2013)
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Candace Robinson
Aug 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I actually just read this one after the other novellas, since I was waiting for Overdrive to hurry up! Loved this one and seeing how Dorothy becomes bad!!
Nov 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I... devoured this. There was something about wanting to see how Dorothy rises to her vengeance that I just needed to see through to the end. How she rises to power, the insanity of who's at fault and how the world is going to be flipped-turned-upside-down has me beyond excited for when Dorothy Must Die releases. Since Wizard of Oz is one of my favourite books and films, I found myself really in love with how Paige portrays Dorothy and how she grows into her madness. It was SO perfectly fitting ...more
catherine ♡
I really liked this prequel because of the way Dorothy was portrayed as a narrator - instead of making her a mindless villain, Danielle Paige depicted her transition away from innocence (and how greed overtook her) and I thought it was such a captivating journey.

Oh, and lots of foreshadowing for Dorothy Must Die:
If I had all that, I would never let myself lose sight of how lucky I was. Not for a moment.
Emerald Sue
Jan 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
“They say you can't go home again. Well, I'm proof that's not true. Home isn't just where you're born-it's where you belong. I found my home and I let it go. But I came back. Now I was home for good, and I would never, ever make the mistake of leaving again. The past was gone forever. There was no place like here.” - Dorothy

There's not a whole lot to review in such a short story but I was seriously shocked at how dark this was haha. I freaking love how twisted it is! I'm a huge fan of The W
Initially gave this 3 stars.

I know which side I'm on now though.

Original review:
Damn it, I didn't want to actually UNDERSTAND where Dorothy was coming from and why she is the way she is. This story definitely humanizes her a lot more and it changed my thinking towards Glinda and Ozma. But now I don't know whose side to be on! Argh.
Emm C²
"For everything that's wonderful, there's something wicked, too. That's the price you pay for magic. It's worth it, I thought. Even here, standing at the mouth of a place that radiated the purest evil I'd ever felt, I knew it would always be worth it. Because without magic, you're just left with Kansas."

Dorothy it seems, has become something of an unhinged sociopath...
As of this review, I've only seen the film, The Wizard of Oz, and haven't read any of Baum's original series. That being said, I'
Kayleigh {K-Books}
Nov 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: retellings
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Oh. My. Word. There are no words to explain just how amazing this novella is. When I first heard of Dorothy Must Die I thought hmm that sounds interesting. With me being a massive musicals fan I have, of course, watched The Wizard of Oz a gazillion times and memorised every word. So anything to do with Wizard of Oz I instantly was interested in. Dorothy Must Die was on my radar of a 'I want to read... eventually... at some point." When seeing there was a prequel
I am not sure what to rate this, for now a 1.5, rounded up to a 2.
I am just disappointed. Dorothy isn't evil, she is just a bitch (sorry for my language) and rude to friends and family, who all just want the best for her and only care for her. What do they get? Mindcontrol, bitchy behaviour and more.

Let's just say I was really looking forward to this new series. Dorothy becoming evil? Dorothy not good but the enemy for Oz? Wow. Sadly it was not meant to be. Like I said above, I didn't feel like
Wow. I felt this ties in nicely to the original story. The main differences is that I felt Oz is a bit more fantastical here (flaming toast, prebuttered, cooked corn still on the stalks, etc) and that Dorothy seems a bit conceited and selfish even from the beginning. Was she ever sweet? The setting when she was in Kansas did feel a bit modern though.

Danielle Paige does a great job with references from the original book. She bases is more on the books than the movies since the ending is fairly di
Sep 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I will go into full detail with a review to come soon! But basically, THUMBS UP! Go read it! Or if you're smart you'll wait till the day before Dorothy Must Die comes out so you don't have to wait.

Cut that. Don't be smart.
Sarah Elizabeth

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 als
Veronica Morfi
Jan 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rating: 4.5/5

No Place Like Oz is the prequel to Dorothy Must Die, and for me it is a must read. This is the story of Dorothy a few years after she came back from Oz. Now Dorothy is about to turn 16 and everything around her, everything she fought so hard to get back to, doesn't seem the same anymore. As they say, you can never go back home. And for Dorothy returning to what she though was her home didn't turn out to be what she hoped for.

I really loved seeing what happened once Dorothy was back
Apr 08, 2014 marked it as not-for-me
Shelves: full-fathom-five
I really wanted to read this. But I just can't. James Frey will get none of my money. Ever. His practices are disgusting.
Oct 24, 2013 rated it liked it
LOVED IT. LOVED IT! awesome prequel to what i think will be an amazing book!

“Somewhere in the back of my mind, I had the vaguest notion that I was the one being wicked. But I found that I didn’t care. In fact, I almost enjoyed it.”

I’ve wanted to read this book since I’d read the first book in this trilogy, Dorothy Must Die was just plainly perfect so you can imagine what grate expectations I had before I started this book. I’m glad to tell you: No Place Like Oz did not disappoint me. It was everything what I imagined, maybe I couldn’t relate to the ch
Colleen (Colleensreadingadventures) Scidmore
This book was the first prequel to Dorothy Must Die.

It definitely explained a lot, like how Dorothy got back to Oz, what has happened to turn her evil and what the heck had happened to Ozma. But I just couldn't get into it as much as Dorothy Must Die. It was informative and a fast easy read, I just felt a little let down considering how much more I enjoyed the very first book in the series. But it's definitely worth a read because it gives the important back story.
Nov 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2013, 5-star
I so desperately need Dorothy Must Die. Like now.
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My main critique on Dorothy Must Die was that I thought Dorothy was a cardboard villain who was Evil mainly for the sake of it. This is her origin story and basically starts where the original left off so if there was any more to Dorothy I thought I would find it here.

Unfortunately Dorothy is rather ungrateful right from the start. I didn't like her right from the start and this only deteriorated as the story went on. Her switch to the
Apr 04, 2014 rated it liked it
This was a very giant change of pace for me. I went from dark erotica, to a young adult 'sequel' to The Wizard of Oz. Now, at first I was taking this the wrong way. I thought this was going to continue on AFTER the full original series took place. I feel like most people just wiki The Wizard of Oz when they do retellings, and honestly I feel like that's what this author did. Maybe I'm being judgy about this book because I'm such a fan of Oz. But, I honestly can't tell if this is a full retelling ...more
Scott Pinzon
Dec 03, 2013 rated it liked it
This book is a prequel to a trilogy that has a very engaging premise: suppose Dorothy had returned to Oz and, drunk on the acclaim of the people who hail her as The Witchslayer, became its ruler -- and turned into a corrupt despot. In the trilogy, it will be up to another Kansas farm girl to eliminate the threat that is Dorothy in all her sorcerous magic. In this prequel, we begin in Kansas two years after the famous 1939 movie ended, and witness how Dorothy makes it back to Oz, and how her char ...more
Must shamefully admit I haven't read The Wonderful Wizard of Oz so I'm not sure where the similarities or differences lie within this book. However it's hinted that originally Dorothy only wanted to return home to Kansas but here Dorothy wanted to return home to Oz. The whole idea of Dorothy being tempted into evilness makes some sense when you think about it. Why return to a boring life Kansas with no true friends, unless you count the pigs and the chicken (and an ex best friend who accuses you ...more
Feb 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-reads
Interesting to see Dorothy's transformation. I enjoyed her backstory. Fun series! ...more
Jul 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
evillll. review to come
Feb 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great backstory on Dorothy! No spoilers, but I had a feeling that's what was going on. So excited to read the other novellas 💖 ...more
2,5⭐. Not great, not terrible.
Nov 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Two-second recap: In No Place Like Oz, Danielle Paige offers readers a thrilling, captivating look at Dorothy Gale's return to Oz and her terrifying rise to power, while setting the stage beautifully for the upcoming Dorothy Must Die.


Full review:

When I found out that Dorothy Must Die would have novella prequel, to say that I was excited would be an understatement. I’ve been dying to read Dorothy since hearing about it last May, so I figured that the novella would be a perfect way of getti
Maya White
Apr 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
I read Dorothy Must Die before I read the prequel and I have to say as I was reading this prequel, I knew the outcome, and I thought it was very interesting to read it that way. (view spoiler) ...more
Roman Kurys
Aug 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After finishing “The Patchwork Girl of Oz” I did not want to leave the magical land of Oz, so called an audible and delved into Danielle Paige’s alternate Oz story, the prequel to “Dorothy Must Die”
I must say, I enjoyed the ride quite a bit.

This is a dark tale of Oz, unlike any of the other ones before it. Evil Dorothy is not a concept I had imagined, yet here it is.

Characters: 4

Well, maybe “evil” is too strong of a term for what she grew up to be. One of the top reviews on here, I think hits it
Sep 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2013
What could have happened to Dorothy to make someone want her to die?

I couldn't wait for this prequel to come out when I heard about the book over the summer and saw the prequel was going to be released sooner I was SO EXCITED. It did not disappoint, I could not put this book down. (I love when that happens)

I have only read one book about Wizard of Oz and that was more what happened before Dorothy. This was what happened 2 years after she left Oz but it's not the sweet Dorothy you remember someth
Vivian Chen (Vivian's Book Pavilion)
This is post originally on Vivian's Book Pavilion

So…at first, we can see what’s the life Dorothy used to live, and what happen after she went back to Kansas. You know…Danielle Paige really created an unpleasant Dorothy, spoil little girl. When she was back in Kansas, she kept complaining about everything, literally EVERYTHING. She was unhappy about her presents, her classmates, her life…and so on. Please, although I had some sympathy for you different life in Kansas, but that’s what you choos
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