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Dorothy Must Die

(Dorothy Must Die #1)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  61,840 ratings  ·  9,404 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 bluebirds. But I never expected Oz to look like this. To be a place where Good Witches c
Hardcover, 452 pages
Published April 1st 2014 by HarperCollins
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Katelyn Its really good! I bought it and never got around to it till a week ago. Thought i would hate it but really loved it.
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Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
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?

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,
Apr 03, 2014 marked it as stahp
Shelves: trolls-love-me
I won't be reading this. Not because of the author, but because of this:
Apr 05, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2014-reads
So, Dorothy must die, huh? Well, perhaps. But if this book is any indication, the cause of this cardiopulmonary arrest would be little else but frustrated boredom.

How do you make the flip-one-of-the-most-known-and-beloved-stories-onto-its-head book uninteresting? Good question. Let me give you some pointers:

-- 1) Make the beginning relatively strong, to draw the readers in and to remind them as the story drags along that this story had potential , that it could have had a strong narrative voic
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
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
☆High Lady of The Night Court☆
I like this story better than the original one! I give it 4-4.5 stars

Danielle Paige’s version of Oz is a version where Dorothy went back home, realised she didn’t particularly care for it, came back to Oz, gathered magic, and became the most barbaric ruler in the history of Oz. In this version Dorothy isn’t the only girl who went to Oz there is now another and she has seen that the Dorothy she thought she heard about let the magic get to her head and wants nothing more than to be the sole bearer
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
Whitney Atkinson
Sep 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2015
4.5 stars
Reynita Maharani ★ The Night Reader ★
3.5 Stars


Once upon a time, There was a pink-haired girl named Amy Gumm. She lived in a trailer park with her mother. Her father left her and her mother behind to live with a woman named Crystal. When Amy turned 13 years old her mother had a car accident and started taking pills and this was the time her life was changed completely. Her mother wasn't a sweet mother anymore, she did not ma
May 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of The Wizard of Oz and retellings.

Oh gosh, where shall I start?

This book…was really something; an amazing thing.

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

4 ''It made my day'' stars

To be honest, I never absolutely was a big fan of Dorothy’s story in The Wizard of Oz, which means I was a little reluctant to buy this one. Ok, I was very reluctant. Except, reviewers kept bringing up how a great retelling this one is, and I just love retellings of any sorts. And thank you Belle for the recommendation.

The story...

It hooke
Candace Robinson
Sep 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I like weird! And this had some awesomely weird stuff! The Oz world was pretty cool with some very dark aspects, yet some good humor was blended in along with it. There was a twist at the end that I would not have guessed, if I hadn't read the prequels first! I liked Amy, and she felt like an actual teen, not a forty year old in a teen's body. I'm ready for the next book! Full review on my blog
Apr 02, 2014 rated it did not like it
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
C.G. Drews
Jan 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
So basically I procrastinated reading this book FOREVER (because I'm a deluded pineapple) and gosh, it was amazing and perfect and I loved it.. The procrastination and fear it wouldn't live up to the hype were totally UNNEEDED. It's an epic retelling. So, so creepy and dark, which is perfect. I kind of reminded me a little of Splintered. It took a fluffy old fantasy world (Oz) and TOTALLY messed it up. WHICH I JUST LOVE.

Although, to be honest, as I look at the gifs of the original movie, I kiiii
Apr 03, 2014 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.

Apr 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
I want to start off by saying that when I started this book I what I would think if it. My twisted sense of curiosity is what got the best of me on this one and I am glad it did. Lots of twisted and backwards adventure to be found here!

Amy Gunn is your average girl who has been dealt a bad hadn at life. She has no friends (thanks to nasty Ms. Madison), her father left when she was young and her mom is is a druggie. She wants nothing more than to get away from her crappy trailer life. Well she ge

Well, I DON'T CARE. Because I LOVE this book SO MUCH!!! No joking! Even Dorothy will be dumbfounded that I'm against her now.

Yes! That's how great the story is. How the author made me believe that Dorothy was no longer Dorothy I used to know. She's an EVIL now. A magic-hoarding fascist. Even her friends and Glinda had all changed. Screw them!

“Down is up, up is down. Good is Wicked, Wicked is Good. The times are changing. This is
Chelsea ❤Peril Please❤

Well, I had wanted to be gone. I’d wanted it for as long as I’d known there was anywhere to go. I wanted other places, other people. Another me. I wanted to leave everything and everyone behind.
But not like this.

We’re off to see the Wizard, the wonderful Wizard of Oz….Is he, though? Is he really wonderful? And what about the rest of our beloved WOZ cast? Who’s good, who’s evil….and how do you interpret that little gray area in between? I loved this story and all the mayhem it represented. I l
Aimee ♥ | Aimee, Always

It's pretty obvious why this one was a must-read for me, right? A Wizard of Oz retelling where Dorothy is evil... I had to read it. No questions asked. And then I finished it... and was utterly disappointed. Remember my review of Hexed? I kind of felt that the writing in both books were similar, so if you enjoyed one you'll maybe enjoy the other.

So the story's told from Amy Gumm's perspective. Ah, Amy. The first word that comes to mind when I think of her is shallow. She can't listen to any so
The rating would have been 2 stars higher if it had been a stand-alone with a proper conclusion instead of a rushed cliff-hanger and a confused protagonist.

I don't feel like writing a proper review. Let's settle on why I did not rate it with 3 stars like I had expected around the first half of the book.

1. The protagonist did not work for me. Like, at all. I get that she had a shitty life, I get that she is full of doubts and fears and repressed emotions, but usually when thrown into a challeng
Natalie Monroe
EDIT 20/10/2014: Reason for change in rating in comment 9. My original thoughts on this book can be found below:

4.5 stars

I've had my eye on Dorothy Must Die for a while now. Ever since the blurb came out, I've been eagerly anticipating the release because the premise sounds fucking fantastic. A dark retelling of The Wizard of Oz, an evil Dorothy and an assassination mission.

My expectations were sky-high and Dorothy Must Die delivered.

Its world-building is on par with the likes of Splintered, a
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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3.5 Stars

“Those who have sacrificed always have the most to lose”.

Amy Gumm has a pretty crappy life. She lives in a trailer park in BFE, Kansas, is being raised by a mother who is hooked on pills, and spends her days at school being bullied by a pregnant cheerleader. There’s not much to look forward to when she wakes up each morning.

Amy finds herself in a whole new world – literally – when her single-wide is swept up in a tornado

Nenia ✨ Literary Garbage Can ✨ Campbell

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I grew up with the Oz books. As a child, I would revisit them periodically, curling up under the covers with a flashlight to read about Tik-Tok and the Wheelers, or Polychrome and the Nome King, or Mombi and Jack. Even now, I still occasionally read them because they're so fantastically creative and the imaginative world-building continues to hold up, even now. It's one of my favorite fantasy series ever, probably more so than Harry Potte
Catherine ♡
Actual Rating: 5

Holy shit. This was amazing.
Everybody take notes - this is the kind of story I want in a retelling.

Dorothy Must Die centers around Amy Gumm, who is trash. Basically. Her father's left her, her mother is an addict, and she lives in a trailer in Kansas with no fun, no friends, and no future.

And then...a wild tornado appears! And it sweeps Amy and her little pet rat away from her boring and lame life. And they land in Oz. Except Oz isn't Oz. It's dark, it's barren, it's dirty, and
Jan 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This turned out to be super fun! I found the middle a bit, I dunno, boring? It was fast paced enough but just didn't hold my attention, but the second half of the book was awesome!
Full review to come
Apr 04, 2014 rated it it was ok
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.
Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)
May 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned, retellings
I adored this book. Action packed and just totally engaging. HOWEVER I was very bothered when I got to the end and found out that the major plot twist is written on the back of the fricken book. UGH
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
I read the first 10 pages of Dorothy Must Die, and the author, Danielle Paige has already treated me with girl on girl hating.


And to make it even better, Ms. Paige also treats me with big-boobs-shaming.

You know what, Ms. Paige especially highlights her poor Cinderella heroine Amy Gumm is flat-chested.

I can't even.

Then, at page 16, I learn that the poor Cinderella Amy had stored her life saving in a drawer only to have it stolen by her drunk mother, so the mommy can go out and buy more dr
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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.

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