Genre: Fractured Fairytale
Series: Dorothy Must Die #1
The short story:
Amy is just another girl with Teen angst growing up in the middle of nowhere Kansas. Her mom is no use, barely able to cope with life let alone raise a teenage daughter and the kids at school make fun of her for living in a trailer park. One day all of that changes as Amy is swept away in a tornado to the land of Oz. Things are a bit different than the stories we all know and Dorothy is not the sweet & innocent heroine anymore. As Amy teams up (reluctantly) and trains with the Order of the Wicked, she must discover who she is and why Dorthy Must Die.
This was a fun book. I’ve started listening to Audio books through Hoopla, but this was one that I had to find the book and finish because I couldn’t wait long enough to finish the recording. There is some language and scenes that aren’t for the faint of heart. The scarecrow is no longer a lovable goofball and his science experiments get a bit…gory. That being said, it’s got everything you need: an underdog needing to find her place in the world, a couple of hunky boys that she can’t be with because she needs to focus on the task at hand, and a familiar landscape turned upside down. The only thing I didn’t like was the ending, because I hate it when books end in a mid-fight cliffhanger to get you reading the second book. Which it does. Remember Hunger Games Catching Fire? So irritating. If you’re looking for a new series to devour, this might be the one. There’s 4 books and several short stories to get you really immersed in the journey.
I give it 3.5/5 stars