Buddy Read Discussion: Dorothy Must Die with Trish

Buddy Read Discussion: Dorothy Must Die with Trish

Hello everyone!

Thank you all for your patience! I know it must have been really exciting to see that I was doing a blog collaboration for the first time ever. I know I was excited about it, and I still am!

As you remember, Trish with WideAngledLife and I decided to do a buddy read for Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige. Well, we both finished the book, and let me say that it was one hell of a ride!

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Turn back now if you don’t want to be spoiled!

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So when I was reading this book, all I could think about was how this book was totally not what I was expecting. I mean yes, reading the synopsis I know that this isn’t going to be the Wonderful Wizard of Oz with the singing Munchkins and all the bright colors and stuff. I knew it, but still. It just threw me off when Amy finally got to Oz.

This book definitely does not shy away from the death and violence. Paige introduces us to a potentially amazing character, a munchkin named Indigo who has a sassy attitude and a killer fashion sense, only to have her brutally killed by the Evil Tin Woodman! Like, are you kidding me?! I was so looking forward to Indigo’s sass and her telling off Amy for being so ignorant, but no. She goes and gets murdered because AMY decides to break the law and Indigo ends up being punished for it. It wasn’t fair, and I was so pissed off.

Like, very pissed off.

So then Amy gets taken away to the Emerald City, where she meets Dorothy who has definitely grown up to be a bad ass bitch, and not in a nice way either. She’s grown into her body, is seen as very sexual with her cleavage and short dress, and just doesn’t sound like a good person at all. Amy called it when she figured that Dorothy would want her destroyed. Since Amy is now the second girl to come from Kansas by way of a tornado, who’s to say that this won’t happen again? Especially since right now, Dorothy has all the power in Oz over magic and all of the inhabitants of Oz? She’s had hundreds of people and creatures killed during her reign, so clearly she’s not trying to be Good.

And what exactly was going on through Dorothy’s mind that she wanted to destroy the Oz that treated her so well? Like the Munchkins ever did anything evil to her! But she doesn’t care. She punishes and kills without remorse, only caring about herself and how much magic and power she can gain. Even the “Good Witch” Glinda has turned into an evil bitch, with this fake ass “perma smile” so that her face is forever creepy and nothing like what I remember.

I mentioned to Trish that I just felt like this book was sad. Not the crying kind of sad – although I did tear up a bit when I realized that Indigo really was dead – but the kind where you realize that the world is completely different from what you expected and it’s not going to change anytime soon. It was just… sad.

Like I said in my review, I really did enjoy this book. I just couldn’t get over how much Oz was destroyed by Dorothy. None of them deserved this, and when witnessing the deaths of those that actually want to change Oz back for the better, it makes me hate Dorothy even more. Amy has the mission to kill Dorothy, and she failed. Since there are more books to follow Amy in her journey, she better succeed in getting rid of this parasite.

Dorothy must die… along with her terrible and ugly friends.

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I just wanna say that I have no idea how this book has less then 4 stars on Goodreads. I have heard a lot of mixed reviews about this book so I decided to read it for myself. I am super glad I did. I absolutely loved it! The writing style in this book is amazing. The world building was some of the best I have ever read in a book and that is really saying something. As I was reading I felt like I could vividly see everything in front of me. The characters were well developed and so unique in their own ways.

Check out Trish’s full review on her blog: wide angled life.

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I hope you all enjoyed reading our thoughts about Dorothy Must Die. We plan on continuing the series and doing other buddy read posts so you can see what we think about everything! Feel free to leave comments on what you thought about Dorothy Must Die, and whether or not you plan on reading the rest of the series with us.
Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

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 can’t be trusted, Wicked Witches may just be the good guys, and winged monkeys can be executed for acts of rebellion. There’s still a yellow brick road – but even that’s crumbling.

What happened? Dorothy.

They say she found a way to come back to Oz. They say she seized power and the power went to her head. And now no one is safe.

My name is Amy Gumm – and I’m the other girl from Kansas.

I’ve been recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked.

I’ve been trained to fight.

And I have a mission. 

Book Overview:

Author: Danielle Paige | Series: Dorothy Must Die | Format: Audiobook | Narrated by: Devon Sorvari | Length: 14 hours, 12 mins | Publish Date: April 1, 2014 | Literary Awards: Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Debut Goodreads Author (2014) | Rating: ★ ★ ★  | Recommend: Yes

“I hate to break it to you, but just because someone has pretty hair and a good skin tone and a crown instead of a pointy hat doesn’t mean she’s not the baddest bitch this side of the emerald city.” 

Forget everything you know about Dorothy Gale and The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Forget the movie, forget the book. This is not the same thing at all.

This is an all out disaster, in such a good way.

It turns out that Dorothy wasn’t going to be the only girl from Kansas to be swept away in a tornado and land in the world of Oz. Meet Amy Gumm, another girl from Kansas who also lives in a trailer. Unlike Dorothy, she’s a sarcastic and scrappy girl, who isn’t deemed beautiful or liked by anyone in her world. Not even her mother, who leaves her to deal with the tornado alone. Some kind of love, right?

So Amy and her mom’s pet rat almost die when they get to Oz, only to be rescued by some mystery person. When she looks around, she realizes that she’s definitely not in Kansas anymore, and this isn’t the same land of Oz that she remembers from the movie. This place has been pretty much destroyed, and nobody is happy here. If they are, it’s probably a fake smile to show face to the ruler of Oz.

Who’s that ruler, you ask? Why, none other than Dorothy of course.

Ding, dong. This bitch isn’t dead.

The entire world of Oz is a death zone, with munchkins and flying monkeys getting punished with pain or death. The friendly companions of Dorothy – the Lion, the Tinman and the Scarecrow – are evil and cruel. Just like their good pal Dorothy Gale, who definitely grew up and is not a sweet girl anymore. In this world, the good have turned wicked, and the Wicked may actually be the good guys. If Amy decides to trust any of them.

“Be brave. Be angry. Don’t trust anyone.” 

So there’s only one thing that she has to do, after witnessing some terrible, horrible acts of violence.

She’s gotta kill Dorothy. And she needs to learn how to do it fast or risk dying herself.

Amy is not your typical superhero protagonist. She doesn’t come into some magical powers without realizing it. She isn’t the strongest person to come to Oz. She doesn’t even know how magic really works! But she’ll have to learn, and that’s what matters. She deals with everything in her typical sarcastic way, and she reminds all of us that Kansas girls aren’t to be messed with.

I actually enjoyed this book and thought that this new take on the beloved story I’ve come to know and love was a refreshing take. I may not have liked everything that happened in this book, but I definitely need to know what happens next.

Looking for the buddy read discussion? Stay tuned! It will be in a future post.

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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.