Title: Dorothy Must Die
Author: Danielle Paige
Book: (Dorothy Must Die, #1)
So I picked up this book in WalMart and read the synopsis knowing immediately that I had to have it. I began to read it the same night and I couldn't put it down! Even when I tried to go to sleep I found that I could not stop thinking about it! The book was that good!
Amy Gumm has a less than average life with her mom. She lives in a trailer and everyone at school calls her 'Salvation Army' because that is where she gets her clothes. Having no friends and a druggie for a mom doesn't do much to help Amy's situation. On the night of the tornado her mom leaves her all alone with Star (her mom's rat) to go out partying with her current boyfriend. Tornadoes never come near their home but tonight it does and when Amy comes to, she and Star are in Oz being saved by a mysterious boy.
Once again on her own she meets Indigo and saves a wingless monkey (Ollie) from his punishment for Sass. The Tin Man catches up to them with some of his soldiers and though Ollie manages to escape Indigo is killed while Amy is taken to the Emerald City. There she meets Dorothy (who is pure evil) and is to be tried in a week. She manages to escape with the help one of the witches from the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked.
Their one goal? To kill Dorothy. Who do they expect to do the deed? Amy.
With their help she finds that the Good are Wicked and the Wicked are Good. Or are they? They teach Amy to use magic and then she goes up against the Lion. One of the witches dies in order to give them a chance to kill the Lion but Amy hesitates a second too long and he escapes. Now she has to infiltrate the palace and get close to Dorothy by pretending to be someone else. A maid.
She gets close a few times but she almost blows her cover when she has to save Ollie's sister from the Scarecrow who has been preforming the cruelest of tests on her. To get away Amy has to cut off the monkeys wings and then Amy has to hide all the evidence of her involvement. One of the other maids takes the blame and Amy is in the clear to kill Dorothy when the ball comes around.She manages to blow her chance again and the Tin Man comes after her.
Can she do what is needed to kill Dorothy? Is what the Wizard told her true? Does the Tin Man kill Amy? Or does Amy take his heart?
Ohmygoodness I loved this book so much! I cannot wait until the second book comes out! She must take the Tin Man's heart, the Scarecrows brain, and the Lion's courage! How cool it that!? At least the ending of the book isn't too much of a cliffhanger. I hate books that leave it unfinished but Danielle Paige wrote a great ending and I can't wait to read more!
About The Author
Danielle lives in NY. Before turning to YA, she worked in television where she received a Writers Guild of America Award & was nominated for several Daytime Emmy's. Danielle Paige is a graduate of Columbia University and currently lives in New York City. Dorothy Must Die is her first novel.