Dorothy Must Die | Love the dress, hate her

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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.

My thoughts in one picture:

Oh Dorothy Must Die, you started off so well with you being a dark, twisted retelling of Wizard of Oz and descriptions so vivid I kind of wished I was in the book. I was even willing to overlook how annoying Amy was but no, it was not meant to be.

Do you ever get this feeling when you’re reading a book that you’ve read this before? Dorothy Must Die was like that… but at the same time not. I can pinpoint exactly what I hated so much about this book which doesn’t happen often. I’m really torn about this book because it’s got such a great world and an amazing concept but the main characters just made me so angry.

Amy Gumm is not special at all in book terms. It’s like she was written by someone holding a checklist all like “Ok so bad parents, check. Angst from troubled childhood, check. Is a giant ass screw the system person, check. Has some weird coloured hair, check”. HOW MUCH MORE TROPE CAN YOU SHOVE INTO A SINGLE CHARACTER??

“No one does this right away, not even me,” Nox said quietly. “You have power”

Oh yeah, I forgot about the special one trope. It’s not like it’s shoved into my throat every second book.

The romance was really sad and I don’t mean sad like in The Fault in Our Stars, I mean sad because it should’ve had so much more. I don’t normally mind instalove but in Dorothy it’s freaking crazy. Amy and Nox literally don’t even talk more than a couple of sentences and suddenly, they’re a couple. There was no chemistry, no romantic buildup just a makeover. A literal spit take scene included. It’s also worth mentioning that this is the bar for most of the character development in the book. We meet the character, we get a few lines out of them and then they’re killed off because who knows and who cares 😀

If that wasn’t enough disappointment, [spoiler]AMY FUCKING SCREWS UP AND DOROTHY DOESN’T DIE. THE BOOK IS FUCKING CALLED DOROTHY MUST DIE, SO WHY DOESN’T SHE???? [end spoiler] It made the ending so anticlimatic and it was pretty funny how much shit went down in the last chapter. It was as if it was a setup for the sequel…

Sidenote: I got around to researching it and turns out it might be picked up by CW. I was not surprised. Dorothy is very CW material, by that I mean it just emanates YA from its pores.

TL;DR: Basically, good world building does not work when inhabited by shitty characters

2.5


So have you read Dorothy Must Die? What were your thoughts (especially on that stupid ending)? By the way, is the sequel any good because I want to know what happens but I honestly don’t think I can stand another book of Amy. Anyways, let me know 😀

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Top Ten Tuesday | Books I picked up on a whim

Another Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and The Bookish! Honestly, I thought I read a lot of books on a whim. It just depends on how I’m feeling, what I feel like reading… I struggle with reading books when they’re popular! Surprisingly though, I found it really hard to come up with a list for this week because a lot of my recent reads I’ve found through blogs and Goodreads. I just think it’s just safer to get people’s thoughts before reading!

1. Dorothy Must Die | Danielle Paige

Dorothy Must Die (Dorothy Must Die, #1) My most recent read was on a whim! Wow that coincidence XD I’m pretty sure I got it because it was free on iBookstore.

2. Ink | Amanda Sun

Ink (Paper Gods, #1) THE COVER!!!!

3. Poison Study | Maria V. Snyder

Poison Study (Study, #1) I’d read Snyder’s Inside Out and Touch of Power but Poison Study was just a book I just suddenly picked up. It was awesome,

4. Sweet Evil | Wendy Higgins

Sweet Evil (The Sweet Trilogy, #1)This was a holiday whim. My family and I were driving down to Melbourne and that’s like an 8 hour trip so I had to get some books. Got so obsessed with Kaidan afterwards XD

5. Crave | Melissa Darnell

Crave (The Clann, #1)Read it along with Sweet Evil. It was a really long trip.

6. Firstlife | Gena Showalter

Firstlife (Everlife, #1)Firstlife was part of the only book haul I’ve ever done. I literally just grabbed 6 books and bought them.

7. The Darkest Minds | Alexandra Bracken

The Darkest Minds (The Darkest Minds, #1)Ok, look it was super cheap in Big W and it was the end of 2014 so I had to buy it. Thank god I did because it was amazing, made a great reading start for 2015!

8. Rebel Wing | Tracy Banghart

Rebel Wing (Rebel Wing #1) Way back when I was just starting out on Netgalley, I requested Rebel Wing because of its cover.

9. Minders | Michele Jaffe

MindersI remember finding this in my local library and just borrowed it because it was new. Yes, I know I am a sucker for new books especially in libraries.

10. Black City | Elizabeth Richards Black City (Black City, #1)

I have no idea how or where I found Black City. I really should finish the series soon.

So have you picked up any books on a whim? Did you love them or hate them?