I have found and fallen in love with a new series of books called “Dorothy Must Die” by Danielle Paige. Marketed as YA novels and novellas, I think they are incredibly well written, smart and funny. “The Wizard of Oz” was a favorite childhood book of mine and the movie was a favorite as well. I would watch it every time it came on the TV, mesmerized and a little afraid and wanting so much to be Dorothy.
This is such an original take on that classic story. There are 2 books and three novellas that have been published so far in the series. I will start with the very first story in this series:
“No Place Like Oz” by Danielle Paige
Publisher’s Synopsis: In this digital original novella, Dorothy travels back to Oz to reunite with old friends, but her story may not have a happy ending. No Place Like Oz is a prequel to the forthcoming novel Dorothy Must Die.
After returning to Kansas, Dorothy Gale has realized that the dreary fields of Kansas don’t compare to the vibrant landscapes of Oz. And although she’s happy to be reunited with Aunt Em, she misses her friends from the yellow brick road. But most of all, Dorothy misses the fame and the adventure. In Kansas she’s just another prairie girl, but in Oz she was a hero. So Dorothy is willing to do anything to get back, because there really is no place like Oz. But returning to the land she left comes at a price, and after Dorothy is through with it, Oz will never be the same.
5 out of 5 stars
I just loved this! This is the story of Dorothy’s return to Kansas. Sure she’s happy to see Auntie Em, but she’s 16 now and no one believes that she went to such a magical place. Live is boring back in Kansas, flat and uneventful ad she’s no one special there – just a regular farm girl that no one believes. Her 16th birthday comes and she finds a magical present under her bed – the ruby slippers!
Putting them on returns her, her aunt and uncle, and Toto back to Oz. There she is special. There she is the hero witchslayer Dorothy. And there she is willing to do whatever it takes to become ruler of all of Oz., no matter the cost. Glinda is there to guide her as well as her good friends the Scarecrow, and Lion, and the Tin Woodsman.
This was such an exceptional book. I felt that it really set the stage for the next book in the series, “Dorothy Must Die” and answered a lot of questions I had. I’m excited to review the series in order.