Review : Yellow Brick War by Danielle Paige

18602406Yellow Brick War by Daniel Paige
Published : March 15, 2016

Once upon a time, there was a girl from Kansas named Dorothy.

You might know her as the Girl Who Rode the Cyclone. She ended up in Oz, where she became friends with the Tin Woodman, the Scarecrow, and the Cowardly Lion. But the temptation of magic was too much for her. She let it change her. Her friends became twisted versions of their former selves.

The magical land of Oz is now a dark and menacing place.

My name is Amy Gumm. Tornadoes must have a thing about girls from Kansas, because I got swept away on one too. I also landed in Oz, where Good is Wicked, Wicked is Good, and the Wicked Witches clued me in to my true calling:

Assassin.

The only way to stop Dorothy from destroying Oz—and Kansas—is to kill her. And I’m the only one who can do it.

But I failed. Others died for my mistakes. Because of me, the portal between the worlds has been opened and Kansas and Oz are both in danger. And if I don’t find a way to close it?

Dorothy will make sure I never get to go home again.

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I really don’t know how to feel about this book.

I enjoyed how it began where the last book left off but going back to Kansas kind of annoyed me. I didn’t really like this portion of the book. Although Kansas was portrayed accurately as boring and what not, I really felt bored as I read that portion of the book.

I feel like this book could’ve been compacted to a duology. But, it wasn’t  and this book felt like a very big filler book. I liked the fight with Glinda and Glamora. Because that HAD to happen. But honestly I was so underwhelmed with this book.

I really loved the cliff hanger from Dorothy Must Die, it set up this series for such success and I’m really disappointed that this book fell so short. Like honestly, how hard could it be at all to kill Dorothy? I feel like the character development has fallen so flat. It was really upsetting to see all this work setting up a lot of the character developments and plots and just letting them all fizzle and die.

There is one more book coming out next year. And I’m really hoping it’s something epic to really  make up for this book.

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Top 5 Wednesday : Favorite Villains

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Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey at gingerreadslainey on YouTube. And this week’s topic is Favorite Villains. Although we all hate them, there are a few that are our favorites that we just never forget about.

1. Queen Levana
11235712I think Levana was one of THE WORST and most sadistic villain I’ve ever read about. She’s always been pure evil throughout the whole Cinder series and I don’t think she ever had a redeeming moment within the whole series. She’s….well…she’s a bitch.

2.The Darkling
He’s so swoon worthy though….a bit messed up, but GAH, I swoon whenever he speaks.

3. Maeve
28260587You may be thinking…well she’s not that bad…IF YOU HAVEN’T READ EMPIRE OF STORMS YOU DON’T EVEN KNOW HOW MESSED UP THIS WOMAN IS. Ugh I hate her. She’s THE WORST. I want to say almost a tie with Levana for the most vengeful, sadistic person ever.

4. Dorothy 18053060She’s so awful, just the way she acts like she knows everything and rules over everything an is such a jerk I can’t stand her!

5. He Who Must Not Be Named
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Review: The Wicked Will Rise by Danielle Paige

18602341The Wicked Will Rise by Danielle Paige
Published: March 31, 2015

In this dark, high-octane sequel to the New York Timesbestselling Dorothy Must Die, Amy Gumm must do everything in her power to kill Dorothy and free Oz.

To make Oz a free land again, Amy Gumm was given a mission: remove the Tin Woodman’s heart, steal the Scarecrow’s brain, take the Lion’s courage, and then Dorothy must die…

But Dorothy still lives. Now the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked has vanished, and mysterious Princess Ozma might be Amy’s only ally. As Amy learns the truth about her mission, she realizes that she’s only just scratched the surface of Oz’s past—and that Kansas, the home she couldn’t wait to leave behind, may also be in danger. In a place where the line between good and evil shifts with just a strong gust of wind, who can Amy trust—and who is really Wicked?


I was worried when I saw how much smaller this book was compared to Dororthy Must Die. But I was thoroughly surprised at how fast paced and action packed this book was! I also loved that we were in like a middle transition area of Amy being not a witch and a witch. Like this mid zone of will she really go to the wicked side or will she be a free agent/good witch?

I also loved Queen Lulu like what a bad ass. And I loved the backstory you got on Pete, Ozma and Momby as well. I think this was a wonderful book to give a lot of world building as well as back story on all these characters. I think that’s my favorite part of this series, how everyone is so different but could be tied together and learning about them and who they are.

I loved seeing more of Oz. I think in this Oz it’s a really cool place and love Paige’s spin on it.

I feel like I don’t have a lot to say about this one just because it was so short and I don’t want to spoil anything for anyone but Dorothy yet again get’s away alive and I’m 100% ready to read Yellow Brick War and SUPER excited for this fourth book.

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Review: Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

18053060Dororthy Must Die by Danielle Paige
Published: April 1st, 2014

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.

 


If you haven’t read this book yet, stop what you’re doing, step away from the screen, and go get this book and start reading it. You will not regret it. This book is phenomenal! And a wonderful opening to what I think will be an amazing trilogy.

So this is the story of Amy Gumm. And Amy just so happens to live a pretty hard life. Getting in trouble at school, and having to take care of her alcoholic mother outside of that. She just so happens to get swept up by a tornado and dropped in the dreary land of Oz. That’s right, dreary, dark, creepy, land of Oz. This book follows Amy’s time in Oz and how she finds out Dorothy is actually evil and mining the magic out of Oz for her own use and ultimately, Dorothy must die.

I loved the way this book was written. A very bit tip of my hat to Danielle Paige for mixing a good chunk of wit, humor, darkness, cleverness, gore, and action into a wonderful read. From the beginning to the end of this book, the pace was amazing and there was always something that was keeping me on the edge of my seat. From landing in Oz all the way through to training with the Order of The Wicked and beyond, it was so amazingly well paced and put together, I’m still a bit speechless about it.

This book had a bit of romance and I’m kind of happy that it wasn’t a ton of romance. It was pretty underdeveloped but I’m happy that there’s room for it to grow and build further through the books.

I think character wise, it was difficult for me to relate to any of the characters but I also feel as though maybe that was a good thing and made my reading experience better. I couldn’t connect with Amy, but I appreciated her character and her growth throughout the book even though at times it didn’t seem like much growth. I absolutely adored the Order of The Wicked. I think that group of women was my absolute favorite especially Gort (which I feel like is an obvious favorite). I also found the representation of Dorothy to be pretty great for what we saw of her. She was physically displeasing, but I think as a villain she was just a bad person and was a very well written villain. Every time she was in a scene, I wanted to just punch her in the face which I feel like…well…proves that Dorothy is a well written villain.

Overall I think this well paced, great action, magical, witty, and amazingly narrated book is one everyone should pick up. Without a doubt, wonderful and evil characters, great world building, and a great great GREAT start to this trilogy.

I will for sure be picking up the rest of the books in this trilogy.

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