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Danielle Paige

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Danielle Paige graduated from Columbia University. She worked in the television industry, where she received a Writers Guild of America Award and was nominated for several Daytime Emmys. Paige is the author of the best-selling title Dorothy Must Die and its digital prequel novellas, No Place Like visa mer Oz, The Witch Must Burn, and Yellow Brick War. (Bowker Author Biography) visa färre


Verk av Danielle Paige

Dorothy Must Die (2014) 2,775 exemplar
The Wicked Will Rise (2015) 1,129 exemplar
Yellow Brick War (2016) 806 exemplar
Stealing Snow (2016) 566 exemplar
The End of Oz (2017) 536 exemplar
The Ravens (2020) 459 exemplar
Mera: Tidebreaker (2019) 179 exemplar
No Place Like Oz (2013) 172 exemplar
The Monarchs (2022) 121 exemplar
The Witch Must Burn (2014) 95 exemplar
The Wizard Returns (2015) 89 exemplar
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20th century
New York, USA
Columbia University
Priser och utmärkelser
Writers Guild of America Award



It took a little time to actually get started. Once it did, I was good. I was disappointed when I got to the end and found it didn't end. I don't mind stories that are a series but I want to know that ahead of time. I don't want that to be a surprise. I don't know if I will continue in the series.
JHolmes95003 | 124 andra recensioner | Apr 1, 2024 |
I'm not entirely sure I enjoyed this as much as "[b:No Place Like Oz|17331483|No Place Like Oz (Dorothy Must Die, #0.1)|Danielle Paige||24034767]No Place Like Oz" honestly. Amy was abrasive, obnoxious and kind of boring. Possibly not the smartest bulb either. For example if a native of a new country (or world) insists that what you are doing is dangerous/illegal/stupid wouldn't it make sense to listen to them? At least until you understand the lay of the land better? Recklessly running around doing and saying things has to be somewhere on the list of "When stuck in a new land don't do this".

Here's the thing - Paige has Amy go through a lot of training and reconnaissance so they could figure out what's happening. You see despite Amy being "like Dorothy" and despite her being more then slightly willing to make things right in the land of Oz, the rebellion has very little working knowledge of what's what. Dorothy is frightfully good at being a tyrant apparently--which really anyone who has had to deal with a disenchanted 16 year old who believes they deserve more will understand why she's good at being a tyrant--and the rebellion has other concerns.

Like what's up with Ozma? Also the land is dying and corrupting and Dorothy is going around cursing people into happiness (which I think maybe Dorothy is besties with the Joker from Batman?). Also the Tin Man is ten shades of creepy--you wouldn't recognize him if you didn't know who he was, and the Scarecrow--who had seemed to be becoming rather malevolent in No Place, is no nicer here. Let's not talk about the Lion.

And in case anyone was worried yes there is a romance, though it doesn't have much time to interfere with the plot (mostly because the plot doesn't have much time to be plot). Amy is rather level-headed and suspicious of the handsome, snarky, arrogant, young man who's being sneaky.

Its possible that No Place set me up for a bit of a let down. I had expected the confrontation with Dorothy--or at least her friends--to occur much sooner then it did in the book. Not the resolution, but certainly some sort of...fight? No not even that. I'm not sure what I expected but I didn't expect a book that reads more like a training montage at times. Amy does have a confrontation with the Tin Man early on, but it goes horribly wrong on many levels.

What the book failed to convince me of is that I don't think Paige will end this series with Dorothy dying. Or at least not dying willingly once she realizes everything she's done. She isn't Evil. She's a girl who got swept up in something fantastic and then couldn't cope with the ordinary. She's convinced that Ozma was the interloper, that she was the Wicked One and that she, Dorothy, was saving Oz.

The person behind it all, the one who manipulated things to begin with, played on Dorothy's fears and weaknesses expertly. Then when tragedy struck Dorothy couldn't face what she had done and thus blamed how "wrong" Oz was for her troubles. Hadn't she fought the Wicked Witch? Didn't she reveal the false Wizard for what he was? Glinda told her that was her destiny and she did it and now she's being told she was wrong. That everything extraordinary about her was wrong.

I don't blame her for turning out the way she did honestly.
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lexilewords | 124 andra recensioner | Dec 28, 2023 |
Much like Peter Pan and Alice in Wonderland, The Wizard of Oz, in movie form and book form, terrified me as a child. I can't say why--there was just something about Dorothy's journey that terrified me (I read many of the other Oz books perfectly fine however). I was certain that Dorothy was the HEROINE of the book though (in a way Peter Pan never was and Alice couldn't really be). She was going to right a wrong, save a bunch of people and be the HERO.

Paige tosses that all on its head and until Ozma says something I was violently against the notion. And then Ozma says something to Dorothy that hit what had bothered me so much about The Wizard of Oz--Glinda survived all those years with two evil wicked witches running amok. Untold years. As a child I didn't believe in absolute evil and absolute good--the world was a gray gray place* and I exerted that belief onto anything I read or watched.

So unlike almost everyone else in Oz I didn't believe that Glinda was as pink and fluffy and altruistic as she appeared. There HAD to be an ulterior motive. Paige answers that question and in the process made me desperate for more.

From the beginning Paige paints Dorothy as a restless girl. She's kind of resigned to the fact her life is now dull, poor and ordinary. The few moments of excitement she exhibits are reserved for when people discuss her past exploit as "The Girl Who Rode a Cyclone" or when she thinks of being in Oz. Her Aunt and Uncle, while giving her all the love she could ever want, judge her for her "fairy tale" about Oz. Her best friend Mitzy basically dropped her like a sack of potatoes because Dorothy insisted on talking about Oz. The most popular/rich girl in school taunted her at every turn.

And she saw no avenue of escape. Ever.

I sympathisized with her at first. Though she began acting a bit more bratty and selfish (even before the corrupting influence of the shoes), I could see why she felt so depressed. Kansas as she paints it was deadly dull, she could look forward to a life stuck on a farm (or close to one) with a guy who doesn't think beyond feeding the animals on time, in homespun dresses twenty years out of fashion. She's 16 and wants more.

I started to lose patience with her pretty rapidly in Oz. Instead of trying to assure her uncle and aunt, she repeatedly presses them to forget Kansas. Instead of taking the time to listen to them she snaps at them to do what she wants. She pushes and cajoles and manipulates them over and over again. I could understand if it was desperation over saving Glinda or if Dorothy was more then cursorily interested in the changes of Oz, but Paige makes it very clear that Dorothy wants what Dorothy wants.

The end, when Dorothy gets what she wants, is a little heart breaking. Magic has a price and Dorothy's is steeper then she would have paid otherwise (I hope, I'm not sure honestly). It will be interesting in DOROTHY MUST DIE how this new "girl from Kansas" views things. How Dorothy will appear now a century (in our time) later to a girl who comes from a time when Dorothy's exploits are a thing of fiction and romanticized.
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lexilewords | 11 andra recensioner | Dec 28, 2023 |
4.5 stars. I loved this book, I loved finding out about how Dorothy got back to Oz and how she became dark and evil. I liked learning more about Ozma as well and seeing how Oz was before Dorothy took over. This was a really great novella and it makes me want to read the next book so bad. I need it now!
VanessaMarieBooks | 11 andra recensioner | Dec 10, 2023 |



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