Title: Yellow Brick War
Author: Danielle Paige
Series: Dorothy Must Die
Previous Books in the Series:
1. Dorothy Must Die
2. The Wicked will Rise
Date Started: April 3
Date Finished: April 5
Format: Hardcover from local library
After everything that Amy Gumm has been through over the last few months she didn’t really expect this. She’s back in Kansas even though there is still a war raging in Oz and she needs to stop it. Luckily she isn’t alone. The Order of the Wicked – Mombi, Gert, and Glamora – are with her and so is Dorothy. Sensing their chance the Order forms the Quadrant – aligning all cardinal directions of Oz – by adding Nox to their number and they try to take out Dorothy. But she still has the ruby slippers and escapes back to Oz. Now, Amy learns the startling truth that the three items she was commanded to find had nothing to do with killing Dorothy but had to do with unlocking the Wizard’s dastardly plan to merge Kansas with Oz and that Nox can never truly be hers. She also learns that the key to defeating Dorothy lies in her original slippers that she wore on her first journey to Oz and that are still in Kansas – somewhere on the grounds of her old high school actually. And it’s only been a month since the tornado that destroyed her trailer and took her to Oz.
Now, Amy has to go live with her – newly sober – mother and try to get back into the high school where she was previously suspended. But despite all that, things are about to get weirder when not only does Madison – her nemesis and resident mean girl – treat her like a friend, but a mysterious being called the Nome King shows up too and might have plans for Amy.
Okay, look, if I thought book 2 was bad with all the dark, magic, and dead bodies, that had nothing on this book. Yellow Brick War straddles the line between plot device and just down right evil. Before even reading this book I thought that this series was only supposed to be three books and as I got closer to the end, I realized that it wasn’t going to end in three. Which brings me to another complaint; considering book 1 was over 400 pages long, why didn’t Paige just combine book 2 and 3? And instead of being called the Dorothy Must Die series, it could have been called the Yellow Brick War series. To me that’s a better title considering what happens to Dorothy in this one.
Final Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. You know, I keep talking bad about these books, but they’re actually really good. The only two reasons that it’s getting 4 instead of 5 stars is because of not only the whole packaging thing that I stated above, but also because I’m still NOT feeling the whole Amy/Nox relationship. I feel like it’s being forced down my throat when they can just be friends and she spent way too much time complaining about him considering she had bigger issues to worry about.
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