Friday, April 11, 2014

S&S Review: No Place Like Oz

Title - No Place Like Oz
Author - Danielle Paige
Series - Dorothy Must Die .5
Publication - November 12th 2013
Publisher - Harper Collins
Format -Kindle Ebook


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.

Perfect for fans of Alex Flinn, Marissa Meyer, and Gregory Maguire, No Place Like Oz is a dark reimagining of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum. Building off of its rich mythology, Danielle Paige creates an edgy, thrilling story for teens that chronicles the rise and fall of one of the literature’s most beloved characters. This digital original novella is a prequel that sets the stage for the forthcoming novel Dorothy Must Die.


No Place Like Oz is the story of how Dorothy returned to Oz with her Aunt Em and Uncle Henry with his things time. When her sixteenth birthday fails to be the success she expected she receives a pair of shoes that return her with her family. While it’s only been two years for Dorothy for Oz it’s been many years the scarecrow isn’t the king any longer now that the princess Ozma has returned as the rightful ruler.

While returning to Oz should be happy for Dorothy all her aunt and uncle can talk about is getting home to Kansas which makes Dorothy upset. The longer Dorothy is in Oz the more she wants to stay but she is also affected by the magical shoes. Soon Dorothy is using the magic to make her aunt and uncle behave the way she wants, even using her magic to control the Princess Ozma. Will she let the magic control her? What about Glinda?

I’ve been waiting since I heard about Dorothy Must Die to get my hands on a copy. It was hard but I waited to read the novella so I could read them back to back. I love the original story but this one is darker and equally captivating. I think the author has put her own unique spin creating an exciting new series. I totally get why Dorothy has to die in the next book and can’t wait to start it. The story is beautifully written flowing along from start to finish it’s a fantastic introduction. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen the classic Dorothy movie. 

5 out of 5 stars

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