Yellow Brick War by Danielle Paige

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RATING: 3.5/5

BLURB: “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: Assasin. 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.”

REVIEW: I was very excited to read what I thought would be the final installment in the Dorothy Must Die series, which I always assumed was a trilogy; after reaching the end of the book, however, I am now even more excited to say that I am pretty much certain that I was wrong, and another book in the series will, hopefully, soon emerge – or at least I hope so, because I thoroughly enjoyed this book and was left desperate for more when I finished reading the final page. After being swept into a portal, Amy must resume her quest to finish Dorothy from Kansas, a place she finds very different to the home she remembers. The drastic change in her once alcoholic mother is heartwarming for the reader as the two are reunited, as is her growing friendship with once-nemesis Madison Pendleton and her blossoming romance with the witch Nox; yet, Amy still has a job to do. With both help and threats from a new enemy, the Nome King, Amy and the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked find Dorothy’s shoes in Kansas and are sucked back into the land of Oz, destined to find Dorothy and put an end to her reign of terror by killing her, once and for all. I can’t reveal much of what happens upon their return to Oz, for fear of giving too much away; but I feel that this book really connected more to the atmosphere of the first novel in the series, being gripping, shocking and easy to read – I had found the middle book slightly less so, although I still enjoyed it. Amy’s character has also greatly developed by this point and her relationship with Nox provides some relief for the reader from the tense and graphic battle scenes. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and if – as I suspect – there is to be another installment, then I can’t wait to read it.

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