Book Review: The Wicked Will Rise (Dorothy Must Die, #2)

Well y’all, Smashing Series September started off pretty well with The Wicked Will Rise (Dorothy Must Die, #2) by Danielle Paige.

In this dark, high-octane sequel to the New York Times bestselling 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?

The Good

  • Great new side characters with some kooky personalities, especially Queen LuLu. She was definitely my new favorite!
  • Got to see more of Oz, which is probably the best thing about this series. This world is extremely unique and plays such a major part in the actual story.
  • The plot turned to more of an adventure story, where the focus is on Amy’s travels across Oz with Princess Ozma. I felt like this was a better change of pace compared to the first book which was really just her learning to become an assassin and then infiltrating the palace.

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The Bad

  • The romance – I just didn’t really feel any of the sexual tension or connection between Nox and Amy.
  • This book lost some of the grim, macabre creepiness that was in the first novel. I had really enjoyed that part, as I feel like that is what set this retelling apart. I appreciate when authors get dark with their stories, but this one was missing some of that.

For the most part, this was a pretty solid second book. It turned into more of an adventure story, which I really appreciated. However, I feel like there was some stuff still missing that kept it from getting the full 5 stars. I would like for there to be more show rather than tell when it comes to the relationship between Nox and Amy. Let’s get dark again!

Final Verdict: 4/5 Stars