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Book Review: Yellow Brick War (Dorothy Must Die, #3)

Well, I have to say first off that Yellow Brick War (Dorothy Must Die, #3) by Danielle Paige did not go where I thought it was going to…

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:

Assassin.

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.

The Good

  • We got to see some more of the interesting side characters.
  • There was finally some character development with Amy, especially when it comes to the relationship between her and her mother. I really enjoyed seeing their interactions as they navigated through all of the tension from their past. It was a nice touch to the story.

sometimes-i-wonder-if-its-even-dorothys-fault-or-if-this-place-was-just-rotten-from-the-start-underneath-everything-if-maybe-thats-the-price-you-pay-for-magic

The Bad

  • Instead of getting to explore more of Oz, we are sent back to Kansas and the normal world. Yeahhhhh, it’s about as fun as you could imagine – not much. Following Amy around at school as she suddenly becomes buddies with her former bully, just seemed a bit too cliché and uninteresting.
  • For a climax – it was veryyyyyy anticlimactic. I don’t think it’s the actual finale but I sure as hell hope not. I’m not even sure if I understand who the new big bad is. I just have a lot of unanswered questions with this book.
  • Blah. That’s what this book made me feel. Blah.

I didn’t hate this book, but at the same time, I didn’t particularly love it. It was very middle-of-the-road for me. I’ve heard that Paige is continuing the series, so maybe the issue was that I was expecting this to feel like a finale but it never did. Probably because I was under the impression that this was the finale… FALSE ADVERTISING.

Final Verdict: 3/5 Stars


Have you read Yellow Brick War yet? What are your opinions on it? Am I judging it too harshly or not harsh enough?

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