Thursday, May 5, 2016

Teen review: The modern Oz continues

The Wicked Will Rise
by Danielle Paige
293 pages
Young Adult Fantasy

Reviewed by George Sakellariou, grade 8

In the second book of the Dorothy Must Die series, Amy Gumm gets separated from Mombi and the rest of the members of the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked. She is rescued with Ozma after the incident at Dorothy’s party by Ollie and his sister, and taken to their home, where Queen Lulu reigns. Amy and Ozma then set out to finish the uncompleted task set out before them by the Wizard (Oscar Zorpheus Phadrig Isaac Norman Henkle Emmanuel Ambroise Diggs): Steal the Lion’s courage, the Tin Woodsman’s heart, and the Scarecrow’s brains in order to finish off Dorothy and restore balance to Oz. As they reunite with members of the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked and other allies, they venture on this quest to restore all of Oz’s magic to its proper place and KILL DOROTHY.

I would rate this book a definite 5-star book due to the AMAZING ENDING, which solves a great mystery of the book! Be aware that there is a lot of descriptive gore and some profanity. I really enjoyed how the author helps you develop so much hate for some of the characters in the book due to their actions and dialogue. What really was a good feature of the book was Amy's development of amazing magical talent in only a couple of weeks! The cover was also interesting. It showed the outline of a witch's body, but inside it was a picture of storm clouds, or maybe even a cyclone! This book is definitely worth it if you have read the first book, Dorothy Must Die!

Editor's note: The third book in this series, Yellow Brick War, is on order, as is a book of short stories that are a sort of prequel, called Dorothy Must Die Stories. We already have the third book as an audio book on CD, if you just can't wait! And soon, we will have some e-novellas that link into this series.

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