Thursday 31 December 2015

NO PLACE LIKE OZ by Danielle Paige

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a novella I've had on my Kindle for a while. I have to admit that I was scared to read it because I loved Dorothy so much in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. But I'm glad I finally decided to get stuck into it.

It's been two years since Dorothy returned from her wonderful adventure in Oz. As much as she longed to return home, Kansas just isn't what it used to be. She hardly has any friends, her aunt and uncle are boring, plus the few people she told about Oz don't believe her. She wants more from life. A lot more.

After the disappointment of her sixteenth birthday party, she finds a pair of beautiful ruby shoes under her bed. Shoes that make her biggest dream come true and she returns to Oz.

But Oz is different too, and Dorothy finds herself changing. Her aunt and uncle have tagged along and their constant talk of going back to Kansas only adds another burden. One that slowly twists into something darker after she returns to the Emerald City and meets the new princess...

Wow. This turned out to be quite a twisted adventure. What I enjoyed the most was how authentic the author's portayal of this timeless tale was. She seamlessly blended what was already created with her own ideas. I also enjoyed seeing how Dorothy morphs from being ridiculed to craving what she's lost to realising she wants--and deserves--so much more.

It was a shame to see such a lovely, selfless girl become a teenager who is determined to take what she wants, but her descend into corruption by magic was perfectly done.

Hope she finds her way back, eventually...

Excellent novella!

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