Thursday 23 July 2020

THE END OF OZ by Danielle Paige

The End of Oz (Dorothy Must Die, #4)
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Well, after taking such a fun, wild ride through Oz and Kansas, it's time to find out how everything ends.

Amy has been through a lot and has changed even more. She learned how to use magic in Oz to kill Dorothy, went back to Kansas to help save Oz from Dorothy, and now finds herself in another kingdom to fight a new foe. And of course, has to deal with the outstanding issue of Dorothy.

Now, with Nox and Madison beside her, while wearing a pair of magical silver combat boots, Amy needs to eliminate Dorothy and the Nome King before they end everything...

Wow. Okay. That was really cool.

After enjoying the hell out of the previous three books in this series, I was really looking forward to finding out how Amy's adventure in Oz turned out. And it was off to a great start as she finds herself in the middle of Return to Oz. You remember that movie, right? 😮 Remember how creepy and nightmarish it was? The dark and dreary Ev is exactly like that, and so much more. A creepy place with a lot of underground tunnels and weird locals.

Amy's just as awesome as always, her connection to Nox intensifies, she finds herself babysitting her former bully, and meets a queen with the pesky hobby of collecting heads. Yet, she does all this while trying to save what's left of Oz.

One thing I wasn't expecting was Dorothy's POV peppered throughout the book. She's a real piece of zany work that one. It's strange to be inside her head, to witness firsthand her self-obsession, as well as how oblivious she is to her own cruelty. This character has been warped and twisted into a tyrant, yet believes herself to be a loving, worthy queen. But she's just a sociopath--a maniac. I would find that really disturbing if so many leaders in our world weren't exactly like this. 😒

Although I was surprised to find the final installment wasn't as fast-paced as the previous three and the battle in Oz was mostly off-page, I did like how it slowed things down to concentrate on what makes Amy and Dorothy tick, and how easily one could be the other if their circumstances were reversed.

One other thing I need to mention is how much I've LOVED the amazing and very vivid imagery throughout the four books. Asides from the awesome array of characters, the dark aesthetics were some of my favourite things. I love how dark everything was under the bright and colourful skies of Oz.

I've had a great time with this series and I'm really happy with how everything turned out on both sides of the rainbow. 🌈

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