Monday 13 July 2020

THE WICKED WILL RISE by Danielle Paige

The Wicked Will Rise (Dorothy Must Die, #2)
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Last weekend I finished reading the first book in the Dorothy Must Die series and I loved it so much that I've decided I'm going to read the rest of the series in-between other books. 😊

Dorothy didn't die but the Emerald City did, and the only way Amy can complete her mission is to steal the three things keeping Dorothy's monsters strong: heart, courage and brain. Only then can she weaken the tyrant bitch enough to defeat her and bring balance to the magical land of Oz.

Doing this leads Amy on a violent and captivating adventure of self-discovery while meeting/making new allies. Along the way, she discovers some unexpected truths about Oz, Kansas and herself...

OMG, this was a lot of dark fun!

Like the first book, it's full of wondrous imagery that seamlessly blends what we already know about Oz with a bunch of new and colourful characters, situations and locations. One of my favourite places was the Queendom of the Wingless Ones because it was a cross between the Lance Link, Secret Chimp TV show and the Ewok Village in Return of the Jedi. I got such a chuckle out of this location and really liked the very sassy Queen Lulu.

Amy Gumm has come a long way from the Kansas girl everyone ignored and/or pushed around. But in order to defeat someone as evil and greedy as Dorothy, she finds herself dipping into the darkness of shadows too easily, which forces her to dig really deep. Until she discovers and accepts just how strong she really is, she won't get anywhere.

I loved the varying degrees of adventures Amy goes on and all the weird and magical places she explores. It's also cool when you find out just how awful Dorothy and Glinda really are. Oh! Not to mention that we get several interesting revelations about the Wizard and how/why Kansas and Oz are connected.

Amy is such an awesome character. Plus Amy and Nox are adorable. 😍

After enjoying the first book so much, I was a bit worried about the second installment, but it turned out to be just as good. If not better.

I'm seriously loving this wicked series and can't wait for the next one.

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