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Yellow Brick War (Dorothy Must Die, 3) (original 2016; edition 2017)
by Danielle Paige (Author)
Yellow Brick War by Danielle Paige (2016)
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About the same as the second book: a slow start and lots of unnecessary introspection, with the action coming in later. We see everything through the main character's eyes and she is totally a downer. I get that Amy grew up in a tough environment where she could only rely on herself but it's a little sad to see just how much she distrusts certain people when as the reader, I can tell that those people are actually genuine in their care for her.
I like this book a bit better than the disappointing previous volume if only because my expectations were already low to start with, and some minor characters from the first book reappear and were amusing to read about. In particular, Amy's old schoolmates Madison and her now-ex Dustin had some great scenes. I actually hope Madison would somehow get involved in the main storyline; she'd make a hilarious and sassy BFF/sidekick to Amy. Lulu the monkey queen also comes back and I'm never not entertained by all her quips.
The romance still bores me but at least the author kept the we-can't-be-together-due-to-some-terribly-manufactured-reason to a minimum. And actually, even though Nox started out this series as the typical brooding jerk, he turned out to be an ok guy in the end, if still completely generic.
The second half of the book is action-packed, focusing on the war in Oz and the battles the main character Amy and her band of witches fight, ending in a cliffhanger with plenty of plot threads still left to explore. Overall, it was a decent listen (I did the audiobook), and I do enjoy the sarcastic humour of Amy's narration. Danielle Paige's reinterpretation of Oz is quirky and interesting, and she continues to expand on her world with each book. At this point, I'm invested enough to read the fourth and final volume that's coming out next year, if only to see how it all ends.
I love this series so much! I thought it was pretty cool that a large part of this book takes place back in Kansas where Amy Gumm is on the search for Dorothy's silver shoes. The last couple of chapters left me reeling! With what happened, I am super curious as to what is going to happen in the last book of the series!
Well this one wasn't as good as the first book but was definitely better than the second book, and I think I know where the 4th book is headed due to the ending of this one. Not bad and hopefully the next one wraps the series up nicely
I can't believe I am reading this stuff. The writing is fine, the content is melodramatic, part ooey gooey love story part teen drama part super hero epic. But it's Oz and I've been sucked in. Plus, the library is closed so I am stuck with what I've got. Good escapism during a pandemic.
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In this third book in the New York Times bestselling Dorothy Must Die series, new girl from Kansas Amy Gumm is caught between her home--and Oz. My name is Amy Gumm. Tornadoes must have a thing about girls from Kansas, because--just like Dorothy--I got swept away on one too. I landed in Oz, where Good is Wicked, Wicked is Good, and the Wicked Witches clued me in to my true calling: Assassin. The 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 if I don't find a way to close it? Dorothy will make sure I never get to go home again. Now it's up to me to: join the Witches, fight for Oz, save Kansas, and stop Dorothy once and for all.
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Melvil Decimal System (DDC)813.6 — Literature English (North America) American fiction 21st Century
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Ahhhh! I absolutely love this series! This series has gradually gotten better with each book, and I love how much every character has developed thus far. I’m really enjoying Danielle Paige’s style of writing and the overall premise and mythology of her take on OZ is soooo enthralling.
Yellow Brick War was fast paced and full of action! So much happens in this book and there are so many problems they have to face and a ton of new twists! There are some interesting changes and while I enjoyed the addition of the “new” characters.
Amy is back and she’s still one hell of a kick ass heroine. The character development of Amy has been is such an entertaining ride. She is sassy, smart, and strong. I love that she doesn’t take crap from anyone and that she can totally defend herself. I really felt like I knew her a lot better after reading this one. Of course, Amy has her flaws and questionable moments, but they only make her more realistic.
In this book, Amy finds herself back in Kansas with the witches. She has to return to high school to find Dorothy’s original Silver Shoes in hopes they’ll be able to take them back to Oz. A lot has happened in Kansas, while we were in Oz and we learn more about what’s going on with Amy’s poor mother, as well as, how things are going with Amy’s former enemy Madison.
BUTTT, damnnnn, Danielle Paige really did an amazing job with the newly found friendship between Amy and Madison is so amazing; it was such a natural progression of the story. Both the characters showed such maturity in putting their past behind them. I also found the changes in Amy’s mother to be impressive.
I’m excited to read the fourth book, I actually have it beside me, and I’m starting it tonight!
All three of the books I have read so far have been amazing reads and I can’t recommend them enough.
Check out my reviews of the rest of this series!
Dorothy Must Die
The Wicked Will Rise
Yellow Brick War
The End of Oz
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