Review: Yellow Brick War by Danielle Paige

Review: Yellow Brick War by Danielle PaigeTitle: Yellow Brick War (Dorothy Must Die #3)
Series: Dorothy Must Die #3
Author: Danielle Paige
Also by this author: The Wicked Will Rise (Dorothy Must Die #2)
Publisher: HarperCollins
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult Fiction
Publication Date: March 15, 2016
Rating: four-half-stars
Series Rating: four-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

Once upon a time, there was a girl from Kansas named Dorothy.

You might know her as the Girl Who Rode the Cyclone. She ended up in Oz, where she became friends with the Tin Woodman, the Scarecrow, and the Cowardly Lion. But the temptation of magic was too much for her. She let it change her. Her friends became twisted versions of their former selves.

The magical land of Oz is now a dark and menacing place.

My name is Amy Gumm. Tornadoes must have a thing about girls from Kansas, because I got swept away on one too. I also landed in Oz, where Good is Wicked, Wicked is Good, and the Wicked Witches clued me in to my true calling:


The only 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 Kansas and Oz are both in danger. And if I don’t find a way to close it?

Dorothy will make sure I never get to go home again.


Review: Yellow Brick War by Danielle Paige

Yellow Brick War by Danielle Paige is an incredible third instalment to the Dorothy Must Die series. The story is so unique and the main character is just so spunky. This book is a little more modern than the others, but I was really intrigued by the way everything connects.

❀ A Great Retelling

This series is honestly unlike any other. The Dorothy Must Die books are my favourite Wizard of Oz retellings and definitely among my favourite retellings ever. I love how the plot is pretty much the complete opposite of the classic tale and how much sass is in the stories. I feel like this is exactly the kind of retelling that I like the best.

❀ Amy Gumm is an entertaining character

Amy Gumm is such an entertaining main character. She is sassy, smart, and strong. I admired the fact that she doesn’t take crap from anyone and can totally defend herself. In this particular book, I noticed that Amy becomes more developed as a character. I really felt like I knew her a lot better compared to the other two books after reading this one. Of course, Amy has her flaws and questionable moments, but they only make her more realistic.

❀ A More Modern Book in the Series

I found it really interesting how Yellow Brick War is a little more modern than the rest of the series. Amy has to go back to her high school and is reconnected with everyone there, even the people she hates. I enjoyed the change in setting, even though I love Oz. The way everything is incorporated was just so satisfying, especially Amy’s new and unexpected friends.

❀ Unique

Yellow Brick War by Danielle Paige is a unique Wizard of Oz retelling with a clever and sassy main character, This instalment is more modern than the others, which I really enjoyed. If you haven’t started this series yet, I 100% recommend it.

About Danielle Paige

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Danielle Paige is the New York Times bestselling author of the Dorothy Must Die series, and the upcoming Stealing Snow series (Bloomsbury, 2016). In addition to writing young adult books, she works in the television industry, where she’s received a Writers Guild of America Award and was nominate d for several Daytime Emmys. She is a graduate of Columbia University and currently lives in New York City.

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9 thoughts on “Review: Yellow Brick War by Danielle Paige

  1. Katy Goodwin-Bates says:

    I was really interested to read your positive review because I found this book to be such a letdown! I thought the first half was really pointless and when they finally got to Oz I couldn’t even remember what the “War” in the title was even about. I’ve really enjoyed the first two books though so I hope my feelings about the fourth will be more positive.

    • Candid Cover says:

      Awww! I am sorry that this one didn’t live up to your expectations! It certainly isn’t the best one of the series, but I still enjoyed it. I was surprised to hear that there was going to be a fourth book. I hope that it does not disappoint! 🙂

  2. Jaime Lynn says:

    I have been waiting for the final book to read this series, but it has interested me. I love that it is a dark, twisted version of the original. That makes it even more intriguing.

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