7 Apr 2015

REVIEW: The Wicked Will Rise by Danielle Paige

Title: The Wicked Will Rise (Dorothy Must Die #2)
Author: Danielle Paige
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy.
Publication Date: March 31st 2015
Publisher: HarperCollins Australia
Format: Paperback
Pages: 293
Rating: 4/5

In this dark, high-octane sequel to the New York Times bestselling Dorothy Must Die, Amy Gumm must do everything in her power to kill Dorothy and free Oz.

To make Oz a free land again, Amy Gumm was given a mission: remove the Tin Woodman’s heart, steal the Scarecrow’s brain, take the Lion’s courage, and then Dorothy must die....

But Dorothy still lives. Now the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked has vanished, and mysterious Princess Ozma might be Amy’s only ally. As Amy learns the truth about her mission, she realizes that she’s only just scratched the surface of Oz’s past—and that Kansas, the home she couldn't wait to leave behind, may also be in danger. In a place where the line between good and evil shifts with just a strong gust of wind, who can Amy trust—and who is really Wicked?

This was sent to me for review by the publisher, but this is no way changes my opinions on the book.

I wasn’t a massive fan of Dorothy Must Die. I enjoyed it, but I read it at the wrong time in my life. It’s a very dark book and I read it right after books about the Holocaust and suicide…I’m great at planning ahead, clearly. I knew I wanted to read The Wicked Will Rise anyway to give this series another chance. I’m so glad I did.

Originally I was shocked when I opened the package to see how thin this is. The first one was so big and this one just wasn’t. As it turns out, that was actually a good thing. This one had much more action and much better pacing – I read it in a matter of hours because I just couldn’t tear myself away from it.

I liked Amy a little better in this one. There are moments where I really, really loved here and then there were parts in which she kind of annoyed me. There were a lot of new characters in here that I absolutely loved as well as a few old favourites. I’m very interested to see where some of the characters are going to develop from here.

I wasn’t so bothered by the darkness in this one – I suppose I sort of expected it this time around. I have to say, there were still a few parts in which the level of violence still kind of surprised me. This is definitely not a book for the faint hearted.

I think the only thing I really dislike about this series is the synopsis. I think the whole ‘mission’ thing is cool, but the missions never have any relevance until the end of the book. It’s kind of spoiling what the next book is going to be about.

All in all though, I did really like this and I’m glad that I can the series another chance. I can’t wait to see where the next book is going to go after that ending.

Thank you to Harper Collins Australia for sending me a copy of this for review!