BOOK REVIEW: No Place Like Oz – by Danielle Paige


Title: No Place Like Oz
(Dorothy Must Die #0.1)
Author: Danielle Paige
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Retelling
First published: November 12th 2013
Finished reading: May 29th 2015
Pages: 125
Rating 3

“Home isn’t just where you’re born-it’s where you belong. I found my home and I let it go. But I came back. Now I was home for good, and I would never, ever make the mistake of leaving again.”


Since I enjoyed reading the first two novels of the Dorothy Must Die series, I decided to read the prequel novellas as well. No Place Like Oz is the first of three novellas Danielle Paige has already published and tells about what happened to Dorothy after she went back to Kansas. The writing style is the same as in the novels, but somehow I didn’t enjoy this first novella as much as the actual series. Dorothy isn’t one of my favorite characters and in this novella it already shows she is going to be one annoying evil ‘witch’. I guess that’s the whole point of the character, but still I wasn’t impressed. No Place Like Oz can be read without reading the actual novels and with only 125 pages it’s quite a quick read that will give you an insight in how Dorothy came back to Oz. Just don’t expect something mindblowing.

shortsummary1reviewAfter Dorothy Gale saved Oz, she returned back to good old Kansas. At first she was happy to go back, but now she’s there she realizes Kansas doesn’t compare to the vibrant world of Oz. Dorothy is happy to see her aunt and uncle again, but she misses her friends from Oz and the adventures they had together. She decides she wants to go back and desperately tries to find a way to get what she wants. She seems to get her wish on her birthday, but things are not the same as before in Oz. Dorothy travels to see her old friends and is determined to get the Oz she remembers back. But Oz will never be the same and Dorothy is getting power hungry…


It’s not a bad novella, but since I’m not really a fan of Dorothy I wasn’t able to enjoy No Place Like Oz as much as the actual novels. The writing is the same and it’s quite a quick read, so I would still recommend it to those who want to learn more about how Dorothy got back to Oz and how she turned into the Dorothy we read about in the novels. Just don’t compare it to Dorothy Must Die or The Wicked Will Rise.

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    • The actual series is better than the prequel novellas. The writing is the same, but I liked the characters in Dorothy Must Die and The Wicked Will Rise a lot better.

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