BOOK REVIEW: The Wicked Will Rise – by Danielle Paige

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Title: The Wicked Will Rise
(Dorothy Must Die #2)
Author: Danielle Paige
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Retelling
First published: March 30th 2015
Finished reading: May 17th 2015
Pages: 293
Rating 3,5

“But really what I mean by crappy is, like—you know—not very good at it. Like, if there were a Witch Mall, Glamora would work at Witch Neiman Marcus, Mombi would work at Witch Talbot’s and I would work at the Witch Dollar Store, where people would only come to buy witch paper towels, six rolls for ninety-nine cents.”

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I read Dorothy Must Die last month and even though I was a bit disappointed by the lack of action in this first book, I decided to read the sequel The Wicked Will Rise anyway to see if Dorothy would finally start working on her mission. Where the first book was a bit slow, Danielle Paige tried to squeeze in more than double the action in the sequel. I don’t mind a bit of action, but I couldn’t help but think it might have been better dividing it between the two. I mean, this sequel has about 150 pages less than Dorothy Must Die, so at points the story felt ‘rushed’. Still, I cannot deny I enjoyed it anyway and I will most likely end up reading the third book at some point when it comes out. (Whenever that is.) The prose is easy to read and I like Amy’s character. Combined with a fast pace it is a quick and entertaining read, although I think I liked Dorothy Must Die better.

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WARNING: Possible spoilers! Please don’t read this summary if you haven’t read Dorothy Must Die yet. I’ll keep the summary super short but it’s impossible to keep it completely spoiler-free…

Amy Gumm is still stuck in Oz and is trying to continue her mission. She has to kill Dorothy to free Oz, but first she has to remove the Tin Woodman’s heart, steal the Scarecrow’s brain and take the Lion’s courage… She has only partly succeeded so far, and Dorothy still lives. Amy has managed to escape death so far, but the Revolutionary Order has vanished and Amy doesn’t know what to do next. The people around her all seem to tell her only half-truths and she doesn’t know what to believe anymore or who to trust. Good and evil are all mixed up in Oz right now; so who is truly wicked?

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Although Danielle Paige at least made sure Amy did actually work on her mission in this sequel, I cannot help but feel she tried to rush the story too much. The Wicked Will Rise is shorter than the first book, but it had way more action in it… Not a bad thing on itself, but I felt the balance between the first two books was a bit lost. Still, this is quite an entertaining read and I enjoyed the sometimes funny prose. Recommended to those who enjoy a good Wizard Of Oz retelling; just make sure to not compare it to Dorothy Must Die

WWW Wednesdays #40 – May 20th

wwwwednesdaysOriginally featured at Should Be Reading and now hosted by Sam at Taking On A World Of Words, WWW WEDNESDAYS is still about answering the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?

treasureislandcityofashesI’m currently reading the second book of The Mortal Instruments series: City Of Ashes. I mainly started reading it because it was my TBR jar pick, because I wasn’t planning on continuing the series any time soon… So far it’s ok, but I still prefer The Infernal Devices. I’ve also started Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson the other day, a classic I’m not really enjoying so far.

  • What did you recently finish reading?

fallingintoplacethewickedwillriseLast week was Bout Of Books week and I was able to finish no less than six books! Woot! The last two were Falling Into Place by Amy Zhang and The Wicked Will Rise by Danielle Paige. The first I didn’t end up enjoying as much as I initially thought, which is mostly because of the annoying characters. The Wicked Will Rise was actually better than the first book in the series, or at least it had more action in it.

  • What do you think you’ll read next?

thedivinersteaseMy next TBR jar pick is The Diviners by Libba Bray; another series I’ve been wanting to read for a while now… I might take a break from the fantasy genre though and read Tease by Amanda Maciel first. I need this one for my Bookish Bingo challenge and it sounds like an interesting read.