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Review: The Wicked Will Rise

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Title:The Wicked Will Rise

Author:Danielle Paige

Series:Book 2

Rating★ ★ ★ ★ 

*Note:Review for Book 1


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?

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Amy was walking a fine line in this book. I wasn’t really too sure what to make of her. She was more confident in this one, but also more romance-focused than I would’ve liked.

✩ I liked Lulu not only because she had so many funny sayings, but also because of how she believed in Amy and how much she loved Ozma. She was dedicated and actually a pretty fair ruler.

Polychrome didn’t show up for very long in the book, but I thought she was charming and funny. Plus, I loved her unicorn, haha.

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❝ In Dorothy’s Oz, you did what you had to do. You made hard choices. You traded flight for freedom, if you had to, even if it meant losing a part of yourself. Sometimes, in Dorothy’s Oz, you had to get your hands a little bloodied.

I have to say that although I liked this book it didn’t have the same spark that the first book had.

Amy starts on her quest to retrieve the items so that she can kill Dorothy, but something happens early on that pushes her over the edge, and from then on she struggles to control the dark magic that threatens to change her. She questions whether she is more Wicked than Good, whether she is truly walking down the same path as Dorothy. It’s a concern even her own friends share.

Thanks to the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked, magic is slowly returning to the land and with this change, Ozma is also growing stronger. She’s still not all there, but she seems to understand more than she lets on. Her counterpart, Pete, still didn’t show up very much (which isn’t different from the first book) but I felt like he was made out to be more human in this book.

In a world turned upside down like this, where sweet little Dorothy Gale was evil, Glinda the Good was eviler, and most everyone else was either scheming or scrambling to stay out of the way, there were crazier things you could do than putting your trust in people who called themselves wicked.


Now, there were two differences between the first book and this one that I think took away from the charm the first book had: the romance and plot.

I think things were building up slowly in the first book between Amy and Nox, which I could appreciate, but her obsession with worrying about him more than anyone else was annoying. Especially when she kept telling herself it wasn’t because she liked him. I just think it jumped too quickly from someone she thought she liked to someone she couldn’t stop thinking about.

The other thing that bothered me was the plot. It didn’t feel like it was as focused as it was in the first book. I sometimes forgot what it was that Amy was working towards. The plot was a little messy between her trying to figure out where she stood on morally, retrieving the items for the Wizard, and then also apparently trying to track down the rest of the Order.

I still enjoyed the book because of the writing style and funny moments with all the characters, but I hope the plot is more focused in the next book. As it stands, I’m a little confused about where the series will be going next but I’m still looking forward to the journey.




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