Waiting on Wednesday for Dorothy Must Die

I’m waiting to get back to Oz. Where Dorothy Must Die.

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Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme that highlights our most anticipated upcoming releases. It’s hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine.


What I’m Waiting For:  Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige. I’ve got to be honest—ever since I found out about this book, I have been counting the days and keeping my eyes peeled for red heels, black dogs, and blue gingham. Dorothy is on the move.

Here’s what GoodReads has to say about the book:

I didn’t ask for any of this. I didn’t ask to be some kind of hero.
But when your whole life gets swept up by a tornado—taking you with it—you have no choice but to go along, you know?

Sure, I’ve read the books. I’ve seen the movies. I know the song about the rainbow and the happy little blue birds. But I never expected Oz to look like this. To be a place where Good Witches can’t be trusted, Wicked Witches may just be the good guys, and winged monkeys can be executed for acts of rebellion. There’s still the yellow brick road, though—but even that’s crumbling.

What happened?
Dorothy. They say she found a way to come back to Oz. They say she seized power and the power went to her head. And now no one is safe.

My name is Amy Gumm—and I’m the other girl from Kansas.
I’ve been recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked.
I’ve been trained to fight.
And I have a mission:
Remove the Tin Woodman’s heart.
Steal the Scarecrow’s brain.
Take the Lion’s courage.
Then and only then—Dorothy must die!

Why I’m Waiting: I snatched up the prequel, No Place Like Oz, available as an ebook, when that was released. I’m reading it now, in anticipation for Dorothy Must Die, which is out on April 1st. Of course, I’ve preordered my copy, and I hope you have too! I am really enjoying the novella so far and will also extend my “waiting” by re-reading The Wizard of Oz.

I just picked this excerpt up at Barnes and Noble. You can also read the first twelve chapters over at Epic Reads.


I love all things Oz related! I’m so excited for an Oz young adult novel—and am even more happy that this will be a series. Thank you, Danielle Paige, for writing this!

Here’s my childhood copy of The Wizard of Oz:

childhood book photo

I recently found this illustrated version in color, at Powell’s books in Portland:

powells photo

I have a third copy I picked up at a used bookstore when my other copy was nowhere to be found:

used book photo

I love all things related to Oz. As a girl, I read many of the Oz books, and I memorized the songs from the film, so that I could create my own “doll movie” of The Wizard of Oz, complete with musical score. Could anyone figure out that I was doing the speaking and singing parts for the dolls? I don’t think so.

One birthday, one of my dearest friends gave me a fabulous t-shirt.


I love this shirt, and may have to wear it on release day for the book, in order to celebrate.

What’s my cake of choice on release day?

Right now, I’m thinking a red velvet cake with a cream cheese icing, decorated with something red and glittery (that’s edible).

My waiting will soon be over!

charlotte shirt


6 thoughts on “Waiting on Wednesday for Dorothy Must Die

  1. i’m hearing a lot of hype for this book and i’m definitely intrigued. i don’t love the original wizard of oz but i do love wicked so dorothy must die is at the back of my mind for books to read in 2014. awesome pick! hope you get your copy sooner rather than later 🙂

    hope you can stop by my WoW Post.

    -michelle @ Michelle & Leslie’s Book Picks

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