• Page Count: 293
  • Release Date: March 31, 2015
  • My Rating: 3.5 stars

Book Description:

The Wicked Will Rise (Dorothy Must Die, #2) In this dark, high-octane sequel to the New York Timesbestselling 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?

My Thoughts:

The first book was a bit more entertaining, but I still enjoyed this one!

Amy has to get the Tin Man’s heart, the Lion’s tail, and the Scarecrow’s brain before she can properly kill Dorothy. A lot of this story focuses on Ozma/Pete’s history, but there are some pretty awesome battles too!

The whole concept still walks a difficult line between being ridiculous and badass, but totally manages to be something you can take seriously. There are so many moments where I think the story is about to turn into a silly mess, but then it just gets even more interesting. I’m shocked by how much I like it so far! I think the strong writing reallllly helps.

Amy’s character growth here is awesome, too. She finally figures out who she is and starts to fight for it. But she’s also warned that magic could start using her…. and starts to become familiar with a darker side.

I wasn’t sure if I was going to like some parts of the story like Polychrome, the Daughter of the Rainbow (because that name just screams no). But then she has a giant cat named Heathcliff she refers to as her unicorn because she attached a horn onto it.

I am thoroughly amused. I like all of the characters. I like the world. Hopefully this series stays as strong in the sequels!


2 comments on “Review: The Wicked Will Rise by Danielle Paige”

  1. This has been a series I’ve flip flopped on reading, but did buy book one the other day, so at some point it’ll be a “must read.” Just have to decide the “when.” 🙂

    Glad you’re enjoying!

    • Yeah, I wasn’t too sure about it either but wanted to check it out since the final book just came out. I wasn’t as big on the last two books, but the beginning is fun!

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