Yellow Brick War by Danielle Paige
Paperback, 320 pages
Published March 15th 2016 by HarperCollins (first published March 31st 2015)
~Rating: 4.5/5 stars~
Once upon a time, there was a girl from Kansas named Dorothy.
You might know her as the Girl Who Rode the Cyclone. She ended up in Oz, where she became friends with the Tin Woodman, the Scarecrow, and the Cowardly Lion. But the temptation of magic was too much for her. She let it change her. Her friends became twisted versions of their former selves.
The magical land of Oz is now a dark and menacing place.
My name is Amy Gumm. Tornadoes must have a thing about girls from Kansas, because I got swept away on one too. I also landed in Oz, where Good is Wicked, Wicked is Good, and the Wicked Witches clued me in to my true calling:
The only way to stop Dorothy from destroying Oz—and Kansas—is to kill her. And I’m the only one who can do it.
But I failed. Others died for my mistakes. Because of me, the portal between the worlds has been opened and Kansas and Oz are both in danger. And if I don’t find a way to close it?
Dorothy will make sure I never get to go home again. .
Ahhhh! I absolutely love this series! This series has gradually gotten better with each book, and I love how much every character has developed thus far. I’m really enjoying Danielle Paige’s style of writing and the overall premise and mythology of her take on OZ is soooo enthralling.
Yellow Brick War was fast paced and full of action! So much happens in this book and there are so many problems they have to face and a ton of new twists! There are some interesting changes and while I enjoyed the addition of the “new” characters.
Amy is back and she’s still one hell of a kick ass heroine. The character development of Amy has been is such an entertaining ride. She is sassy, smart, and strong. I love that she doesn’t take crap from anyone and that she can totally defend herself. I really felt like I knew her a lot better after reading this one. Of course, Amy has her flaws and questionable moments, but they only make her more realistic.
In this book, Amy finds herself back in Kansas with the witches. She has to return to high school to find Dorothy’s original Silver Shoes in hopes they’ll be able to take them back to Oz. A lot has happened in Kansas, while we were in Oz and we learn more about what’s going on with Amy’s poor mother, as well as, how things are going with Amy’s former enemy Madison. SPOILER! (Amy and Madison become friends! :O ) Amy and Madison actually work together to solve the mystery of Dorothy in Kansas, while Nox remains out of sight. We don’t get to see too much of Nox, but the romance between Nox and Amy has developed.
BUTTT, damnnnn, Danielle Paige really did an amazing job with the newly found friendship between Amy and Madison is so amazing; it was such a natural progression of the story. Both the characters showed such maturity in putting their past behind them. I also found the changes in Amy’s mother to be impressive.
I’m excited to read the fourth book, I actually have it beside me, and I’m starting it tonight!
All three of the books I have read so far have been amazing reads and I can’t recommend them enough.
Danielle Paige is the New York Times bestselling author of the Dorothy Must Die series, and the upcoming Stealing Snow series (Bloomsbury, 2016). In addition to writing young adult books, she works in the television industry, where she’s received a Writers Guild of America Award and was nominate d for several Daytime Emmys. She is a graduate of Columbia University and now lives in New York City.