Friday, March 6, 2015

No Place like Oz and The Witch Must Burn



Today's post in is on the two prequels to Dorothy Must Die which are No Place like Oz and The Witch Must Burn by Danielle Paige. Together they are 225 pages and are published by Harper Collins. The intended reader is someone interested in how the world got to how it is in Dorothy Must Die. There is some mild language, no sex, and some violence. The stories are told from first person perspective of Dorothy and Jellia. There Be Spoilers Ahead.

From Goodreads- No Place like Oz: After returning to Kansas, Dorothy Gale has realized that the dreary fields of Kansas don’t compare to the vibrant landscapes of Oz. And although she’s happy to be reunited with Aunt Em, she misses her friends from the yellow brick road. But most of all, Dorothy misses the fame and the adventure. In Kansas she’s just another prairie girl, but in Oz she was a hero. So Dorothy is willing to do anything to get back, because there really is no place like Oz. But returning to the land she left comes at a price, and after Dorothy is through with it, Oz will never be the same.

The Witch Must Burn: Dorothy Gale is back . . . and she’s not the sweet little heroine of Oz anymore. She’s power-hungry and vicious, and she leaves a trail of destruction beneath her spike-heeled, magical shoes. But behind the scenes, there’s someone else pulling the strings. Someone who doesn’t want fame or glory—just control.
Glinda of the North brought Dorothy back to Oz for a reason. And in The Witch Must Burn, a young maid is about to discover that a witch who says she’s Good might be the most dangerous kind of Wicked.

Review- It is a thing now for writers to write this novellas to their books. I have not read any of them before and these two did not change my mind. I have not read any before because I believed that if something was really important it will be in the book. I was right. These two are not bad. The stories are just fine but they really do not add anything to the overall story arc. Yes it was interesting to learn that Glinda summoned Dorothy back to Oz because Ozma will not be easily controlled but it unneeded to read the book. The second one about Jellia was not as interesting. Again the writing was fine but nothing was really added. But now I have done the read the novellas thing and I will not be doing it again.

I give these two novellas a Three out of Five stars. I get nothing for my review and I bought this novellas from Amazon with my own money.