Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Tuesday Memes: Dorothy Must Die

Every Tuesday Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea hosts First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros, where you can share the first paragraph, or a few, of a book you are reading or thinking about reading soon.

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along!

Today I am spotlighting Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

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, and I've been given a mission:

The Tin Woodman's heart,

The Scarecrow's brain,

The Lion's courage,

And then—


Opening Paragraph

  I first discovered I was trash three days before my ninth birthday — one year after my father lost his job and moved to Secaucus to live with a woman named Crystal and four years before my mother had the car accident, started taking pills, and began exclusively wearing bedroom slippers instead of normal shoes.

  I was informed of my trashiness in the playground by Madison Pendleton, a girl in a pink Target sweat suit who thought she was all that because her house had one and a half bathrooms.

  “Salvation Amy’s trailer trash”, she told the other girls on the monkey bars while I was dangling upside down by my knees and minding my own business, my pigtails scraping the sand. “That means she doesn’t have any money and all her clothes are dirty. You shouldn’t go to her birthday party or you’ll be dirty, too.”

My Teaser

    I was still wavering when Star hissed at me angrily. I knew what she was trying to tell me. With a twinge of regret, I chased after Indigo. Sometimes you just have to trust your pet rat’s instincts.
page 37

So...what do you think? Is this one you would pick up? Leave a comment below!
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  1. I've read good and bad reviews of this, so I'd already decided it's not for me. But what do I know. I didn't like Wicked either.

    1. I have to admit, I couldn't make it through Wicked...but I DID enjoy the musical! I finished this one late last night and can't wait for the next book in the series!

  2. I have been curious about this book for a while. I like the beginning and the teaser and will have to check this one out from our school media center. Happy reading!

  3. The other girl from Kansas - sounds intriguing. I've not heard of this one before.
    Here's my TT - http://fuonlyknew.com/2014/12/02/teaser-tuesdays-90-come-along-with-me/

  4. That sounds like a fun read!

    My TT this week is from The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly: http://wp.me/pZnGI-gb

  5. This book has been teasing me from the library shelves. I just may have to pick it up.

    1. Definitely pick this one up. I'll be reviewing it soon, but the sneak peek says..."read this one"! LOL!

  6. I have also been curious about this one, and I like the girl's voice in the excerpts. She just might engage me! Thanks for sharing...and here's mine: “THE SECRETS OF MIDWIVES”

  7. Children can be so cruel! I've seen this book on several blogs in the past and wondered about it. I'll watch for your review.
    My Tuesday post features TRAIL MIX.

  8. Wow, that sounds like a really intense book. I would definitely read this one!

  9. I wondered about this one. But now I am intrigued. I will have to look for it at our library.

  10. I have mixed feelings about the intro , but am leaning toward trying itšŸ˜¼glad you posted about it.

  11. I've been extremely curious about this one! Is it an actual novel based off the classic Dorthy? Either way, the teaser snagged my attention :) Great post!

    My Teaser:
    The Deer Effect | Susan Wingate

    1. This one is based on the original Wizard of Oz, with all of the familiar characters....but not the way you remember them! This isn't really a retelling, but more a 'continuation'.

  12. This looks different. Even though I love Dorothy, I also love this intro - keep reading!

  13. I was iffy on this book and then I saw your comment on the Wizard of Oz. Now I have to check it out.