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Review, Young Adult / June 2, 2015
The Wicked Will Rise by Danielle PaigeThe Wicked Will Rise
Author: Danielle Paige
Series: Dorothy Must Die #2
Publisher: HarperCollins
Date: March 2015
304 pages
Source: ARC from publisher
Genres: Fantasy
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In this sequel to the New York Times bestselling Dorothy Must Die, who is good—and who is actually Wicked?

My name is Amy Gumm—and I'm the other girl from Kansas.

After a tornado swept through my trailer park, I ended up in Oz.

But it wasn't like the Oz I knew from books and movies. Dorothy had returned, but she was now a ruthless dictator. Glinda could no longer be called the Good Witch. And the Wicked Witches who were left? They'd joined forces as the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked, and they wanted to recruit me.

My mission?

Kill Dorothy.

Except my job as assassin didn't work out as planned. Dorothy is still alive. The Order has vanished. And the home I couldn't wait to leave behind might be in danger.

Somehow, across a twisted and divided land, I have to find the Order, protect the true ruler of Oz, take Dorothy and her henchmen down—and try to figure out what I'm really doing here.

I was so, so, so excited when I received a copy of The Wicked Will Rise because I was on the edge of my seat wondering what would happen in the next installment of this series. Oh how that excitement was misplaced. The sequel to Dorothy Must Die was a very slow read about how Amy Gumm was on the run in Oz after a failed attempt to kill Dorothy, the self-declared Princess of Oz. The Order feels Dorothy needs to be removed from power and trains Amy on how to use magic and how to kill Dorothy.

Along the way Amy comes across the Wizard who gives Amy three tasks to complete in order to succeed in her mission. Amy only completes one task that had been given to her and that happens in the first few chapters of the book. After that, she continues moving throughout Oz trying to hide from Dorothy and Glinda by meeting up with new characters that are uninteresting and dull. Ultimately all of the hiding and running get Amy nowhere in the story, it doesn’t feel as if she is making any progress at all.

Amy’s character did not develop and grow throughout this book. She didn’t get stronger, nor did she develop better control of her magic. She wanders through the book wondering if the boy she met in the first story and developed a crush on is okay and tells herself she has to keep pushing for him. *YAWN* Normally I am one for a good love story but that is not what it comes across as. It comes across as a moody teenager who does not know how to properly express her emotions so she’s a rude jerk to a lot of the characters, or she just shuts down and thinks about her Mom. The fact that she also is hung up on what her Mom is doing back in Kansas is a side story that didn’t need to be in this book. It seemed to clutter the story and confuse the reader more than anything. Pining over a boy, visiting boring magical lands, and thinking about what her Mom is doing seem to be the running theme of this book, not character development or an actual plot. I was hoping, or more so expecting, there to be more of Amy hunting Dorothy or Amy training to get better at her gift but none of that happened at all.

Then the end of the book left me really confused. It felt like the author rushed to end the book and did so in about 5 or 7 pages. *BOOM* It ends and you are left wondering what in the Sam Hill happened. The end of the book lives up to the name of The Wicked Will Rise because they do but leave you more confused than ever at what just happened. I reread the ending half a dozen times before I finally accepted that I have no clue what took place or why. Maybe I just didn’t get what the author was trying to get across or perhaps I didn’t care. This book did not live up to my expectations and that was a major let down.

2.5 Stars

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