“Dorothy Must Die” by Danielle Paige is a great spinoff of the Wizard of Oz. The main character, Amy, is transported to Oz and finds that Dorothy has come back, and Oz has taken a turn for the worst. Now, it is up to her to kill Dorothy.
There are a lot of things in the book that I love. There is a sense of mystery throughout the story; like how everyone has secrets they aren’t willing to share. The main character Amy is a strong female character who you can see how she changes and finds out about herself as a person though out the book, gaining confidence and drive. It’s also admirable how the author takes a bright fairytale filled with fun and magic and turns it into something much darker and interesting for older readers.
Another great thing, the plot doesn’t rely on a romance to move the story along. Instead, it has other elements to take its place, causing there to never be a dull moment. That isn’t exercised quite enough in teen books. At the end of the book I was left surprised but it was a good way to end. “Dorothy Must Die” is definitely a great book, and I think if nothing else, the author made it clear, this is not a fairy tale.
Review Courtesy of Our Junior Friends of the Library
In a town without a memory, there’s one who can’t forget.
When a mysterious virus tears through the small town of Black River, it spares residents’ lives but takes something just as precious—their memories.
Six months later, the people of Black River are quarantined, surviving on rations, and policed by government forces. With their memories erased, they’ve all been transformed—some for better, some for worse.
Seventeen-year-old Cardinal Cassidy has escaped the virus, but he can’t escape its devastating impact on his home and family. He chooses to remain deep within the Quarantine Zone, living in a mountain camp with the town’s former bully—now his best friend. Together, they look after a group of orphaned kids and do their best to move on.
But then an enigmatic young woman appears, a private corporation takes control of Black River, and the safe, closed-off world Cardinal has created begins to crumble.
Learn more about the book here :http://www.jeff-hirsch.com/new-page-3/
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
As a lover of photography and an appreciator for all things “Time Burton- esque”, I thought that Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children would be the perfect read.
The author Ransom Riggs is an urban explorer and collector of forgotten photographs which explains the cover. The cover gives you an ominous, paranormal feel and that’s exactly what the author wants. In a Huffington Post blog created by the author he explains that the photos he chose have no meaning to him, it just makes him react. All of the photos have long since left any meaning to them but sparks an uneasy feeling in all of us and Ransom Riggs would have it no other way for it sets the reader up for the atmosphere long before they read it.
The brilliance of the book is truly in the imagery that the author paints for the reader. The characters and the settings are described vividly and breathe life to book. His choice in a small fishing community in Wales helps add to the energy of the book – cold, wet, musty, and dark. He explains and conveys Jacob’s character and the connections that meld him into who he is. Especially with showing us how Jacob is annoyed by nearly everyone and everything but holds the highest regard to his grandpa.
The way to truly lose all meaning in the book is to do what I did, switch between reading and listening to the audiobook. When reading the book all f the imagery is the same as listening to it but you miss the pictures. The pictures! They provide the truly unsettling feeling as you turn each page wondering what will be shown next and that’s how you should read it. That’s how it was meant to be read. Listening to the book is still not a horrendous idea but a lot of meaning and feeling goes away once the pictures are gone; they’re a main part of the story.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is truly peculiar and fascinating and with an upcoming movie who knows what will happen. The possibilities are there to bring out that unsettling feeling from taking the still photographs and changing into a moving picture. Yu can see these pictures move and that may be the highlight of the readers when they see the movie. Not the plot and how well the book was represented but the seeing those photographs come to life.
Nevernight (The Nevernight Chronicles) by Jay Kristoff
In a land where three suns almost never set, a fledgling killer joins a school of assassins, seeking vengeance against the powers who destroyed her family.
Daughter of an executed traitor, Mia Corvere is barely able to escape her father’s failed rebellion with her life. Alone and friendless, she hides in a city built from the bones of a dead god, hunted by the Senate and her father’s former comrades. But her gift for speaking with the shadows leads her to the door of a retired killer, and a future she never imagined.
Now, Mia is apprenticed to the deadliest flock of assassins in the entire Republic—the Red Church. If she bests her fellow students in contests of steel, poison and the subtle arts, she’ll be inducted among the Blades of the Lady of Blessed Murder, and one step closer to the vengeance she desires. But a killer is loose within the Church’s halls, the bloody secrets of Mia’s past return to haunt her, and a plot to bring down the entire congregation is unfolding in the shadows she so loves.
Will she even survive to initiation, let alone have her revenge?
Salem, Massachusetts is the site of the infamous witch trials and the new home of Samantha Mather. Recently transplanted from New York City, Sam and her stepmother are not exactly welcomed with open arms. Sam is the descendant of Cotton Mather, one of the men responsible for those trials and almost immediately, she becomes the enemy of a group of girls who call themselves The Descendants. And guess who their ancestors were?
If dealing with that weren’t enough, Sam also comes face to face with a real live (well technically dead) ghost. A handsome, angry ghost who wants Sam to stop touching his stuff. But soon Sam discovers she is at the center of a centuries old curse affecting anyone with ties to the trials. Sam must come to terms with the ghost and find a way to work with The Descendants to stop a deadly cycle that has been going on since the first accused witch was hanged. If any town should have learned its lesson, it’s Salem. But history may be about to repeat itself.
This month’s books were picked by our Junior Friends of the Library!
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 bluebirds. 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 a yellow brick road – 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.
I’ve been trained to fight.
And I have a mission.
The Carson Phillips Journal follows the story of outcast high school senior Carson Phillips, who blackmails the most popular students in his school into contributing to his literary journal to bolster his college application; his goal in life is to get into Northwestern and eventually become the editor of The New Yorker. At once laugh-out-loud funny, deliciously dark, and remarkably smart, Struck By Lightning unearths the dirt that lies just below the surface of high school. At a time when bullying torments so many young people today, this unique and important novel sheds light with humor and wit on an issue that deeply resonates with countless teens and readers.
Powerless (Hero Agenda #1) by Tera Lynn Childs and Tracy Deebs
Kenna is tired of being “normal.” The only thing special about her is that she isn’t special at all. Which is frustrating when you’re constantly surrounded by superheroes. Her best friend, her ex-boyfriend, practically everyone she knows has some talent or power. Sure, Kenna’s smart and independent, but as an ordinary girl in an extraordinary world, it’s hard not to feel inferior.
So when three villians break into the lab where she interns, Kenna refuses to be a victim. She stands her ground. She’s not about to let criminals steal the research that will make her extraordinary too.
But in the heat of the battle, secrets are spilled and one of the villains saves her life. Twice. Suddenly, everything Kenna thought she knew about good and evil, heroes and villains, is upended. And to protect her life and those she loves, she must team up with her sworn enemies on a mission that will redefine what it means to powerful and powerless…
Find out more about the book and authors here: http://teralynnchilds.com/books/powerless/
Hollow City (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children Graphic Novel #2 ) by Ransom Riggs and Art by Cassandra Jean
After fleeing an army of terrible monsters, Jacob Portman and his peculiar friends find themselves lost at sea, and the only person who might be able to get them to ashore safely, their illustrious headmistress Miss Peregrine, is stuck in the form of a bird! Hoping to find a way to get Miss Peregrine back to normal – or as normal as a peculiar can get – the children journey to London. But no matter where they go, trouble follows after them…
Check out all of the latest information about the author and books here: http://www.ransomriggs.com/hollow_city.php
There is even a trailer for the books done by the author himself: http://www.ransomriggs.com/film_books.php
The greatest enemy isn’t what you fight, but what you fear.
Elizabeth Grey is one of the king’s best witch hunter, devoted to rooting out witchcraft and doling justice. But when she’s accused of being a witch herself, Elizabeth is arrested and sentenced to burn at the stake.
Salvation comes from a an she thought was her enemy. Nicholas Perevil, the most powerful and dangerous wizard in the kingdom, offers her a deal: He will save her from execution if she can break the deadly curse that’s been laid upon him.
But Nicholas and his followers know nothing of Elizabeth’s witch-hunting past – if they find out, the stake will be the least of her worries. And as she’s thrust into the magical world of witches, ghosts, pirates, and one all-too-handsome healer, Elizabeth is forced to redefine her ideas of right and wrong, of friends and enemies, and of love and hate.
To learn more about the book and series check out this link: http://www.virginiaboecker.com/books