ebook, 196 pages
Published November 12th 2013 by HarperCollins
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.
Perfect for fans of Alex Flinn, Marissa Meyer, and Gregory Maguire, No Place Like Oz is a dark reimagining of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum. Building off of its rich mythology, Danielle Paige creates an edgy, thrilling story for teens that chronicles the rise and fall of one of the literature’s most beloved characters. This digital original novella is a prequel that sets the stage for the forthcoming novel Dorothy Must Die.
If you know me, you know what a HUGE Wizard of Oz fan I am and an even bigger fan of its spin offs (I've seen Wicked 3 times all over the US and my classroom is decorated in all things Wicked). Imagine my joy when this series came across my feed many months ago! I know... what took you so long?! I actually read this one and the first book a few months ago, but I have not had a chance to blog lately (stupid real-life!!!) so I am playing catch up now.
Danielle Paige is a magician. So many times authors try to do spin offs of a series and they totally bomb and sometimes even ruin it for the original book. This one definitely does not! She has made it her own in a way that will make the avid fans happy for keeping the integrity of the story and the "newbies" wonder what the original book was all about because (as always) it was way better than the movie! I love her introduction of the after story and how she is setting us up for what life was like AFTER Dorothy came back to Kansas. I can imagine that life probably wasn't all that great for her, but Danielle Paige has done a magnificent job offering us the rest of the story (as Paul Harvey would say).
This is only a novella (and only available in ebook format) so MAKE SURE that you read this one before moving into the first book in the series! Watch for my review of the first book soon!
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