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Book review: Yellow Brick War, by Danielle Paige

Book cover from Goodreads

Because if you give up – then what is there left to live for?

 

Amy Gumm’s mission to take down Dorothy Gale is not going according to plan. Dorothy has found a way to bridge the worlds of Oz and Kansas, and if the power-hungry dictator of Oz has her way, Kansas will be destroyed forever. Now, Amy has to team up with the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked to save her home, restore the balance between the magic and non magic worlds, maybe get the guy—and kill that not-so-sweet Kansas farm girl once and for all. Taken from Goodreads.

I read Dorothy Must Die series around the same time I read The Red Queen series and I have loved them both so much. I love how, to me at that time, both Mare and Amy was so refreshingly different from other female heroine in your standard YA dystopian stories. Amy was just “I-don’t-give-a-fuck” kind of girl, without a care in the world, takes no bullshit from anyone. Mare was a thief, and a very good one at it. But, where the Glass Sword (Red Queen #2) disappoint me to no end, thanks to how whiny and predictable Mare was; Yellow Brick War (Dorothy Must Die #3) managed to keep me in awe for Amy Gumm.

Sure, we still have our standard love trope between Amy and Nox (which irks me to no end, do we really have to always have love stories in the middle of war? Can’t we just focus on fighting, overthrowing dictatorship and whatnot?), but also at the same time, reading Amy chastising herself for always getting distracted with her attraction to Nox was entertaining, because at least Amy is still focus on the task at hand. And, come one, if you’ve read the series this far, you have to admit that Amy’s narration was always a welcome one, compared to the always complaining and “oh-woe-is-me” from Mare.

Honestly, at this point I really don’t know how many more surprises that Danielle Paige is keeping in her pockets. Just when you thought, “oh yes, ’tis will soon be over”, nope, a whole new different intrigue enter the battlefield and shift everything off its axis. I like it, but I’m getting tired from all the surprises, can we just kill Dorothy already?

Apart from the fact that apparently killing Dorothy is just such a daunting and difficult task, and I am starting to lose my patience waiting for her to die, I welcome the new trio of Amy, Madison, and Dustin Sr. Cliche, but it’s a welcoming thing after all the shitty things that Amy had to endured from the first book. Cheers to that!

I hate Mare for being a whiny person, because she came off as strong and promising in the first book. The same demise befell Nox too. Nox was an interesting character all through the first and second book, but on this particular one, Nox is a no go for me. What’s with the mopey and dopey attitude. Where’s my stoic Nox? Bring it back to me! And what the hell? Call me ignorant (I am, btw), but I thought the book ends here, but bloody hell!! It ends in a bloody cliffhanger!

I was left speechless because I genuinely thought it was the last book. And much as I like the book, I really am super pissed knowing that it is not the end. AND WHAT THE HELL IS UP WITH THIS NEW CHARACTER?? Why do we have to have another evil person? Why can’t we just kill Dorothy and be done with it? Why do we have to have more intrigues? Haven’t we got enough already?

Excuse my previous complaint, but I would still definitely recommend this. Yes, please!

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️☆☆

Title: Yellow Brick War (Dorothy Must Die #3)

Author: Danielle Paige

Genre: Fantasy, Fiction, Retelling, Young Adult

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