I have had this book amongst my book shelf since Chritmas of last year. I kept putting off reading it over and over because I have always been a bit wary of novellas, especially in other characters point of views, because they always tend to be a hit or miss for me, but I was so so wrong about waiting to read this book. I almost wish that I had read these before “Dorothy Must Die”. They were wonderful! 

No Place Like Oz

There’s a new wicked witch in Oz—and her name is Dorothy. This 125-page digital novella is a fresh and edgy sequel to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum and the prequel to the sassy new epic adventure Dorothy Must Die. No Place Like Oz, by debut author Danielle Paige, is a compellingly original reimagining of a beloved classic and is perfect for fans of Cinder by Marissa Meyer, Beastly by Alex Flinn, and Wicked by Gregory Maguire.
Dorothy clicked her heels three times and returned to Kansas. The end . . . or was it? Although she’s happy to be home with Aunt Em, Dorothy has regretted her decision to leave Oz ever since. So when a mysterious gift arrives at her doorstep on her sixteenth birthday, Dorothy jumps at the chance to return to the glittering city that made her a star.
Setting off for the Emerald City, Dorothy is eager to be reunited with her friends: the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman, and the Cowardly Lion. But she soon discovers that in the time she’s been gone, Oz has changed—and Dorothy has, too. This time, the yellow brick road leads her down a very different path. And before her journey is through, Dorothy will find that the line between wicked and good has become so blurred she’s not sure which side of it she’s on.

This first novella was the one I was most afraid for, yet the one I was most intrigued to read the most. In “Dorothy Must Die” Dorothy was portrayed as the biggest b**** this side of the emerald city. I was not sure how I would feel reading through her point of view when I hate her so much. 

I was not disappointed with this novella. I continued however, to hate Dorothy. There were so many moments where I wanted to shake Dorothy and ask her why? The way she treats people is awful. I wanted to see just a speck of good. 
The Witch Must Burn

There’s a new Wicked Witch in Oz—and her name is Dorothy. This digital original novella is the second installment in the prequel arc to the edgy and exciting New York Times bestseller Dorothy Must Die.
Dorothy Gale is back . . . and she’s not the sweet little heroine of Oz anymore. She’s power-hungry and vicious, and she leaves a trail of destruction beneath her spike-heeled, magical shoes. But behind the scenes, there’s someone else pulling the strings. Someone who doesn’t want fame or glory—just control.
Glinda of the North brought Dorothy back to Oz for a reason. And in The Witch Must Burn, a young maid is about to discover that a witch who says she’s Good might be the most dangerous kind of Wicked.
The Witch Must Burn, by debut author Danielle Paige, is a dark and compelling reimagining of a beloved classic and is perfect for fans of Cinder by Marissa Meyer, Beastly by Alex Flinn, and Wicked by Gregory Maguire.

I loved this novella! Jellia is such a sweet person that does everything she can to help others out. As Dorothy’s head maid she takes a lot of crap. Yet Jellia does everything she can to survive and make life for everyone just a little bit better. 

When she goes to Glinda the good witch’s palace I was devestated. Glinda is even more wicked than what I remembered her being in “Dorthy Must Die” 

I was so happy to get more insight to what happened before Amy in this lovely novella. 
The Wizard Returns 

The Wizard left Oz in a hot air balloon—or did he? This digital original novella is the third installment in the prequel arc to the edgy and exciting New York Times bestseller Dorothy Must Die.
Dorothy Gale is back . . . and she’s not the sweet little heroine of Oz anymore. She’s power-hungry and vicious, and she leaves a trail of destruction beneath her spike-heeled, magical shoes. But she wasn’t always in charge. There used to be a different ruler of Oz. Someone who also came from the Other Place, and who stole power for himself. They called him the Wizard.
The story goes that when a young Dorothy revealed the Wizard as a fraud, the man behind the curtain fled Oz in his hot air balloon. But in The Wizard Returns, he wakes in a field of poppies to find out that not only had he never left, but that he has no memory of who—or where—he is. As he undergoes a series of tests to uncover his memories, he finds that the very girl who threw him from the Emerald Palace is in control. And that Oz may be his destiny after all.
The Wizard Returns by Danielle Paige is a dark and compelling reimagining of a beloved classic and is perfect for fans of Cinder by Marissa Meyer, Beastly by Alex Flinn, and Wicked by Gregory Maguire.

In “Dorthy Must Die” The Wizard is an enigma, no one knows or says all that much about who he is or what he is like, but with a taste of his voice in “The Wizard Returns” the curtains get pulled back to the wayside. 

I didn’t think much about what kind of person The Wizard was before this story and now, I don’t know if I like him or if the games he plays are too awful for him to be redeemed. 

He is selfish, cowardly, yet he has fears that make his cowardice make sense. He has the ability to care, but I think his pride causes him to push others away. One things for sure, the man loves power. I want to know more. 

What do you think about novellas? Do you read them often? What are some of your favorite retellings? 

-Till Next Time

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