Weekly Wrap-Up #4

Another week has gone by. I’ve had projects due, more homework, and I read a book (or two). I also lent If I Stay and Fangirl to some friends. Let’s get on to the posts!

On Saturday, I did the TCWT blog chain. It was about my favorite book endings and beginnings. Go see the Teens Can Write, Too blog here. The question was really fun and I had a blast [Does that sound weird?] answering the question. If you have a blog and haven’t done the TCWT chain before, do it!

On Sunday, I reviewed Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, which I loved so much.

On Monday, I introduced 10 simple things to do for a blogger. Dare you to do all ten today! :P

On Tuesday, I participated in Top Ten Tuesday and talked about Banned Books Week. What *banned* books did you read this week?

On Wednesday, I added Chapter Twenty-Three to Nakoma and reviewed Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige. [And my power cord for my computer broke.]

On Thursday, I participated in the first ever linkup for Loony Blurbs, hosted by Emily @ The Loony Teen Writer, whose blog you can see here.

I’m still going at the 100-4-100 challenge…Except I didn’t write yesterday. But I will today! Promise!

Also: I want some beta readers for my novel. I want people who:

  1. Will give me honest feedback.
  2. Will give me constructive criticism.
  3. Know their way around a novel.
  4. Have enough time to be a beta reader.
  5. Enjoy the plot/genre of my novel.
  6. Are supportive.

If you can say YES to at least half of these and are interested, please comment below. I will have to email you each chapter, so be sure you’re comfortable with that. If not, and you still really want to, we can work something out.

Do you participate in TCWT blog chains? Do you like them? Did you read any *banned* books this week? Did you participate in Loony Blurbs? Are you interested in being one of my beta readers? Tell me in the comments below.


Book Reviews: Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

Title: Dorothy Must Die

Author: Danielle Paige

Number of Pages: 452

Genre: YA Retelling

Overall Rating: 4/5 stars

Summary From Cover: 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 blue birds. 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 the yellow brick road, though—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.

Discussion: [This is going to be somewhat short, because today my power cord for my computer broke. The new one will arrive on Monday, so for now I’m conserving my battery. Hopefully I’ll be able to use our family computer, but my mom’s using it for work now. My battery level, as of right now, is about 39%.]

I have to admit, I was kind of iffy about Dorothy Must Die at the beginning. Yet again, beginnings of books usually don’t go well for me, because I still have a slight book hangover from the last book I read, and I’m not completely ready to enter a new world. But as the book progressed, I became more and more entranced.

Amy is freaking awesome. First of all, the pink hair. How cool is that? And her ability to kick butt, even when she doesn’t know she can is pretty cool, too. I liked her as a character because she was a lot like me. I mean, we’re mostly pretty different, but sometimes I saw myself in her.

The writing was very good in my opinion. And it linked with the original Oz story, too, in a good way.

However, the ending was disappointing. Is there another book in this series, besides the prequel ebook? Because, honestly, hardly anything was wrapped up, and a lot of questions were left unanswered. So if anyone knows, please tell me!

The summary is misleading. I mean, mostly the “steal the Lion’s courage, Tin Man’s heart, and Scarecrow’s brain” stuff. None of that happens. Which bugged me, because I really dislike it when a synopsis is misleading.

Overall, my reaction to this book is this:

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Cute dog, right?

Have you read Dorothy Must Die? If so, what did you think? Tell me in the comments below.