by Betsy Schow
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Release Date: June 2nd 2015
Fairy Tale Survival Rule #32: If you find yourself at the mercy of a wicked witch, sing a romantic ballad and wait for your Prince Charming to save the day.
Yeah, no thanks. Dorthea is completely princed out. Sure being the crown princess of Emerald has its perks—like Glenda Original ball gowns and Hans Christian Louboutin heels. But a forced marriage to the brooding prince Kato is so not what Dorthea had in mind for her enchanted future.
Talk about unhappily ever after.
Trying to fix her prince problem by wishing on a (cursed) star royally backfires, leaving the kingdom in chaos and her parents stuck in some place called “Kansas.” Now it’s up to Dorthea and her pixed off prince to find the mysterious Wizard of Oz and undo the curse…before it releases the wickedest witch of all and spells The End for the world of Story.
I was taken in by the cover and just loved the synopsis, I thought how awesome a retelling of Oz but with a few twists. You do get the Oz twists and you do get a retelling however I think it’s more of a fairytale retelling in general, like all the fairytales wrapped into one. The fairytale land they lived in was like a twist on the fairytale forest but you do get a different Oz type story.
I really enjoyed reading this, Dorthea is a very cute and likable character but she has her flaws, one is she is trapped in the castle because of a curse. She is being forced to marry an arrogant prince and she just wants to get out and see the world. When a wish takes everything she knows and loves away and creates chaos Dot needs to try and fix things before it’s two late but on her journey she much defeat the now back wicked witch. Putting aside what you know about all the fairytales and reading this as a fresh new look, it’s a very fun read. I do look forward to the next one in the series and I loved the world build and it has a few very funny parts.
I am glad I got the chance to read this and can’t wait to see what adventures they go on next. The end leaves you wondering and curious. I love endings like that 🙂
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BETSY SCHOW is the TODAY Show featured author of the non-fiction book, Finished Being Fat; however she’s been mixing up real life and fantasy for as long as she can remember. If someone were to ask about her rundown truck, she’s 100% positive that mechanical gremlins muck up her engine. And the only reason her house is dirty is because the dust bunnies have gone on strike. She lives in Utah with her own knight in geeky armor and their two princesses (that can totally shapeshift into little beasts). When not writing, she acts as the Tournament Director for Odyssey of the Mind and helps teach kids creative thinking (or how to turn their toasters into robots).
Her debut novel, Spelled, comes out June 2015 from Sourcebooks. She is represented by Michelle Witte, Mansion Street Literary Agency.