Author: Betsy Schow
Similar books: Bewitched in Oz by Laura J. Burns
The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer
|Not exactly what I expected, but nice|
Summary: Dorothea isn't exactly thrilled to be a princess. While being able to buy whatever she wants is nice, she's under a curse and can never leave the castle. To make matters worse, her parents have just informed her that she has been betrothed to the less-than-charming Prince Kato. In a fit of rage, Dorothea makes a wish that sends her world into chaos and puts it in danger of being taken over by a very wicked witch.
My opinion: Initially, I was somewhat annoyed by this book. There is a point where cultural and fairy tale references go from cute and clever to irritating. This book has a tendency to toe that line. It wasn't until I passed the halfway point that it began to redeem itself. I had been expecting something more along the lines of Marissa Meyer's Lunar Chronicles, that nearly effortless combination of classic stories. This book includes elements of nearly as many stories but the combination is more awkward. I like that it draws material from the original Oz book series, rather than the movie (including the hammer heads which were always my favorite). This makes for a more menacing version of Oz that fits the darker nature of this plot. The ending redeems a lot of the slow, awkward start and Dorothea ends the book far more likeable than she began.
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