Book Review: Dorothy in the Land of Monsters

My name is Dorothy Gale, and I think I might be dead.
When my dog Toto and I got swept up in a twister, we landed in hell. A very colorful hell. Like a rainbow dripping in blood. Now it looks as though this dreadful underworld plagued with vampires, zombies, and shifters will be the site of my eternal damnation.
They say this terrifying land called Oz isn’t hell or purgatory and escape is possible, but first I must survive the journey down the blood-soaked yellow brick road to the only place in Oz where vampires dare not tread—The City of Emeralds.
With enchanted footwear and the help of my three new friends—a friendly zombie, a massive shifter lion, and a heartless axe murderer of evil night creatures (who also happens to be the hottest guy I’ve ever seen)—Toto and I have a chance to make it to the Vampire Free Zone. When we get there, I must convince the most powerful wizard in this magical land of monsters to send us out of this radiant nightmare and back to the world of the living. They say he’s just as frightening as this monstrous land, that he detests visitors, and even the most horrifying creatures cower in his presence. But I must seek him out. And when I find him, I’ll do whatever it takes to make him send me home.

I received a digital advanced reader copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This is such an awesome retelling of The Wizard of Oz. It is so fun to read one of my favorite stories with the addition of vampires, zombies, and werewolves. This book really felt like coming home, there was a familiarity to it but with a quirky twist. If you want a book that is dripping in originality, then this isn’t your book. It is a very close retelling but with a twist. 

My main complaints for this story would be that it was a bit repetitive. I felt Dorothy was super whiny. But my favorite part was that the book premises was super amazing. I do feel like it could have been executed better. 

I felt the mention of the color grey was way overly repetitive. It reminded you constantly that the world was without color. I did love the direction the author took the Tin Man, Scarecrow, and Lion. I’ve always loved those characters in the original story, so seeing them so wonderfully mastered here made me adore them even more. 

Thank you to netgalley, the publisher, and the author for allowing me to review this book. 

Image and synopsis taken from NetGalley.

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