Genre – Fantasy, Young Adult, Parnormal
Released October 11, 2019
Bottom Line: Read it if you enjoy Young Adult books, especially if you find the idea of twisting Wizard of Oz
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Why I Picked It Up: Really it came down to two things, Zombies and Wizard of Oz. I have to be honest. That was it, I had to check out Dorothy in the Land of the Monsters.
The Official Summary
Shifters, Zombies, and Vampires? Oh my!
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.
What I Loved
- I like it when I find a fantasy book I can enjoy. Not all fantasy books are a fit for me and Dorothy in the Land of the Monsters was.
- I mentioned earlier, Wizard of Oz. This book holds many memories for me. I have some beautiful worn copies that had been my Grandma’s and it’s a loved story from my childhood. Not so loved though that I don’t enjoy seeing it turned all twisty. It felt a bit like True Blood mixed with Wizard of Oz which was fun. Still references to classic things from the story (i.e. the yellow brick road) but with the necessary twists.
- I enjoyed the main characters (for the most part..I’ll get into that in a moment).
So, what didn’t I like?
- 400 pages, that’s a lot of pages. I don’t think it had to be that long. The development of the interactions in the beginning between Dorothy and the “Tin Man” went on and on saying the same thing. Over half of that part could have been cut.
- There were some romance elements that I didn’t love, but don’t let that hold you back as I am very selective about any romance that I read.
- It can be a bit gruesome, I will have to say I didn’t mind that as that doesn’t bother me in books but it may bother you.
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Garten Gevedon lives in New York City with her family. She’s a sci-fi, fantasy, and paranormal author who loves taking fairy tales and turning them inside out. You can visit her online at www.gartengevedon.com.
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