Today, I get the review the Wicked Origins series by Paula Black. I love the Wizard of Oz, so I am so excited. Thanks to Promotional Book Tours for the review copies.
I have no idea what’s happening to me.
When a tornado dropped my car in a land of short, wild people, I was shocked. With no way to get home, no idea where I was and no clue how to communicate with the muchkins, I was completely out of luck. Then I found out that my car had landed on someone and killed them. Supposedly she was the Wicked Witch of the East.
If that wasn’t bad enough, now her ruby slippers magically appear on my feet, and slowly, I’m becoming her.
Now I need to get to Emerald City and see the Wizard if I want to stop the transformation and return home. But the yellow brick road is no cake-walk, and I don’t know what I’ll find at the end of this journey. Luckily, I have three brothers I meet along the way to help me on my journey. Each of them is vying for my affection, as if it doesn’t matter that my skin is turning green.
Wicked Origins is a modern YA Reverse-Harem Fantasy Retelling of L. Frank Baum’s original Oz tales.
The Wizard of Oz is my favorite. I collect everything I can find in relation to it, so when I saw these books, I jumped at the chance to read them. Origins is a wild re-telling that sticks to a similar storyline but many things are different. Including the reverse-harem romance aspect, which admittedly, I haven’t read much of.
Paula Black’s world building is fantastic. It’s familiar to a Wizard of Oz fan, but vastly different! Dorothy and Toto are definitely not in Kansas any more with cannibal munchkins, witches, and the ruby red slippers that are causing all sorts of chaos. She meets her three companions and sets off down the yellow brick road.
There is some very deep themes about a young girl who is finally moving on and learning to open up. I love that. I loved the adventure and the crazy magic. This was just such a unique twist on the original story. Ending on a major cliff hanger, I was very happy to have the other books on hand to start right away.
I recommend checking this one out. It is an entertaining read with some unique twists!
The Witch of the West is a necromancer.
And she doesn’t take kindly to strangers on her land, not when she’s been preparing to make war against the Wizard. And now Dorothy and the three shifter brothers are unknowingly caught in the middle of the dispute. They will face more dangers than they anticipate, but Dorothy discovers a new magic power she has with the shoes. Will this newfound power help her destroy the witch and gain the brothers their pardon? Or will the cost of using that new magic be too great?
These books would not read well as standalones so it is my recommendation you read them in order.
Gambit picks up right where Origins left us hanging. Dorothy, Toro and their three friends are headed to the Wicked Witch of the West. I won’t explain or go into detail because this is one twisted story! I love how it still feels authentically Wizard of Oz, but the changes are just so fun!
I am really enjoying this series so far. Paula Black is a fabulously creative writer who draws you in and keeps you until the end of the book. Recommended!
I was just getting used to my life back in Kansas, when I suddenly return to Oz, without Toto or the magic shoes that put me here. Time operates differently in both worlds, and though only four months has passed for me, more than two years have progressed in Oz.
And in that time, I’d somehow become a legend.
One of my boys has become a king. And the other two have been taken captive by the Witch of the South.
In order to stop a rebellion and help the shifter brothers, I have to take on a new item of power and become something I never thought I would… the Wicked Witch of the West.
Rebel picks up 4 months after Gambit, and Dorothy is struggling to adjust to life in Kansas. When she finds her self back in Oz, wvsdyrhinf has changed.
I’m loving the character arch of Dorothy. She started as a meek girl carrying the weight of the world on her shoulders and now she has become a badass. I love it and I love the characters.
This plot felt a bit rushed to me. I think there could have been a few more pages to have some space to flesh out the scenes. Otherwise, I am loving this series. Paula Black is an author to look out for. Recommended!
Dorothy, now known as the witch killer, leads the charge to the South to take on the last remaining witch in Oz. Glinda is supposed to be the “good” witch, but she might only be a wolf in sheep’s clothing. After all, she still has Gin in her prison.
I thought we’d won the battle for Emerald City against Jinjur and Mombi, but I’ve never been more wrong. Because of the incident I had with General Falcom during the conflict, he switches sides. Now, we have to figure out a way to get out of the city, save Gin from Glinda, and possibly even free the southern territory, while we’re at it. My reputation as a legend has gotten us new allies before, but would it work again? We need all the help we can get if we’re going to unite Oz and place it under one rule. But whose rule will it be? Jinjur or Mombi? Me or Chimmy? Or is there someone else, who we haven’t thought of yet?
This is the thrilling novella conclusion to the series The Wicked Origins Series – a modern YA Fantasy Retelling of L. Frank Baum’s original Oz tales.
Sadly, Resolution is the last book in the series. The conclusion to Dorothy’s story in Oz. It’s a unique, reverse-harem retelling that has it’s dark moments.
One part I really adore: the characters in this novel, especially Dorothy, have come a long way. Dorothy is finally seeing her worth and what she deserves.
Overall, I think this is a solid series. Retellings are really great when well written, and Paul Black nailed this. Recommended!
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