Tag Archives: Oz

Mondays with Megan-Countdown to Baseball Season! 3/30/15

Ok, so it’s not much of a countdown since the season opener for the Cleveland Indians is Wednesday, April 1. That’s just 2 more sleeps my friends. I know some fans are worried about a jinx, but you guys, Sports Illustrated predicts that the Tribe will win the World Series this year!! I say forget about a jinx and enjoy some baseball. Besides, how can you not love this cover? Just look at the joy on Brantley’s face! It’s spring. It’s time to play ball.

unknownOk, on to some books.

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by Book Journey and Teach Mentor Texts.


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  • Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee-♥♥♥♥♥-Set on the Oregon Trail in 1849, this is the story of two teenaged girls, disguised as boys, trying to outrun their troubles. I will have a better review up this week. I loved this one!
  • Law of the Desert Born: a Graphic Novel by Louis L’Amour-♥♥♥♥-My western themed reading last week was intentional and surprisingly enjoyable. This graphic adaptation of a short story is beautifully drawn. I am going to be honest, I really enjoyed all the horses!
  • Those Who Wish Me Dead by Michael Koryta-♥♥♥♥-After witnessing a murder thirteen-year-old Jace is put in protective custody. His handler arranges for him to go off the grid, deep in the Rocky Mountains with a survival group. Hmm, modern western? Anyway, is pursuers are relentless and the chase is on. This is my third 2015 Alex Award winner and it was a twisty-turny thriller.
  • The Last Anniversary by Liane Moriarty-♥♥♥♥-Slower paced and not as suspenseful as her other books, but I found it enjoyable nonetheless.
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling-♥♥♥♥♥-This is my third time reading this book. This time I shared the experience with my nephews.
  • Oz: The Emerald City of Oz by L. Frank Baum-♥♥♥♥♥-I believe this is the final book in the graphic adaptation series by Eric Shanower. I cannot express enough how gorgeous these books are and how badly I want to own them, but I am afraid that if I did I would cut the pages up to frame. Sigh.
  • The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion-♥♥♥♥-This sequel to The Rosie Project was not quite as charming as the first, but still a fun listen.

Current Audio:

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  • She Got Up Off the Couch by Haven Kimmel. I am loving this one. Just as quirky and hilarious as A Girl Named Zippy.
  • Wolf in White Van by John Darnielle. This is another 2015 Alex winner. It’s not my favorite, but I am interested to see where things go and I already know which teens I am going to recommend it to, so all-in-all, a worthwhile endeavor.

Currently Reading:

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Currently Watching:

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I am enjoying Battlestar Galactica and four seasons will keep me busy for a while, especially now that I will be occupied with baseball soon! Birdman was strange. That’s really all I’ve got. Strange.

Happy Reading!


Waiting on Wednesday-Emerald City of Oz-12/10/14


“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week’s pre-publication “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:

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The Emerald City of Oz by L. Frank Baum and Eric Shanower.
March 25, 2015

From Goodreads:

“The Eisner Award-winning creative team of Eric Shanower and Skottie Young bring you the best Oz series yet! Uncle Henry can’t pay the mortgage, so he, Aunt Em and Dorothy must leave their Kansas home. Where can they go? To the Land of Oz, of course! Dorothy and the Wizard take Em and Henry on a grand tour, discovering knowledge pills and living paper dolls, solving living puzzles, suffering abuse from living kitchen utensils and drooling over living baked goods – but will anyone in Oz be left living after the Nomes attack, allied with the highly disagreeable Growleywogs? And when General Guph persuades the most evil race alive – the shape-shift ing Phanfasms of Mt. Phantastico-to join the Nome Army, have the Nomes bitt en off more than they can chew? COLLECTING: THE EMERALD CITY OF OZ 1-5.”

I am on a bit of an Oz kick right now with all of my Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige reading. I discovered this graphic adaption of the classic Oz stories a while ago and fell in love. I can’t wait for more! Someday I will buy these books for myself.

Happy Reading!


Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige Review 4/17/14


Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige
April 1, 2014
Hardcover, 452 pgs

What it’s about:

Amy Gumm is just another girl living in a trailer park in Kansas. Her life totally sucks. Her mom is an addict, her dad left them, and she is the favorite target of the mean girls. Everything changes the day of the tornado. That’s right, a tornado in Kansas that rips her home off its foundation and deposits her and her mom’s pet rat in the land of Oz. Yes, that land of Oz. Except things are nothing like in the books and movie. Oz is dying and it is all Dorothy’s fault. The remaining witches of Oz have formed an alliance, the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked and they intend to train Amy for her mission. Her mission is simple: Dorothy must die.

Why you might like it:

Are you a fan of The Wizard of Oz series? If so, you won’t want to miss this twisted tale! Love fractured fairy tales? This one is awesome! Do you like your stories dark and deadly? This Oz story isn’t all rainbows and flowers (but then again, L.Frank Baum’s Oz was kind of dark as well). Do you enjoy it when the lines between good and evil are blurred? Well, get ready to find yourself cheering for some wicked witches. Maybe. It’s complicated. Speaking of complicated, I hope you don’t mind when things don’t always go according to plan. There are plenty of twists and turns and shocking curve balls thrown at out poor heroine. Dorothy Must Die was one of my most highly anticipated novels of 2014. I had high expectations and am pleased to report that this debut was as amazing as I had hoped it would be!

Want more like this?

I recently discovered Eric Shanower’s graphic adaptations of the Oz series. It is amazing! You might also try Mark McGiure’s Oz adaptation, the Wicked series. If you like retellings try Marissa Meyer’s Cinder series, Jackson Pearce’s Sisters Red and Sweetly, or Wendy Delsol’s Stork trilogy.

Happy Reading!



Waiting on Wednesday-Dorothy Must Die 1/29/14

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week’s pre-publication “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:


Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige, April 1, 2014

From Goodreads:

“I didn’t ask for any of this. I didn’t ask to be some kind of hero.
But when your whole life gets swept up by a tornado—taking you with it—you have no choice but to go along, you know?

Sure, I’ve read the books. I’ve seen the movies. I know the song about the rainbow and the happy little blue birds. But I never expected Oz to look like this. To be a place where Good Witches can’t be trusted, Wicked Witches may just be the good guys, and winged monkeys can be executed for acts of rebellion. There’s still the yellow brick road, though—but even that’s crumbling.

What happened?
Dorothy. They say she found a way to come back to Oz. They say she seized power and the power went to her head. And now no one is safe.

My name is Amy Gumm—and I’m the other girl from Kansas.
I’ve been recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked.
I’ve been trained to fight.
And I have a mission:
Remove the Tin Woodman’s heart.
Steal the Scarecrow’s brain.
Take the Lion’s courage.
Then and only then—Dorothy must die!”

Oh. My. God. I can’t wait. I want this so bad. I need it to be so amazing.


Top Ten Tuesday: My Reading Wishlist 1/21/14

toptentuesdayThis week, The Broke and the Bookish are asking about all the fun things we want to read about or things we want authors to write about. These things can be a specific type of character, an issue tackled, a time period, a certain plot, etc. A number of things jump to mind…and make me pause and think hmmm, what does this say about me?

1. Serial Killers-Lucky me, there are a few new serial killer books coming out this year!

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2. Oz retellings-And more Oz books! I love the world of Oz and can’t wait for the new Dorothy books coming out. Below is the only one with a cover image right now. Still waiting on Prophecy of Oz by Megan Shan to get a cover.


3. Male point of view-I feel like I read so many books with awesome heroines. Male POV is always a welcome change of pace for me.

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4. Road trips-My favs!

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5. Time travel-I am way behind on my time travel books!

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6. Ghosts-Even though I am a big baby, I do love a good ghost story! I just finished this one and I really need The Shadow Cabinet by Maureen Johnson!

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7. Misfits-I love a story with quirky characters who haven’t yet discovered their place in the world. Because, let’s be honest. Who hasn’t felt out-of-place and unsure of themselves at some point? Current misfit read:


8. Con artists-I want more books like How to Lead a Life of Crime by Kirsten Miller and The Curse Workers by Holly Black!

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9. Aliens-there is such a wide range of alien fare out there. So far I have been enjoying these:

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10. Sassy heroines-A sure-fire way to get me interested in a book is to describe the heroine as smart, sassy, or snarky. I do love a mouthy leading lady!

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What are your go-to topics/characters/settings?

Happy Reading!