- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: Inkshares (September 15, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1941758312
- ISBN-13: 978-1941758311
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 15 customer reviews
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- #283445 in Fantasy (Books)
The Battle For Oz Paperback – September 15, 2015
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About the Author
Jeyna Grace graduated with a bachelor’s degree in digital film and television from Limkokwing University of Creative Technology. She has written short stories for Hello Kitty and Barney magazines. She currently works at a Malaysian publishing house, and she edits and writes for Barbie and Monster High magazines. Grace published her first novel, The Dreamer, in 2011. For more information, visit jeynagrace.wordpress.com.
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An interesting crossover of two of the most popular children classics stories. By finished reading this book, I wanted to re-read Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and to read The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
I read Alice's Adventures in Wonderland when I was very very young. So most of the plot and characters of the story is already long forgotten. On the other hand, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is a new thing to me as I haven't read it. It's a good thing because I read this book without any expectation and I was able to enjoy reading it fully.
The two main characters of the two children classics - Alice and Dorothy are leading the story, but in this book, they've grown up as young adults. Even though Dorothy appeared before Alice, most of the time the inner thoughts of Alice are concentrated. And because of that, Alice has grown up to be a more sophisticated character.
Due to the length of the story (it's a novella by the way), most of the characters seemed single dimensional. But to me, Alice's character in this book is more developed. She is more matured and smarter than Dorothy and even braver.
The pace of the book is quite steady throughout the whole story development and the epilogue at the end of the book gave me some imaginary space. The fantasy creatures like the fairies, trolls, transforming Crows are amazing. The description of the fantasy land of Oz and Wonderland made me wanted to be carried away by the magical tornado to Oz or jump into the rabbit hole to Wonderland!
Even though this book is marked as young adult book, the writing is quite simple and easy to be understood by middle grade readers.
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I understand the necessity of fast pace. Of a big tale that has to be told in a certain amount of pages.
Believe me, I do.
But this was way too much, way too fast. Within a couple of chapters the main villainess was judged guilty and insane, banished to the wastelands, found a place to stay, a new army to raise, and a new place to call her kingdom. She walked up to the gates of the Emerald City, strutting her stuff, and took only a few pages to completely annihilate every and any person who stood in her way to claim the throne.
I reached page 13 before I stopped. Would I go on even if I had to wait a few more chapters for the story to actually get good?
No, thank you!
In stories like this, you need a little bit more detail. This was not fair to the plot, the characters, and generally anything that Baum has gifted readers with.
If you are to use a pre-made universe for your book, you should at least be a little considerate to how it operates and give it a story it truly deserves. THIS story, was not it.
***I was given an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The opinion stated in this review is solely mine, and no compensation was given or taken to alter it.***
Dorothy is sent to save Oz. With the help of Alice (from Wonderland), lots of magic, and good problem solving, the evil queen is sent away from Oz. Oz returns to its original beautiful place to live.
This story has adventure, hungry ugly trolls, palace guards that kill for the queen, and near death experiences for both Dorothy and Alice.
The author writes with great details which will encourage your mind to make mental pictures of the story events. The story is fast paced and the reader will want to read the next chapter and the next chapter.
I would probably say this is not a young child's story, but an upper elementary and middle school student will most likely want to read it.
Jeyna Grace is a gifted writer. she has written short stories for HELLO KITTY and BARNEY magazines . This book is certainly a new phase in her creative writing.
*I received this for review - all opinions are my own*
It reads just like books from the L. Frank Baum and Lewis Carroll styles, with the narrator telling us gentle readers the story.
The writer appears to be having a ball writing the heroes and villains from Oz and Wonderland. When they first appear, they get heroic, dramatic introductions. That’s worth the Kindle price alone.
No joke. Glinda the good witch sends Scarecrow on a dangerous mission after a bad guy invades. She says, “I need you to bring back Dorothy.” Boom. End of chapter. The introduction of Dorothy gave me goosebumps. I’m not ashamed.
Here’s what I’m talking about: “Toto made the first move, leaping onto a soldier’s chest and biting down on his beak. Dorothy swung her whip and it wrapped around his neck.”
The fun of it is it’s not written as a parody. It’s an unironic take on these beloved characters, juiced up with action-movie bad-assery.
One of the silliest, most fun comics in my collection is DC Comics’ Captain Carrot and the Amazing Zoo Crew. They're in a miniseries called the Oz/Wonderland War. This story doesn’t have Captain Carrot or even Yankee Poodle. But it’s still really good. (Joe Crowe at http://www.RevolutionSF.com, http://www.twitter.com/RevolutionSF)