DNF: The Battle for Oz by Jeyna Grace

25629089Publication September 2015 by Inkshares

Fantasy, Middle-Grade, Children’s, Retelling

eARC provided by Netgalley

No Rating Due to DNF

GoodreadsThe Battle For Oz reimagines L. Frank Baum’s canonical classic while also taking a page (and character or two) out of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland.

When a new queen endeavors to take over the city of Oz once again, Dorothy Gale and Alice Liddel must come together to fight off the wicked magic. With help from Toto and the Tin Man, Scarecrow and The Mad Hatter, the young women travel to earth and back and face impossible circumstances. In all the chaos and commotion, while Alice and Dorothy struggle to discover the key to saving the city, along the way they find themselves discovering the meaning of friendship.


MY THOUGHTS I want start by stating that I did not finish this book, so I don’t know how it all ends. Don’t just take my word for it, you may enjoy this. There’s really not much to say for the little that I did read.

I know that, occasionally, I will complain about a book being too slow. Well, the pacing in this book is fast, too fast if you ask me. Right off the bat, the antagonist in this story is being exiled from her kingdom and, if I remember correctly, there’s no explanation as to why that is. It may have been something to do with magic. Her ever faithful guards follow her to her new home deep in the forest. She raises some muddbits (Looks like a rabbit & dog mixed together) to be evil like her and she sets off to the kingdom of Oz, with only one agenda; get inside and takeover, making her the new Queen of Oz. Once inside, she attacks the Queen and Glenda, stealing Glenda’s source of power. Soon, Oz isn’t green and gold anymore, it’s red and gold. The people of Oz are all fearful and hopeful at the same time, because they think that bringing Dorothy to help with the situation will free them of their new evil Queen.

I only got as far as meeting with Scarecrow. I just could not go on any longer. All of the above was achieved during the first 16% or so. All too fast and pushed together. It felt like one of those “made-up-on-the-fly” bedtime stories you tell to kids. No character development to see just what the Evil Queen is all about. How she came to be Queen, nothing. Sure, that could be explained later on. But, the way this story is set up, that’s not likely to happen. It’s only 180 pages and I just couldn’t keep reading. I labeled this as Children’s/MG simply because I don’t think that anyone older would enjoy this. It’s not like The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland , where no matter the age, you love it. That’s why I wanted to read this to begin with, and I was let down by the simpleness of it. Again, don’t just take my word for it. Read on, if you so dare. But, if you are looking for an awesome retelling or reimagining, then this is not the book for you. This book has none of the brilliance that stands out like The Wonderful Wiz………. nor Alice’s Adventures………..

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12 thoughts on “DNF: The Battle for Oz by Jeyna Grace

  1. You know what I’ve noticed, I don’t read re-tellings if it’s not Cinderella lol. Idk why, and I’m definitely looking to change that, but I honestly don’t think I’ve ever read an Alice In Wonderland re-telling before! Reading the synopsis, this book sound sooooo promising! If it’s one thing I can’t stand is a plot that moves too fast, and also too slow, so I know for a fact I would’ve DNF’d this as well. I was told The Mad In Wonderland series, (first book is Insanity) was good, and it was free on amazon, so you know I snatched that up! Look to see if it’s still free if you haven’t read it yet!

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  2. As the author, I want to say thank you for giving my book a shot. I’m sorry it did not appeal to you. Perhaps one day, you would give it another chance and read it to at least where Alice shows up. Nevertheless, I appreciate the time taken. I don’t expect my book to appeal to everyone but I’m glad you picked it up 🙂

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    • You’re welcome. Everyone has different reactions to books. Unfortunately, I just could not get into this one. It wasn’t what I was expecting going into it. Nevertheless, I’m sure there are others who will enjoy it.

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  3. Sometimes you do get books like this where the pacing is off and everything is just happening too fast to keep up with or for the story to really sink it. It can be difficult to understand and I don’t like confusion when I am reading. The only book I can think of that I have read like this would have to be Insanity by Cameron Jace…

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  4. I have read books and DNF’d it because it’s too fast. Did you second guess yourself?

    I did in this particular instance. I wasn’t sure if I was too dense to “get” it. I had to reread some stuff too just to make sure I didn’t miss anything. It gets frustrating, it’s like watching a movie for it to be on constant rewind coz you don’t know WTF is happening.

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  5. Boooo for bad books! Goodness so you say all of that happened within the first 16% of the book? No way Jose. Too bad this wasn’t that good of a read for you but it sounds like it could have been really good, you know since it was about Oz and all that. 😦 sorry you didn’t have an awesome time reading this one. BUT as usual, lovely review chica!♡

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    • Yeah, total dud. And just think how awesome it could have been. Seriously, Alice and Dorothy! Juvenile writing too. Not that I’m being bitchy, but it just wasn’t there for me.

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