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Dorothy in the Land of Monsters (Oz ReVamped, #1) by Garten Gevedon

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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.


Phew!  I just took a 500-page walk down the yellow brick road, but this time it was bloody and filled with zombies, vampires, and were-beasts.  And let’s not forget the badass Dorothy Gale and her Bloodhound Toto.

What an entertaining adventure to see Dorothy slay monsters with Ardie the zombie scarecrow, Nick Chopper (aka Tinman), the heartless player, and the cowardly Were-lion on their way to the Vampire Free Zone (aka The City of Emeralds). 

The characters are colorful and well-developed and the story moves along well. The criticism I have is that the book could be so much shorter if some of the dialogue by Dorothy were not so redundant and unnecessary.  For example, her explanations to Nick time and time again how there is no way he could like her because she isn’t pretty enough.

Though I have never been a big fan of adding zombies to literature themes like Pride and Prejudice on Zombies and Abraham Lincoln vs. Zombies, Dorothy In the Land of Monsters works for me. I guess because the story is a fantasy to begin with which is more suited to zombies, vampires, etc. Overall, this is a unique and fascinating take on The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. The author gave the story a lot of thought and imagination to come up with a book that true paranormal fans would enjoy!  Book 2 here I come.

Thank you to Ms. Gevedon for giving me the opportunity to review this book with no expectation of a positive review.


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Garten GevedonGarten 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 on her webpage, Twitter, Instagram, BookBub, and Goodreads.

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