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Poppy Curses and Emerald Skies de Chelsea Biddiscombe

de Chelsea Biddiscombe - Género: English
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Sinopsis

Oz is not safe anymore.

After a glowing green object lands in her front yard, Dori wakes up in a strange land where warriors are forgetting their names, citizens are fleeing to the forest for sanctuary, and any mention of the Enchantress elicits fear.

Dori wants nothing more than to get back home. However, she finds herself drawn to the three guardians of Oz: East, North, and West.

Each with their own curse, Dori discovers that she has a crucial role in helping break these curses and in defeating the evil Enchantress. Can Dori help restore the balance to Oz before the Enchantress finds her? Or is Oz destined to be cursed for eternity?


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This was a really sweet retelling of the Wizard of Oz story. I d the themes of friendship, loyalty, love, and determination that ran throughout it. It had dark moments, and I found myself being really invested in the characters and what happened to them. The pacing was good, and the writing style flowed well. 

I d the world building and all the characters we met along the way, which have clear links with the original story. Despite the dark themes, overall, it is a feel-good book about love and friendship, and by the end, I was feeling all the emotions. I was absolutely here for it. I will definitely look out for more books by this author. 

Thanks to the author for giving me an advanced copy of the book. This is my honest opinion, and I'm leaving this review voluntarily.5 s Shh I am Reading Leticia278 21

One thing that is for sure is that I really do love a fairy tale retelling; getting to read a retelling of The Wizard of Oz was awesome. Especially as a few of them in recent years fell very flat for me.

The only complaint I had was there was a lot of "telling" and not enough showing. We want to picture ourselves walking down the roads with Dori, not be told she's walking said roads, if that makes sense.

Otherwise, I really d this. I especially d that it is definitely more for adults rather than kids, just as a warning. I wouldn't let anyone under 14 read it, really. Had some topics most kids are unaware of. I enjoyed the Tinman, The Cowardly Lion and the Scarecrow were all guardians of Oz and that Dori was the key.

It would have been nice to spend a bit more time with Wicked Witches and Enchantress. I feel you barely got a taste of her wickedness and that her minions were the ones doing most of the work.

Either way, good story and I enjoyed it. Hope the author does more retellings it.

I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.2024-reads alphabet-soup-2024 dark-fantasy ...more1 Kat M3,477 19

This was such a wonderfully done retelling of Oz and was invested in what was happening to the characters. I was engaged with what was going well and thought the characters had that element of Oz that I wanted. The story-line worked with everything and glad it worked so well. It kept the elements of the original that you could see and I enjoyed that it still had a original flair. Chelsea Biddiscombe wrote this perfectly and am excited to read more.

I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.1 Moonburst236 4

When a mysterious green object lands in her farm one night, Dori finds herself whisked away to the land of Oz. There, she finds a kingdom in decay and three guardians of the land cursed. While Dori just wants to go home, she can't overlook the struggles of East, North, and West. Can she help them overcome their curses and defeat the evil Enchantress for good?

Dori is friendly and caring with a sense of justice. She finds it difficult to overlook the unfair treatment of others. However, she is fairly passive, doing little other than verbally helping when she comes across something wrong. She also very passively agrees to save Oz, essentially out of not having anything else to do. Her history prior to being dumped in Oz is practically unknown, which makes her desire to go home paltry at best. Thankfully East, North, and West are a bit more interesting. They have some character growth as they overcome their curses and have a clear, compelling objective. It would have been better if the differences between their cursed selves and real selves were explored a little more fully.

My main complaint with this story is that it is written in third person omniscient narration. As such, things are simply told, rather than shown. This really dilutes the tension and emotional impact of the book and makes it more difficult to relate to the characters. I would have d it better if the story was told in limited third person narration, from Dori's perspective. It would have given a better chance to understand and relate more to Dori, as well emphasizing the dangers and challenges she encountered.

Poppy Curses and Emerald Skies is a more adult retelling of the Wizard of Oz with quite a few creative twists. Biddiscombe does a good job making the world and retelling her own, and it is an enjoyable read.

I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.book-sirens Ruby Ridge1,130 3

I was given this book complimentary from Book Sirens in e-book form in return for my honest review. Everything stated in this review is of my own opinion and I was not compensated monetarily for providing this review.
As sometimes happens I am going against the prevailing opinion, in this case negatively. Doesn't mean it is a bad book -it is well written, just that it did not work for me.
I found the characters to be out of a soap opera with the strong, staring into the middle distance guys having to look after the helpless little woman. I found the fae's attitude to be patronizing, annoying and in one case creepy.
Insta-love is also a major turn off for me, especially as one character after spending ten years in a remote cabin periodically getting beaten by one of the Enchantress's minions falls in love with the first female he sees. I expect at that point a wandering camel would look pretty good.
Another point, doing a retelling of a beloved story puts the author on shaky ground immediately, it can work wonderfully nd give a whole new perspective on the tale as in Eule Grey's "Miss Havisham Says Yes" and "No Strings on Her" or it can serve as a reminder just how good and timeless the original is.
As I always say, this is just a personal opinion and if we all the same books, music, movies or food it would be a boring world.
Two stars and very sorry but I really cannot recommend this book Alexander FernandezAuthor 6 books63

Poppy Curses and Emerald Skies by Chelsea Biddiscombe provides a unique twist on the world of Oz. Dori, the brave heroine who unwittingly stumbles into the world of Oz, represents the role of Dorothy. The Scarecrow, Cowardly Lion, and Tinman are reprised in the form of three Fae who serve as guardians. A grand adventure awaits Dori as she struggles to break the curse on not only the Fae, but over the entire realm of Oz. The evil Enchantress, in a reminiscence of the green-skinned witch, is powerful and cruel. The author does a talented job of personifying the three Fae into their classic roles, each character’s personality unique and well-described as the cursed group battles against their own memories. The narration arrives at a good pace, and the “munchkies” came as a nice surprise through their malevolence. Overall, a fun (and darker) story for fans of alternate versions of known classics. I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily. Kelly82

A wonderful retelling of the Wizard of Oz.
Dori is friendly but not really confident in herself or her ability to help others but when a glowing green object lands in her front yard and she wakes up in the land of Oz, it becomes readily apparent that the people there need somebody's help. Three protector's or guardians of the land have forgotten their identities and what it is they are supposed to be doing but with Dori's help they get their brain/heart/courage back to aid them in breaking their other friend free of his curse. Instead of the wicked witch, we have the wicked Enchantress that all are afraid of and cower in fear in her presence. All of the elements are there of the classic Wizard of Oz story, just told a bit differently and it all comes together very well. I love the little romance the author threw in between Dori and North as well.
I received an advance copy for free and am leaving this review voluntarily.books-read-in-2024 Gijzette Strickland65 1 follower

I’m a big fan of fairytale retellings and when I saw this was a retelling of the Wizard of Oz I knew I had to read it. This book did not disappoint. It has our protagonist, Dori, falling into a whole different world just Dorothy. There are also characters that mimic the cowardly lion, the tin man and the scarecrow. I won’t tell you who is who, as you need to discover that for yourself. We even have munchkins, the good witch, the wicked witch and flying monkeys. What more could you ask for.

This book brings adventure, action and something the Wizard of Oz didn’t have a little romance. The author does a good job of world building and the characters are very believable.

I really enjoyed this book. If you’re looking for something different then check out this book you won’t be disappointed.

I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily. Janine Barnard43

This was absolutely well written retelling of Oz this was also my first retelling I have read I enjoyed it so much . Chelsea portrayed each character so well. Thank you Chelsea
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