Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West (The Wicked Years #1) by Gregory Maguire

Rating: 5 out of 5.

My Thoughts:

What I Loved: I am a Broadway NERD and a huge Wicked fan!! So, first of all, this book was right up my alley and I loved it. I’m always one that feels the books is better than the movie, and this was my first chance to see if the book was better than the stage show. So was it? The stage show and the book happen to be two very different things. Yes, the same general story-line is there, but the book goes into some deep dark places in Oz that the stage show DID NOT. So, what I loved about this book was learning about the Oz that Gregory Maguire had thought up, not necessarily the Disney version.

How I Felt: So, this book was a bit difficult to read. There are a lot of places you don’t know and a lot going on. There is a map to help guide you through the land of Oz. There were some very weird sexual parts that had me setting the book down to take a break, however, I always picked it back up. It’s dark and twisty, and I was sucked in.

Why the 5 stars then? So, right now, you would think I didn’t really like this book, but I did. There was a lot that shocked and surprised me, but I feel that when a book does that, BRAVO! It is fun and interesting to read something that makes you think about something, even if it is a fantasy world like the wonderful world of Oz.

To Read or Not To Read: If you enjoy fantasy, this is a good book for you. It has a good story, and it’s fun to see the Wicked Witch’s side of the story.

What’s This Book About Anyway?

Wicked is the story of the Wizard of Oz, but not Dorothy’s story. Instead, we get to see this story from Elphaba’s side, the Wicked Witch of the West. The world of Oz is full of seedy underground clubs, animals lobbying for equal rights, Munchins, and witches. Elphaba may not be as bad as Dorothy makes her out to be…


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