Unravelling Oliver –
The BOLO Books Review
(UK Edition)

It has been argued that the most important sentence of any novel is the first sentence. No doubt, even those readers who might not completely agree with this qualification can appreciate the power of a well-constructed opening line.  A perfect case in point is the first sentence of Unravelling Oliver, the debut novel from Liz Nugent.  Nugent opens this short novel in the following way:

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Dorothy Must Die –
The BOLO Books Review

Turning sweet, innocent Dorothy Gale into a megalomaniacal “mean girl” bitch might seem like a risky proposition for any author (let alone a debut author), but that is exactly what Danielle Paige has done in her first young adult novel, Dorothy Must Die.   As the saying goes, however, with great risk comes great reward.  Paige succeeds in taking readers back to Oz, in a completely unexpected and innovative manner.

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No Place Like Oz –
The BOLO Books Review

You would easily be forgiven for thinking that the mythos of Oz had been mined of all potential prequels, sequels or spin-offs.  However, along comes Danielle Paige to prove us all wrong.  In preparation for the release of Dorothy Must Die, the first in her new trilogy exploring what happened after that “over the rainbow” business, Paige has released a novella called “No Place like Oz.”

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