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Reviewed by Tammy Ruggles for Readers' Favorite
Witches, Wizards and Winks?...Oh, My! by Mary Puma, is the PG-13 version of the title--a creative and irresistibly entertaining novel where the Wicked Witch of the West, from The Wizard of Oz fame, shares her autobiography. Told from her point of view, her true story will enchant and captivate any Wizard of Oz fan, teenager, or adult, and will give insight and a broader understanding of her life and motivations. After reading, you may go so far as to say that this witch is a more sympathetic character than you first realized. So, the Wicked Witch of the West had decided that the best way to tell her story is by way of channeling authors - Mary being one of them.
Mary Puma expertly has this story working on different levels. First for Wizard of Oz fans, but also as an intriguing story of a woman trying to free herself from a curse and purgatory, and enjoy the freedom to live again. She explains how the world has misjudged her and doesn't know the real witch inside, and she now has a chance to set the record straight and redeem herself. But prepare yourself for an unexpected, darker side of Oz. Once prepared, you will enjoy the trip. The author's imagination takes the story into areas and ideas you may never have considered, but the results are refreshing, different, and funny at times. However, she warns that this is not a book for children, due to its sexual content and violent scenes. What I like is that the witch from the Oz we remember is back in all her grit and attitude. Witches, Wizards and Winks?...Oh, My!, is like visiting an old movie villainess you love to hate--except, in a funny way, this time around, you may end up liking her more than hating her.