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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Superhero Beginnings: Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo

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Superhero Beginnings: Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo
Wonder Woman: Warbringer
Leigh Bardugo
Genre: Action, Adventure, YA
Publication date: August 29th, 2017
by Random House BFYR

Daughter of immortals.

Princess Diana longs to prove herself to her legendary warrior sisters. But when the opportunity finally comes, she throws away her chance at glory and breaks Amazon law—risking exile—to save a mortal. Diana will soon learn that she has rescued no ordinary girl, and that with this single brave act, she may have doomed the world.

Daughter of death.

Alia Keralis just wanted to escape her overprotective brother with a semester at sea. She doesn’t know she is being hunted by people who think her very existence could spark a world war. When a bomb detonates aboard her ship, Alia is rescued by a mysterious girl of extraordinary strength and forced to confront a horrible truth: Alia is a Warbringer—a direct descendant of the infamous Helen of Troy, fated to bring about an age of bloodshed and misery.


Two girls will face an army of enemies—mortal and divine—determined to either destroy or possess the Warbringer. Tested beyond the bounds of their abilities, Diana and Alia must find a way to unleash hidden strengths and forge an unlikely alliance. Because if they have any hope of saving both their worlds, they will have to stand side by side against the tide of war.
-A copy was provided by Random House Children's Books for review-

I want this review to start on an honest note and I would like to admit that I haven’t read any of the Wonder Woman comics or watched the movie that recently came out (for reasons I am not going to dive into for the purposes of this review.) However, I’ve always been fascinated by her and when I found out that Leigh Bardugo was the one writing the Wonder Woman origin story for the D.C. Icons series, I knew it was TIME.

The reason I even bother mentioning all of that is because I know that I won’t be able to speak to whether or not Leigh Bardugo did Wonder Woman justice (although, I am sure she did.) However, I ~can~ speak to this as an origin story and as a book in general and can I just say that, unsurprisingly, it was amazing?

I had so much fun reading Wonder Woman: Warbringer and now I REALLY wish I had read the comics so that I could better appreciate Leigh Bardugo’s YA adaptation.

This book follows Diana before she becomes Wonder Woman and Aila, the Warbringer. The two find themselves in a situation where they are each other’s only allies. Diana is the princess of the Amazons but has never felt like she has belonged. Aila’s overprotective brother and the streak of bad luck that follows her wherever she goes has always made her feel like an outcast. Together, these kiddos must join forces and take over the world. Just kidding, they are trying to save the world.

Again, I cannot speak to anything regarding the comics but I LOVE how Bardugo sets Aila and Diana as foils for one another. They are similar and yet different at the same time. Their hesitant friendship blooms over the course of the novel and I love that this isn’t just Diana’s story. Aila isn’t just the black sidekick. She gets a voice and chapters and this Wonder Woman origin story is ALSO her story.

There is also a great slew of secondary characters that bring this origin story to life. Aila and Diana are not just two teens in the world, all by themselves with just each other to rely on. THEY GET TO HAVE friends and siblings (although not Diana as much but Diana makes friends.)

This is a superhero origin story though so unsurprisingly, we get a lot of action and a lot of adventure. Both of which I am so here for. My only issue is that there are some small plot holes that we are just meant to go along with for the purposes of the story. While I understand that for the most part, they are unavoidable, I am annoying and cannot get over them? Nothing major though and the plot does hold up for the most part.

Overall, Leigh Bardugo’s Wonder Woman: Warbringer is so FUCKING GOOD and really, there is a reason why its on the NYT bestseller list. #justreadit


4 Stars
4 Hot Espressos

Review: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Review: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Posted by on 08/12/2015 • 11 Comments

Whoa. Whoa. Whoa. Whoa. Whoa. Whoa.


I rarely flail with much vigor and enthusiasm, but oh my lanta, this book was made of amaze-balls and epic-sauce. I am just blown away by how much I enjoyed this and how much I was on my toes the entire time. From start to finish, I was engrossed 101%. This was sublime storytelling, characterization, and action, everyone. Top-notch. Boom, pow, period.

For days I have been struggling to read. I’d open a book and then get bored in the first 10 pages. I’ve started and ended at least 5 books without even getting past 10% because they just weren’t grabbing my attention. It seriously made me so sad that I wasn’t able to finish a book at a…

Review: Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

Review: Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

Posted by on 06/11/2013 • 31 Comments

Siege and Storm continues the enchanting story of Alina, Mal, and the Darkling, in their world full of danger and secrets. Starting with a bang, we’re reacquainted with Alina and Mal trapped in a less than stellar situation on the Darkling’s ship. This is sure to immediately captivate any fan of the series, pulling us again in this magic-filled story of the Sun Summoner. It didn’t take long until the characters carved their way into my heart again. I wasn’t as impressed with this sequel as I was with Shadow and Bone, but the characters are still as charming as ever, and the world building is simply fantastic.

In an action packed beginning, we meet a new mysterious character that becomes quite a big part of this sequel. However, I…

Review: Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Posted by on 06/01/2012 • 37 Comments

Shadow and BoneLeigh Bardugo  Series: The Grisha Trilogy #1Release date: June 5th, 2012by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

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Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee. Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha,…