Book Review: Wonder Woman: Warbringer – Leigh Bardugo

I think it’s a perfect time to type up this book review as I finished this book in joy after finishing my geo exams (finally 3 god damn papers)


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Name: Wonder Woman: Warbringer
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Publisher: Random House Children’s Books
Release Date: August 28, 2017

Synopsis

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.

Together.

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.


Book Cover Comments

I love that we have Diana on the cover and that blue in the background is nothing but the perfect contrast!!! The logo in front is also super siccckkk


The Actual Review

I’d like to warn you before you come cut my throats:

I still haven’t watched wonder woman.

yes.

I couldn’t care more or less about superheroes. It’s really not my thing even as a child. Maybe I just feared the villains watching these movies as a kid (i.e. superman or spiderman) (actually i did have fun being spiderman as a kid) but anyway getting back to the main topiccccc

So your complete DC noob here knows near absolutely nothing about the backstory of Diana or even what wonder woman is about other than the fact that she’s a badass superhero, and that’s why I really loved the fact that I’m not required to know anything for this series in order to start the books, and I definitely recommend this book for anyone, whether you had an interest in superheroes or not.

So this book definitely was not what I expected coming from a reader who is 1% knowledgeable at wonder woman, and I’ve come to learn that this coming-of-age story is basically a non-canon prelude to I suppose, the movie? I guess I could call it that. In the beginning, I expected much more of the classic wonder woman on posters I would see everywhere, but despite this reality not matching up to my expectations, it was a wonderful book to read.

The vulnerability that we’re about to see from Diana and her moments of strength throughout the journey to *basically* save the world was truly magnificent, and Leigh Bardugo definitely did her justice and portrayed Diana as a super amazing character.

The plot was no other than interesting throughout the whole thing, from the moment we learn about the Amazons to the moment Diana sets off on a journey with Alia, our Warbringer into the grande human world. Plot twists along the way (well more like 75% along the way) just made everything much more interesting and unexpected as you feel the tangles and secrets unravel as it comes along. The fact that we’re getting so much goddess and legends and mythological stories made it so fun, and there is nothing but praise from me about the chosen storyline for this book and how it turned out to be in the end.

The ending was, of course, no other than satisfying. it was a perfect way to end the book, a perfect message and a little secret about identities of superheroes and who they really should be like, as well as a sort of lead through to the continuous journey of Diana in the future that lies ahead of her.


The new knowledge and experience that she has gained in her heart as she returns as the same but slightly different Diana: someone who has overcome herself, found herself and ready for anything ahead.

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Joanne Lumiere

Joanne is the narcissistic founder of her book blog, Joanne Lumiere. Born and raised in Hong Kong, this 18 year old brat is currently attending college in Los Angeles, and still doesn't know how to read books with sophistication, and yet she runs a blog.

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