Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Wonder Women: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo - Book Review

Series: DC Icons #1

Genre: Y/A, Superhero

My Rating: ★★★

Synopsis: She will become one of the world’s greatest heroes: WONDER WOMAN. But first she is Diana, Princess of the Amazons. And her fight is just beginning. . . . 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 mere mortal. Even worse, Alia Keralis is no ordinary girl and with this single brave act, Diana may have doomed the world. Alia just wanted to escape her overprotective brother with a semester at sea. She doesn’t know she is being hunted. 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, Diana and Alia will face an army of enemies—mortal and divine—determined to either destroy or possess the Warbringer. If they have any hope of saving both their worlds, they will have to stand side by side against the tide of war.

My Thoughts: Well I'm going to start off stating the obvious... I have a very unpopular opinion about Wonder Woman: Warbringer. Don't get me wrong... I had fun reading this book and I did enjoy it, but overall I felt myself being a little let down. I wanted action, adventure, and Diana being the most kick-ass heroine that has ever lived. Instead what I got was a story with a little too much dialogue and a focus on characters other than Wonder Woman herself. 

It may seem like I'm being very down about this book, but there were many things that I loved. This story had great representation from all aspects... characters of color, varying sexual orientations, and different interests. Every female character was a breath of fresh air to be reading about in YA literature. They didn't walk around trying to fall is love all the time... their lives were at stake and they acted like it. They had strong, responsible friendships and healthy relationships with the males in their lives. This book was also VERY funny. I always love stories that have that "fish out of water" aspect and we definitely had that with Diana. When the story moved to New York from Themyscira, I swear I laughed at everything that came out of Diana's mouth. However, these pros did not make up for the sever lack of action. For a superhero story, I expected battles and war. There was a some action, and when it occurred it was great, but when it did happen it was more of a "on the run" kind than a "have to save the world" kind.

Overall, this was a fun, fem-tastic book that took me on a great adventure. I liked the characters, the dialogue, and the themes represented in this book. While the action was a little lacking for my taste, I still learned a lot about the world and mythology of Wonder Woman. I do look forward to continuing on with this series of companion superhero books, with Marie Lu's Batman: Nightwalker being next in line. Like I said previously, it may appear like I'm being hard on Wonder Woman: Warbringer, but I would honestly recommend this book if you're looking for a fun, fast paced read.

2 comments:

  1. Wow I've seem a lot of mixed reviews for this book-- idk if I should delve into or not. I've never read a superhero book before-- do you think I'd like it? :)

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    1. I know people who LOVED this book, so if it sounds like something that would interest you then I say give it a shot. It was my first superhero book also, so I wasn't sure what to expect going into it. The only thing I would caution, is to keep in mind it's a ya book so it's a little on the more juvenile side of superhero-dom then what I was used to.

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