Book Review: Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo

Wonder Woman by Leigh Bardugo

It is a bit funny that my first Leigh Bardugo book is "Wonder Woman: Warbringer". Not because it is not great, but because Bardugo`s mainly adored for her Grisha Universe. But I do enjoy going against the current and reading her latest novel first is a decision I do not regret. This was one of the most anticipated releases of 2017 and I know people were losing their shit at BEA for a chance to get an ARC. And then nada. I mean not complete silence, but I was expecting more reviews on Booktube. 

Full disclosure: I have not read the books or saw the movie. But I am pretty familiar with Wonder Woman. Because she`s a modern-day symbol of the women who are strong and independent. You`ll often hear people say: Slow down, Wonder Woman. You`re only human. Granted, the image of an all-powerful supermodel can be a bit sexist, but we try to focus on the important stuff. Because despite her image, Wonder Woman is a symbol of girl power. 

As you can see, I`m a fan of the character and I was very excited when I got the book in my August Illumicrate. I did not know much about the plot, but sometimes being clueless has its perks. When you don`t know what to expect you can be pleasantly surprised. And whilst it might not be the most memorable book that I`ve read, I ended up loving it. The characters were great and you could easily relate to them. The romance was minimum and the emphasis was on friendship. And who doesn`t love a hero`s quest?

Diana is the princess of the Amazons, but it`s not as glorious as it sounds. The others don`t see her as an equal and she`s desperate to prove herself. So she enters a race hoping that it will show them her value. Not long after the race starts, Diana sees a ship wreckage and decides to save the sole survivor, abandoning her hopes of glory. However, the girl she saved is a Warbringer, a descended of Helen of Troy, fated to bring the world into an age of destruction. Of course, letting the girl die might solve everything, but Diana embarks on a journey to save the world and prove that she`s a true hero.

I know the story seems pretty straightforward, but it does have a deeper meaning if you look at it. First of all, it is the hero that wants to save everyone. For many, sacrificing a life for the good of the entire world is justifiable. After all, one of the factions that hunt Alia is doing that hoping it will save the world. And it was the course most took throughout history. On the other hand, you have those that try to control Alia in order to obtain power. And again, it makes you think of all the weapons of mass destruction that we developed over time. 

Now let`s move to my favourite thing about this book: the friendships. It`s not a secret that I`m getting tired of love in YA and I`m glad that this book was an exception. There are romantic interests, but that`s not the focus.

I`m always more invested in my characters than with the plot and the author did deliver. I loved Diana and Alia, the fact that they were so different and at the same time so similar. Diana pressure of being recognized as a true Amazon was endearing. But truth be told, Alia was the shining star, as I adored her sense of humour. As the story progresses we see her soft side, and how she feels the pressure of her family name, just like Diana. We see how her race and love for science made her feel like an outsider. 

I don`t want to go into too many details about what happens, as I don`t want to spoil too much. On their journey, they pass through New York, where they enlist the help of Alia`s brother and her friends, Nim and Theo. I know I mentioned my affection for Alia`s sarcasm, but Nim and Theo are just as good. The bickering between those two was one of the highlights of the book.

Some might argue that the pace of the book was slow, but I enjoyed the character development. Despite their funny interactions, you could see how deeply this group cares about each other and it was heart-warming to observe them. There is a huge plot twist that left me speechless, but you`ll have to see for yourself. Obviously, once you go back to the scenes it`s not that shocking, but the villain reveal was craaaaaaaaaaazy!

I gave this book 5 out of stars because it was entertaining and it made me smile. Like I said, the idea (a hero`s quest) was not that original, but the execution was superb.

18 comments :

  1. sounds like a great book! I've always loved female superheros, and Wonder Woman is one of my favs!
    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

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    1. I can`t wait to see the movie as well, I have high hopes for it.

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  2. I'm not going to lie, I was a BIT disappointed by Wonder Woman: Warbringer, because it was a lot less complex and memorable than the Six of Crows duology, which is one of my all time favorite series. That said, I LOVED the emphasize on the friendship between the girls, and I also really loved that there was very little romance. Great review!

    Veronika @ The Regal Critiques

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    1. I know what you mean about not being that complex. I did notice that as well, but I just loved the friendships too much not to give it 5 stars.

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  3. Well, this book was already on my TBR, but your review just made me want to read it THAT MUCH MORE! I'm a sucker for well-developed friendships in books, so I love that this story has a big emphasis on friendship :) Thanks for the review!

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    1. Friendships play a big role and it`s great that there`s little romance.

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  4. Aw, yay! Glad to know this one is a worthwhile read. I know what you're saying (a hero going on a journey) about the plot. Just proves that when the write person pens/tells the story, it can seen new.

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    1. She is such a good writer, I now get the hype surrounding her books.

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  5. I have heard so many great things about this book, so it makes me so happy to hear you liked this so much! :) Seeing another glowing review from you just makes me even more anxious to give it a try. Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous review! <3

    ~ Zoe @ Stories on Stage

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    1. Glad you enjoyed my review and I really hope you`ll like the book.

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  6. I'm so glad you liked this one! Like you, I tend to be more invested in the characters so I'm so happy to hear that these characters are good! And YAY FRIENDSHIP! I love when friendship is emphasized in books, especially YA ones!

    I can't wait to start reading this one!

    Ashtyn @ Wonderland’s Reader!

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    1. I wasn`t pleasantly surprised by it. I knew there was hype surrounding it, but it was 1000xtimes better than I expected.

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  7. I am glad you like this book. I will give it a shot after I read the books in the Grisha universe.
    I also tagged you in The Guilty Reader Tag (https://elenaoftheuniverse.blogspot.com/2017/09/the-guilty-reader-book-tag.html)

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    1. Thank you so much, I`ll get to it hopefully this week.

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  8. I really want to read it too!!! I also loved the movie!!!

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    1. I haven`t seen the movie yet, but I really want to.

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