Sep 12, 2017

Blog Tour: Wonder Woman Warbringer {Review}

Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo
(DC Icons, #1)
Release Date: August 29, 2017
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers; 384 pages
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.

Before I had seen the Wonder Woman movie, I really didn't have much of an interest in reading this book, to be honest. I'm not the biggest DC Comics fan but after seeing the Wonder Woman (twice), I was more inclined to read this. Besides, I like Leigh Bardugo's writing and most of these DC Icons books, I'll end up reading because of the authors writing them. I'm glad I decided to give this a shot.

I enjoyed how this book switched POV's from Diana (Wonder Woman) to Alia (Warbringer). It gave us an inside look in to each of their heads and their thoughts/reactions to things.

What I liked most about this is while it was a Wonder Woman book and it had it's moments where it felt like it was a book for her; at the same time, it didn't. It was almost like we had two books in one. Diana's story and Alia's story - they co-exist but they are their own. It was really cool and it made the story a lot more interesting.

I was kind of surprised that the twist took me by such a surprise. I actually didn't see it coming at all and then once it happened, I was kicking myself because I should've seen it. The clues were there but I was just so blinded with what I wanted to happen. I actually wasn't even thinking of the end result, really. So kudo to Leigh for managing that so smoothly.

Whether you're a fan of Wonder Woman or not, I think this book could be for anyone. It's entertaining, enthralling and exciting. While it was a little slow in the beginning, it didn't take long to pick up and get it's hooks in to you. I was actually kind of sad it was over. I wanted more.

After reading this and being really happy with it, I don't see myself hesitating to pick up the next books in the DC Icons series. Already being a big fan of Marie Lu and Sarah J Maas - I was leaning toward it already but I'm sold. There's no maybe anymore - there's only counting down until their releases.

Thank you so much to Random House for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

Leigh Bardugo is the #1 New York Times bestselling and USA Today bestselling author of the Six of Crows Duology and the Shadow and Bone Trilogy, as well as the upcoming Wonder Woman: Warbringer (Aug 2017) and The Language of Thorns (Sept 2017).

She was born in Jerusalem, grew up in Los Angeles, and graduated from Yale University. These days, she lives and writes in Hollywood where she can occasionally be heard singing with her band.

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