Hello book lovers! Guess who is FINALLY catching up on her growing review pile – this girl! I have been flying through books these past few weeks and yet it some how just hit me that I haven’t been writing any reviews lately – and I need to for the majority that I have read because either I loved them and/or I have a lot to say about them. Thankfully today’s is a read that caught me surprise and I absolutely loved it. I COULDN’T PUT IT DOWN!
Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo
Description: “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.” Goodreads
Now I have been having my eye on this book for a while – as my boyfriend will probably remember with me picking it up numerous times during our book store trips. I heard amazing things about it and was intrigued by the concept of writing a book about a Super Woman story but don’t know too much about Super Woman myself so I couldn’t justify buying the book over others that I have been dying to read. And then something wonderful happened, I got hooked on my library for the first time in years. I literally had about three books checked out every week. LIBRARIES. ARE. AMAZING.
1. The characters. I can’t remember the last time that I read a book and fell in love with almost all of the characters. Bardugo created each one in such an individualistic and original way. Did I get annoyed by characters at some points but also love them at others? Yes, and that is such a normal thing to experience in life while meeting new people so it was so neat to experience this in a book. Each character continuously developed and surprised me at least three times across the plot which got me even more hooked.
2. The locations. Across the plot you are taken from Wonder Woman’s home land to Alia’s home and Greece. Typically when a writer includes this wide of a variety for locations, at least one gets the weak end with development and details but Bardugo avoided this. I felt as if I was in each location with vivid details and so much action that I couldn’t catch my breath at times. The amount of time spent at each location was a plus too as it allowed the story to further develop alongside the characters and the atmosphere.
1. The relationships. From Diana and Alia, to Alia and Nim, to Nim and Diana, to Alia and Jason, to Diana and Jason, to Jason and Theo, to Theo and Alia, and to Nim and Theo. I think you get the point. Each relationship was continuously developed across the whole story while adding elements of shock and happiness. The bond between the characters provides the reader with the ability to bond with the characters alongside their relationships which creates such an in-depth, strong experience. I was hooked all the way until the end of the book thanks to these relationships and think that all (YA) writers should take inspiration from it.
2. Bardugo’s writing. Beautiful. Gripping. An emotional rollercoaster. I could honestly add more to that list but I’ll wait until I read more of her work. The point is, I loved her writing and I already understand why so many readers love her and respect her. Waterstones and Foyles, you better watch out for me coming to see you very soon to buy more of her books! Have your stock ready!
3. Tension and plot twists. BE READY TO BE SHOCKED AND TO CHEER AND TO GET EMOTIONAL BECAUSE THIS BOOK IS AN EMOTIONAL ROLLERCOASTER. Without spoiling anything, just know that Bardugo has somehow mastered the art of hooking tension and incredible plot twists. My emotions kept jumping from page to page. One of my favourite things about the layout of this book is the fact that you meet a resolution before switching to the next chapter while the story still connects. Basically it just fades away fluidly while giving you satisfying answers before moving on.
4. Hooked quickly. I have to admit that I struggled up until Alia came into the story – which didn’t take too long. I just really struggled getting into the Amazon world (if that’s even the correct term for it?) but I loved the mortals and couldn’t stop reading whenever Diana and Alia were together. WHAT A POWER TEAM!
1. The cut-off ending for the mortals. I’m sorry but did I miss something? Without spoiling anything, you find out what happens with Diana in the end and you see a far in the future glimpse for Alia and the others (sorry, I do love you guys but I’m just summing it up), but you don’t get to see what happens after the big “finale”?? Like what? I can not be the only reader frustrated by this!
And that is it guys! I would definitely recommend checking it out and please comment below if you have read it already so that we can discuss our thoughts and feelings on it.
Would I suggest this book to a friend?: Yes, especially if they are a fan of Bardugo’s writing or Super Woman – or even if they just want a nice step into fantasy while still including real life.
Am I eager to read more books by Leigh Bardugo?: Yes! And in fact, I am already reading Six of Crows with my summer book club. Click here to find out more!