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review 2019-07-26 06:36
Some Thoughts: Wonder Woman Warbringer
Wonder Woman: Warbringer - Leigh Bardugo

Wonder Woman: Warbringer

by Leigh Bardugo
Book 1 of DC Icons



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.

Leigh Bardugo is a solid and wonderful author, which is one of the reasons why I'm forever following her writing, and always excited about all her new releases.

Wonder Woman takes the famous super hero and gives her story an interesting new twist, by presenting her as a teenager, full of insecurities and ambitions, going on a journey to prove herself to her sisters and her mother as an Amazon, and dropping her in present-day New York filled with cars, phones, internet, and all sorts of fancy technology.  I love that Bardugo takes this bit of backstory of the Amazon princess, the fact that she is different than the rest of the Amazons, sculpted from clay and given life on Themiscyra, as the push to propel her story line in this book.

The premise was extremely promising, and as per usual, Bardugo gives us a ragtag band of heroes who fall together to somehow save the world.  The banter is wonderful, the characters created wonderfully with an excellently diverse group of kids, and the interactions are all fun.

Unfortunately, the book DID take some time to get into, and then might have gotten a bit complicated after the climax at the end.  I'm also not quite sure that we were able to focus on Diana all that much, as she was a bit overshadowed by both Alia and Nim.  This story, I felt, had set out to be a tangential story line in Diana's journey to becoming Wonder Woman, the superhero, but I feel like it ended up turning into a story outside of the Wonder Woman saga.  In fact, this book could have been about any other young teenage hero setting off on a journey, with a Greek mythology backdrop, and it would have still worked.

This book didn't need a Wonder Woman basis, and it felt more like we started with Diana's story, but ended up telling another adventure journey instead.  And while I DID enjoy the conflicts and loved the side characters, it sometimes felt like there might have been too much going on, and that the characters were all not as developed as I feel like Leigh Bardugo is capable of.

Nonetheless, as the story picked up, it was easy to get drawn into the world of Wonder Woman: Warbringer, and easier to want to know how our band of heroes would finally save the world.

On a side note, I will admit that I got taken aback by the turning point in the end... and as yet am not quite sure how I felt about it.



Booklikes-opoly 2019

Roll #13a:
Square: The Summer Blockbuster 27 | Read a book that features a hero's journey or is a Bildungsroman (coming of age tale), or that has a word related to space in the title (I.e., star, planet, rocket).

How it fits:  This book is a hero's journey.
Page Count:  374
Cash:  $3




Source: anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2019/07/some-thoughts-wonder-woman-warbringer.html
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review 2019-06-14 23:27
Wonder Woman: Warbringer
Wonder Woman: Warbringer (DC Icons Series) - Leigh Bardugo

Wonder Woman as a teen! I liked that this showed her insecurities and her growth throughout the book. Alia is a Warbringer and that title means exactly what it means. People are after her either to kill or use her. There is a lot of Greek mythology in this one and I thought that was refreshing.
I enjoyed the interactions between Alia, Theo, Nim, and Jason. I have to admit I didn't see a certain someone's betrayal coming. This works as a good companion to the movie Wonder Woman (IMO).
For Ripped Bodice Summer Bingo: title includes character's name square.

Booklikes-opoly:  rolled a 6 and landed on Jail: Just Visiting.  $ 3 to bail fund

Bank $44 

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review 2019-03-01 21:46
Superman: Dawnbreaker
Superman: Dawnbreaker (DC Icons #4) - Matt de la Pena

I'm still enjoying the DC Icons series. I haven't read Sarah J Maas' 'Catwoman' yet, but they have re-contextualized classic superheroes as modern teenagers and have used the industry's leading YA authors to do it. 'Dawnbreaker' is no exception.


Smallville is beginning to change and Clark Kent isn't sure he's ready, especially with the changes he's experiencing. He's long become used to shielding his powers, but lately they've been getting stronger and new ones are unexpectedly showing up at the worst times. The town is considering a new ordinance that would allow police officers to racially profile and stop cars at will to check immigration statuses. Disappearances in Smallvilles Mexican community are even more troubling. This doesn't seem like the town he grew up in. Meanwhile, friend Lana wants to investigate a new corporation setting up shop in town and buying up farms.


Superman is a hard character sometimes - he's so powerful its hard to have any sympathy for him, or believe his struggles. Teenager Clark Kent though has not mastered his powers and the midwestern roots of the character stand out against the urbane cynicism of Lex Luthor and others. I know they have more of these slated to come out, but I haven't heard who's next - my moneys on Aquaman of course, or perhaps Harley Quinn. 


DC Icons


Next: '?'


Previous: 'Catwoman: Soulstealer'

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review 2018-12-03 01:56
Joan Of Arc's inspirational life story shines through in this unique novel told entirely in verse
Voices: The Final Hours of Joan of Arc - David Elliott

This book is exquisite. ‘Voices: The Final Hours Of Joan Of Arc’ has brought life once again to one of the most unforgettable and extraordinary female warrior icons. Everyone knows her name, but do they know her story?


Told in verse, in different medieval forms of poems, ’Voices’ is so unique (some stanzas are shaped like the subject that is ‘speaking,’ ie the sword or the crossbow). David Elliott has written such a compelling account of Joan’s short life from her beginnings in Domrémy, to her visions of the Saints, the battles she led against the English, and her eventual capture and execution. The encroaching ‘Fire’ poem that repeats throughout the novel is particularly clever and impactful.


Back then in 1430 France (when she was captured and put on trial), Joan was viewed with suspicion and as an affront to the Crown because she dressed in armor and wanted to ’look like a man’. She didn't believe she should have to stay at home ’to sew and mate’ when a war was being fought, simply because she didn't want to, never mind her sexuality. Her story has always been known as one of the earliest examples of a woman standing up against misogyny, against a patriarchal system that didn't make sense to her, and because her beliefs simply wouldn't allow her to sit down and accept what was happening around her.

Joan’s voice and perspective come through clearly in the novel as brave and courageous, with the right bit of stubborn. She questions the system and pursues her objectives, which give the novel an obvious ambiance of inspiration throughout. I only really wanted more from the novel when it came to the trial and perhaps the very end of her life.

Joan became a Saint after her death and was declared a martyr for everything she gave for ’God and country’. I did appreciate the epilogue and author's note at the end of the book; it seems this work was a labor of love and I enjoyed reading about its inception.


Joan of Arc is a historical figure who is infamous because of the brave, short life she lived, with such a tragic death, and I think Elliott has written something brilliant here that can draw many people in to learn more about her.

Source: www.goodreads.com/book/show/40796139-voices
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text 2018-09-02 00:50
Reading progress: 14%.

I do like this description of Wonder Woman.  So far, book is kinda meh for me, probably because she seems kind of dumb, dishonorable and too special -- except in places the author really gives you a feel for the place and the Amazon society.




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