Thursday, November 30

List of PROs & CONs in Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo

“I am done being careful. I am done being quiet. Let them see me angry. Let them hear me wail at the top of my lungs.” 

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.

Together.


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.





THE AWESOME-SAUCE STUFF:

🌟 There was SO MUCH diversity - Theo was Brazilian, Nim was fat, Indian and bisexual, whilst Jason and Alia were of Greek and African-American descent. Bardugo, however, didn't stop at that, she discussed discrimination, especially racism, and how it is still very, very real in today's society.

🌟 Diana and Alia were INCREDIBLE narrators, to say the least. I went into the book thinking Diana will be the central character, but I'm not sad that didn't happen. On the contrary, it was great to see the girls through their own eyes, and through each other's - we got a better representation of who they were this way.

"Because the whole world loves to tell us what we can't do, that we aren't good enough. The people in your own house should be on your side. It's the people who never learn the word impossible who make history, because they're the ones who keep trying."

🌟 On that note, both Diana and Alia were amazing characters. They were like, 1000x lighter and lovelier than anyone in the Six of Crows duology, but still rather complex and well-written. I enjoyed DC's Wonder Woman movie as much as the next person, but Warbringer's Diana was a hell of a lot more realistic and relatable. She had her own set of problems at home with her mother and the rest of the Amazons, and also had desires of her own that were totally unrelated to what is good for other people. 

"She looks nice enough, maybe a little tightly wound, but for all you know she's got a human head in her purse."
Diana's eyes widened. "Is that common?"


🌟 Okay, not gonna lie, the entire cast was fantastic! I WANT TO JOIN THEIR SQUAD, please, and thank you. I was a bit worried at first, because I felt like a long time went by without any of the supporting cast being introduced, but, boy, did they make up for the lost time! Nim was this tiny but kickass girl who, no kidding, WILL fight anyone who hurts her friends. Theo looked careless and he annoyed people many times, BUT HE WAS SO SMART AND HE WANTED PEOPLE TO SEE HIS POTENTIAL SO BADLY. I mean, my heart might have broken for Theo a couple thousand times. *sobs* Then there was also Jason, Alia's totally over-protective big brother, who was kind of rigid, but THAT WAS UNDERSTANDABLE, AND I LOVED HIM, TOO. I loved everyone, basically. Even the tiny-tiny supporting characters like Ben. Everyone was precious, I swear. 



🌟 EPIC FEMALE FRIENDSHIP!! I expected Alia and Diana to become friends from everything I've seen about the book, but I loved how Nim was also a part of that friendship. The way Alia and Nim, who've been best friends since forever, accepted Diana as their third member was entirely beautiful. MY HEART, PEOPLE, MY HEART WAS MELTING.

"It was woven by Athena on a spindle forged in Hestia's fire, of fiber harvested from Gaia's first tree." 
"Big deal," said Theo. "You can probably get one on eBay."
"Off what coast is that located?" Diana asked.

🌟 All the Greek mythology warmed my heart, because I looove Greek mythology, but there are so many times one can reread Percy Jackson. On that note - I'd actually say that if you enjoyed Percy Jackson, or Rick Riordan's other books, you should totes read Warbringer, because it had a lot of similarities - mythology, epic friendships, little romance, funny dialogue. 



THE NOT SO AWESOME STUFF: 

🌟 I'm not a pro on Wonder Woman, but I'm pretty sure Diana is canonically bisexual, and I expected to see that on page, as well. Alas, that didn't happen. *sad face* That said, if there was some kind of sign to her being interested in both men and women, let me know! I might have just missed it.

🌟 For a "let's save the world" type of novel, it was dragging like a snail at some parts. I mean, OF COURSE, I was still invested in the story, I loved it, but I couldn't help feeling like the pacing wasn't as fast, nor as action-packed as I'd have liked it to be. *shrugs*

🌟 The plot twist was... weird? No spoilers here, don't worry! But the evil characters' reasons for being, well, evil were a bit... underwhelming? I didn't necessarily feel like their reasons were in line with what they were trying to do, but OH WELL.

🌟 This may entirely be me being an idiot, but I don't think Warbringer is particularly memorable? OF COURSE, I'll remember the friendship and the characters, but the story itself will probably fade from my memory soon enough. For a super-heroine story this just wasn't very super. :(


 IN CONCLUSION:

I LOVED IT!! Sure, sure, there were those four things I didn't like, but I'm a harsh as heck critic when I'm as excited for something as I was for this beauty. That said, female empowerment + diversity + EPIC characters + humor + Greek mythology =  you should 1000% READ THIS!! 

"Sister in battle," murmured Diana, "I am shield and blade to you."
"And friend." {Alia}
"And always your friend."

The story idea: 4/5
The realization of the story: 4/5
The characters: 5/5
The cover: 5/5
Enjoy factor: 4.5/5
 

   

14 comments:

  1. Awesome review! This sounds fantastic, I haven't heard a single bad word yet. I can not wait to read it. I'm glad it has an epic female friendship, I LOVE when books have strong female friendships, we need more of it.

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    1. Thank you! Ooh, you'll really love it then!! These three girls were FANTASTIC together & on their own.

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  2. great review! I had it on my amazon basket for the longest time but for the time being, I'm not gonna read it. I love me some good old Greek mythology but I have so many stuff to get to, this one will have to wait. And I hate when the villains' reason for being bad is not good. I hate the trope of being bad just because you're bad

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    1. Thank you!! Yeah, that trope sucks. :/ There WAS some reasoning for why the villain became bad, but, to me, it just did not make sense?? It was a weird and unbelievable reason that basically contradicted his goals.

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  3. I just recently read this! I absolutely loved the greek mythology references, like you, it warmed my percy jackson loving heart. But I found it a bit boring as well. I agree that it dragged a lot in some parts. Great review, Veronika!

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    1. Yay, I'm glad you loved it too! Same :| For a superhero(ine) novel it sure was lacking in action MANY TIMES. Thank you!

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  4. I need to read this ASAP! I saw Wonder Woman a little while ago and I hadn't had any contact with the comics or otherwise before then so I kind of went in blind. In any case, I LOVED the movie and when I heard that this book was being written, I was so excited! I'm really, really glad you thought it was fabulous because there were some doubts what with this whole trend of writing full size books on comics or movies. I'm mostly super excited to see this epic friendship in action :) Lovely review, Vera!

    Laura @BlueEyeBooks

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    1. I definitely think you'll enjoy this one if you liked the movie!! I feel like both have aspects that are better in one than the other, but, overall, both are quite good. Thank you!

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  5. Such a great review and I agree with this so much! Especially wanting to join the squad!!

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    1. Thank you!! I SO WANT TO JOIN THEM FOR REAL lol.

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  6. I can't believe I haven't read this yet!

    Also, I had NO idea that Diana wasn't the only POV character in this book? So thank you for letting me know :D Alia sounds like a really awesome character, and yay for a POC narrator in a superhero book!

    As for Diana being bi and it not being represented in the book... when Leigh wrote this that wasn't the canon (You can read an interview where she talks about it here: https://justlovereviews.com/2017/08/09/interview-with-leigh-barudgo/). I feel like that timing is so sad because to see have seen Diana as bi in a YA superhero book would have been so wonderful!

    I'm so glad you like this book and I have to say your review has made me even more excited for it :D

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    1. Really hope you'll love this, Chiara! I honestly didn't know that either when I picked up the book, but I was so glad, because the two very different perspectives made the book even better, with one Alia being super-smart in IRL stuff, while Diana was of course the one "educated" in all the supernatural things.

      Ooh, thank you for that information, I didn't know! I'm glad Bardugo didn't just ignore that Diana is bi, which is what I thought/was afraid of.

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  7. I agree with everything in your pros and cons lists lol. The only thing I didn't know is that WW is bisexual, but I certainly didn't notice any nod to it in the book. One thing I really loved is how the book is so different to the movie, but it still fits perfectly with it, if that makes sense? I do wish that more happened in it though, and that the twist had more context to it than simply the shock factor. The cast of this book is amazing though - Bardugo writes such amazing characters that you wish could be real.

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    1. Someone pointed out that Diana wasn't canonically bisexual before Bardugo finished the book, so I suppose that explains why Diana was portrayed as straight. But still, would have been cool. YES, the characters are her strongest suit, imo. Even though the plot was a bit forgettable for me here, the characters I remember very clearly. So fleshed out and well-portrayed.

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