Review: Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo

Summary: Princess Diana wants to prove herself to her immortal warrior sisters and mother, and when she finally has the opportunity to, she can’t tell anyone because it will likely lead to her exile. Mortals aren’t exactly welcomed on her island of Themyscira, much less ones who are shipwrecked there like Alia. Alia thought a semester at sea would be the perfect way to get away from her controlling brother and would allow her to get away from all the unfortunate things in her life. When her arrival causes trouble in Themyscira and the mortal world,  Diana and Alia must work together to prevent war.

My Rating: 4.25/5 Stars

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My Thoughts:

I’ve been looking forward to the DC Icons series throughout 2017 and my anticipation will extend to 2018, with Marie Lu’s Batman: Nightwalker and Sarah J. Maas’s Catwoman: Soulstealer , and of course, Leigh Bardugo’s Wonder Woman: Warbringer. Not only are these authors all-stars in the YA world, but they’re among my all-time favorite authors!

I went into Wonder Woman: Warbringer not knowing too much about the plot other than teenage Diana having to team up with a mortal girl, Alia. If you are not the world’s biggest Wonder Woman fan and maybe have only seen Wonder Woman, the 2017 film, no worries; Leigh Bardugo does a great job of introducing us to the world of Diana and her home of Themyscira, an all-female island for immortal warriors.

My favorite setting in the novel was New York City, specifically for Diana’s reaction. I loved seeing her experience the World of Man and outwit guys on the subway. However, as much as I liked seeing Diana in the mortal world, I wish that we spent some more time in Themyscira before things started hitting the fan. I enjoy world building, okay??? I liked exploring Diana’s relationship with her sisters and her mother, as Leigh Bardugo displays that Diana isn’t exactly the Wonder Woman that we all known in her home.

Being a fan of Leigh Bardugo’s Six of Crows duology, I wasn’t surprised at all with how much I enoyed Wonder Woman: Warbringer’s cast of characters. Jason added some mystery to the novel with his information on Alia’s origins and the family company, and Nim and Theo were absolutely hilarious. I loved this gem from the pair: 

“ “We have a driver,” Diana said, new hope surging through her. “Now we just need to find a car.”

“You know this means I get to choose the radio station,” said Nim as they set out across the field.

Theo whimpered. “How about I just let you run over me?” ” (242).

While I really enjoyed the book overall, there were a few elements that weren’t my cup of tea. The ending of the novel really dragged on to me, even with all of the action scenes. We spend a lot of the novel building up to a certain moment that Alia and Diana must face, which I figured wouldn’t go exactly to plan, and it took so much time to get to a resolution. Some of the chapters in the beginning of the novel were also a bit long, and I felt that they could’ve been separated into shorter sections. A few of the chapters in the rest of the novel are also long, but they seemed to go faster with the dialogue between our cast—there are plenty of funny Nim and Theo moments!

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Wonder Woman Book Tag


I saw Wonder Woman in theatres back in June and I’m absolutely obsessed with anything Wonder Woman (who isn’t?) ever since. I’m so excited to see Justice League when it comes out later this year, but I’m even more excited for Leigh Bardugo’s Wonder Woman: Warbringer, the first book in the DC Icons series, to come out on August 29th. In anticipation for Wonder Woman: Warbringer, today I’ll be doing the Wonder Woman Book tag. This tag was created by Amber of Amber’s Books and More over on Booktube.

Wonder Woman: Your favorite badass female book characterCelaena Sardothein from Sarah J. Maas’s Throne of Glass series. When I think of badass female characters, Caleana automatically comes to my mind.


Fantasy Island: A Book Setting you want to escape toWarcross by Marie Lu. I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of Warcross back in June and I CANNOT WAIT UNTIL EVERYONE CAN PICK UP THIS BOOK AND WE CAN ALL FANGIRL OVER IT! I just want to jump into Warcross and play this virtual reality game!

London: A Hyped book that let you down – The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

Steve Trevor: A Book that has a beautiful Cover and a Great Story (i.e. great personality)Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys. I wrote a four paragraph review about all of my post-Salt to the Sea feelings on Goodreads right after reading it last year, and I still think back on this beautiful and heart-breaking story focused on lost history.

Lasso of Truth: A Book you hatedNemesis by Brendan Reich. Unfortunately, Nemesis did not live up to the hype for me, and the plot was very different than I expected to be.  While I appreciate its Lord of the Flies vibes, this YA novel felt more middle grade to me and I just couldn’t connect to the story and characters.

Wonder Woman’s Shield: A book so sad you need a shield– The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. I still cry every reread, don’t worry.

Ares: A Villain that is scary, but you can’t seem to hate– Holland from the V.E. Schwab’s Shades of Magic trilogy. Holland is one of those villains that you can’t do anything but feel sorry for. He was always in the wrong place at the wrong time.

The Amazons: A book that you wish had more/better LTBT+ representationHarry Potter and the Cursed Child (if you’ve read it, you know what I’m talking about)

Justice League: What superhero book friends do you tag?

Danielle from Life of a Literary Nerd

Alex from coffeeloving bookoholic

Courtney from buried in a bookshelf

Dani from Perspective of a Writer

Alaina from An Infinite Book World