Wonder Woman: Warbringer (DC Icons #1) By Leigh Bardugo [Review]

Wonder Woman: Warbringer (DC Icons, #1)RELEASE DATE: September 30, 2017
Leigh Bardugo
Young-Adult, fantasy, superhero, Adventure.

She will become a legend but first she is Diana, Princess of the Amazons. And her fight is just beginning…

Diana is desperate to prove herself to her warrior sisters. But when the opportunity comes, she throws away her chance at glory and breaks Amazon law to save a mere mortal, Alia Keralis. With this single heroic act, Diana may have just doomed the world.

Alia is a Warbringer – a descendant of the infamous Helen of Troy, fated to bring about an age of bloodshed and misery. Diana and Alia will face an army of enemies, mortal and divine, determined to destroy or possess the Warbringer.


To save the world, they must stand side by side against the tide of war.


MY REV (Copy)

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I was pretty excited to read this book because it’s a Wonder Woman book written by my favorite author Leigh Bardugo. It was totally different from her Grisha Trilogy and Six Of crows duology. After finishing this book, I was torn between giving it a 3.5 and 4 stars but I finally decided to give it a 4 stars. I loved Wonder Woman movie so I really had high hopes for this book. So did it meet my expectations? Not entirely but I did enjoyed reading it because the story was fun and entertaining to read. I loved the plot but it was missing the wow factor and I wish there was more action in the book. It’s a teen version of Wonder Woman retelling that has strong female friendship, feminism, and diverse characters. They’re definitely the best aspects I loved about this book.

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Diana, daughter of Hippolyta is an amazon princess who was born in the Island of Themyscira unlike her other amazon sisters. Themysicra is totally invisible to the human world and the amazons live peacefully without any involvement from the outside. To be an amazon, everyone needs to earn it but Diana hasn’t earned it yet but everyone calls her a amazon princess because she’s a royalty. She always felt like an outsider among her sisters and to earn their respect, she participates in Nemeseian Games. By winning the competition she could prove everyone that she’s not weak and that she could be a strong amazon but everything turns pretty much upside down when she saves a human girl named Alia Keralis from a ship wreck. It is totally forbidden to interact with humans let alone bringing them to the island and the consequence of breaking these rules is exile from the island. It turns out, Alia is a warbringer, descendant of Helen of Troy who is destined to bring violence and bloodshed to the world. To save the world from another war, Diana and Alia together embark on a journey to the human world and there they face many obstacles  like from the humans who wants to kill her(Alia) and also from the deities who wants to possess her. Can they save the world before it’s too late?

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I loved Diana! She’s fierce, loyal, fearless, brave and totally badass. She’s the youngest among her sisters and hasn’t acquired her full amazon strength yet but she struggles hard to prove them that she’s also a strong warrior. She’s very protective towards Alia after she made a sisterly vow to keep her safe till the end of their journey and even after facing some dangerous obstacles, she never wavered. Alia is a pretty much likable character. Since young, she lived a sheltered life and always shielded from the outside world. Like Diana, she wanted to prove to her overprotective brother that she’s strong and she could be independent and can make her own decisions. I loved the friendship between Diana and Alia. They both make an instant connection the first time they meet because they have so much in common and eventually they develop a deep sisterly bond. It’s one of the strong aspects of this book. As for the secondary characters, I loved Nim aka poornima Chaudhary, Theo and Jason. I quite enjoyed Alia’s best friend Nim who is bi. She’s witty, sassy, spunky and totally hilarious. She’s one of my favorite characters besides Diana. Theo is another fun character in this book. Alia has a crush on him but she never  expressed her feelings to  him. Nim and Theo doesn’t get along well. I always enjoyed the banters between them. Jason was an uptight and overprotective brother. His sister’s safety is always his top priority and sometimes he was a total ass. There is some light romance in this book but sadly, it failed to hold my interest. I freaking enjoyed the girl friendship between Alia, Diana and Nim.

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The plot was interesting, fun, and engaging but it started with a slow start which is one of my book turn offs. I mean nothing exciting happens until we get to the second half. Although I enjoyed Nim and Theo’s fun banters, their silly jokes at the time of dangerous situations really annoyed me because the story has lost some seriousness because of them. I really loved the kickass action in the book, I really wish there was more action. The story was somewhat predictable but the major twist at the end was totally unpredictable. It was quite shocking, I didn’t see that coming. The author’s writing style was captivating, as always. The whole book was told from Diana’s and Alia’s third person pov. The world building was superb. With Leigh’s descriptive writing style, it was easy to imagine the island of Themyscira.

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Overall, I liked this book! It’s a pretty entertaining read filled with diverse characters, kickass-action, and strong female friendship. It’s not Leigh Bardugo’s best book but it’s still an enjoyable read. Now I’m so looking forward to Marie Lu’s Batman. I hope it doesn’t disappoint me.

Recommend it?
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I highly recommend this book to everyone who likes to read action packed YA books with diverse characters and strong female friendship.

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So, What do you think of this book? Have you read this yet? Do you want to read it?
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35 thoughts on “Wonder Woman: Warbringer (DC Icons #1) By Leigh Bardugo [Review]

  1. CJRthebrit December 12, 2017 / 12:17 am

    I tried a few times and I really couldn’t get into it….and I hated myself for it! I am going to try again someday though, defo want to read Batman! 😁

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    • Raven @ Dreamy Addictions December 15, 2017 / 7:07 am

      I’ve seen so many people had a hard time getting into the story! I hope it works out for you when you get to read it. I’m so excited for Batman!😁


      • CJRthebrit December 16, 2017 / 2:21 am

        Thanks 😁 I’m still going to dive headfirst into Bat man 😂

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  2. booksandblends December 12, 2017 / 12:21 am

    I wanted to try and read it but I kept hearing mixed reviews about it. I am excited to read the next two in the series though.

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  3. Poulami @ Daydreaming Books December 12, 2017 / 1:34 am

    Yaaaayie!! I’m glad you enjoyed it despite its flaws, there were quite a few things I felt were poorly executed and it could have been a lot better but I definitely enjoyed the ride and I loooooved Diana and Alia, oh and Nim, especially her!
    Loved your review! ❤

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    • Raven @ Dreamy Addictions December 15, 2017 / 7:14 am

      Yeah, I totally agree that some of scenes were poorly executed. And the book mostly have a contemporary-ish feel to it. Nonetheless, it has pretty fun characters and I also enjoyed the whole ride. 😁
      Thank you! 😊

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  4. Beware Of The Reader December 12, 2017 / 2:14 am

    Wonderful review! I need to read this one. So far Leigh Bardugo has been a hit or miss for me so fingers crossed!

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  5. Kelly December 12, 2017 / 3:55 am

    I loved this book so much! I think this was my favorite book that I read this year, honestly. I do agree that some of the jokes and stuff in the book kind of made it lose a bit of the seriousness I expected, though! Great review (and love the added gifs – the movie was so good, too!). This was my first book by Leigh Bardugo, to be honest, so if you think her other books are better I can’t wait to check them out!

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    • Raven @ Dreamy Addictions December 15, 2017 / 7:20 am

      Thank you, Kelly! I’m glad loved this book! Leigh bardugo’s six of crows, and grisha trilogy are my favorite series! I hope you enjoy them when you finally get to read them. I would love to hear your thoughts on these two series! ☺️


  6. Lashaan (Bookidote) December 12, 2017 / 9:09 am

    Awesome review, Raven! I swear, all those Wonder Woman gifs made me want to rewatch the movie ASAP!!!! 😛 Gal Gadot ❤ ❤ I'm glad to hear this wasn't a bad book too. I have a copy of this and hope to check it out some day, but I think I'm going to end up reading Batman by Marie Lu before Wonder Woman though.. cause.. well.. it's BATMAN!!! 😀 Hope Marie Lu doesn't disappoint though.

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    • Raven @ Dreamy Addictions December 15, 2017 / 7:27 am

      Thank you, Lashaan! I was actually imagining young Gal Gadot while reading this book. It’s not as amazing as the movie but it’s still an entertaining read and I really hope you enjoy it when you get to read it. I’m not a great fan of batman but I’m still excited to read his story.

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  7. MinaTheFangirl December 13, 2017 / 1:19 am

    Great review! Ahh, I loved the movie so I’m really looking forward to reading this one. Out of all the superhero YA books that have been/have yet to be released, this is the one I’m the most excited about.

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  8. Sophie @ Blame Chocolate December 13, 2017 / 1:47 am

    I’m glad you were still able to enjoy this book despite it being nothing like Grisha or SoC – a disappointment, for sure, but not entirely unexpected!
    I loved the movie as well and could only hope the book would do it and the myth of Diana any justice, but I guess it’s kind of hard to put into writing what you can a lot more easily show on film. There are the special effects, music, and great actors to compete against, after all.
    Wonderful (no pun intended) review, Raven! ❤

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    • Raven @ Dreamy Addictions December 15, 2017 / 7:36 am

      Thank you, Sophie! Maybe I shouldn’t have put high expectations on it. Although I enjoyed the ride, I need to be honest that some scenes were pretty slow and few parts were poorly executed.


  9. anovelglimpse December 13, 2017 / 6:23 am

    You have me excited for this book, and I’m not into superheroes really. Great review!

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  10. stephaniesbookreviews December 13, 2017 / 6:34 am

    I’m glad you ended up enjoying this one, even if it did fall below expectations a bit. I have only read the first chapter before my library copy expired, so I’m hoping to try this one again next year.

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  11. Trang (Bookidote) December 14, 2017 / 8:00 am

    I rated the same thing too! Love your review 😍😍 LOL I also love how she has to wear normal outfits and adapt

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  12. Dani @ Perspective of a Writer December 16, 2017 / 12:47 am

    Great review Raven! ♥️ I’m sorry to hear it was tough getting into but you totally sell it for female friendships… not many books DO friendship that well so it’s exciting to read this book does… I checked this out from the library and i hope I can get into it…


  13. Jen December 18, 2017 / 3:15 am

    I absolutely adore books with strong female friendships and it’s been a while since I’ve read a book with little romance. I’ll definitely keep this book in mind. 😁


  14. Claire aka Coffeeholic Bookworm December 18, 2017 / 7:21 pm

    Love this review, it really got me excited to read the book! Although I must admit, I still haven’t seen the movie yet.. Is it weird that I think I am the only one who still haven’t watched it? (My hubby got me the DVD of the movie but I still have yet to watch it, can’t seem to find time with busy sched.. 😦

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    • Raven @ Dreamy Addictions December 19, 2017 / 8:40 am

      Thank you, Claire! The movie was really good. I hope you watch it soon. The book wasn’t as amazing as the book but it’s still a good read and I hope you like it too.


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