ARC Review: Wonder Woman Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo

Title: Wonder Woman: Warbringer
Series: DC Icons #2
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Publication Date:  August 29th, 2017
Page Count: 384 pages
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher


Summary:
She will become one of the world’s greatest heroes: WONDER WOMAN. But first she is Diana, Princess of the Amazons. And her fight is just beginning. . . .

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 mere mortal. Even worse, Alia Keralis is no ordinary girl and with this single brave act, Diana may have doomed the world.

Alia just wanted to escape her overprotective brother with a semester at sea. She doesn’t know she is being hunted. 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, Diana and Alia will face an army of enemies—mortal and divine—determined to either destroy or possess the Warbringer. If they have any hope of saving both their worlds, they will have to stand side by side against the tide of war.
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*The Reader's Review*
My rating: 5/5 stars
.This review can also be found on YA Books Central.

Wonder Woman: Warbringer is as wonderful and fierce as you'd expect coming from the amazing creator of the Grisha universe. Leigh Bardugo delivers a fantastic new chapter to one of the world's most beloved heroines and it will even have you adding new friends to your superheroes list!

What I Loved:

I was pleasantly surprised to find that this novel is set partly in the modern world, where technology reigns and yet humans haven't learned from past mistakes. The stark difference between Themyscira and our world is wide, yet they seamlessly clash as Diana and the Warbringer, Alia, are thrown together, setting off on a quest to stop the Warbringer legacy in Alia's blood from bringing more chaos into the world.

As one would expect, Diana is already an amazing force in Wonder Woman: Warbringer, despite not yet being the heroine known in the human world. Fiercely loyal and with dreams to prove herself as a true Amazon warrior, Diana breaks the rules and risks exile in the hopes to somehow stop the oncoming war that Alia is drawing. Diana's point of view was an absolute joy to read about as we see her grow into the heroine she wants to be. However, when she starts to recognize our value thanks to beautiful characters introduced in this novel—to the point that she is willing to FIGHT for us humans, despite how other forces perceive us—it basically had me cheering at the top of my lungs.

Actually, in this book we also get another point of view from an equally amazing heroine! Alia is tied in first place (with Diana) as my favorite for she is smart, brave, and incredibly inspiring. A girl who tries hard to do anything for her brother and the people she loves, yet someone who yearns to be free to do whatever she wants without compromising anyone's safety. I simply LOVE Alia so much and I'm super glad to have met her!

Oh, but I cannot leave without mentioning how much I ADORE the rest of the characters in this book. The dazzling Nim with her love for fashion and Theo with his uncanny ability with technology, even Jason who would pretty much do whatever it takes to protect Alia. Such a splendid cast of characters!

It's truly a dream come true having a YA novel about Wonder Woman written by none other than Leigh Bardugo. I'm positive she did more than justice to Diana's story and if there's one author who I would trust Wonder Woman's origin story with, it would be her. Leigh Bardugo's writing is always rich and powerful, and you can see it highly reflected in this DC Icons novel.

Final Verdict:

Wonder Woman: Warbringer is fantastically diverse and entertaining, it shows the points of view from two heroines of different worlds, and reading about their fights, their hopes, and their dreams, surprisingly left me with tears of joy running down my face. It's a truly wonderful gem of a book and new and old fans alike of Wonder Woman are in for an empowering treat!

The Week's Entrée #165

Hi everyone! Welcome to another edition of The Week's Entrée!

I AM SUCH A FAILURE. It is quite funny how horribly I did with #ARCAugust and #TheReadingQuest challenges. I basically read a book for each challenge LOL. BUT I READ, SO THAT'S GOOD, RIGHT???? Things I keep telling myself.



I still have 4 days to at least add two more books so my count doesn't look that pitiful. Cheer me on, guys. :D Oh, and have a great last week of August! (The unofficial start of Fall is almost heeeeeere!!!)
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New books!
{For review}
From publishers, authors, Netgalley/Edelweiss, etc.


AAAAH!!! I cannot believe I was granted access to both these books. American Panda by Gloria Chao and An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson are books I've been DYING to read. I will move these two up my TBR because I just cannot wait any longer!

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To Read This Week:


And I'm finally starting A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares by Krystal Sutherland! I've heard from a few friends that it's a great read so I'm quite excited to read it. Bring on all the laughs!!! I'm also reading Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart. Don't know quite what to expect but I hope it turns out to be a good book!
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And that's it for The Week's Entrée! What are you all reading? :)

Waiting on Wednesday #38: Everless by Sara Holland


Hi everyone! Welcome to another "Waiting on Wednesday" post (meme hosted by Breaking the Spine!). 

This week I am waiting on:


Everless by Sara Holland
January 2nd 2018, HarperTeen
YA Fantasy
In the land of Sempera, time is extracted from blood and used as payment. Jules Ember and her father were once servants at Everless, the wealthy Gerling family’s estate, but were cast out after of a fateful accident a decade ago. Now, Jules’s father is reaching his last hour, and she will do anything to save him. Desperate to earn time, she arrives at the palace as it prepares for a royal wedding, ready to begin her search into childhood secrets that she once believed to be no more than myths. As she uncovers lost truths, Jules spirals deeper into a past she hardly recognizes, and faces an ancient and dangerous foe who threatens her future and the future of time itself. 
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Stop with the beautiful covers, I'm going broke! I've been in love with this book ever since the cover was released along with the blurb. TIME = MONEY. Reminds me of a movie with Justin Timberlake. But that was dystopian ;) Anyway, I want to read this book NOW.
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What are you waiting on this week? :)

The Week's Entrée #164

Hi everyone! Welcome to another edition of The Week's Entrée!

Guess what, guys! I am not offering my services as a beta/sensitivity reader + book promo graphic designs! (Check my menu bar). I've been working with authors in these areas for the past year and now I feel confident to work with more authors who are looking for any of these services. It was kind of terrifying to do this but my sweet author friends encouraged me to do so. And here we are! ;)

In other news, I've been kind of in a blogging slump and if it weren't for my weekly posts I wouldn't be posting anything at all. Things have been crazy on my end and on my free time I've been reading a lot so at least that's something good. Hopefully this week I'll manage to sit down to write a lot more. I do have a few reviews to share with you. ;)

Meanwhile, don't forget to enter my birthday giveaway on Instagram!



 I paired up with the lovely Helena from The Life of a Book Nerd Addict who was also celebrating her birthday last week, and we are giving away a pillow from her Society 6 store! Click on the image to enter. It's open internationally!
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New books!
{For review}
From publishers, authors, Netgalley/Edelweiss, etc.


Aaah I'm super happy to have received a review copy of Krait's Redemption by T.L. Shreffler! This is the 5th book in The Cat's Eye Chronicle and I LOVE THIS SERIES SO MUCH. It's epic.
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To Read This Week:


Yesterday I had a lot of trouble coming up with my next read. I just didn't feel like reading anything in particular (thanks to being in a bookish hangover) but after much thought, decided to go to my #TheReadingQuest TBR and read A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess. For now I am assigning it to the "First book in a series" prompt and I'm already 100 pages in, yay!
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And that's it for The Week's Entrée! What are you all reading? :)

Waiting on Wednesday #37: Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi


Hi everyone! Welcome to another "Waiting on Wednesday" post (meme hosted by Breaking the Spine!). 

This week I am waiting on:


Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
March 6th 2018, Henry Holt Books for Young Readers
YA Fantasy
Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zelie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls. 

But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were targeted and killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.

Now, Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good. 

Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers—and her growing feelings for the enemy.
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Um... WOW. Have you seen that cover?!?! It's so freaking gorgeous I don't even think there will be another one to top it in 2018. But cover aside, this book sounds amazing and I cannot wait to meet its characters & journey through Orïsha! Okay, to also fall for the enemy because the hate-to-lovers trope gives me life lol.
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What are you waiting on this week? :)

The Week's Entrée #163

Hi everyone! Welcome to another edition of The Week's Entrée!

IT'S MY BIRTHDAY WEEK!


I'm not much of the celebrating type in the real world (as in going partying and such) but I do enjoy having a family reunion and eating lots of cake. So I really really hope I get a BIG CAKE. Already sent several ideas to my sister as a hint LOL. 

What do you guys do on your birthdays?

I feel as if I'm forgetting to tell you about something but I CANNOT REMEMBER. Ugh, this feeling is the worst. Oh, but I must tell you that tomorrow I might have an awesome giveaway on Instagram so be sure to visit @thereaderandthechef! ♥
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New books!
{Gift}


My lovely bestie & partner in crime Becky from The Life of a Book Nerd Addict sent me these awesome books & bookmark as an early birthday present! *cries* I quite excited to read them, especially Frostblood since I've hear so many awesome things about it! ♥
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To Read This Week:

 

I'm still reading Nice Try, Jane Sinner by Lianne Oelke and OMG THIS BOOK IS HILARIOUS. Absolutely crazy, it's like a YA Big Brother (tv show). You must check it out! After JS, I might read Caraval by Stephanie Garber since it's the first book I assigned to my #TheReadingQuest TBR. I really hope that I stick to it this time!
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And that's it for The Week's Entrée! What are you all reading? :)

#TheReadingQuest Challenge TBR!


Hi everyone! This month I'll also be participating in The Reading Quest challenge hosted by Read at Midnight starting on August 13th!

What is The Reading Quest? 

Basically it's a bingo board (termed The Quest Board), and each square on the board represents a stage (reading prompt) that must be completed! However, the path you take on the bingo board is entirely dependent on the chosen Character Class. Along with the separate Character Class quest levels (Purple Squares), the center of the Quest Board is a conglomeration of Side Quests (Blue Squares)! When you complete these challenges you earn extra points and bonus experience for your character. (For further details check this post.)


For the Character Class selection, we can choose from four: Mage, Knight, Bard, and Rogue!
I will be taking the Mage path & I have my cute little card and everything ♥ Below is my TBR!


Mage: As wielders of spells and witchcraft, these players will conjure and summon their way through the First Down path on the quest. Their tomes contain magic and whispers of alternate lands.

...MAGE TBR...

A book with a one word title: Caraval by Stephanie Garber 


A book that contains magic: Before She Ignites by Jodi Meadows


A book based on mythology: Awaken by Skye Malone


A book set in a different world: Over Ruled by Brittney Joy


The first book of a series: Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake


Side Quests I might do (tho I haven't chosen books yet):

Multiplayer: Buddy read a book
Expansion: Read a companion novel or short story

This is just what I think I will read but things can change since I'm also participating in #ARCAugust and I might switch a few titles if I see fit. This challenge looks like it's going to be so much fun and I am impressed by the amount of effort Aentee put into making this possible! Cannot wait to start!!!

Will you participating in The Reading Quest? What journey are you taking first? :D

Waiting on Wednesday #36: Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston


Hi everyone! Welcome to another "Waiting on Wednesday" post (meme hosted by Breaking the Spine!). 

This week I am waiting on:


Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston
February 27th 2018, Balzer + Bray
YA Science Fiction
An action-packed tale full of romance, royalty, and adventure, inspired by the story of Anastasia. Perfect for fans of Six of Crows, Cinder, and the cult classic television show Firefly.

Seventeen-year-old Ana is a scoundrel by nurture and an outlaw by nature. Found as a child drifting through space with a sentient android called D09, Ana was saved by a fearsome space captain and the grizzled crew she now calls family. But D09—one of the last remaining illegal Metals—has been glitching, and Ana will stop at nothing to find a way to fix him.

Ana’s desperate effort to save D09 leads her on a quest to steal the coordinates to a lost ship that could offer all the answers. But at the last moment, a spoiled Ironblood boy beats Ana to her prize. He has his own reasons for taking the coordinates, and he doesn’t care what he’ll sacrifice to keep them.

When everything goes wrong, she and the Ironblood end up as fugitives on the run. Now their entire kingdom is after them—and the coordinates—and not everyone wants them captured alive.

What they find in a lost corner of the universe will change all their lives—and unearth dangerous secrets. But when a darkness from Ana’s past returns, she must face an impossible choice: does she protect a kingdom that wants her dead or save the Metal boy she loves?
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I. NEED. THIS. BOOK. NOW. NOW. NOW. Ashley Poston is one of my new favorite authors thanks to her awesome debut novel, Geekerella. I didn't expect for her to publish a new book so soon, but I am not complaining! Have you looked at that fabulous cover?!?! I'm not much of a sci-fi fan but if it's coming from Ashley Poston then you bet I will be first in line to read it! (Or as soon as I can get a copy) ♥
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What are you waiting on this week? :)

The Week's Entrée #162

Hi everyone! Welcome to another edition of The Week's Entrée!

I took a small blogging break last week and it honestly was the best thing I could have done. I know that I often skip days, but since Wednesday I decided I wouldn't worry for the blog for the rest of the week AT ALL  and now I feel ready to get back on the swing of things!

With that said, I'm happy to announce that we were chosen as bookstagram reps for FairyLoot


FairyLoot is an AMAZING monthly book subscription box from the UK that includes a YA Fantasy book + goodies set around a theme. September's theme is ALL THAT SASS and it's going to be EPIC. Check it out:

Do you love sassy characters? Characters that make you laugh out loud? Characters that are full of spirit and are cheeky, lively and bold?

The September ‘All That Sass’ box is inspired by our favourite sassy characters in YA! You can expect items themed on a certain blue eyed shadowhunter in The Infernal Devices, a certain high warlock in The Mortal Instruments, a blonde haired assassin in Throne of Glass, a green eyed demi-god in Percy Jackson, a sassy prince and captain from The Grisha Trilogy, as well as a couple more sassy characters that we'll hint to in social media posts... 


The book we’re featuring is full of sassy characters, adventure, evil witches, ghosts, high stakes and has some fantastic plot twists! We read this book in one sitting - it simply blew us away! It will come with a signed bookplate and letter from the author, and the FairyLoot edition will have EXCLUSIVE FOILING on the title of the cover! That’s right, only the FairyLoot edition will have this - the standard edition won’t!
Doesn't it sound so freaking cool?!? Cannot wait to receive our first box! Super excited about the exclusive foiling on the cover and since it's set around SASSY characters, I can pretty much say this box will be PERFECT.

September boxes are now ON SALE (and quickly selling out!!!) and you can use our code CHEF5 to get a 5% discount from a 3 0r 6 months subscription. :)

Promo over KJJJJ. But seriously, this is a dream come true because this box is so so cool ♥♥♥
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New books!
{Freebie}


I downloaded a free copy of Sora's Quest by T.L. Shreffler from Amazon! I LOVE this book and the series, and I will be rereading it in preparation for the 5th book in The Cat's Eye Chronicles which will be releasing soon! I didn't realize I had not downloaded it on my kindle, only on Kobo. ;) You must check this on out, it's SO FREAKING GOOD. 
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To Read This Week:


So I said I was going to read Nice Try, Jane Sinner by Lianne Oelke but I didn't since I'm buddy reading with my friend Becky from The Life of a Book Nerd Addict and she couldn't start until today. But I already read a few pages and I'm LOVING the style. Super excited about it. I'm also reading The Saturday Evening Girls Club by Jane Healey that come with our Once Upon A Book Club Box. I'm enjoying opening the gifts as I go, super fun idea!
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And that's it for The Week's Entrée! What are you all reading? :)

Waiting on Wednesday #35: Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust


Hi everyone! Welcome to another "Waiting on Wednesday" post (meme hosted by Breaking the Spine!). 

This week I am waiting on:


Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust
September 5th 2017, Flatiron Books
YA Fantasy/Retelling
Frozen meets The Bloody Chamber in this feminist fantasy reimagining of the Snow White fairytale

At sixteen, Mina's mother is dead, her magician father is vicious, and her silent heart has never beat with love for anyone—has never beat at all, in fact, but she’d always thought that fact normal. She never guessed that her father cut out her heart and replaced it with one of glass. When she moves to Whitespring Castle and sees its king for the first time, Mina forms a plan: win the king’s heart with her beauty, become queen, and finally know love. The only catch is that she’ll have to become a stepmother.

Fifteen-year-old Lynet looks just like her late mother, and one day she discovers why: a magician created her out of snow in the dead queen’s image, at her father’s order. But despite being the dead queen made flesh, Lynet would rather be like her fierce and regal stepmother, Mina. She gets her wish when her father makes Lynet queen of the southern territories, displacing Mina. Now Mina is starting to look at Lynet with something like hatred, and Lynet must decide what to do—and who to be—to win back the only mother she’s ever known…or else defeat her once and for all.

Entwining the stories of both Lynet and Mina in the past and present, Girls Made of Snow and Glass traces the relationship of two young women doomed to be rivals from the start. Only one can win all, while the other must lose everything—unless both can find a way to reshape themselves and their story.
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Omggg, I need this book. FROZEN. SNOW-WHITE. I cannot NOT read this book. Sounds so good and I love the cover. Kind of regret not requesting this book sooner, chances of getting it now are pretty slim so I'll have to get the book! Thankfully September 5th is not that far away. ;)
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What are you waiting on this week? :)