Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo, A Review

This tale begins with our protagonist, Diana, trying to beat her Amazon sisters at a foot race. She wants to prove she is as strong as them despite her smaller stature and birth place. Everything was going great until she saw a ship explode off shore of her island, Themyscira, and decides to swim past the safe borders to try and search for survivors. This is when we meet Alia, our other protagonist. However, Alia is a human and her presence on the shores of the home of the Amazons creates chaos.

There is punishment for just crossing the border, but to bring in an outsider? That means exile. Diana finds a way to sneak Alia off the Island but winds up somewhere unexpected. This results in many interesting interactions and an interesting view on our world from an outsider. Diana also finds that she has more things in common with humans than she ever considered possible.

“To feel like your crime is just existing.”

– Leigh Bardugo, Wonder Woman: Warbringer

Both Diana and Alia know how it feels to live in someone else’s shadow. They both seek to live beyond their overbearing and demanding family. I feel like this too sometimes, and I thought it was a great way to express that we are not other people’s labels or ideas of us. You are you, and that is perfect, that is enough.

Alia and Diana find their strength and powers within themselves. They are stronger and better than they knew and they have more courage than they ever believed.

This was so uplifting! Talk about Leigh Bardugo just making me feel like I can do amazing things too. With the help of good friends and support, anything is possible!

I highly recommend this for fans of Wonder Woman and/or Leigh Bardugo. Okay, I’m going to go learn how to use a lasso now!

Thanks for reading my review and happy reading!!

Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu, A Review

I really enjoy Marie Lu’s writing a lot. It’s always fun and full of non stop action that keeps me turning the pages and wanting more. However, I do not believe this was her best work. I personally feel like she does an amazing job with the characters that she personally creates, and Batman is just such a popular character that has a very long history before Marie Lu became involved with this book. I guess what I’m trying to say, is that her writing and characters that are of her own imagination completely are just more natural.

However, I did enjoy this book. Bruce Wayne is 18 yrs old and is finishing his senior year in high school when, after abruptly leaving a benefit in a sporty, new car, he finds himself involved in a high speed chase trying to stop one of the nefarious members of the Nightwalkers group as he escapes from a crime scene. This lands Bruce in trouble with the law and Detective Draccon decides that 6 weeks of community service at the Arkham Asylum will do the trick.

Believe it or not, Bruce still finds a way to become involved with an interesting case that centers on one of the inmates, Madeleine. A young, beautiful girl who refuses to speak with anyone until Bruce crosses her path.

This story is full of tricks. Some I felt were predictable. But an intense web of cunning schemes that kept me interested until the end. It really is a fun way to think about the beginning of such an iconic hero. And the grand finale of the story is very exciting.

I recommend it if you are looking for a unique look at young batman. This is really before the name “Batman” was even created. If your also a fan of Marie Lu, maybe you too will understand why I dont think this is her best. But honestly I blame that on the fact that these characters weren’t completely sprung from her personal imagination.

Thanks for reading my review and happy reading!!!