Ok, what?! This book was so much better than I thought it was going to be. So. Much. Better. I mean, I guess I shouldn't be too surprised because it is Leigh Bardugo, but ooh I was not expecting that!

Hello everyone!

I am back with a very exciting book review today, Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo. Thank you so much to Penguin Random House Canada for sending me a copy of this book for an honest review. As always, all opinions are my own.

The story follows Princess Diana of the Amazons before the whole Wonder Woman thing. She is seventeen and has risked exile to save a mortal, a girl named Alia, whose ship has just exploded. But Alia is no ordinary girl either. She is a Warbringer, a descendant of Helen of Troy who will bring misery and destruction wherever she goes, including the island that Diana calls home. Diana sets off to bring Alia to a magical spring where Helen rests to cleanse her of the Warbringer title and stop the destruction in her own world, and the World of Man.

Before I get too far into this review, I just want to say that I have zero previous experience with Wonder Woman. Or DC. Or really, comics in general. I wasn't raised on them, I don't know all the heroes and villains. I barely knew that Wonder Woman's name is Diana. So going into this book, I was a little nervous. I wasn't sure I would be able to follow the story; if there would be illusions to other; later parts of her life that I wouldn't get. After finishing this book, however, I am happy to report that I loved it and did just fine without any background knowledge.

I guess you would consider this book a prequel to Wonder Woman, her teen years before she becomes Wonder Woman. And I think because of that, I was able to jump right in without knowing her full back story. Bardugo does a fantastic job of writing this book so that people new to it will love it, as well as (I'm sure) adding elements that more experienced readers will get but that kind of went over my head. I'm kind of just assuming there were some things that other people would get that I didn't, there was a lot about her cuffs and lasso - both of which I know have some significance later but I couldn't really tell you about it now.

I also really loved the set up of this book. It started out a little slow and it took me a minute to get my bearings, but once I was a few chapters in, I couldn't put it down. The story took kind of an Enchanted twist, a 'fairytale creature' (I know, not really a fairytale, but bear with me) navigating the world of NYC. And I really loved it. We see Diana experiencing the world for the first time, her innocence and raw courage, as well as Alia's knowledge of the city.

This book also deals with some diversity and addresses some social issues, Alia and her brother Jason are half-Greek, half-African American and they face some prejudice, which Alia discusses with Diana. Alia's best friend, Nim, is a lesbian or bisexual (according to Alia she's still figuring it out) as well as Indian. Besides racial and sexual diversity, the book also talks about feminism and how it relates to the violent past of war. I really loved some of the things Diana said, especially to the leering men on the subway, she took nothing from no man.

Overall, if you are on the fence about this one, pick it up. You don't need to have read the comics - just start reading this one and you will love it!