Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo

Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo

Publication Date: August 29th, 2017
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher:  Random House Books For Young Readers
Source: ARC from Yallwest
Link to the author:
http://www.leighbardugo.com/m/

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RATING: 4 Stars

FAVOURITE QUOTE:

“Sister in battle, I am shield and blade to you. As I breathe, your enemies will know no sanctuary. While I live, your cause is mine.” (Pg.180)

THOUGHTS:

Despite having a movie come out this year based on the same main character, Leigh Bardugo’s Diana stands on her own. Bardugo crafted a tale with all the parts of the Wonder Woman we know and love: a girl born to the island Themscrya, wielding a truth enforcing whip and looking incredible while she does it. While also breathing new life into the story, weaving in Greek mythology; Helena of Troy and characters like the Goddess Eris.

What I liked:

Holy feminism batman! So much girl power I couldn’t help walking around with my head held higher the entire time I read this beauty. I expected no less from Bardugo ❤

Greek mythology!! Seriously the easiest way to the heart of this bookworm is to include any kind of mythology. I haven’t read a lot of other Wonder Woman material but to my knowledge (please correct me if I am mistaken), this is the first time Helena of Troy has been included in Diana’s tale. Trust Bardugo to make an often retold story original as heck.

 

Incredible female friendships. Alia’s and Nim’s tightness is #goals. These girls are fierce and there is no question that they have each other’s backs, in the ballroom and on the battlefield. I also enjoyed the connection that grew between Diana and Alia, from mistrust to a sisterhood. Bardugo is the queen of writing inspiring females…

AND banter!

Seriously, how does Leigh keep writing such hilarious dialogue between her characters? The chemistry feels so organic between the group of five and Theo is such a cinnamon roll (not only because he shares a name with my son)

I should also mention this book is incredibly DIVERSE! (POC & LGBTQ)

What I Disliked:

Usually, I enjoy a twist that I don’t see coming but this one felt shocking because it didn’t feel right? Almost jarring or forced because everything leading up to this didn’t even hint at his deceitfulness? It just didn’t sit right with me.

I found the pace to be slow in a lot of places, and more description than I needed at times, usually when they were traveling.

While I enjoyed the diversity of the cast, the fantastic banter, and strong female friendships, sometimes it felt like these friends were trying too hard to be like another band of misfits we all love.

Thank you for reading this review of Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo, I hope you enjoyed my insights and look forward to more reviews from me in the future.

 

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Strange Fire by Tommy Wallach

Strange Fire by Tommy Wallach

Publication Date: October 3rd, 2017
Genre: YA Dystopian (?)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Source: ARC from Simon & Schuster Canada
Link to the author:
http://www.tommywallach.com/

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RATING: 1 Star (DNF)

THOUGHTS:

I’m not sure that my label of dystopian as the genre for this book is correct. However, it has been suggested by other readers that these events could occur in a future after the events of We All Looked Up.

I read We All Looked Up last year and I enjoyed it (3 Stars), so I was intersted in reading more by Tommy Wallach. Sadly, I did not make it very far into Strange Fire before realizing it was not a book for me. I knew there was a chance that I wouldn’t enjoy it due to the use of “holy war” in the synopsis. But, there was also a comparison to Oregon Trail and Westworld, that had me intrigued. Knowing that you have to take  synopsis with a grain of salt because they can be misleading, I decided to give it a try.

I was just shy of fifty pages in when I chose to put the book down for good. The beginning seriosuly lacked momentum and I had no desire to continue. I didn’t like any of the characters and found the multiple points of view only disconnected me from them further. I’ve never been able to DNF a book so easily, thats how little of my attention was grabbed in those first pages. I had no questions I wanted answered or interest in how certain events turned out. Even the potential romance bored me.

Conclusion: I do not recommened

Thank you for reading this review of Strange Fire by Tommy Wallach, and thank you to Simon & Schuster for the opportunity.

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Fall TBR

Books On My Fall TBR

It was my goal to finish 9 series this year. So far I’m not doing very well with that goal, BUT, look at all these amazing finales I have to read this fall!

Sequels are another thing that I’m trying to make a priority, and this season they are all blue apparently.

And finally the two most beautiful books on this list and both companion novels that I have been dying to read all year. Words cannot describe how excited I am for the illustrations in TLOT.


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Did any of these make it on your list? What is your go-to book this time of year? Let me know in the comments!

 

Top Ten Books From my Childhood

Top Ten Books From my Childhood

 

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July Reading Highlights

Reading Stats

I read 2 books2 graphic novels and listened to 4 audiobooks
For a total of 3,394 pages and they were all Fantasy.
3 Re-reads, 2 ARCs and 3 from the library.
Here are my thoughts for each one, click the title of the ARCs for a full review.

Saga Vol 3 by Brian K Vaughan (Library)  ★★★★ 
A solid continuation, the more volumes I read the more I like this series.

Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab (Library) ★★★★★
WOW. I gave This Savage Song 4 stars last year because I thought it was incredibly beautiful, original and haunting. (Not in a spooky way) But I had some reservations about whether I would like the direction of the sequel – but it was amazing! Also, the narrator gets tops marks, she did a fantastic job. This was better than the first book, Schwab is quickly becoming a favorite author of all time.

Wires and Nerve by Marissa Meyer (Library) ★★★.5
I really enjoyed reading the Lunar Chronicles last year and I was excited to finally get around to the new graphic novel series about Iko. While I enjoyed it as much as the original series I didn’t feel like it added anything new. I will read the next installment to see if my opinion changes.  

Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo (ARC) ★★★★
Leigh Bardugo writes a great new take on my favorite Amazon warrior.

Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller (ARC) ★★★
A solid 3 star with some pacing and development issues. Despite its flaws I had a really good time reading this one, it even helped me out of a reading slump.

Bekka Cooper Books #1-3 by Tamora Pierce (Audio) ★★★★★
These were re-reads, but the first time listening to them. I was in a reading slump and a bit of a life slump too so I turned to something that would pick me up and that’s just what these did. I will always come back to Tamora Pierce.

 

Currently Reading

I could not be enjoying two more incredible books! Kova and Schwab are like writing goddesses and I can’t get enough of their work. Also just realized these are both middle books in a series – no middle book slump here though.

Recently Added To My Shelves:

Wicked Like A Wildfire by Lana Popovic 

Yes, this was a little bit of a cover (and title) buy but the premise also happens to sound very interesting. Elemental magic and a little bit of mystery? Yes, please!

Recently Added to Goodreads:

Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh

  1. The cover is gorgeous
  2. I have heard nothing but praise from early readers
  3. The whole necromancy thing is giving me serious Sabriel vibes!!

In Other News

I’m out of my reading slump!! I read more this month than any other month this year, with January being a close second. I hope I can keep it up because I have a towering TBR for September. I had planned on reading some of my own books and a couple of ARCs. Then suddenly I had 4 books I’d been waiting for on Overdrive and the library called with interlibrary loans for me! Don’t you love it when that happens? At least I’ll have a lot to choose from this month. I have done a lot of ARC reading this year and I’m planning on taking a step back, reading whats on my shelves and requesting less. I greatly appreciate the publishers that send me ARCs, I just find that I burn out quickly reading them and I was requesting so many I never had time to read anything else. Lesson learned.

I am so glad that summer is drawing to a close. It was incredibly hot here this summer (as high as 41 Celcius) and now it is incredibly smokey here due to forest fires. I like sunny weather of course but I prefer the mid-twenties over the high thirties. Give me jeans and scarves and rainy days spent inside reading. Give me Fall! Also seriously excited to dress my son up for Halloween this year. I’m thinking a Harry Potter theme, he would just make the cutest Draco Malfoy. Lastly, in big news, I have returned to school! I am only upgrading at the moment in order to begin a diploma next year but it’s a start. I feel really socially awkward in class but I love the work. Hopefully, things go well and I get back in the swing of things soon.

Coming Up Next For Review

 

That was my reading month, how was yours? Now that we’re approaching the last quarter of the year how are you doing with your reading goals? Let me know down in the comments!