Mini Book Reviews: Wonder Woman by Leigh Bardugo and Miles Morales by Jason Reynolds

Posted September 7, 2017 by Lori in Books, Reviews / 2 Comments Tags: ,

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I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Mini Book Reviews: Wonder Woman by Leigh Bardugo and Miles Morales by Jason ReynoldsWonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo
Series: DC Icons #1
Published by Random House Books for Young Readers on August 29th 2017
Genres: Young Adult, fantasy, Retelling
Pages: 384
Format: ARC
Source: the Publisher
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four-stars

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.

This book was pretty epic. I honestly knew nothing about Wonder Woman before seeing the movie this summer but I’m a huge fan of Leigh Bardugo so there was no way I wasn’t going to read this one. And I’m so glad I was able to get my hands on a copy before publication! It was so exciting to read! Diana is a great main character and I loved watching her go through so many new experiences and see her learn so much not only about the world she was thrown into but also about herself. It feels a little weird to say she’s sweet when she’s also so crazy strong but she truly is. She’s determined to see her mission followed through and while dedicating herself to protecting Alia, she also discovers what friendship is like and emotions she never knew existed while living on her isolated island and how much more there is to the world than just preparing for a battle that you never really know is coming or not. There are other people out there who need help and being the person able to offer that help means a lot and Diana stepped up and found a lot along the way.

This book is full of action and danger and interesting characters. I really loved Alia and Nim and Theo and seeing them all work together and become closer during their journey. There were also some parts that I didn’t exactly love. I thought the beginning was a little slow and also having no knowledge of Wonder Woman’s story before the movie, I sort of went in expecting a similar story. I’m glad I got something else but it took me a while to get into. And a few of the demon chase scenes got a little confusing for me. But other than that I truly enjoyed this book and ended up ordering two different finished versions for my shelves. And after just finishing Warcross too, I can’t wait to read the next installment by Marie Lu! Even though it’s Batman and I haven’t ever cared about Batman, this series is actually getting me excited about DC superheroes!

 

Mini Book Reviews: Wonder Woman by Leigh Bardugo and Miles Morales by Jason ReynoldsMiles Morales by Jason Reynolds
on August 1st 2017
Genres: Young Adult, fantasy, Retelling
Pages: 272
Format: ARC
Source: Traded
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four-stars

"Everyone gets mad at hustlers, especially if you're on the victim side of the hustle. And Miles knew hustling was in his veins." Miles Morales is just your average teenager. Dinner every Sunday with his parents, chilling out playing old-school video games with his best friend, Ganke, crushing on brainy, beautiful poet Alicia. He's even got a scholarship spot at the prestigious Brooklyn Visions Academy. Oh yeah, and he's Spider Man.
But lately, Miles's spidey-sense has been on the fritz. When a misunderstanding leads to his suspension from school, Miles begins to question his abilities. After all, his dad and uncle were Brooklyn jack-boys with criminal records. Maybe kids like Miles aren't meant to be superheroes. Maybe Miles should take his dad's advice and focus on saving himself.
As Miles tries to get his school life back on track, he can't shake the vivid nightmares that continue to haunt him. Nor can he avoid the relentless buzz of his spidey-sense every day in history class, amidst his teacher's lectures on the historical "benefits" of slavery and the importance of the modern-day prison system. But after his scholarship is threatened, Miles uncovers a chilling plot, one that puts his friends, his neighborhood, and himself at risk.
It's time for Miles to suit up.

Just like with Wonder WOman, before reading this book, I was only familiar with Spider-Man as told to me by Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield. Otherwise, I knew almost nothing. I’d ask my husband about how accurate both representations were because he’s a big fan and read the comics as a kid and my son as read many of them by now as well. But I knew nothing about Miles Morales. I did ask my husband and son, though, because they’d both recently read the newer Miles Morales graphic novels and I wanted to know a little bit before heading into this one. I also knew that Jason Reynolds is a very highly recommend author but hadn’t read anything by him yet. But I was definitely excited to read this one because out of most of the superheroes, Spiderman has always been one that seems the most relatable. With that being said, I liked this book but it was hugely different than what I was expecting. I thought it would be a story about Miles as Spider-Man or Miles dealing with regular teenage stuff while also figuring out how to be or not be Spider-Man. But really it was a story about a teenager dealing with a racist teacher and how kids like him are treated in society and school and his dad’s past and the girl he likes and a lot of other “normal” teenager stuff. There’s really very little about Spider-Man. So really, it’s an interesting contemporary story about a minority student on scholarship at a boarding school that doesn’t necessarily want him, which is definitely a story that needs told and read and shared with lots of kids but just not what I was expecting in this one. I was just really ready for a superhero, action-filled, awkward teen story. But the only real Spiderman stuff was at the very end with a weird sort of cult leader tie in plot. It was definitely strange and I didn’t exactly love it because throughout the book there was so much focus on the racism of his teacher and it didn’t end up feeling like there was any sort of solution to that problem. The kids ended up standing together at the very end, which was great, but none of it ended up feeling like a very realistic solution or way to deal with racism. And I think that’s sort of important if you’re going to deal with racism in a book like this. But I’m also not the intended audience so it could be exactly the kind of story that’s wanted. It was also skewed a bit younger than I was thinking. I’d have absolutely no problem with my eleven year old reading this.

With all of that being said, I think it was a good and very well-written book, though perhaps a little slow in the middle. But it wasn’t what I was looking for when I picked up a book about Miles Morales. I was definitely looking for more Spiderman and superhero stuff. So if you want fantasy with lots of super-hero action stuff, this one isn’t going to cut it for you. But if you want a contemporary story about a POC teenager dealing with racism in American schools and crushes and other school stuff with a great best friend and supportive family with a tiny bit of Spiderman, then this book is for you.

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