The Darkest Minds

The Darkest Minds

Author: Alexandra Bracken

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult

Goodreads Summary:

When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something frightening enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that got her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that had killed most of America’s children, but she and the others emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they could not control.

Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones. When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. She is on the run, desperate to find the only safe haven left for kids like her—East River. She joins a group of kids who have escaped their own camp. Liam, their brave leader, is falling hard for Ruby. But no matter how much she aches for him, Ruby can’t risk getting close. Not after what happened to her parents. When they arrive at East River, nothing is as it seems, least of all its mysterious leader. But there are other forces at work, people who will stop at nothing to use Ruby in their fight against the government. Ruby will be faced with a terrible choice, one that may mean giving up her only chance at having a life worth living.

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Spoiler free Summary:

Alexandra has created an intricate dystopian world for you to get lost in. This novel was nothing like anything that I have read in the past. I honestly do not know why I had never heard about it until this year!

I felt that the novel had a bit of a slow start, but once you get over the halfway hump it cannot be put down! The author definitely kept me on my toes with multiple plot twists that I did not see coming. She will make you think once thing and totally reverse things on you and I loved it!

The character development was amazing. I could really see Ruby have some serious growth from beginning to end. Throughout most of the novel there were four main characters, but there are a lot of other characters introduced throughout and it got a little confusing keeping them all straight, but otherwise I loved all of the amazing characters that she brought to life.

I honestly cannot wait to see The Darkest Minds movie. I can only hope that they do this novel justice, but it is always hard to be spot on when the novel is five hundred pages. I can only hope that it will be as close as they can.

This was a riveting novel and I suggest reading it before the movie comes out in August!

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Warcross

Warcross

Author: Marie Lu

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

Goodreads Summary:

For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. Needing to make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.

Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.

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Spoiler free Summary:

I have to start out saying this cover is the most beautiful thing that I have ever seen. I have been hearing a lot of good things about this book since it came out. Finally last month in a buying spree I bought it. Then decided to read it a two days ago and finished it so fast. I LOVE THIS BOOK!

This world that Marie came up with is so amazing and unlike anything I have read before. I mean if I had to guess it sounds a little similar to Ready Player One, but I haven’t read that yet so I am just going off of the description. The concept reminds me of a future that could be if someone is able to develop the next generation in virtual reality glasses and incorporate a way to further tricking the brain into thinking that world is real.

Emika Chen is my favorite character ever. Literally the girl is fearless. As soon as I read her description I went to google to find fan art. I mean rainbow hair and a colorful sleeve of tattoos, I had to know what that looked like. This was probably my favorite character since ready Sarah J Maas.

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Marie created a world that you can totally immerse yourself into and never want to leave until you are forced to at the end of the book. She even threw in someone awesome plot twists. Every aspect of this book BLEW me away. I need the second book now! I think I have found my new favorite series.

I really enjoyed Marie Lu’s everything that this book had to offer. You can tell that this was something that she was passionate about and spent many hours coming up with all the details. I would suggest this book to anyone who loves science fiction, coding, or gaming. I cannot wait to see where Marie takes us in the next book!

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Midnight Magic

Midnight Magic

Author: Jo-Ann Carson

Genre: Paranormal, Romance

Goodreads Summary:

Midnight Magic: A Ghost & Abby Mystery

Ghostly Charms, Magic Spells and Secrets.

As the janitor in a haunted house, single mom Abby Jenkins has many contacts with the living and the dead in the small Pacific Northwest town of Sunset Cove, which puts her in a perfect position to solve local mysteries. Or so she thinks. Hired to find diamonds hidden in a haunted manor she gets help from a Viking ghost with existential issues. Will she survive? This book contains bad-boy ghosts, mischievous magic, and a woman who knows what she wants in a Viking hayloft.

Spoiler free Summary:

I am always looking for new romance paranormal book. This being because this past year I really discovered my liking to them. I stumbled across Midnight Magic and thought the plot sounded like nothing I have ever read before in the past. This book was such an interesting take on the typical private investigator plot. It has a little bit of paranormal for everyones taste from sexy viking ghosts to blood sucking beings to witches.

The book started off with Abby, the main character, looking to start up her new private investigation service in the town of Sunset Cover. Her current job is being a janitor and is not enough to support her children, especially since her boyfriend is a viking ghost and cannot make any money. Then it switches to her boyfriend who is seeking out a way to become human once again so that he may be with Abby. Bring in a dark sorcerer and an investigation job to find secret jewels and you have the perfect concoction for a page turning paranormal book.

I really enjoyed the ideas and the concepts that the author put into the making of this book. I love when I can find a story that truly intrigues me and is out of the box thinking compared to other that you find in its genre. If an author tries to mimic others with a slight difference it really turns me off from wanting to read it.

I would definitely suggest this to anyone looking for a new paranormal read. I am sure I will end up read the next one in the future!

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Batman Nightwalker

Batman Nightwalker 

Author: Marie Lu

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

Goodreads Summary:

Before he was Batman, he was Bruce Wayne. A reckless boy willing to break the rules for a girl who may be his worst enemy.

The Nightwalkers are terrorizing Gotham City, and Bruce Wayne is next on their list.

One by one, the city’s elites are being executed as their mansions’ security systems turn against them, trapping them like prey. Meanwhile, Bruce is turning eighteen and about to inherit his family’s fortune, not to mention the keys to Wayne Enterprises and all the tech gadgetry his heart could ever desire. But after a run-in with the police, he’s forced to do community service at Arkham Asylum, the infamous prison that holds the city’s most brutal criminals.

Madeleine Wallace is a brilliant killer . . . and Bruce’s only hope.

In Arkham, Bruce meets Madeleine, a brilliant girl with ties to the Nightwalkers. What is she hiding? And why will she speak only to Bruce? Madeleine is the mystery Bruce must unravel. But is he getting her to divulge her secrets, or is he feeding her the information she needs to bring Gotham City to its knees? Bruce will walk the dark line between trust and betrayal as the Nightwalkers circle closer.

 

Spoiler free Summary:

I read Wonder Woman back in September and was really excited that is was a whole succession of books by various YA authors. I decided to get the LitJoy crate batman box because it included a signed copy and some other goodies. I immediately packed the book to bring on my vacation to Mexico.

Just off the bat I was very intrigued with the book. The reason being that it started of with Bruce’s 18th birthday. When watching all of the batman movies they are always centered around once he is older and fully developed. So I like that Marie did not stick to the batman stereotypes.

Marie used the perfect combination of character that are always in the batman world and new ones to juice up the story. When I pick up a book I want it to be a story I have never read or seen before. On that aspect she completely amazed me. the character development helped make the story that much better. She also threw some curve balls into the story that I did not see coming, which I LOVE when authors can accomplish that.

I really enjoyed Marie Lu’s rendition on batman, it was definitely a new twist to a story that has been told over and over. You can really tell that she put a lot of thought into the making of this novel. I would suggest this book to any super hero junkie in look of their next fix.

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My only complaint with this book was the relationship between Bruce and Madeleine. I felt that Marie wanted some sort of love interest to be involved and decided to say they liked each other. I just feel that a guy and a girl can develop a friendship without it turning into a romance. I just seemed out of place. But that was the ONLY thing that I did not like!

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Aaru

Aaru

Author: David Meredith

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

Goodreads Summary:

“…Death and the stillness of death are the only things certain and common to all in this future…” 

-Friedrich Nietzsche 

Rose is dying. Her body is wasted and skeletal. She is too sick and weak to move. Every day is an agony and her only hope is that death will find her swiftly before the pain grows too great to bear. 

She is sixteen years old. 

Rose has made peace with her fate, but her younger sister, Koren, certainly has not. Though all hope appears lost Koren convinces Rose to make one final attempt at saving her life after a mysterious man in a white lab coat approaches their family about an unorthodox and experimental procedure. A copy of Rose’s radiant mind is uploaded to a massive super computer called Aaru – a virtual paradise where the great and the righteous might live forever in an arcadian world free from pain, illness, and death. Elysian Industries is set to begin offering the service to those who can afford it and hires Koren to be their spokes-model. 

Within a matter of weeks, the sisters’ faces are nationally ubiquitous, but they soon discover that neither celebrity nor immortality is as utopian as they think. Not everyone is pleased with the idea of life everlasting for sale. 

What unfolds is a whirlwind of controversy, sabotage, obsession, and danger. Rose and Koren must struggle to find meaning in their chaotic new lives and at the same time hold true to each other as Aaru challenges all they ever knew about life, love, and death and everything they thought they really believed. 

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Spoiler free Summary:

Aaru is a story that intrigued me from the moment that I read the description, it is unlike any story that I have read in the past. In a way it reminds me of Ready Player One as it has a technological aspect to it.

Basically in this world that David has created is todays world times a million and Alexa is a program that you can interact with. Honestly it reminds me of that robot they made, I think her name is Sophia, you know the ones who said she wants to have a baby? Ya that one. Though obviously this is way more advanced than even that. The main girl isn’t happy because Rose, a 16 year old, is supposed to die. It is a bit crazy to think that it’s real, but not. It almost reminds me of the Matrix, where they are hooked up to a machine and put into this virtual reality. This book definitely makes you wonder if the world could ever truly come to something such as this.

Overall I would say it is a good read if you’re looking for something that is out of the box compared to most reoccurring plots out there. There is even a cliffhanger, which if you know me I have a love/hate relationship with those. I want to know, but love when an author can do that to me.I think that David really put a lot of thought into this book and it shows. I think this book has a little bit of everything for readers. There is sci-fi and fantasy mixed with many different things. I would definitely say to give this book a chance to people who love sci-fi and fantasy, especially if you like alternate realities that have to do with future technology.

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Miles Morales Spider-Man

Miles Morales Spider-Man

Author:  Jason Reynolds

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Comic

Goodreads Summary:

“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.

Spoiler free Summary:

Recently when I was on amazon searching for some new books to order with my gift card I cam across something interesting. I knew about the DC series that are being written by YA authors. I never knew that there was also a Marvel series of books currently being written. I decided to order both Spider-Man and The Runaways. I was very excited to dive into Spider-Man because it has been one of my favorites since I was little. I was surprised that it was only 261 pages, but thought it must be 261 awesome pages.

The book started out with Miles saying that he was done being Spider-Man and that being from a bad neighborhood he couldn’t be a superhero. From there I thought it would be about him getting his groove back and becoming a bada**. Then it just seemed to keep going on and on about struggle after struggle. I kept waiting for the action and it never seemed to really come. I was looking more for a background about how he got to where he is and how he was going to persevere. The only action was for about 10 pages out of the whole book.

I mean if you are looking for a book more on Miles Morales’ personal life then this the book for you. Though if you are like me and wanted an action packed book then I would not suggest reading this, you are in for disappointment. I also thought that the plot was a little odd and seemed rushed to get some last minute action into the book. Though you may like it, it just wasn’t for me.

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Starstruck

Author: Brenda Hiatt

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

 

Goodreads Summary:

Nerdy astronomy geek Marsha, M to her few friends, has never been anybody special. Orphaned as an infant and reluctantly raised by an overly-strict “aunt,” she’s not even sure who she is. M’s dream of someday escaping tiny Jewel, Indiana and making her mark in the world seems impossibly distant until hot new quarterback Rigel inexplicably befriends her. As Rigel turns his back on fawning cheerleaders to spend time with M, strange things start to happen: her acne clears up, her eyesight improves to the point she can ditch her thick glasses, and when they touch, sparks fly—literally! When M digs for a reason, she discovers deep secrets that will change her formerly humdrum life forever . . . and expose her to perils she never dreamed of. Yes, the middle of nowhere just got a lot more interesting!

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Spoiler free Summary:

Like I always do about once a month I began browsing kindle for some free books. I always do this so that I have some books to read when I am in bed. I am going try to release a couple free ones every month that I have read.

Starstruck is unlike any book that I have ever read before and I loved it! It is so refreshing to come across a free book that I genuinely enjoy. Typically when I read the free books there are typically plot lines that repeat themselves, or the writing isn’t as edited as I like it to be.

The book started off with your average dorky girl who is the opposite of popular. Though there is a quirk with her, she has been known to fry the electronics near her. Then enter the new kid. He’s attractive, popular, and the new star quarterback. Of course she is instantly attracted to him and he seems to start taking an interest. She starts noticing some changes, such as no longer needing glasses and her acne disappearing. Then when they touch they both notice a electric spark. Then things start to get a little weird when they are together…

I really enjoyed that the author incorporated astronomy into the book, especially being someone who really enjoyed the subject in school. It is always very apparent if an author did the research or not when writing the book. If I notice that certain facts are missing, it really turns me off from reading the book.

I would definitely suggest this to anoyone looking for a free read. I am planning on getting the second one to read on my kindle!

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The Becoming of Noah Shaw

Author: Michelle Hadkin

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance

Cover Rating: 3.5

Goodreads Summary:

In the first book of the Shaw Confessions, the companion series to the New York Times bestselling Mara Dyer novels, old skeletons are laid bare and new promises prove deadly. This is what happens after happily ever after.

Everyone thinks seventeen-year-old Noah Shaw has the world on a string.

They’re wrong.

Mara Dyer is the only one he trusts with his secrets and his future.

He shouldn’t.

And both are scared that uncovering the truth about themselves will force them apart.

They’re right.

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Spoiler free Summary:

I had no idea that this book was a thing and when I saw it on social media I was so pumped. I immediately ordered it on amazon and the other day I decided that it was time to finally read it.

The book starts off with a bit of interest because they are at Noah’s dads funeral and something peculiar happens. Since it was an interesting start I was expecting it to be an action packed and intriguing book that would measure up to the Mara Dyer trilogy. Then they get to New York and there were some new characters that seemed to be adding a helpful hand into the making of the book. In this book you are truly able to decipher parts of Noah and Mara’s relationship that you had not thought of before. They have both been through so much trauma that could traumatize a person for life. Throughout the whole book it seemed that the author was building everything up in a good direction and that the book was going to be mind blowing. Then … nothing. I kept thinking that this book would be so awesome because of the Mara Dyer trilogy, but it never came. I mean the end of the book I didn’t see coming, but it still didn’t make up for the lack of action throughout most of the book. I love Michelle Hodkin, but I felt like she had many missed opportunities in this book.

This book was suspenseful and mysterious, but a bit underwhelming. I was so pumped to read this book thinking that I would finally get to know what happens to everyone and finally get into the beautiful and intriguing mind of Noah Shaw. I really wanted it to be good, kept waiting for that moment like the other books where I just could put it down. That moment I was looking for never came. My only hope is that the next book in the series will have me more interested, especially since it had an interesting ending.

This has not made me doubt Michelle Hadkin’s writing. In my opinion it is just very hard to follow up an awesome series with another series based around the same world.

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the Unbecoming of Mara Dyer

Author: Michelle Hadkin

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, and Romance

Cover Rating: 4/5

Aesthetically, I thought this cover was beautiful. I loved the underwater aspect, it was almost as if she was drowning in all of her hardships and life and she needs saving. Though I didn’t feel like it tied into the book as well as it could of. It would have gotten a 5 if it would have tied into the novel well and been as beautiful as it is!

Goodreads Summary:

Mara Dyer believes life can’t get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.

It can.

She believes there must be more to the accident she can’t remember that killed her friends and left her strangely unharmed. 

There is.

She doesn’t believe that after everything she’s been through, she can fall in love. 

She’s wrong.

Spoiler free Summary:

This book has been in my Goodreads want to read section since I was in high school. I am now graduated from college… ya it has been there for awhile. I never actually read it back them because from the description I thought that it didn’t sound much like something that I would typically read. Though I was recently on Book Outlet buying books, as I usually am, and saw it and it was cheap and heck I put it in my cart. Then yesterday everyone on twitter made the decision for me, it was finally time to read it. I finished it in about 12 hours (counting sleeping)!

The book starts off a bit slow because it is just the main character, Mara, waking up in a hospital bed and not knowing how she got there. It is mostly explanations and introductions in the beginning. Things start to spice up when she moves to a new town and starts at a new school. First she meets Jamie, a sweet and somewhat nerdy guuy a bit on the short side. She likes him because he does not adhere to the societal standards that the other students have set at this private school. She has been through much trauma and doesn’t want to be around any pretty bichachos. Thing start to look up for her. Then she meets Noah, the school’s bad boy, he is everything she shouldn’t want but does. Things start to get super good at this point, I couldn’t put my book until I finished at this point. you will have to pick it up to find out what happens next!

This book was suspenseful, mysterious, and wonderful. It was the book that I didn’t know that I needed to read. DO NOT JUDGE BY BOOK BY DESCRIPTION. For years I didn’t read this because I thought that the description didn’t sound much like a book that I would typically read. Man was I wrong! This was exactly my cup of tea. I would definitely suggest this to any lovers of paranormal and mysterious reads. This book will draw you in with the mystery and you won’t want to put it down until the very last word!

I already ordered the next two books in the series. I will have the reviews of them up as soon as I can! Michelle Hadkins is an amazing writer and I am definitely going to read everything by her. Go read this book!

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Wonder Woman Spoiler Free Review

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Comics/Superheroes

Cover Rating: 5/5

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I loved everything about this cover! The first thing that I noticed when I looked at this cover was that her wrists and the star on her forehead were shining. I love that this detail was accentuated because those two things are a big part in the actual book. Then the water and the cliffs were in the background and were obviously meant to be themyscera. It really helped to see this on the cover for people who have never seen the movie and don’t realize what themyscera looks like. Then the last thing I loved was that it had the wonder woman logo that took up a large portion of the book and the colors made it look awesome! Whoever designed this cover art was a mastermind!

Goodreads Summary:

Daughter of immortals.

Princess 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 mortal. Diana will soon learn that she has rescued no ordinary girl, and that with this single brave act, she may have doomed the world.

Daughter of death.

Alia Keralis just wanted to escape her overprotective brother with a semester at sea. She doesn’t know she is being hunted by people who think her very existence could spark a world war. 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.

Two girls will face an army of enemies—mortal and divine—determined to either destroy or possess the Warbringer. Tested beyond the bounds of their abilities, Diana and Alia must find a way to unleash hidden strengths and forge an unlikely alliance. Because if they have any hope of saving both their worlds, they will have to stand side by side against the tide of war.

Spoiler Free Review:

As everyone knows, wonder woman is a very hot topic right now. This is because this year the wonder woman movie was released. if you saw it, you know that it is awesome! If you haven’t seen it, I would suggest going and watching it immediately. The movie is actually one of the reasons that I really wanted to read this book. I wonder if Leigh Bardugo planned it coming out a couple months after the movie on purpose?

The book was book mostly started off with introductions to the wonder woman, who is know by her true name Diana in this book, and an explanation of what themyscera is. One of my complaints was that I thought that the introductory was a bit long. I mean I get that it had to have somewhat of an introductory, but you don’t get to the juicy part of the book until about page 75. I mean for a book that is only about 380 pages. Though once they get to New York the action really starts to kick in. I loved how many different scenes you got to see Diana kick butt.

Once we got to the exciting part of the book I thoroughly enjoyed Leigh’s writing. It was fast enough paced and had some really good action scenes, especially considering that it is about wonder woman. I thought that the idea of a warbringer, someone who will bring war when they turn 17 unless brought to a special spring. I thought that that was a very unique idea that made an awesome plot line.

One thing that I truly loved about the book was that Diana in the book and movie were so similar! I think that this was truly dedicated to the amount of time that Leigh Bardugo spent studying the wonder woman comics and other sources. I think that this is the key for an author to have an amazing book. It is especially important when the topic of the book is something that has already been written about and been around for a long time. Though it is truly amazing that the mannerisms and characteristics of Diana seemed to translate from the movie to the book. i truly enjoyed that fact because after the movie I had a picture of what Diana is like and Leigh seemed to stay true to that picture even though I am sure she finished this book before the movie came out.

The Leigh knew what i love and threw in my favorite thing, A PLOT TWIST. I love when authors are able to surprise and throw me off my feet with the plot twist they have. typically I am able to guess what the outcome of the book is going to be, but I didn’t see this one coming. I thoroughly enjoyed that the ride that Leigh took her readers in throughout this book.

Overall, I thought this was a very well written and delightful book to read. I have quenched my wonder woman need for the time being. I am now even more excited for the justice league movie to come out! I would suggest any comic book lover to read this or someone who loves strong woman characters. There are only a couple things that I thought were not necessary or could have been changed, but overall I was thoroughly impressed. Nice job Leigh!

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