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Diana and the Island of No Return

(Wonder Woman Adventures #1)

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3.95  ·  Rating details ·  116 ratings  ·  58 reviews
Warrior. Princess. Hero. Diana's destiny is to be the world's greatest female super hero... if she can survive this action-packed adventure!

Young Princess Diana is fierce and whip-smart, and she loves her island home of Themyscira. Her deepest wish is to be able to train with the rest of the Amazons and protect her homeland--but she's told it's out of the
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Hardcover, 288 pages
Published July 14th 2020 by Random House Books for Young Readers
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human
Jul 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Netgalley and Random House Books for Young Readers for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This book was so fun! Diana and the Island of No Return was a fast-paced, action-packed story that had me hooked in the short time it took to read it. I really enjoyed reading about Diana before she became Wonder Woman. Essentially, this book is about how Diana and her friends save the people of a neighboring island from a demon, who has come to capture her. With a bit of luck
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Anandi Puritipati
Jul 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Rating - 3.5 stars

'But nothing is impossible is it?' Diana thought. There was always hope if you knew where to look for it.

In recent years, I've been seeing more and more retellings of DC superhero stories in the form of new novels and graphic novels and THEY JUST MAKE ME SO DAMN HAPPY!!!

Daina and the Island of No Return is no different! This book is the first in a series of middle-grade novels that document the adventures of a young Diana before she leaves the island of Themyscira and become
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Darla
Jul 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade
Hurray for Wonder Woman and her hero's heart. In this new title from Aisha Saeed, Diana and her friend Sakina travel by chariot to another island to save Themiscyra. Included in their rescue party is a boy named Augustus who is also trying to save his island of Saz from a demon. The demon wants Diana, but the three are determined to thwart his efforts to bring Diana to an unidentified "He." There are elements of the Hunger Games and Percy Jackson woven in adding interesting dimensions to this ne ...more
Sasha Zatz
Jul 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Diana and the Island of No Return by Aisha Saeed was a fun, exciting and high-stakes new look into the life of Wonder Woman, this time seeing her as a twelve year old girl hoping to prove herself.
Her mother Hippolyta won’t let her train yet, but Diana is determined to prove herself so she can play her part in keeping her home, Theymiscara, safe, and in this book she will have to do so much more than she anticipates to save her people, her home and her way of life- if she can survive long enough
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Bobbie  Bomber
Jul 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of Diana and the Island of No Return from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This was such a fun book, seriously I loved it! I ave never read a kid's book about some of my favorite superheroes but now I definitely want to check out more now.

I loved the whole story and seeing such a different take on one of my favorite superheroes was just a blast to read and I really wish they had books like this when I was a kid! The plot is fun and easy to follow and I really think ju
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Fizah(Books tales by me)
Jul 20, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2020-read
Not my type
Diana
Jul 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Yet another book I wish had existed when I was younger. It's a great story of adventure and friendship that'll have readers jumping into the story and looking forward to find out what comes next.
Uma    | Books.Bags.Burgers
Actual Rating - 3.5 Stars

A huge thanks to @prhinternational and Netgalley for an eARC of this book.

This is the first book of a series (I thought it was a standalone until I saw the book 2 sneak peek at the end!) with young Diana being the awesome warrior hero she is!

It was a fast fun read that I read in one sitting, with LOTS of action throughout the book! The main characters are Diana, her best friend Sakina and a mysterious boy, Augustus. While they all had their moments, I wish I could have
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Lovelene Pearl
Jul 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-2020
Very refreshing story. It is also fast paced, which leaves no room for non-sense fillers. Action-packed and full of adventure. I enjoyed it so much, it didn't feel like a children's book because 12 year old Diana is as fierce as the adult Diana in other stories (books and movies).

One of my favorite idea is the combination of Sakina and Diana, one is strategist - mental warrior and the other one is the physical warrior. Their friendship was tested as well, not just because of the trick the boy d
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Hira Chaudhary
May 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of this book through Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

I will literally devour anything with Diana's name on it, because I adore Wonder Woman, and I've loved getting to see younger versions of her in Wonder Woman: Warbringer and Diana: Princess of the Amazons, and this one was just as amazing and adorable. Aisha Saeed did a really great job of capturing a young teenage Diana and her love for her people and her dedication to becoming a warrior and helping people.

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Michelle Glatt
Aug 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Are you a Wonder Woman fan? I just finished listening to an exciting adventure featuring young Princess Diana. When her island and another are threatened by a terrible demon, Diana and two friends use their brains, creativity, courage, and bravery (as well as their fighting skills) to take the demon on!
Anandi Puritipati
Jul 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rating- 3.5 stars

'But nothing is impossible is it?' Diana thought. There was always hope if you knew where to look for it.

In recent years, I've been seeing more and more retellings of DC superhero stories in the form of new novels and graphic novels and THEY JUST MAKE ME SO DAMN HAPPY!!!

Daina and the Island of No Return is no different! This book is the first in a series of middle-grade novels that document the adventures of a young Diana before she leaves the island of Themyscira and becomes
...more
Sakina (aforestofbooks)
Aug 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
AHHHHHHHH IS THIS WHAT PEOPLE FEEL WHEN THEY SEE THEMSELVES IN A BOOK??!! I’m not going to lie, I only picked this up because I heard there was a character named Sakina and I’ve never ever seen a book with a character that has the same name as me. And omg I swear the author has been spying on me because Sakina is an actual copy of me. She has brown eyes, she’s a part of the Scholars (aka they own the largest collection of books), she loves cats and has a pet cat named Aria, and she also loves ca ...more
Aubree | Literately Speaking
Aug 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviews
In Aisha Saeed's Diana and the Island of No Return, readers are given a glimpse into the early Amazonian life of DC's classic Wonder Woman.. Though readers are familiar with Diana from years of exposure to the familiar, famous, female character, Saeed's take on Diana is refreshing, introducing readers to a side of Diana that is rarely seen.

As a fun middle-grade novel, I very much appreciated reading about Diana's adventures -- from seeing her loyalty and helpfulness as a friend, to her determina
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Lovelene Pearl
Jul 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very refreshing story. It is also fast paced, which leaves no room for non-sense fillers. Action-packed and full of adventure. I enjoyed it so much, it didn't feel like a children's book because 12 year old Diana is as fierce as the adult Diana in other stories (books and movies).

One of my favorite idea is the combination of Sakina and Diana, one is strategist - mental warrior and the other one is the physical warrior. Their friendship was tested as well, not just because of the trick the boy d
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April B.
Jun 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thank you NetGalley and Aisha Saeed for the eARC of Diana and the Island of No Return.

This is a wonderful book, it was fun to read about a young Diana and seeing how she wanted to train and be a warrior like her mother and all the other women on the Island. Her friendship with Sakina was important in the story and included background on their time together. The introduction of Augustus from the island of Saz and the ensuing adventure was a blast! It was an enjoyable read all around and I was thr
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Stephanie Goodrich
Thank you NetGalley, Aisha Saeed, and Random House Children for allowing me to read this book.

What if I told you that the world was in danger, and it was up to a master potions maker, a scholar, and a warrior to save it? How about if I told you that those three were just kids? That is what happens in Diana and the Island of No Return.

This book is a fun Mid-grade story that follows Wonder Woman herself, well, more like Wonder Girl, as Diana is still a kid. She and her friend Sakina find a myste
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Vighnesh Muraly
Jul 13, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs
3.5 stars.

This book moved really fast and I flew through it. This was a book heavily focused on the plot so there was definitely a lot of action. I personally would have liked to gotten to know Diana a little better because I don't think I connected to her enough.

This was a fun and enjoyable read and I would recommend it for anyone interested in an adventurous middle grade!
Neelam
Aug 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book so much! It’s a beautiful story about friendship and working as a team and supporting each other.

I love all of Aisha’s books and I was so excited for her Wonder Woman series and then I heard about how one of a main characters is a young Muslim girl who is also a princess and I squealed so loud! Kid me would have been so happy to see a Muslim princess in a book as the main character!

I really loved this book and the friendship between Diana and Sakina was so beautiful. Even thoug
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Haley Renee The Caffeinated Reader
Such a delightful children's [Middle Grade, on the earlier side of it] book! My daughter is so excited to start this together with me now that I've read through it so quickly.

Saeed gives us a young Diana who is learning about herself and is keen to become a warrior. The best part is that this is all part of the Wonder Woman we know and love and Saeed keeps true to her and introduces her to a younger generation in novel form.

Well-paced, fun and lighthearted enough, but still with this stronger
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Kay Tilden Frost
Jun 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Diana and the Island of No Return is a middle grade novel (aimed at roughly ages 8 through 12 years old) that focuses on Diana of the Amazons (aka Wonder Woman). It is fast paced, thrilling, and has high stakes from the very first pages. This book is also solidly grounded in friendship. The three main characters - Diana, Sakina, and Augustus - work together to save both Augustus’s realm and Themyscira from a demon who has been paid to capture Diana. I finished this book, sad that it had ended, a ...more
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This one is definitely intended for a younger audience and an adult reader might not find enough here for a good read. For Wonder Woman fans the situation is similar - there's no lore or insight here that would be interesting beyond the confines of this novel (and it's sequels). Without being sure I'd say this is not really canon either.

Having said that, if you are buying this for a younger reader you'll find a quite
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Kathryn Fletcher
Aug 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is set when Diana was a preteen (estimate). Her mother won’t let her train but Diana has watched warrior women train her whole life. She was finally given a sword the previous summer, but it is not THE sword. The lasso of truth does make an appearance in this book and plays a role.

In the beginning of this book, Diana is eagerly awaiting her friend’s arrival for the festival. Her friend lives on a secret island with people who are keepers of knowledge. (I want to live on THAT island!)

Th
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Rosemary
Jun 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
All hail the middle grade superhero novels! We are - hopefully - getting our long-awaited Wonder Woman 1984 movie this October, so TALK THIS UP. Our tweens and teens have Tempest Tossed, a phenomenal Wonder Woman original graphic novel; middle graders and tweens now have Diana and the Island of No Return, by Aisha Saeed. Here, Diana is a tween herself, a princess forbidden to learn to fight, despite living on an island of warrior women. She's hoping to persuade her mother, Queen Hippolyta, this ...more
Joe Kessler
Sep 12, 2020 rated it it was ok
I suppose I'd recommend this new middle-grade series to tweens who love the Wonder Woman character already and are excited to see more of her childhood, but I haven't gotten much out of the first volume myself. The conflicts are a little repetitive and easy to solve, and both the villain and the heroes make some bizarre choices, like applying the Lasso of Truth to a trusted friend rather than a shifty stranger when their accounts are in dispute. I also think this version of Themyscira loses much ...more
Jenna R
May 14, 2020 rated it liked it
**I was provided an electronic ARC from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for honest review.**

Aisha Saeed brings the first of a new series of middle grade adventures surrounding Wonder Woman. Princess Diana, age 12, maintains that she is ready to begin Amazon warrior training, but her mother would like for her to wait until she is older. When all of Themiscyra is put to sleep and a boy shows up on the island, Diana and her best friend Sakina must accompany the boy to his island to set
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Sierra Dertinger
Jul 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Diana gets down on herself often because her mother, the Queen, will not allow her to train to be a warrior on their island of Themyscira. Only women live on this island and their annual festival is just about to start. Prior to this festival the Amazons and many other strong and empowering women are getting ready. Diana's best friend Sakina is sailing in just in time for it to begin. The two are beyond excited to be together again, but when Diana travels off to go check in on her wolf, Bitini, ...more
Annamarie Carlson
Princess Diana is thrilled that it is time for Themyscira's annual festival, where female leaders from around the world celebrate on the island of the Amazons. Every year, Diana's best friend, Princess Sakina, comes for the festival, and Diana has a week of excitement planned--until everything goes wrong. A boy followed the ships to Themyscira, and men are not allowed on the island. The boy has a nefarious goal, and he successfully puts the Amazons under a sleeping spell. Everyone is asleep exce ...more
Stephanie Mendoza the_immortal_library
Title: Diana and the island of no return.
Author: Aisha Saeed
Rating 4 ⭐️

This story follows Diana of Themyscira in her younger years while she is still living with the Amazons. During the most busy week on the island Diana and her best friend get “dragged” into a quest to save two islands. An evil entity has taken over Saz an island protected by the gods, and he has his sites set on Diana. Can Diana defeat this evil and save her island or will her strength shine through?

I really enjoyed this book
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Jaymie
Jun 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
[I received an electronic review copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.]

Add this to the growing shelf of books about young Wonder Woman. This is a prose novel rather than a graphic novel, which was a fun change. The general plot - a boy breeches the boundaries of Themyscira and Diana is pulled away from her home to fix a problem - isn't unique, but the execution is well done. I liked Diana's friendship with Sakina and the team up of the girls
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