Review of Catwoman Soulstealer – Sarah J. Maas

Posted: October 4, 2018 in action, Review
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. he highly anticipated coming-of-age story of kick-ass super hero: Catwoman by international bestselling author Sarah J. Maas.
When the Bat’s away, the Cat will play. It’s time to see how many lives this cat really has . . .

Two years after escaping Gotham City’s slums, Selina Kyle returns as the mysterious and wealthy Holly Vanderhees. She quickly discovers that with Batman off on a vital mission, Batwing is left to hold back the tide of notorious criminals. Gotham City is ripe for the taking.

Meanwhile, Luke Fox wants to prove he has what it takes to help people in his role as Batwing. He targets a new thief on the prowl who seems cleverer than most. She has teamed up with Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn, and together they are wreaking havoc. This Catwoman may be Batwing’s undoing.

In this third DC Icons book-following Leigh Bardugo’s Wonder Woman: Warbringer and Marie Lu’s Batman: Nightwalker-Selina is playing a desperate game of cat and mouse, forming unexpected friendships and entangling herself with Batwing by night and her devilishly handsome neighbor Luke Fox by day. But with a dangerous threat from the past on her tail, will she be able to pull off the heist that’s closest to her heart?

Catwoman Soulstealer

Sarah J. Maas

Penguin

Supplied by Penguin Random House New Zealand

Reviewed by Piper Mejia

Gotham City is not an easy world to leave; the heroes always have something to prove and the villains always have someone to destroy. But not all heroes are admirable and not all villains are despicable. Sarah J. Maas’ Catwoman Soulstealer is the third in the DC Icon Series delving into unexploited backstory of one of our favourite anti-villains, Catwoman.

In true Gotham style, the setting is gritty and unforgiving of weakness in either the wealthy or the deprived. Selina Kyle uses her mental and physical agility to not only protect those she loves and survive, but to thrive. A woman of many enviable talents, her strongest skill is her humanity. In a world that cultivates mistrust and crushes hope Selina forges alliances will Ivy and Harlequin, two similarly broken dolls barely keeping the pieces together, to  pull a robin hood (or two) against the rich and powerful of Gotham’s elite and its underbelly.

Throughout the novel, the reader is taken on a well-crafted trip into a world we think we know, teased along the way with promises of a happy ending. We are not disappointed, and though we don’t get what we expect we get what we deserve, as just like in the real world, the Sarah J. Maas’ characters are complicated, their experiences shape them in unexpected ways and the ending is only the beginning.

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