Catwoman: Soulstealer (DC Icons, #3)

by Sarah J. Maas

4.44 of 5 stars 9 ratings • 3 reviews • 36 shelved
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Catwoman: Soulstealer (DC Icons, #3)

by Sarah J. Maas

4.44 of 5 stars 9 ratings • 3 reviews • 36 shelved

The 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?

  • ISBN10 0141386886
  • ISBN13 9780141386881
  • Publish Date 9 August 2018 (first published 7 August 2018)
  • Publish Status Out of Print
  • Out of Print 7 April 2021
  • Publish Country GB
  • Imprint Penguin Books Ltd
  • Format Hardcover
  • Pages 384
  • Language English

Reviews

Avatar for bumblingbookworm

DNFed at 56 pages. I picked this up purely because I’m trash for Maas, but I’m super bored. I love watching superhero movies but I don’t think reading from the DC universe
is for me. Also this Selina is basically a Calaena knockoff... I might give this another shot one day, but for now I’m putting it down.

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leahrosereads 5 of 5 stars
What a great freaking book! Before this year, I hadn't tried reading anything by Sarah J. Maas. She has such a large following, and I've been burned by over hyped books in the past, so I pretty much avoided her work. However, I wanted to read some popular series this year, and I gave her a try.

The ACOTAR series was a fast read, and I liked it just fine.

This was stellar though! SJM really wrote a fantastic Catwoman book. But more than that, she told the story in a dual POV, and it made me crave more. More of the friendships formed here, as well as the potential tragic love story as well.

While I preferred the Batman story a bit more (again, my Batman bias is showing), I could see this (and want this) as a TV series. I want to see more of this Selena and Poison Ivy and Harley, and I want more Batwing!!

I know, I know, DC doesn't do live action well, and I don't want this in live action either. I want this in the animated universe and think it would work so well to that visual. Especially all of the details around all the tech! I want this!

I may even need this.

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I'll be the first to admit I'm a bit over the superhero trend that's pretty much taken over all forms of media right now, especially books and movies. I'm just really not a huge fan and what I know about the comic book worlds are bits and pieces I've picked up from Max or the small handful of superhero movies I've seen. However, when it was announced that Sarah J Maas would be writing the Catwoman novel as a part of the DC Icons series, I was intrigued. I adore Maas (yes, unapologetic-ally, thank you very much) and Catwoman is a figure that's always intrigued me, being morally grey and not quite falling nicely into the hero or villain categories. I decided it was worth a pre-order and found myself enthralled with Maas' version of Gotham City.

The novel starts out with Selina Kyle pre-Catwoman, fleshing out her backstory as an older sister desperately trying to care for her sister who is terminally ill with Cystic Fibrosis. Selina is desperate and vulnerable but resilient and determined, and this exposed, softer side of Selina is not one that I believe is featured that often in comic book canon. The second part of the book (which is a majority of the story) takes place a few years later after Selina brokers a deal to save her sister and herself from being taken into custody by child protection services, and is more representative of the Catwoman most people probably know (though with Maas' own unique spin of course).

While I can't mention to many specifics without spoilers, I have to admit I adored a lot of things Maas added into Selina's story, and how she wove other elements of the Batman/Gotham City universe into Selina's story. It was pretty flawlessly done and integrated in a way that made sense. Maas also played on the Gotham City Sirens story line (a real alliance from the comics) and featured iconic villains Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn who stole the show in their own ways (I need spinoff novels for them ASAP). There was also a lot of diverse representation compared to Maas previous works, and it didn't feel forced or inauthentic (there's a really genuine and invested bisexual relationship featured in the novel, as well as non-white love interest for the protagonist). Selina also felt toned down from Maas other protagonists- while she definitely had some swagger and sass, she felt more like a teenager than Aelin or Feyre, and more cognizant the consequences of her actions than Maas' other fantasy characters. It was also a treat to see Maas write in a semi-contemporary world, where characters had things like cell phones and cars, and urban fantasy/sci fi seems like it is a natural fit for her writing style!

What prevented this novel from being 5 stars for me, however, was the romance. Of course I anticipated the book having a romance because it's pretty standard in YA (and Maas novels), however I just wasn't invested in it at ALL. This is because a) Selina had so much other important stuff going on that it seemed frivolous for her to have time for a romance, and b) the romantic interest, Luke Fox (aka Batwing) was pretty underwhelming. Literally he spends most of the novel being outmaneuvered by the Gotham City Sirens and Bruce Wayne (who is conveniently out of town because let's be real, Catwoman would have never gotten away with her shenanigans had he been around) has to call/text him several times throughout the book to be like "Everything under control?" because Gotham City is so obviously going to pieces under his protection. He's a nice guy (and diverse) but just didn't seem like he would really be the type to keep up with Catwoman OR Selina. Also, the romance by no means overwhelms the book, but if it had been missing it also would not have mattered one bit or taken anything away from the novel (at least for me).

I was a little concerned that Maas would be able to squeeze in character development, world building, and major plot points in a stand alone novel since she's notorious for writing (long) series, however I shouldn't have worried because the pacing was great and the overall plot was phenomenal, with a pretty intense climax that brought in one of the most notorious comic book characters: the Joker himself. Maas outdid herself with her Joker scenes and his appearance (though rather brief) was really chilling and worthy of its own spinoff (spinoffs for everyone!!) Honestly if it were up to me, I'd give Maas exclusive rights to the YA writing of Gotham City.

Overall: If Catwoman wasn't already one of my favorite DC characters before, she certainly is now. Reading Maas' writing in a urban fantasy setting was SUCH a treat, and it's reaffirmed why I love her as an author!This review was originally posted on Girl in the Pages