Catwoman: Soulstealer (DC Icons, #3)by Published 07 Aug 2018
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|Publisher||Random House Books for Young Readers|
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.
"Catwoman: Soulstealer (DC Icons, #3)" Reviews
How many times do you guys bet Maas is going to have Catwoman purr her dialogue...
EDIT: I say this affectionately btw! It's possible to laugh at something you love.
Let Gotham City enjoy its final days of Summer.
This book has journeyed with me across two continents and five different countries while I've been travelling the last few weeks. I don't normally read books this slowly, but it was a strangely positive experience. I enjoyed slipping in and out of Selina's plotting and thieving, and I eventually found myself trying (and failing) not to cry on a train to Prague.
Yes. Catwoman + Sarah J. Maas does not exactly sound like a recipe for tears, but this book got me good.
I do have to issue a couple of warnings - 1) I'm not a typical Maas fan. I have something of a love/hate relationship with her books, but I often complain about them. 2) I know some people will hate what Maas has done with Selina Kyle here. Catwoman is traditionally a much stronger, sassier character than Maas's Selina, who is frequently weak and is driven by her love for others. I don't recommend this book for those who like strict adherence to the canon.
But I actually really enjoyed it. I like how tough Selina is, but how human she is too. I thought this version of the character was extremely refreshing. I think there is room for the exciting villainous Selinas of the past and for this more sensitive, emotionally-complex version. Honestly, it seemed like a strength to me.
In this book, we begin with a younger Selina trying everything to pay her sister's hospital bills for her cystic fibrosis and keep the social services from finding out about their missing mother. When things don't exactly go to plan, Selina cuts a deal to protect her sister-- and completely changes her own life in the process, taking her away to Europe. A couple of years later and Selina is back with multiple secret identities and assassins on her tail.
She teams up with Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy (who is the shining star of the novel) and causes chaos. But why? What happened in the years in between and why is Selina back? I, for one, really enjoyed finding out.
Unfortunately, we also have the obligatory romance and it's a shame that Luke (AKA "Batwing") never really becomes as fully fleshed-out as the other characters. I'm glad for a non-white love interest who is also dealing with PTSD, but it's dampened by the sense that he's just there because Selina needs some dude to fall for her. That is literally his only role in this book. The lesbian/bi rep with Harley Quinn and Ivy is awesome, though.
There's girls being badass together, heists and bloody fights, and the looming threat/promise of the Joker, but it wasn't until near the end that this book became more than fun and thrills and actually punched me in the feelings. Hell, call me hormonal, but the novel's climax pretty much destroyed me.
What can I say? It worked for me. Probably not one for hardcore Gotham fans, but dabblers and newbies might enjoy it. I don't think you need to be familiar with the Batman universe to enjoy or understand the story.
CW: PTSD; abuse (off-page); drug use.
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Update: Here's all 3 books I just had to get and I got some goodies for pre-ordering =) The picture is a little blurry. I don't know what I was doing!
Listened to my audio edition this morning. The special editions will be coming later. I will add pics when I feel like getting on the computer again. With these wonderful cancer treatments over the past few months, I haven't been on the computer. And I only really care about sharing pretty pictures any more. Not wasting time on a lot of things that really don't matter. Cancer changed everything and woke me up
Thank you to those that are still around.
*high pitched voice* graphic design is my passion
Maas better remember that Selina Kyle is canonically bisexual. She better not hyper-sexualize her. She better not let Catwoman fucking purr her dialogue.
SJM writing Catwoman what could be more awesome? Was expecting this book to be great and it was better than anything I could have though it would be. This incarnation of Selina Kyle is brilliant. I just have one complaint/request can SJM please write a Batman book!!!! Please!!! All the elements I love of the Batman character including his will, intelligence, toughness, use of identities, tactics and all round [email protected]$$ery are present in Catwoman. Every chapter I read in this book I could not wait to see what happen next and the last 60 pages I just could not put the book down.
Street fighter Selina Kyle was force to leave what little she had left in Gotham City. Now she is back older wiser, deadlier and with a purpose. Nothing in this book is there just to fill space, everything links together. I also like the way the relationships between the characters developed. The book is fast paced but definitely not rushed. I also like the conflict in Selina, though she did had not love for the richer citizens of Gotham, some earned her respect with the genuine good they had done, making her think about what she was doing.
SJM not only did a great job on Catwoman/Selina/Holly but used other classic Gotham villains and side characters perfectly. She also used the new member of the Bat-family brilliantly. I think having Catwoman running circles around the new kid of the Bat family was a great idea, as we Batman fans know this would never happen to the man himself. Who is on a private mission during this book that we are not told about really. The perfect setup for another book right? Hint hint.
This is a great book. This is definitely the best of the DC Icons books so far, and I cannot think of a better incarnation of Catwoman. I would give this 10 stars if I could. After she finishes the Throne of Glass series can someone please get SJM to write Batman.