REVIEW : CATWOMAN: SOULSTEALER

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TITLE: Catwoman: Soulstealer
AUTHOR: Sarah J. Maas
SERIES: DC Icons #3
GENRES: Fantasy, Young Adult
FORMAT: Paperback
PAGES: 361
PUBLISHED: August 9th 2018
PUBLISHER: Penguin

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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?

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Ivy asked, voice thick but clear, “Does this mean you have eight lives left?”

I’m not even sure how to approach this book, how to start reviewing this. Do I go with “is this similar to the actual DC one?” or do I go “it’s just a book, don’t think about the DC”? But I think this kind of doesn’t have anything to do with that, it’s just a story about how Selina became Catwoman, right? I’m making this way too hard for myself so never mind, I’ll approach this just like any other book! After all I don’t know much about Catwoman.

I’ve never really cared much about Catwoman and with this book I felt kind of the same. Quite soon I realized that I was more eager to read from Luke’s POV or about what Ivy and Harley were up to (Harley has always been my favorite). Selina definitely had a hard time growing up and I see her reasoning behind all she does, I would have done the same in her shoes. Yet I still couldn’t connect with her.
Luke seemed pretty sweet guy. But he also seemed to be a little too sweet, you know what I mean? Like someone you can tell to do anything you need to be done and he’d do it. He also has some mixed feelings of anything that’s happening. He solves those nicely though.
Ivy was not at all what I had pictured her to be. She’s so darn sweet lady that I want her to live here with us!

As for the story itself. This was definitely well written book and I had a blast reading it. There is secrets and heists and all that. But what actually irked me the most was the fact that Catwoman seemed a little too invincible. No one can manage that many heists and fights, always walking out of them almost unharmed and not getting caught. For my liking it all seemed to be way too easy for her and that just doesn’t seem likely to me.

World building was lacking, in my opinion. I would have hoped to have more of that. Now it was more like “she walked along the road and made her way to the Wayne Towers”. I would have loved to get more telling about the surroundings. What it looks like in the places Selina visited, especially since she traveled to another countries as well!
Not everything was lacking. Some places were described very well and you could easily picture them in your head, like watching a movie. I only wish all of it would have described a little more. No I don’t need it to be about the surroundings, but for me it’s important to know at least something of what it looks like there.

All in all I did enjoy this book but since I didn’t really care about the main character, it would be wrong to rate it five stars. That ending crowned the whole book, made it just that much better!

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