REVIEW: Catwoman: Soulstealer by Sarah J. Maas (DC Icons #3)

CatwomanTitle: Catwoman: Soulstealer by Sarah J. Maas
Pages: 384
Published by: Penguin Books
Publication date: 9th August 2018
Genre: Fantasy
Format: Hardback
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Synopsis:

When the bat’s away, the cat will play.

Two years after escaping Gotham City’s slums, Selina Kyle returns as the mysterious and wealthy Holly Vanderhees. Batman is off on a vital mission and Gotham is at the mercy of the new thief on the prowl. Joined by the cunning Poison Ivy and notorious Harley Quinn, she wreaks havoc across the city.

Selina is playing a desperate game of cat and mouse. But with a dangerous threat from the past on her tail, will she be able to pull off the ultimate heist?

My review:

So before I started reading this, I came across so many bad reviews for it on Goodreads and it made me very hesitant to start reading it. But I now feel like I’ve read a completely different book to all those people because this was amazing! Action-wise it was definitely better than Wonder Woman and Batman, it had so much more to give and it was like a complete whirlwind! From start to finish, it was a rollercoaster of emotions and the characters floored me. Sarah did such a great job with these guys, you could feel their pain leaking through the pages. It was such a heart-wrenching story and I think it definitely lived up to its potential.

Seeing Selina team up with Poison ivy and Harley Quinn was actually amazing! I didn’t properly read the synopsis so I had no idea they were in it, so when Poison Ivy first popped up I was like oh, hell yes! They were so awesome and made such a great team! Harley was a complete savage and was as usual chucking bombs and knives around. Sarah also touched upon her relationship with the Joker which I wasn’t expecting. It didn’t completely take over the story obviously but she gave you the gist of it, enough for you to understand if you aren’t familiar with their relationship in the comics.

She also explained Poison Ivy’s past and that was heart-wrenching. Honestly villain’s are so misunderstood and I am a complete sucker for them. I love a good villain with a tragic past. I loved, loved, loved how Sarah explored the relationship between Harley and Poison Ivy as well! That was definitely unexpected and I really appreciated it. Honestly Sarah did such a great job with these two and I am slightly jealous she got to write and publish a book about them. I mean I like Catwoman but I think these guys stole the show a bit for me, especially Harley because I love her! We need more Harley Quinn in our lives!

I loved the amount of robbing and heists they pull off, constantly evading capture and leaving the good guys scratching their heads wondering what happened. We rarely see villains win and seeing how many times they won in this book, I was all for it! The amount of action we were given is insane! I felt like barely anything happened in Wonder Woman and Batman was definitely better in my opinion but Catwoman takes the trophy for action scenes! There was so many fight scenes, badass suits and weapons. So many people bring robbed and tricked, it was amazing!

I loved how we were also given Luke Fox/Batwing’s perspective, I was not expecting that! Honestly this book had so many surprises up its sleeve, I can’t believe how many things I didn’t see coming. So we have Selina’s perspective and Luke’s and I really loved them both. Normally I like one more than the other but with these two, they were both great and I couldn’t choose between them. Having both their perspectives made the book so much more interesting, as we had two people from completely different backgrounds but who had similar values and ideals. They just had different ways of going about achieving those values which led to many, many embarrassing scenes for a certain someone.

Here’s where I say what annoyed me about this book and it’s nothing to do with the story for once! Sadly, it’s Sarah’s writing and how repetitive it is. She constantly used the same words and the same phrases which really irritated me! A book about a catwoman? You bet Sarah is going to constantly use the word purr/purred throughout, making me want to bang my head against a wall! I seriously doubt she couldn’t find another word to use instead of purred but nope, that’s all she bloody used and it made me so mad. Then all the characters were constantly clicking or clucking their tongues. Who even does that anymore? I barely see that phrase used nowadays but this book made up for that for sure!

Now the ending! Once you reach the ending, you realise all the bad stuff Selina has done throughout has been for one reason only and it’s so beautiful. No matter where she goes or what she does, there’s one thing that she will never forget and will always fight to protect, it never wavered once throughout. It was so heartwarming and you realise how misunderstood she is. For all her plotting and planning, all her villainous actions, she is actually trying to do a good thing and she will resort to any means possible to get it done. She has so many different personalities throughout the book but by the ending everyone finally sees her for who she is. It was such a perfect way to end this book and I felt so satisfied and happy. Although I am sad it’s not a serious because I definitely wouldn’t say no to a second book!

If you’re wanting to read these but worried you need to read the comics first, you don’t! I have never read a DC comic and have only followed the movies and what I read on Google about the characters. I can’t afford to buy the comics, they are just too expensive! Plus these books are completely separate from them as they are like origin stories. They are really great and I’m sad Superman will be the last one! I want more! Or maybe some Marvel ones because I’m addicted to Marvel.

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