Review: Catwoman: Soulstealer by Sarah J. Mass

Review: Catwoman: Soulstealer by Sarah J. MassTitle: Catwoman: Soulstealer (DC Icons #3)
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: August 7, 2018

four-half-stars
Summary (from Goodreads):

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.

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Review

I have been following along with the DC Icons series since the first book was released, and I was so excited to see that Catwoman written by Sarah J. Mass also follows a villain. Catwoman is filled with action and suspense, and the main character is surprisingly easy to root for, despite her being a villain. The dual narration also provides some drama. I really enjoyed this story, and I am excited for the series to continue!

This book is a little different from the other books in the series since it stars a villain. This instalment features Catwoman, along with her team of Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn, as they sabotage Gotham City. As I was anticipating, the story is action-packed, and it contains some snappy dialogue. I am not too familiar with Catwoman’s story, so I can’t say if the book does her character justice, but I can definitely say that it was an incredible read.

I always love a good villain, and I was excited to see that this book would feature a villain as the main character. Selina isn’t supposed to be likeable, but I actually found myself rooting for her once I understood her motivations. At times, it didn’t feel like she was the villain, and that it not easy to accomplish. Selina is snarky, passionate, and just the kind of villain I had hoped Sarah J. Maas would write.

What is interesting about the story is the fact that there are two different narrations: the villain and the hero. Batwing’s side of the story is also told, and it is so entertaining to see him interacting with Catwoman without actually knowing it’s her. A dual narration can be pretty hit or miss for me, but I was glad to see the two separate stories before they intertwined.

Catwoman is a fast-paced read featuring a badass villain and her squad. I loved the main character’s personality and the multiple narrations. If you are like me and enjoy the bad guys, I would definitely recommend this one.

About Sarah J. Maas

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Sarah J. Maas is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series (Queen of Shadows, Book 4, will be out in September 2015), as well as the A Court of Thorns and Roses series (out 5/5/15).

Sarah lives in Bucks County, PA, and over the years, she has developed an unhealthy appreciation for Disney movies and bad pop music. She adores fairy tales and ballet, drinks too much tea, and watches an ungodly amount of TV. When she's not busy writing, she can be found exploring the historic and beautiful Pennsylvania countryside with her husband and canine companion.

21 thoughts on “Review: Catwoman: Soulstealer by Sarah J. Mass

  1. Suzanne @ The Bookish Libra says:

    I just bought the Batman book from this series over the weekend and while I’m looking forward to reading that one, Catwoman is the one from the whole series that I’m most excited about. Seeing your positive review for it has me even more excited than ever!

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