Catwoman: Soulstealer (DC Icons, #3)by Sarah J. Maas Published 07 Aug 2018
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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
So you know Sarah's Catwoman is going to have great outfits. (I had a smirky emoji here but GOODREADS WILL NOT ALLOW IT.)
It'll also be good to see her write a standalone.
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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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.
Buddy Read with my Fave: William!
This Review Can Be Found on my Blog: Catwoman - Soulstealer
Dora: "Can you say trash?"
Me: "CATWOMAN SOULSTEALER!'
Dora: "Good job!
This is easily the biggest piece of trash I've ever read. Who let this book be published. WHO?! Who thought "Oh yeah this book is top notch DC, top-notch storytelling, top-notch EVERYthing." If the cover alone isn't a Capital Offense then SURELY the insides of this book is an Offense.
As a majority of everyone knows I am one of the Largest SJM Stan out there. So obviously this book was High on my Anticipated Reads of 2018. And of course, everyone knows that she has some issues with her writing. NOW I don't necessarily understand all the hate (okay I do I do, I just stan her work hard okay.) But right off the bat this book just sucks.
We have two main characters in this book, Selina Kyle (who I just kept pronouncing as Celaena and Selina is just everything Celaena tries to be) and Luke Fox. Now, of course, Selina is white and blond and tan and waxed (she said her legs were waxed at least twice I promise) and a perfect assassin. But Luke is a black male Main Character! From SJM! I was baffled! And also CRAZY EXCITED ! ... and then the excitement lasted about 5 pages because SJM tries to act like she knows what it's like to be black and oppressed in Gotham City at least 10 times. But Luke and his family are RICH so honestly they hang out with rich people and never in the East Side where all the cops are down at. Like okay SJM I get it, you're trying to be strong and talk about oppression but You're Doing It Completely Wrong. AND THEN Selina tries to talk about what it's like to be Black and Oppressed, but it can't be that bad cause he's rich. YIKES.
So here I am texting Amber and yelling at her violently because I'm High Key ANNOYED with SJM and I'm not even 100 pages into the book. But okay LET me split Selina and Lukes stories up.
S E L I N A:
Selina in the first two chapters is younger than she is in the rest of the book. It's her prologue, her story about how she's in a gang to learn to protect her sister who has a severe chronic illness. And she has to protect her sister because her mom is abusive and always on alcohol/drugs. But okay something bad happens and Selina goes to the Leopard Training something Zoo to learn to be an assassin and her sister goes to a foster home since their mother is incompetent to take care of her. And then once Selina is back in Gotham SHE NEVER TALKS ABOUT HER SISTER. EVER. This girl who she protected for years and went away to protect her is NEVER TALKED ABOUT. Please, how does this make sense? It doesn't but anyways! Selina is crazy bland, boring, and her sexuality is NOT talked at all and I know how a lot of y'all were expecting it. Selina is crazy boring I can't begin to explain to it to you.
L U K E:
Luke is a character that I would have really liked if it wasn't for the fact that he was terribly bland as well. And I know a lot of Xxtra Die Hard SJM Fans are going to praise her so hard for having a POC Main Character. But like okay SJM is just reaching for Diversity at this point and I need to talk about Luke not SJM. I also want to say that when you have a POC character their whole existence shouldn’t be about oppression. Okay so, Luke is Batman's sidekick, the knock-off version whose name is Batwing. He's rich, he's spoiled, and he’s a Marine. He also has War Veteran PTSD, in which Amber had to explain to me because I only thought he got in a car crash and not was in a war?! The book seriously talked about it for 2 sentences. That’s all Luke is.
My Issues with SJM:
Aha so yeah I love both of her series, I really do. Do I recommend them to people?Yeah I do even though I probably shouldn’t. They have so many issues and just I do always issue caution when reading because some things are problematic. But in this book I thought, aha no way can SJM ruin a book about superheroes and Feminism and action. Yeah aha aha aHA she did though, she actually butchered it so bad. She like tries to be SO HIP and cool with the TIMES and being diverse. No just stop. I would rather read a book with an all white cast because that’s what she knows how to write instead of a book where she tries to be cool with DIVERSE and butcher it and make me uncomfortable. SO BEFORE I had said that Sarah should stop writing books. That was really wrong and rude to say tbh no one should every stop doing what they love. That wasn't cool and I apologize BUT after this book and after Kingdom of Ash I think I’m just going to cancel SJM because I just can’t anymore.
~ SPOILERS BUT THIS REALLY NEEDS TO BE READ BECAUSE SOME OF THE STUFF COULD BE VERY HARMFUL TO YOU~
Issue One: Selina and Luke both have PTSD. Luke has War Veteran PTSD and Selina has Abusive PTSD. And of course knowing SJM, the romance is going to be between these two characters. But what is SO wrong about this whole Romance is that the PTSD is used as a plot point to move the ROMANCE further instead of focusing on healing like she normally does. WHICH was a shocker for me because ACOMAF and TOD were both about healing through illness and not using it as a plot point for romance. So I was so mad and this is so harmful and insensitive!? LIKE HOW could you even do this?!
Issue Two: The storyline. Was there a storline?! NOT FOR THE FIRST 200 pages at least. It’s just robbing banks and Selina thinking she’s cool as she tries to live a double life?! But then Luke is all like wow gotta help these Poor Kids OH WAIT Catwoman is stealing again I need to save the day. But Luke actually sucks at being a superhero and Catwoman just laughs at him and then Luke is all like “wow am I ATTRACTED to Catwoman this evil woman?” Please kill me. Essentially Sarah tries to jam a whole intricate plot into about 20 pages and I think the ending is supposed to be a shocker but it reality I laughed the whole time.
Issue Three: How in the heck are you going to advertise Poison Ivy and my Queen Harley Quinn and then not put them in the book until about HALFWAY THROUGH ?! Also how are you going to include Suicide Squad Harley and Not Original Harley. NOT ONCE did she call Joker Puddin. Not once. OVER this fact alone I could one star this book. Poison Ivy I loved, don’t get me wrong, she is the main LGBT character in this book (yes there is LGBT rep and it’s actually good!) and it wasn’t a poor me story like ACOWAR. And Harley I loved because it’s freaking Harley Quinn how can I not love her?? I’m just triggered at the fact that they weren’t really necessary to the story (until the last 20 pages.)
Issue Four: The writing. Now Sarah does write good, really well, I love the way she weaves words. BUT in the beginning of the book I was getting to mad because EVERY chance she got she talked about how WHITE Selina was. “Selina moved her white wrist.” “Selina moved her waxed tan leg.” “Selina’s white finger knuckle was white.” LIKE YES I GET SHE’S WHITE PLEASE WRITE ABOUT WHAT SHE’S DOING. And then when it got to Luke she was like “he is black.” AND that’s all I know about him besides he has brown eyes and is ripped. But with Selina Sarah talks about about her white waxed body that’s lithe and lethal and beautiful and amazing dyed blonde hair. I just was so mad about this, I can’t begin to explain to you.
AND OKAY HERE IS AN ACTUAL QUOTE FROM THE BOOK THAT I LAUGHED AT. Poison Ivy says this at the end after everything happened with the story:
“Ivy blew out a breath and whistled. ‘Well, that’s certainly one hell of a story.”
LIKE SARAH IS SAYING HER BOOK IS SO GOOD?! WHAT. WHat. WHAHahldkfasdlk;f jal;ksdfj l;askjfI. I am so done.
I’ve had enough of this book. I don’t even want to think about it anymore. The story sucked, the characters sucked, even the one thing I liked I’m not even going to mention because it’s not relevant. If you want to read this, GOOD LUCK. Because this is by far an injustice to the DC Universe.
Catwoman. You deserved better my dear.
P O I S O N I V Y & H A R L E Y Q U I N N
I'm so beyond excited for this.
I just really pray there's no smut. Please, just no smut.
4 popular YA writers each writing a Superhero novel??? HELL YES, TAKE MY MONEY!!!!!!!
Publishing in 2017:
Wonder Woman by Leigh Bardugo
Batman by Marie Lu
Superman by Matt de la Pena
Catwoman by Sarah J Maas
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.