When the bat’s away, the cat will play – Catwoman: Soulstealer by Sarah J. Maas

I’M SO EXCITED TO BRING YOU MY FAVORITE READ OF 2019 SO FAR EEEEEKKKK

Title: Catwoman: Soulstealer

Series: DC Icons Series, #3

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Publication Date: August 7th 2018

Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers

Genre: YA, Fantasy, Superheroes

Yes, that’s 10/5 stars!!

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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Author Spotlight

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.

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Thoughts and Feels

CONTENT WARNING: Violence, Parental Abuse, PTSD

POST WARNING: THIS IS GONNA BE A LONG ONE WITH FANGIRLING SQUEALS

Some feels first..

Okay, it’s the third book in the DC Icons series (which can all be read as a stand-alone). I’ve read the first two books before and absolutely loved them! So picture how excited I was when I got my hands on this one! My boyfriend gave me a copy of Catwoman around September last year and I just picked it up recently. Oh boy, I didn’t know I was missing out on a lot!

If you’ve been seeing my tweets, I clearly had a hangover from reading this awesome book. This one’s my first read for January’s #DayAThon and I swear that this was the best way to start a 24-hour-readathon!

We all know that there’s a mix of positive and negative reviews about Maas’ writing and Catwoman isn’t excused. Btw, this is the first work of Maas that I’ve read. I’ve read other reviews of this book and I’ve seen both positive and negative ones. I’m here to tell you that I FREAKING LOVED IT. (Isn’t it obvious yet? Lol.)

Characters

(Bear with me because my mind’s a little messed up, omg)

A book with a bad-ass female MC? Yes please!! Selina Kyle, also known as the infamous Catwoman is my new fictional girl crush! She takes on another alias in this book and uses the name Holly Vanderhees. I’ll never mention enough how kickass this woman is! One minute she’s a classy socialite wearing a formal dress and attending a gala. The next one, she’s on a fitted black suit with cat ears on her Death Mask (did I remember it right? Was it called a death mask on the book? Forgive my bad memory) while stealing expensive museum artifacts. And don’t forget how her backstory was wonderfully told. Of course, she’s my fave here! Selina never failed to surprise the awed reader in me.

Note: I did a little research and found out there are differences between Selina’s origin here in the book and the original in the DC Comics. Still, Maas managed to create a good backstory for the characters.

Luke Fox as Batwing. Though I admit I didn’t enjoy his character that much because my focus was on the lovely ladies he was still well-written. He was a former soldier and suffers on PTSD. With Batman away on a secret personal mission, Gotham was left in his protection. His frustrations were really felt throughout the book and though sometimes I think there’s a part of him that’s only watching the city to prove himself that he can handle the responsibility too, like Bruce Wayne. In the end, I still agree on him being a great character.

These 2 ladies are another insta-love for me! My second fave character is Poison Ivy followed by Harley Quinn. Their incorporation to this book really was great. It made the book even more fun to read! This two played a great role for the “added fun” because things are already a little serious with Selina and Luke playing “mouse and cat”. I really fell in love with Ivy here and I’d give my everything for this two to happen! NEW SHIP AAAAAAAAAA. Again, these two are not just any addition to the story. Readers would also get to know Ivy and Harley’s origin (according to Maas’ world, not sure with their original backstory in the comics but I think it’s a little close).

Sarah Maas had an amazing set of characters. Each was introduced to the audience wonderfully and had own tricks up their sleeves.

Setting + World-building

Of course, it is set at the City of Gotham, Bruce Wayne’s hometown. With Selina coming back to Gotham as the socialite Holly, she’d be living in a penthouse across Luke’s. So you can probably imagine how excited I am for those two playing cat and mouse! It’s thrilling and you’d definitely feel a mix of nervousness and excitement.

Two sides of the coin were actually shown here. The part of playing the rich socialites at museum galas and the rush of their chase on rooftops. I declare that my favorite place in the book is Ivy’s home. It’s like a greenhouse inside a house. Or a house inside a greenhouse? Maybe a greenHOUSE? (OMG, I suck at this)

Everything was easy to imagine. It’s like seeing everything from the character’s eyes. I applaud Maas for providing readers with vivid descriptions! Hence, the wonderful reading experience.

Of course, the worldbuilding was based on the one in the DC Comics. There are some things that were changed, I just didn’t know how much because I haven’t read that much comics. What’s awesome about this book is there’s no magic. At all. (Poison Ivy is pure science! Well, there’s a scientific explanation) This is mainly advance technology and pure action. And that’s fighting with physical contact!!!

Plot

(I’ll try really hard to shut myself up to avoid babbling about spoilers)

Catwoman: Soulstealer’s plot was wonderfully woven. All those amazing elements really compliment each other and produced a great storyline.

This book will never bore it’s readers. I was hooked from the very beginning and I swear gaaahh!!

Girl freaking power y’all! That’s my fave part in this book. Girls in action! I guarantee you that this book is action-packed!! Feel the rush! Aside from all the awesome action scenes, this book also features the wonderful friendship/team-up of Selina, Ivy, and Harley.

Enough with that, there’s a steady plot in this. It just keeps getting better with every chapter you finish. And I bet you wouldn’t be able to predict what happens in the end. *winks

Reading the second half’s got me playing “You Don’t Own Me” in my head with the background of Harley throwing a bomb somewhere. Maas sure has a lot of plot twists and surprises hidden in her sleeves! I literally felt a roller coaster of emotions. Here are some that I felt (not limited to the ff): Giddiness/Happiness, a little nervous, super excited, almost got tears in my eyes and other unexplainable feelings.

++++ The sexual tension/attraction between Catwoman and Batwing is so obvious!!!!!! All those playful teasing while on field, OMG CALM ME DOWN.

Pacing + Writing Style

Catwoman was told in two POVs: Selina and Luke’s. Having multiple POVs proved to be effective in telling this story. It was great, Each POV gives you an idea of what happens at both sides of the story. It was also a great way to get to know and understand the two characters.

The book was fast-paced and builds up anticipation for the final chapters. It never disappointed me. It was a very exciting read! I couldn’t get enough and I just read and read until I got to the last page. I was able to finish it in one sitting!

I applaud Sarah Maas for having an outstanding writing style! She had an amazing choice of words. It was easy to read and I swear IT CAN CURE A READING SLUMP.

Wrapping it up,

I never expected that I’d be falling for this book hard. This really is a great read for fans of kick-ass females and anti-heroines! It’s a fast-paced and packed read. Overall, I rate Catwoman: Soulstealer by Sarah J. Maas, 5 out of 5 stars! Or is it 10 stars? LMAO

Who told you my post would end here? I’m sorry friends but this really is going to be a long post.

LOOK WHAT MAAS MADE ME DO

I suffered a terrible (more like fantastic) hangover from this book! I went crazy and fell in love with the Sirens! Here’s what Sarah J. Maas made me do after finishing reading her book. And yes, I blame her and her awesome writing.

  1. I have a Neko cap for almost a year now. It’s from an anime (Neon Genesis Evangelion EVA). She made me love it even more and I wear it more often! Sorry for the photo, but you can clearly see my protruding cat ears, lol.
  2. I also started reading Gotham City Sirens! I couldn’t get enough of this trio so bad that I craved for more of their adventures! Hence, reading a comic book.
  3. I changed my desktop and lock screen wallpaper. With the sirens, of course! AM I GOING CRAZY?
  4. I had a hangover for a week followed by 2-star reads.
  5. My mind was super messed up while I was writing the review above. I want to say a lot of things but still want to avoid from blurting out spoilers. I didn’t know how to express everything!
  6. Attempted to make my first aesthetic/mood boards
  7. I watched The Batman Trilogy and saw Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle (my boyfriend pushed me to do this, lol)
  8. I’m thinking of rewatching Suicide Squad!
  9. Jump on rooftops? Kidding or not? Hmmm

I’m pretty sure with everything that I’ve said, it’s obvious that I really fell hard for this book. It’s pure awesomeness and I know that there are mixed reviews regarding this one, I respect what other people thought of it. And if you don’t agree with me, it’s okay because we all have our own opinions!

“Being normal is a trap. Don’t let it cage you.”

Also, check out:

Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo (DC Icons, #1)

Princess Diana longs to prove herself to her legendary warrior sisters. But when the opportunity finally comes, she throws away her chance at glory and breaks Amazon law—risking exile—to save a mortal. Diana will soon learn that she has rescued no ordinary girl, and that with this single brave act, she may have doomed the world.

Daughter of death.

Alia Keralis just wanted to escape her overprotective brother with a semester at sea. She doesn’t know she is being hunted by people who think her very existence could spark a world war. When a bomb detonates aboard her ship, Alia is rescued by a mysterious girl of extraordinary strength and forced to confront a horrible truth: Alia is a Warbringer—a direct descendant of the infamous Helen of Troy, fated to bring about an age of bloodshed and misery.

Together.

Two girls will face an army of enemies—mortal and divine—determined to either destroy or possess the Warbringer. Tested beyond the bounds of their abilities, Diana and Alia must find a way to unleash hidden strengths and forge an unlikely alliance. Because if they have any hope of saving both their worlds, they will have to stand side by side against the tide of war.

View on Goodreads |Read my Review

Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu (DC Icons, #2)

Before he was Batman, he was Bruce Wayne. A reckless boy willing to break the rules for a girl who may be his worst enemy.

The Nightwalkers are terrorizing Gotham City, and Bruce Wayne is next on their list.

One by one, the city’s elites are being executed as their mansions’ security systems turn against them, trapping them like prey. Meanwhile, Bruce is turning eighteen and about to inherit his family’s fortune, not to mention the keys to Wayne Enterprises and all the tech gadgetry his heart could ever desire. But after a run-in with the police, he’s forced to do community service at Arkham Asylum, the infamous prison that holds the city’s most brutal criminals.

Madeleine Wallace is a brilliant killer . . . and Bruce’s only hope.

In Arkham, Bruce meets Madeleine, a brilliant girl with ties to the Nightwalkers. What is she hiding? And why will she speak only to Bruce? Madeleine is the mystery Bruce must unravel. But is he getting her to divulge her secrets, or is he feeding her the information she needs to bring Gotham City to its knees? Bruce will walk the dark line between trust and betrayal as the Nightwalkers circle closer.

View on Goodreads | Read my Review

No, we won’t talk about Superman here.

So much for a long post! I’m so sorry if this is too much to read but I had so much fun preparing this!

Let’s Talk!

  • Have you read CATWOMAN: SOULSTEALER before and liked it? If so, TALK TO ME.
  • Are you looking forward to reading this? What do you think of it so far?
  • Are you a fan of Sarah Maas’ other books? How were they?
  • Do you love reading about superheroes?
  • Who’s your favorite superhero/villain?

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11 thoughts on “When the bat’s away, the cat will play – Catwoman: Soulstealer by Sarah J. Maas

  1. Boyfriend is so sweet! I had my copy as a birthday gift. I am getting closer reading this book. I have began with Warbringer (though it can be read standalone) and will read respectively according to releases.

    I’ve read other Maas’ books and I loved with her world building! You’re making me excited for this. Tbh, I had no expectation whatsoever for my mini DC readthon… but your enthusiasm is radiating!

    And hallo there! Cutie hat! 👀💙💙

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    1. He’s a sweet guy! I am so excited for you, omg. I hope I haven’t given a spoiler and if I had, I hope it wasn’t too much hahaha. Never read her other books yet but I’m already planning to! BUT WAIT, DID YOU SAY “DC READATHON?” OMGGGGG

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  2. I never really had that much interest in this book series before but reading your reviews, I think I NEED them in my life. However, my absolute favorite character in DC is Harley Quinn so I think I’ll be more interested in reading about her than the actual main character hahahah. I loved your review, Ate Erica! ✨❤

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    1. Yaayyy for Harley! I think Poison Ivy would be my favorite! Still can’t decide between her and Selina. Thank you so much for the kind words, Aleks!! I hope you get to read the DC Icons series soon. Justine just finished Catwoman and maybe we can also group read it soon?

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