Selina Kyle is a thief. Two years after escaping Gotham City's slums, Selina returns as the mysterious and wealthy Holly Vanderhees. She quickly discovers that with Batman away on a vital mission, Gotham City looks ripe for the taking.
Luke Fox is a hero. Luke Fox wants to prove that as Batwing he has what it takes to help people. He targets a new thief on the prowl who has teamed up with Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn. Together, they are wreaking havoc. This Catwoman is clever--and she may be Batwing's undoing.
In Gotham City, not everyone is what they seem. 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?
Okay. I tried to draft this review so many times that it's not even funny. I just felt like I couldn't get it right, because every time I would try to write it, I would always circle back to saying, "I liked how Sarah J Maas' take on this character was . . ." and so on and so forth.
But the truth is--I don't know how her spin on the characters differ from that of the comic books or the movies, because I have never seen a DC movie, or read a DC comic. Ever.
I know--shame on me.
So, if this review sounds a bit choppier than usual, my lack of culturing is to blame. (That, and the fact that I've been swamped with schoolwork, so my margin of blogging time has shrunken considerably.)
This story is told in duel point of view, with a majority of the novel being told from Selina Kyle's perspective, and a lesser portion being told from Luke Fox's perspective. I loved this, because it gave me insight into both the hero's mind, and the villain's.
And honestly, it was very refreshing to hear a story from the villain's side for once. I never actually thought that I would root for the bad guy, and it was a rather refreshing change. It also gave me a good reminder that the villains are people too.
For instance--in this rendition of Gotham City, Selina Kyle is just an orphaned girl, trying to get food on the table for her very ill little sister. She only begins her transformation into Gotham's newest criminal when she's given an offer she can't refuse--a better life for her sister, Maggie. She takes the offer, and a few years later, she's back and better than ever. A wealthy philanthropist by day, and a skilled thief by night.
But, not everything goes according to plan, and one night, she's caught by Poison Ivy, who was attempting to make the same steal as Selina. After a little negotiation, Selina agrees to team up with Ivy--on one condition--Harley Quinn makes their duo a trio.
I have to admit, the story was very slowly paced in the beginning, up until the point where Selina meets Harley and Ivy. After that, I could barely put the book down.
Once again, I don't know how these characters differ from the book to the movie or comics, but I really liked Sarah J. Maas' version of Poison Ivy. In the book, her powers are the result of a college experiment gone haywire--but Ivy doesn't let that faze her too much. A science prodigy--she never really fit in at college anyway.
Now, she uses her powers to help a cause she was already passionate about--saving the environment. And I gotta say, Ivy made some pretty compelling cases. One of the only downsides is that for the past few years, her only friends--besides Harley Quinn--have been green and leafy.
Harley is a bit of a loose cannon. She not very stable, and her mood swings can sometimes involve detonating cars. But in spite of that, she's still very loyal to Ivy and Selina--as long as they respect her, she'll do them the same honor. Although, as a skilled ballistics expert and the long-time sidekick to the Joker, somebody would have to have a death wish to cross Harley.
On the flip side of Gotham, is Luke Fox, aka, Batwing. As an retired marine, Luke's main purpose throughout life has been to help people, and with Batman out of the city, it's his job to keep Gotham safe. To his chagrin, Selina, Ivy, and Harley's trio of terror is making that a considerably difficult feat to accomplish.
While the middle of the story was amazing and full of action-packed goodness, the beginning was a little slow, and I wasn't a huge fan of the conclusion.
That being said, this is still an entertaining story, and I give it 3.75/5 stars.
You can find Sarah J. Maas' website HERE, and you can read a free excerpt of Catwoman: Soulstealer HERE