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#BookReview Catwoman: Soulstealer by Sarah J. Maas

Let me tell you a little (not so secretive) secret… I love superheroes. Marvel. DC. All of them. I love it! DC has been a personal favourite since I was a small child, so I absolutely HAD to pick up this series. I have a few littered around my house that I keep eyeing down, but I finally decided to grab Catwoman – because Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy, and Catwoman are my original hype women.

This is a YA book that packs a punch (pun intended). While it isn’t your typical origin story of the Catwoman character, it sure makes an impact and will leave superhero fans breathless. Catwoman teams up with the Gotham City Sirens to try to steal some precious jewels, and all heck breaks loose (as expected with this trio). Batman isn’t around, but Batwing is… and he’s sure in for a fight.

My notes about this book:

  • Selina Kyle isn’t her typical self in this book. Sarah J. Maas has put her own spin on the character, which was really interesting. While I didn’t like it all that much, it didn’t hurt the book. I was still able to make my way through the book and appreciate the writing. Think of it like a variant on good ole Catwoman.
  • Selina has some awesome motives that make me like the character, which is one of the only reasons I could stick to this book. Her sister and their back story will pull at your heartstrings. Seriously. Get those tissues ready folks.
  • Harley is WAY more insane and feels way more like the Joker than a fun, sassy Harley Quinn character.
  • Poison Ivy is also… not strong. She’s got powers and is strong with them, but her personality feels like a wet paper towel. She was so strong and smart… Where did my favourite Pamela go? I’m still glad she’s here and rocking it, but I expected SO MUCH MORE out of my favourite DC character.
  • The romance was definitely not needed in this book, but it’s YA so you almost have to expect it at this point. Fantasy, romance and drama… The triangle points of YA books.
  • The fight scenes are truly incredible and I am really impressed. I know that Sarah J. Maas does fight scenes really well, and those lived up to the hype.
  • Really cool cover. I know we aren’t really supposed to judge them, but I still love some good cover art. My background in Marketing allows me to appreciate that some books are just WILD with their covers. I love it. Also, the purple works really well. Overall, five out of five on that cover art. Give that artist a raise!

Overall, this book was a good book even if it doesn’t hit my top ten list for the year. I love stepping into the superhero worlds and like seeing the variances different authors take with these characters.

Now time to jump into the next book in this series… Wonder Woman or Superman… anyone?

Four out of five stars.

If you’re looking for more information on Sarah J. Maas, check out her website:
http://sarahjmaas.com/

Ready to pick up a superhero book but don’t know where to find them? Click the links below to purchase (or rent!) this book:
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Here are some more books featured on my blog that you might love if you heart all things young adult novels:
Pumpkins by Kevin Miller
Hart & Soul by Jahnna N. Malcolm
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

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