Catwoman: Soulstealer (DC Icons #3) written by Sarah J Maas
So I finished this book yesterday, having started it the day it came out (The 8th for us in NZ!) I really really enjoyed it, and the length of time it took me to read it is not a reflection on the quality of the book.
This morning, as I prepared to review this book I logged into goodreads. Which is usually my go to – and I like to see what other people have said before I begin to write. I was honestly shocked this time round, that the reviews were largely negative. But I LOVED this book. I feel like I need to throw in a disclaimer, that while I have watched the Batman movies, I do not know anything about the Gotham City timeline or lore. So this book was quite out of the blue for me – and largely was just an enjoyable read with fictional characters, I did not think more of it. Perhaps after my hubby finishes the book I will add his insights about if it fits in the world and the lore.
So – maybe my love of Sarah J Maas overrides my critical abilities but I thought this was a great book. The character, was flawed, which made her a believable character, she also had a clear motivation.
There were certainly parts that struck me as cliche, and that of course were slightly predictable. The romance story line was certainly this. However that did not detract from the fact that it was an enjoyable story.
I did struggle with her plan to bring down Gotham City, which felt like at the end it was less of a plan, and more of a personal vengeance, and things at the end got a little blurry and confusing, but at the end I was left with a lovely feeling of hope and catharsis. I really enjoyed that among the bad guys there was this token of good, and understanding that good and bad are the two sides to the same coin. That they are needed in order to have balance. I also enjoyed the discovery of female friendship. These relationships felt far more important than the romantic one, and it was nice to see that focus.
Overall I felt this was a really enjoyable read. It was obviously set in the world of Gotham City that we are familiar with, and with the corruption that already exists there.