Print Length: 384 pages
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: August 7, 2018
Catwoman: Soulstealer by Sarah J. Maas was fantastic!!!!! Catwoman is the third book in the DC Icons series, a project that has multiple authors writing their own young adult origin story of some of our favorite DC comic characters. The first in the series was Leigh Bardugo’s Wonder Woman: Warbringer (review) followed by Marie Lu’s Batman: Nightwalker (review). The fourth and final book in this series, Superman: Dawnbreaker written by Matt De La Pena will be released on March 5, 2019.
I have been in love with the idea of this series as soon as it was announced. Taking some of my favorite authors and giving them such iconic characters for them to put their own stamp on was a very appealing concept to me and I have not been disappointed with any of the books. I have loved all the books in the DC Icons series, but Sarah J. Maas’ Catwoman is hands down my absolute favorite. I absolutely adored this book and I can’t wait to re-read it. The story was filled with many Easter eggs that had me super excited, but I know there are many additional Easter eggs I probably missed and a re-read is absolutely necessary.
As always, my reviews are spoiler free but I will say it was great seeing so many iconic DC characters in this story. The dual perspective of Catwoman and Batwing was a perfect blend. Their unique voices and beliefs had me very conflicted, especially when they were on opposite sides of what was right. Selina Kyle’s origin story that Maas wrote was absolutely heartbreaking and amazing.
My favorite thing about this book was the way Maas touched on several crucial and relevant social issues such as: racial discrimination, child abuse, PTSD, exorbitant cost of healthcare for people with severe health issues, and poverty.
I cannot stop talking about how much I adored this book. I am a huge fan of Sarah J Maas’ but this was a departure from her fantasy worlds and I will admit that I was a bit nervous. However, with this novel she proved that she can basically can write anything, and I will definitely read it. If I had to sum up Catwoman: Soulstealer in one word I would go with puuurrrrrfection. :D