Book Review: Catwoman: Soulstealer – Sarah J. Maas

Honestly long live Queen Sarah J. Maas because this book was so amazing and now I shall continue sipping my DOUTOR cup size drip coffee which is simply amazing.


Name: Catwoman: Soulstealer
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Random House Children’s Books
Release Date: August 7, 2018


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, Gotham City looks ripe for the taking.

Meanwhile, 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—she may be Batwing’s undoing.

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?

Book Cover Comments

The beautiful mysterious violet purple colour with catwoman is sicccccccck and JUST THE WAY SELINA KINDA TURNS AROUND AND LOOKS OVER HER SHOULDER IS WAY TO MYSTIC

The Actual Review

I dare you not: Soulstealer was absolutely fantastic in every single possible way. In fact, now that I’ve read Soulstealer, Wonder Woman Warbringer is completely out of its league. And now, Wonder Woman’s novel (you can find my review HERE, written with feelings at the time I finished reading it) is just kinda trashy in comparison to Catwoman.

I’m not bashing Wonder Woman as a character or Leigh Bardugo as an author, because I’m sure WW is fantastic and I simply know Leigh Bardugo is an amazing author with a lot of great writing. But the chosen plot for WW was really way too close to the idea of coming-of-age YA (and I believe that Leigh didn’t get full jurisdiction over the book plot; she must have come to an agreement with a rep from DC and Penguin House).

Warbringer was literally about Diana going to the human world, growing out of that shell and first realizing her powers to save the human world. Selina Kyle, on the other hand, has a much darker and serious narrative with a rich and saddening backstory that will get readers to empathize with her. The amazingness of the chosen plotline is also backed up by the frequent appearance of partners Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn, as well as the fact that its an explanation on Catwoman’s motivation and thought process as to why she wants to own Gotham City: to change the corrupting city compared to one person’s doomsday curse (Warbringer).

I have no proof to prove as to whether these DC Icons book are supposed to be canon or not (as you might have known from my other review, I don’t really care about the whole superhero and comic stuff), but if this was canon it’d be great, because Selina’s backstory of having to provide for her sister, therefore she steals thing is just purely amazing. Then she needs to choose what to sacrifice in order to keep the only family she has going.

The brilliance of quirks and gears turning inside her brain is simply fascinating; Selina lives up to her nickname/most-popular-alias, Catwoman, for sure, with every single detail that she has laid out for the plan she made upon returning to Gotham City, the reasons why she wants to team up with Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn, and perhaps getting herself involved with Batwing. (now this Batwing thing is where, perhaps, the non-canon aspect of the series is proven and established)

But just by reading this book, it has made me curiouser and curiouser in regards to the whole DC Universe and it characters—not that I ended up understanding it even a speck more; it got more confusing the more I tried to look into it, with the multiple timelines/earths/whether they’re canon or not—and that’s the absolutely good thing and what this entire book (series) should be doing: getting you hooked on DC characters

Not to mention, the story is backed up by the amazing and intriguing, action-packed writing presented by Sarah J. Maas, author of the Throne of Glass series that has a relatable heroine in regards to Selina.

And honestly, who knows if any other books in the DC Icons series can top off Soulstealer, but I’m definitely looking forward to other YA books that DC and Penguin Random will plan to publish in the future.

Captivating with a rich backstory and an intricate plotline, Selina Kyle returns to Gotham City to become our favourite antiheroine, Catwoman, to change the status quo and steal your soul.

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Joanne Lumiere

Joanne is the narcissistic founder of her book blog, Joanne Lumiere. Born and raised in Hong Kong, this 18 year old brat is currently attending college in Los Angeles, and still doesn't know how to read books with sophistication, and yet she runs a blog.

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