Catwoman: Soulstealer by Sarah J. Maas is the third of the DC Icons novels.
Finished on: 4.10.2019
[Here are my reviews of the other novels in the loose series.]
Selina Kyle does her best to take care of her sister Maggie who has cystic fibrosis. To cover her medical expenses, Selina fights for mob boss Carmine Falcone. Despite her best efforts, though, Maggie is taken by Child Protection Services and Selina finds herself with Talia of the League of Assassins who offers her a chance to expunge her criminal record – if she works for them. When Selina accepts, it puts her right in the middle of the city’s rich people – and into the sights of Batwing.
Catwoman: Soulstealer is my favorite of the DC Icons novels so far. It’s cute and fun, and even though the ending didn’t quite work for me, I was overall happy with it.
Catwoman: Soulstealer got the romance parts very right for my taste. Not only are Luke and Selina supercute together, but Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy are also officially dating in this one, which is simply perfect. That’s not the only thing that works about it, though – it’s tense and engaging, emotionally captivating and makes so many nods and references to the DC universe, it is just a blast to read.
That being said, I did find the ending a little disappointing. [SPOILERS] I loved that Luke – who as a Black man is very critical of the police – realizes that a vigilantism is not the right way to fight a corrupt system, can’t change the system. And his solution is NOT to put his money to this realization and try to change the system, but to team up with Selina? I mean, yeah, that’s romantic and all, but it doesn’t really make sense. [/SPOILERS] Plus, the way they dealt with the Lazarus Pit didn’t sit right with me, either.
But overall, the positive stuff certainly outweighed this and despite that it was the ending of all things where the novel didn’t work that well for me anymore, the book still left me happy. And that’s what’s important.
Summarizing: a really good read.