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- Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (August 7, 2018)
- Publication Date: August 7, 2018
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B077CQ6KW2
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—SLJ (for Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu)
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"Masterful. . . . A great story for any Dark Knight fan."
—Den of Geek (for Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu)
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The roaring crowd in the makeshift arena didn’t set her blood on fire.
It did not shake her, or rile her, or set her hopping from foot to foot. No, Selina Kyle only rolled her shoulders--once, twice.
The wild cheering that barreled down the grimy hallway to the prep room was little more than a distant rumble of thunder. A storm, just like the one that had swept over the East End on her walk from the apartment complex. She’d been soaked before she reached the covert subway entrance that led into the underground gaming warren owned by Carmine Falcone, the latest of Gotham City’s endless parade of mob bosses.
But like any other storm, this fight, too, would be weathered.
Rain still drying in her long, dark hair, Selina checked that it was indeed tucked into its tight bun atop her head. She’d made the mistake once of wearing a ponytail--in her second street fight. The other girl had managed to grab it, and those few seconds when Selina’s neck had been exposed had lasted longer than any in her life.
But she’d won--barely. And she’d learned. Had learned at every fight since, whether on the streets above or in the arena carved into the sewers beneath Gotham City.
It didn’t matter who her opponent was tonight. The challengers were all usually variations of the same: desperate men who owed more than they could repay to Falcone. Fools willing to risk their lives for a chance to lift their debt by taking on one of his Leopards in the ring.
The prize: never having to look over their shoulder for a waiting shadow. The cost of failing: having their asses handed to them--and the debts remained. Usually with the promise of a one-way ticket to the bottom of the Sprang River. The odds of winning: slim to none.
Regardless of whatever sad sack she’d be battling tonight, Selina prayed Falcone would give her the nod faster than last time. That fight . . . He’d made her keep that particularly brutal match going. The crowd had been too excited, too ready to spend money on the cheap alcohol and everything else for sale in the subterranean warren. She’d taken home more bruises than usual, and the man she’d beaten to unconsciousness . . .
Not her problem, she told herself again and again. Even when she saw her adversaries’ bloodied faces in her dreams, both asleep and waking. What Falcone did with them after the fight was not her problem. She left her opponents breathing. At least she had that.
And at least she wasn’t dumb enough to push back outright, like some of the other Leopards. The ones who were too proud or too stupid or too young to get how the game was played. No, her small rebellions against Carmine Falcone were subtler. He wanted men dead--she left them unconscious, but did it so well that not one person in the crowd objected.
A fine line to walk, especially with her sister’s life hanging in the balance. Push back too much, and Falcone might ask questions, start wondering who meant the most to her. Where to strike hardest. She’d never allow it to get to that point. Never risk Maggie’s safety like that--even if these fights were all for her. Every one of them.
It had been three years since Selina had joined the Leopards, and nearly two and a half since she’d proved herself against the other girl gangs well enough that Mika, her Alpha, had introduced her to Falcone. Selina hadn’t dared miss that meeting.
Order in the girl gangs was simple: The Alpha of each gang ruled and protected, laid down punishment and reward. The Alphas’ commands were law. And the enforcers of those commands were their Seconds and Thirds. From there, the pecking order turned murkier. Fighting offered a way to rise in the ranks--or you could fall, depending on how badly a match went. Even an Alpha might be challenged if you were dumb or brave enough to do so.
But the thought of ascending the ranks had been far from Selina’s mind when Mika had brought Falcone over to watch her take on the Second of the Wolf Pack and leave the girl leaking blood onto the concrete of the alley.
Before that fight, only four leopard spots had been inked onto Selina’s pale left arm, each a trophy of a fight won.
Selina adjusted the hem of her white tank. At seventeen, she now had twenty-seven spots inked across both arms.
That’s what the match emcee was declaring down the hall. Selina could just make out the croon of words: The undefeated champion, the fiercest of Leopards . . .
Her hand drifted to the one item she was allowed to bring into the arena: the bullwhip.
Some Leopards opted for signature makeup or clothes to make their identities stand out in the ring. Selina had little money to spare for that kind of thing--not when a tube of lip gloss could cost as much as a small meal. But Mika had been unimpressed when Selina had shown up to her first official fight in her old gymnastics leotard and a pair of leggings.
You look like you’re going to Jazzercise, her Alpha had said. Let’s give you some claws at least.
All sorts of small weapons were allowed in the ring, short of knives and guns. But there hadn’t been any on hand that night. No, there had only been the bullwhip, discarded in a pile of props from when this place had hosted some sort of alternative circus.
You’ve got ten minutes to figure out how to use it, Mika had warned Selina before leaving her to it.
She’d barely figured out how to snap the thing before she was shoved into the fighting ring. The whip had been more of a hindrance than a help in that first fight, but the crowd had loved it. And some small part of her had loved it, the crack that cleaved through the world.
So she’d learned to wield it. Until it became an extension of her arm, until it gave her an edge that her slight frame didn’t offer. The high drama it provided in the ring didn’t hurt, either.
A thump on the metal door was her signal to go.
Selina checked the bullwhip at her hip, her black spandex pants, the green sneakers that matched her eyes--though no one had ever commented on it. She flexed her fingers within their wrappings. All good.
Or as good as could be.--This text refers to the hardcover edition.
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The foster homes are usually overcrowded group homes, infested with bugs, and won’t be able to provide Maggie with the care she needs to try and survive having cystic fibrosis. The care she needs is expensive and unlikely to be provided even if she were lucky enough to wind up in one of the better foster homes. The girls both know that this is essentially a death sentence for Maggie, but what can they do to escape it?
When Selina is arrested for assaulting the police officers who came to take them away, she learns that at nearly 18 and with two previous strikes against her, she won’t be going to a juvenile detention center. She’ll be sent to prison instead. When a woman offers her an alternative, one that will see Maggie placed in better care and will erase Selina’s criminal record, she realizes that she really has no other option. For her sister’s sake, and understanding that she likely won’t see Maggie ever again, Selina accepts Talia al Ghul’s offer.
I have long been a fan of the DC comics Catwoman character and have seen numerous origin stories describing how she started out and how she became one of the more recognized of Batman’s foes. Those seeking a book that follows the traditional DC comic book origin story for her probably won’t appreciate this one. While all the expected characters appear in the book, Catwoman’s origin story as told here is rather different than what one would expect, and it is certainly different than what is told in the various comic book versions.
Personally, I loved it. This book kept me so entranced that if there were any typos, I never noticed them. (Any book that can keep me that interested in just reading & not watching for errors is a rare thing these days.) Parts of this story even had me tearing up and wanting to cry. I am very glad that I picked it up. I will definitely be reading the other books that are out about the DC comic book characters and hoping they are just as amazing as this one. I strongly recommend reading it.
I absolutely LOVED Selina. She is so fierce and strong and smart and tough and she also has so much heart. At the base of it all her heart is what drives her. She is so easy to root for, even as she is robbing people left and right and causing general chaos. She is simply likable and at her core she’s a good person who just does bad things sometimes.
And then we had Ivy, who in a lot of ways stole the show. I truly loved her and loved the friendship that formed between Ivy and Selina. Forever a fan of strong and positive female friendships. Loved Harley too, she’s such a loose cannon and brought so much fun and crazy to the story. And of course I have to mention Luke, aka Batwing. Adored him as well. He is such a good guy and just wants to do right and do something meaningful. And of course I loved Selina and Luke together. It was fun watching them dance around one another and seeing how both sides of their personalities intertwined.
I feel like I need to mention though that I am not a comic book reader, it’s just not a medium I ever got into. But I love superheroes and villains as characters and I adore the genre when it comes to movies and other mediums. I mention this because if you are looking for a strict canon Catwoman, this probably isn’t the book for you. This is a new take on Catwoman, and I personally love her, but I recognize that those who are very attached to their version of Catwoman may not love this version. Personally I think the world has enough room for multiple versions and takes on classic characters, but I also get why some people don’t like to see their favorites messed with.
Catwoman: Soulstealer was an action packed fun read from beginning to end. It had a great cast of characters and packed a real emotional punch. I just seriously loved this one.
Top international reviews
Street fighter Selina Kyle was force to leave what little she had left in Gotham City. Now she is back older wiser, deadlier and with a purpose. Nothing in this book is there just to fill space, everything links together. I also like the way the relationships between the characters developed. The book is fast paced but definitely not rushed. I also like the conflict in Selina, though she did had not love for the richer citizens of Gotham, some earned her respect with the genuine good they had done, making her think about what she was doing.
SJM not only did a great job on Catwoman/Selina/Holly but used other classic Gotham villains and side characters perfectly. She also used the new member of the Bat-family brilliantly. I think having Catwoman running circles around the new kid of the Bat family was a great idea, as we Batman fans know this would never happen to the man himself. Who is on a private mission during this book that we are not told about really. The perfect setup for another book right? Hint hint.
This is a great book. This is definitely the best of the DC Icons books so far, and I cannot think of a better incarnation of Catwoman. I would give this 10 stars if I could. After she finishes the Throne of Glass series can someone please get SJM to write Batman.
The DC Icons Series has been up and down for me. I thoroughly enjoyed Wonder Woman, but left Batman as a DNF. Perhaps I'm just biased towards badass ladies.
Sarah J. Maas brings a new take on Catwoman, a woman originally an underground fighter, scrabbling for any money she can in order to save her sister. She emerges after initial arrest, two years later, as Holly Vanderhees, a socialite: rich, powerful, and fits right into any crowd. As Holly, Selina plays a role in fitting in. As Catwoman, Selina begins a plan to bring Gotham down.
As incredible and fuelled as this story was, I couldn't give it 5 stars due to some annoying continuity errors. (See scene where Selina offers to volunteer with the boxing/vet thing. One moment she wears navy pumps, the next it's "towering stilettos.) And also because I felt there was so much action and splashed richness going on that simpler things were forgotten. Like Luke Fox's friends, or his boxing club to help veterans, or general lives. Also, the plot was intense, but it seemed like the point of it all was split and switched, even though each point was heavily focused on. One moment it was about bringing Gotham to its knees, the next it was about Selina saving her sister. Some parts still remained confusing, with an potentially open ending we won't get to see elaborated due to the nature of the series.
I adored the ally of Poison Ivy, Harley Quinn, and Catwoman. It was refreshing to see broken, hard women cause trouble mostly for the heck of it. I think that through characters like Harley and Luke, mental health was addressed well. And through characters like Selina and Ivy, backstories were addressed sensitively.
So many points made this story wholesome, like Ivy actually having a really delicate side, where she was a proud vegan, and Harley giving her soft looks, and Selina having good motives, and the good people being bad when they need to be. Overall, this was a delight to read.
I love the addition of Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn - a perfect trio of mischief makers.
The story basically follows a girl from the slums of Gotham City who quite literally claws her way up to become Catwoman and we find out why she came back to Gotham City and what she's been hiding.
Would definitely recommend this book and I'll be reading the others in the DC Icons series.
Thank you SJM for sharing your imagination with us 💜
Selina kyle is a girl who is really tough to break... she is someone who really annoys and defeats the batwing very conveniently.. she is here to make the corrupt of the gotham city suffer..(is this her real motive)?..
The story is of a strong girl who is strongly attached to her sister, a sister who is suffering from a disease and the financial conditions only make their condition worse also as a family they just have one another..
Selina decides she is going to do everything possible to help her sister.. what follows is an action packed fantasy thriller.
Selina has two amazingly dangerous friends with her ''poison ivy'' and ''Harley quinn'' both these characters are awesome and play a good supporting role..
For the first 200 pages nothing seems happening but the real fun starts after that.. every reader will really love the action sequences...
Lucious fox ''Batwing'' does not have much to do in the story but is definately a driving force.
The story is great, you will love reading this. Highly recommended for all the DC fans and those who like Strong Female Characters.
Sinceramente fui ler catwoman achando que ia ser legalzinho, mas nada tão bom quanto as outras series da Sara J. Porém fui surpreendida e o livro é muito bom, a personagem principal foi muito bem desenvolvida e o final foi surpreendente e maravilhoso!
Se você ainda não leu eu super recomendo.