CATWOMAN – SOULSTEALER
Written by Sarah J Maas
Published by Random House, August 7, 2018
My star rating – none – did not finish
When the Bat’s away, the Cat will play. It’s time to see how many lives this cat really has. . . .
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, Batwing is left to hold back the tide of notorious criminals. Gotham City is ripe for the taking.
Meanwhile, Luke Fox wants to prove he has what it takes to help people in his role as Batwing. He targets a new thief on the prowl who seems cleverer than most. She has teamed up with Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn, and together they are wreaking havoc. This Catwoman may be Batwing’s undoing. Find it on Goodreads
There’s a first time for everything, and today I’m coming to you with 2 firsts. #1 – I DNF’d a Sarah J Maas book. #2 – I’m writing a DNF review. I’ve DNF’d (did not finish) quite a few books in my time, but I can usually determine that it’s not for me within 100 pages or less. I don’t fell comfortable writing a review for a book that I barely started, so I just don’t review it. But, in this case, I made it to 58% before making the final call to set this aside, and I thought I would share my thoughts as to why I made that decision.
When I finally decided to put this book back on my shelves unfinished, I was at the point where I was dreading opening the book at all. It wasn’t bad! Not even close! The characters were half decent, there was a plot with some mystery and intrigue…….. but, for me, the plot was too slow moving. It seemed to take quite a while to get to the point and I was finding my mind wandering and skimming pages which is something I NEVER do. The main character had a back story that made you realize she was a total bad ass and pulled on the heart strings to make you sympathize with her, but there was a chunk missing where she was the poor girl turned Catwoman. Maybe her training was explained a little more later on in the book, but I just didn’t want to read it anymore.
The plot was very basic as well. She was a glorified female Robin Hood with cat ears. Determined to take down the rich and give it to the poor. There just wasn’t enough meat to the plot to carry it for me. Quite simply, I was bored and just didn’t care for it.
Now, having said all that, this book is NOT bad! I’m just not the right audience. I’ve never been a fan of superhero comic stories. I don’t like the comics, don’t like the movies, and I don’t think I ever will. I figured though, if anyone could make superheroes interesting, it would be Sarah J Maas! Nothing against her, but it just didn’t happen. I’m not the demographic for this. I guess I went into it expecting her usual writing abilities and I felt that this was so far removed from her abilities. There will be people out there who will LOVE this! I can see how people could fall head over heels, but it’s just not my cup of whiskey.
Until next time, happy reading!