Catwoman : Soulstealer
by Maas, Sarah J.

Two years after escaping Gotham City's slums, Selina Kyle returns by day as the mysterious, wealthy Holly Vanderhees, but by night, she teams up with Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn under the guise of Catwoman to wreak havoc throughout Gotham City-and she just may be Batwing's undoing as she tangles with him at night and her devilishly handsome neighbor, Luke Fox, by day. Simultaneous eBook.

SARAH J. MAAS is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series and the Court of Thorns and Roses series, as well as a USA Today bestselling author. Sarah wrote the first incarnation of the Throne of Glass series when she was just sixteen; it has now sold in thirty-five languages. A New York native, Sarah lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and her dog. Visit her online at and follow her on Instagram at @therealsjmaas.

This third installment of the DC Icons series tells the story of Selina Kyle, also known as Catwoman. As a teenager in Gotham City, Selina supports herself and her younger sister, who has a severe form of cystic fibrosis. Eventually, Selina is recruited by the League of Assassins, where she is trained to become a deadly weapon. After two years, Selina returns to Gotham City, disguising herself as a socialite, where she goes on crime sprees with pals Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn. All the while, she toys with Batman's protégé, Batwing (aka Luke Fox). Selina is a flawed, complex character; even while she commits crimes against the wealthy people of Gotham City and teases authorities, she shows a vulnerable side. Diverse characters are featured throughout, from Luke, who is black, to Poison Ivy, who is in love with Harley Quinn. The story starts out gritty, becoming less so as it unfurls, but readers will not forget where Selina started. The staccato writing style nicely matches the occasionally bleak setting. Ideal for fans of the TV show Gotham. Grades 9-12. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

"When the Bat's Away, the Cat Will Play." A child of Gotham City's slums, almost 18-year-old Selina Kyle has a rap sheet that includes robbery, gambling, and maintaining her title as the undefeated champion fighter for the Leopards, a girl gang. But everything she does is for her younger half sister Maggie, who suffers from cystic fibrosis. Apprehended by Talia al Ghul, leader of the infamous League of Assassins, Selina agrees to go with her to Italy on the condition that Maggie is well cared for. Fast-forward two years. Selina returns to Gotham as Holly Vanderhees, a blonde-haired billionaire socialite, and moonlights as Catwoman, the city's newly-christened Queen of the Underworld. Cue Luke Fox, son to Wayne Industries' CEO, a semipro boxer and an ex-Marine suffering from PTSD. He protects the city as Batwing and is determined to prove himself when Catwoman teams up with Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn while Batman is out of town. Maas (Tower of Dawn, 2017, etc.) has a gift for crafting fierce female protagonists. Selina is physically skilled, wickedly smart, and inhabits morally gray areas, making her a complex yet admirable antiheroine. Action-packed fight scenes, racial and sexual diversity (Harley and Ivy have history, Luke is black), and a dollop of romance will engage current and soon-to-be Catwoman fans. An epic shoutout to all the bad girls who know how to have fun. (Superhero fantasy. 12-18) Copyright Kirkus 2018 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

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